This week on Alberta at Noon on CBC Radio One (99.1FM) I’ll be talking about Edible Landscapes and my favourite place to source Prairie Hardy fruit trees and bushes – The Saskatoon Farm in DeWinton, Alberta. I’ve learned the hard way that plants have to be very hardy indeed to make it where I live in Calgary. We are on the edge of the Prairies and at the start of the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This means what we attempt to grow must be tolerant of our semi-arid, hot summer days with long hours of sunshine but also our cold nights and the fierce winds of snow and moisture eating Chinooks. Gardeners here must consider the Hardiness zone rating of every plant they invest in.
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Here’s the CBC Radio One Alberta @ Noon podcast from Thursday, March 7 when I talked about ideas to help you grow your own food – everything from starting your own seeds to starting your own farm. I’m at the 12.22 mark in the podcast.
There are lots of great gardening workshops and how-to farm sessions coming up in Alberta this month for those interested. I may never farm but I’m going to Joel Salatin’s “You Can Farm” workshop on March 20 in High River, Alberta. I want to see if he lives up to all the hype. I’ll report back to you on that later. Besides, one of my favourite ways to savour life is to meet people on the leading edge of thought. Maybe I’ll see you there?
Information about Seedy Saturdays and Sundays in Alberta for 2013
Calgary – Saturday, March 16, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. at Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Hall, 418- 7 Ave NW -Cost: $2.00
Jasper – Saturday, March 16, 10 A. M. – 1 P.M. at the Seniors Lounge at the Jasper Activity Centre
Edmonton, Sunday, March 17, 11 A.M. – 4 P.M., Alberta Avenue Community Hall, 9210- 118 Ave N.W.
Red Deer –Saturday April 6, 10 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Red Deer College-Margaret Parson Theatre
Information about permaculture workshops and the upcoming Joel Salatin farming workshops is available here.
Savour Food – learn to grow some – Seedy Saturdays, Permaculture and workshops with the “World’s Most Famous Farmer”, Joel Salatin
If you love food ENOUGH, you might like to grow some of your own. If you are growing some of your own food, you’ll likely want to grow more and grow smarter, not harder. If you grow food for a living (a.k.a. FARM – the verb), you will ALWAYS look for better ways to do that.
March is the time when Canadian grower’s collective thumbs start to twitch and turn green with envy of people in warmer climes who are already “digging in” to a fresh season. This post provides some ideas to support you in your quest to grow food in Alberta whether you are just sprouting your green thumb, already a seasoned gardener or one of our few treasured and oh so dedicated farmers.