The year-round greenhouse at Highfield Farm has opened to support Calgary’s community-based local food system. Funded through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF), the greenhouse will enable Highfield Farm to expand Calgary’s usual short growing season to a year-round effort, supporting the goals of this local urban farming hub to provide Calgarians with fresh, locally grown food.
“Congratulations to Highfield Farm, the Compost Council of Canada, and the City of Calgary for taking the initiative to advance local food production and greater food accessibility,” says George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview. “With support from the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, the Compost Council and Highfield Farm are now better able to advance their efforts to support community-based healthy and sustainable food production.”
“This greenhouse opens up a new world of growing opportunities for us,” says Heather Ramshaw, operations manager at Highfield Farm. “Being able to extend our season in the spring and fall and host year-round classes and programs really boosts our ability to make an impact in our community.”
Envisioned by the City of Calgary and supported by The Compost Council of Canada to advance urban food production and provide the public with opportunities to engage with urban agriculture, the Highfield Farm Project has been working to transform a 16-acre parcel of underutilized and degraded land in Calgary’s industrial area into an urban farm. Rooted on three value pillars: land revitalization, regenerative food, and community building, much of Highfield Farm’s approach is based on education and involvement – offering extensive opportunities for volunteering, experiential learning combined with environmental action, including composting, soil health focus, and crop selection. The site currently has 15,000 sq ft of garden space, over 200 members, and donates the majority of its production to food access organizations such as the Calgary Food Bank and the Mustard Seed.
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