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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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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Easy Green Irrigation Systems

One of the biggest reasons people do not plant a garden is that they feel they have to be a slave to it. To grow crops successfully you need to put in some work - weeding, seeding, planting - but one important job can be taken over by a couple of easy green systems that will keep your plants alive until you get a crop from them. All you need is: Thirsty plants Empty wine bottles With these two simple items you can create a green

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Small Changes that Make Your Kitchen Green Friendly

For centuries kitchens have been the heart of any home. It's a place to gather, prepare and eat meals and to sit and read or work. Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in any house, so it makes sense to ensure you do all that you can to increase how sustainable your kitchen is, and to be sure it is as eco friendly as it can be. As we become more aware of how we use the planet's resources we can make the choices that help in energy

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Summer Fruit and Veg – Everything in Their Season

The ultimate in organic ingredients is growing your own. You know exactly where they come from and what was used to raise it. The problem that most people face is that everything comes into its season at the same time. Within a couple of weeks you could have 65 lbs of fruit and vegetables that need eating, and as it’s all completely natural, needs to be preserved if not eaten. The first thing to do is grow what you like! You don’t want a

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