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403.253.2059 5000 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5

Garden of Eat’n

Garden of Eat'n

When Marlene and Jack Begg returned from their teaching mission in Ethiopia in 1995, they were still feeling inspired and wanted to do something helpful in their own community. They looked around and realized they could make a difference right in their own backyard!

Just 25 volunteers from AmoCARES, BP and Chevron came out to plant, weed and harvest almost four thousand pounds of beets, carrots, potatoes and onions in the first year. Now 20 years and 250,000 pounds later, the Garden of Eat’n is Calgary’s longest-running, volunteer-driven, largest-producing community garden. “It is amazing how this garden has produced so much over the years,” says the charismatic owner, Marlene Begg. “We rely soley on Mother Nature to provide the sun and the rain to grow.”

It’s not just the potatoes and carrots, Begg explains, but that the garden is providing healthy food for families in crisis. “Healthy food produces healthy people who can continue on and overcome their obstacles.”

2016

131

volunteers

10925

pounds of vegetables

2015

133

volunteers

4970

pounds of vegetables (drought year)

2014

80

volunteers

20000

pounds of vegetables

2013

142

volunteers

5606

pounds of vegetables (flood year)

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