Highfield Regenerative Farm
A decentralized, hyper-local model for managing waste, creating soil, growing food and working together.
This is the vision that drove a group of Calgary food and environment stewards to partner with the Compost Council of Canada when the opportunity at Highfield arose.
Their proposal was largely focused on the revitalization of the land through regenerative farming practices and soil building, all for the goal of growing nutrient dense food and creating a safe and vibrant community space. The City of Calgary accepted the proposal, and after a couple of years of paperwork and permitting, Highfield Farm officially opened in 2019.
Highfield Farm is located on a 15-acre piece of underutilized space in the industrial area of the City of Calgary. Although previously used as a site for the Blackfoot Farmers' Market, it had since spent nearly a decade lying vacant. It is now seeing new life in a community of groups, businesses and individuals who contribute to the development of the gardens, park spaces, composting efforts, education and more.
The farm also produces an abundance of fresh produce for local food banks. In the summer of 2022 the farm has added a 4,800-square-foot greenhouse which will allow the farm to grow year-round and produce about 2,700 kg a year.