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Talking About Dirt in Calgary July 27, 2010

Posted by gfsa in Community Stories.
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Talking About Dirt in Calgary: Catching a great movie and learning about garden happenings in the big city (submitted by Meredith Seeton) 

I had the chance to go to an event on May 30th inCalgary, hosted by a couple really neat organisations – Inglewood’s Garden Path Society (http://www.calgarygardenpath.ca/), and the Community Garden Resource Network (http://calhort.org/gardening/community.aspx).

The event involved meeting other gardeners, tasting awesome cheeses and other local fare, and watching “Dirt: The Movie”. I am still smiling from the upbeat approach to soil health and food security taken in the movie! I loved “Food Inc” (I am a big Michael Pollan fan), and I definitely feel there is room for questioning our current predominantly industrial food system, but “Dirt” felt more like a celebration of the possibilities of sustainable agriculture. We got to hear lots from author and activist Vandana Shiva, and heard inspirational tales from Wangari Maathai too (www.greenbeltmovement.org). 

The movie was followed by some discussion around local food happenings in Calgary, and I was amazed to hear of all the community gardens sprouting up – with different formats! Plots for rent, plots to share, and even corporate plots – to be gardened in stilettos during coffee breaks, I would imagine. A particularly neat initiative is that in Calgary, every L’Arche home for people with developmental disabilities and those sharing life with them (www.larchecalgary.org) will have a vegetable garden this summer. I just think that is really exciting – gardening with others has such a therapeutic value for me, and it’s great to hear that in Calgary, more and more people will get to share gardening experiences.

It sure does feel like the food movement has the momentum in Calgary!

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