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Garden program helps kids discover their green thumb

Agriculture for Life has partnered with the Calgary Horticultural Society to offer the Juniors Garden Club. The initiative aims to encourage kids to explore, learn new skills and build confidence by growing their own food. The program, which began May 27 and runs for 14 weeks, has weekly emails with instructions on how to plant, […] Read more

Five tips for eco-friendly gardening

The word eco-friendly can be used in many areas of our lives: at work, at home, at play. Being eco-friendly in all these aspects is quite a simple concept with incredible opportunities for creativity. The bottom line is eco-friendly is all about working with nature, not against it. As gardeners we play an ever-increasing unique[...]
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Growers asked to join the fight against late blight

Whether you grow potatoes and tomatoes in your garden or commercially, don’t give late blight a chance

Potato and tomato growers are being asked to help the effort to restore Alberta’s status of being free of late blight. “Everyone was encouraged to increase early and season-long monitoring of fields, gardens, and greenhouses in order to protect crops from late blight, as well as have a quicker response to any perceived infections,” said[...]
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This poster on bee health is one of several on offer at the Bees Matter website.

Ag groups launch bee initiative

Bees Matter is offering free seeds for pollinator-friendly gardens — and information on bees

A new program called Buzzing Gardens is offering Canadians free seeds to plant pollinator-friendly gardens. The program is an initiative of Bees Matter, a group consisting of chemical and agricultural groups including CropLife Canada, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta, the Canola Council of Canada, the Canadian Seed Trade Association, and the Canadian Honey Council. “The agricultural community[...]
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Only six species of invasive earthworms have been found in northern Alberta forests — including one “fairly common” species called Dendrobaena octaedra that, at two to six centimetres long, is smaller than most other earthworms.

Earthworm Invasion! Help stop the spread of these alien invaders

Earthworms may be considered beneficial bugs in agricultural operations, but in Alberta’s forests, these invasive insects can spell trouble

A silent horde of alien invaders are worming their way through the Alberta countryside. These creepy-crawlies came from a world away, and there’s no stopping them now. The best we can hope to do is slow the spread of these invasive earthworms, says the head of the Alberta Worm Invasion Project. “In North American forests,[...]
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Late blight confirmed in Alberta

Specific steps needed to prevent carryover of disease to future crops

Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In general, in Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels. “In the summer of 2013, late blight was confirmed in parts of[...]
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