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

TransAlta POWER Garden

TransAlta POWER Garden

The acronym stands for Projects Organized with Energetic Retirees, but POWER is an understatement for these dedicated TransAlta pensioners. Since 1999, more than 60 passionate volunteers have tended the .55 hectar parcel that grows vegetables for the sole purpose of donating them to the Food Bank.

John Holmes, a full time volunteer with TransAlta’s POWER Garden for the past seven years, says farming is in his blood so he was instantly drawn to the idea of urban and community gardening.

“I think it’s watching things grow. You nurture them, you pull out the bad weeds and it’s all about this,” The feeling of pride and satisfaction from gardening is multiplied, Holmes says, from the added element of donating the food. “When you say it’s a charity garden for the food bank people just open their doors. We lease this land for a dollar a year, which we’ve never paid, and (farmers) load up trucks with the best seeds.”

The garden trend isn’t slowing down, Holmes says, in fact it’s quite the opposite. With more and more people interested in growing their own food, urban and community gardens are spreading fast.

What we are planting this year

48 rows of

POTATOES

30 rows of

CARROTS

20 rows of

ONIONS

20 rows of

BEETS

6 rows of

ZUCCHINI

2 rows of

SQUASH

TransAlta POWER Garden Photo Gallery

2016

40000

pounds of vegetables

2015

30000

pounds of vegetables (drought year)

2014

16000

pounds of vegetables

2013

10000

pounds of vegetables (flood year)

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