Outdoor : Parks

Fall in the Park

Calgary is beautiful in the fall. We have so many wonderful colours with people enjoying the last of the sunshine before winter sets in. Our amazing Video journalist, Sam, went to Prince's Island to capture the beautiful Bow River and see what he could find in Fall at the park.

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YYC Growers – A Great Reason to get Behind Your Local CSA

Have you heard of YYC Growers? Do you know what CSA stands for? Where’s your nearest Farm Co-op? Don’t know? You should! Knowing where organic food comes from and how to buy it is the best way to a healthy diet. Learn more about Community Supported Agriculture and how you can help here: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to know where your food comes from and learn all about it. If we are what we eat, then we need to

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What’s In Season? – Fall Harvest

Fall is always the best time of year. The air is getting cooler and crisper, the colors change to beautiful gold and brown and the farmers markets are filled with a gorgeous bounty that delights out senses and fills our stomachs. One question that always springs to mind is how do I know it’s fresh? Rod Olson from Lyfe and Lyre Urban Farms explains what is in season right now in Calgary: Buying the crops that are in season help you to get

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Bees Buzzing Off – The Bad News and The Good News

Bees are more than just producers of honey. Wherever we are on the Winnie The Pooh honey loving -bee appreciation -loathing -phobic or even allergic spectrum, we are all equally dependent on bees to produce food for our plates. According to a recent Greenpeace report, domestic and wild bees are responsible for 80% of the world’s pollination. Most of the fruits, vegetables and crops we depend on for food, need bees to pollinate them. Given that

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Worm Composting – The Canadian Vermiculture Experience

For millions of years, worms have been hard at work breaking down organic materials and returning nutrients to the soil. They are nature’s natural organic material, food scraps and organic waste recycling experts. Recycling the organic waste of a household into compost allows us to return badly needed organic matter to the soil. In this way, we participate in nature's cycle. Composting with worms, otherwise known as vermicomposting, is a

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The Best Things in Life are Free! – Having fun with nature.

For a happy, balanced life we all need time to work, rest and play. Whilst adults may separate their activities, for children the lines become blurred. They learn and develop through play and in effect that makes it their work, so they spend their days ‘working’ at play. The power of learning through play is best demonstrated in nature. If you observe young animals, they all play - from  domestic pets, kittens and puppies, to farm livestock

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I see trees of green…

For most of us, a tree is a not an unusual sight.  We are used to seeing them in a variety of locations - a back yard, a park, lining a street, perhaps even inside an office block or shopping mall.    Outside of the city we can see even more trees in orchards, on farmsteads,  in forests.  We all enjoy seeing the different species of trees, some ever green, others changing  with the seasons. They look beautiful, but what are they

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It’s Easier to Make a Desert than a Forest

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”    - Dr Seuss, The Lorax We are losing our trees. In simple terms, the clearing of forests to make use of the land for agriculture, industrial or urban development has reached epidemic proportions and is affecting the natural balance of the earth’s eco-systems. Global warming and other climate change has already been scientifically linked

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Create your own Living Roof

If you have a flat roofed shed or storage space in your outside space you have a wonderful opportunity to ‘green’ the space by adding a living roof on top of the roof. A living roof is a carpet of plants that you grow on the top of the roof to reclaim the space they take up and to improve the air quality of where you live. If you have low storage on your balcony you can make use of the space and create a green roof structure to grow plants

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Make your own green space

Have you ever wondered why the green movement is called the ‘Green Movement’? The ethics of protecting the environment we live in is about looking after ‘green space’ because for many decades we have known that we depend on a green earth to survive. It has also been known for many decades that we were systematically destroying the green space around us and if we don’t take steps to protect it, it will not support us in the future. Our

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