Neighbours provide ‘awesome’ support for Calgary man’s urban farming business – Calgary | Canadian

A small-scale urban farming operation is leading to some big success for a Calgary man this summer.

Trevor Anderson has been growing his Lil Green Urban Farm business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to some great support from his neighbours.

Anderson started by turning his entire front yard in central Calgary into a spot to plant vegetables.

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“This is where I do all the greens,” Anderson said. “I have the shade cloths on, trying to keep the temperature underneath a little cooler.”

His front yard is covered in things like Swiss chard, lettuce and carrots.

Anderson also has an extensive crop of beets and garlic across the street in a neighbour’s backyard.

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Trevor Anderson harvests garlic in a neighbour’s backyard on Tuesday August 9.

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It’s one of six yards belonging to neighbours and family friends, who offer up space for Anderson’s crops.

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“I grew up working on a bunch of farms, and I ended up working in a bike shop and got laid off,” Anderson said.

“My wife was like ‘So what do you want to do now?’ And I said I want to do what I’ve been doing on the side as a full-time thing — to really get that going, to start feeding people.”

Anderson sells his produce at farmers markets and farm stands, finding that his sales have been growing during the pandemic.

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“People aren’t wanting to go to the store,” Anderson said.

“People will just e-transfer me and I’ll drop it off on their doorsteps.”

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Eric Dahlberg is among the homeowners hosting Anderson’s vegetable-growing efforts, enjoying the mutual benefits it brings.

“It’s a large garden plot on what was once just a lawn — that puts that land to work,” Dahlberg said.

“We get a bag of groceries every other day during the growing season, so it’s a wonderful arrangement.”

Anderson says he’s fortunate that others have offered him the yards on which to grow his bounty.

“It’s awesome: we feed them, give them good food,” Anderson said. “They enjoy learning about what’s going on in the yard and they get interested in gardening and it’s just a big, happy growing system.”

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