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Meet Our Farmers: Root and Regenerate Urban Farms

Root and Regenerate Urban Farms Calgary, Alberta Root and Regenerate Urban Farms (formerly known as Dirtboys) was originally founded by Dennis Scanland: past president of YYC Growers and Distributors, and current operator of SunnyCider. One of the longest-running urban farms in Calgary, the organization has since been taken over by Michael Gavin. Michael has a...

Meet Our Farmers: Micro YYC

Micro YYC Calgary, Alberta Vanessa Rosewood began Micro YYC out of her basement in the winter of 2014, thinking that someday she would return to outdoor urban farming. Turns out there is more than enough to grow indoors! She now operates out of a 1500 square foot warehouse and distributes microgreens to stores, restaurants, and...

Meet Our Farmers: Pennybun’s Mushrooms

Pennybun’s Mushrooms Calgary, Alberta Pennybun’s Mushrooms is an urban farm founded by Jessica Lypkie and Dirk McCabe in 2015. Both Jessica and Dirk worked in restaurant kitchens for a combined 27 years and noticed a gap in quality gourmet mushrooms in Calgary’s culinary scene. In their greenhouse, they specialize in oyster and shiitake mushrooms and...

Meet Our Farmers: Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms

Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms Calgary, Alberta Leaf & Lyre (L&L) is a regenerative farm based in Bowness, Calgary. Rod Olsen (aka the “Rodfather”) is the founder of L&L and YYC Growers’s resident soil expert/enthusiast. Rod tends the soil by reducing tillage, adding compost, and cover cropping. L&L uses a method called SPIN (Small Plot...

Meet Our Farmers: Deepwater Farms

Deepwater Farms Calgary, Alberta Deepwater Farms was founded in Calgary, Alberta in 2015. It started as a passion project to bring the farm closer to people and people closer to their food. We grow baby greens in an indoor, controlled environment, and sell our produce locally. Unlike field-grown greens, which are subject to harsh growing...

Meet Our Farmers: Chefs Farmer / Grand Trunk Veggies

Chefs Farmer / Grand Trunk Veggies Calgary, Alberta Grand Trunk Veggies is an urban farm that started in Calgary’s West-Hillhurst neighborhood by Kye Kosher. The farm has recently been taken over by Josh and Sarah Spackman. They use donated yards for food production, soil repair, and neighborhood beautification. They’ve curated 1/3 of an acre from...