The Dirt Boys is Dennis Scanland and my two sons, Cyrus and Heath. I’ve enjoyed growing vegetables even when I was just a boy myself, helping my mother garden in Cranbrook. Pulling up a carrot fresh from the garden and eating it with some of the dirt still on it is a fond memory. More recently I’ve discovered the art/profession/lifestyle of permaculture (The development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient) which made me understand that we North American humans have been doing it wrong for years. Where did covering our property in grass become the norm? That’s valuable land that we could grow food on.
Dirt Boys’ mandate is to change our city one yard at a time. Grass is too much work and resources for what we get out of it. Why not convert that yard to a thriving, productive vegetable, fruit or herb garden? We come in and do a free yard assessment, finding out where the best areas on your property are to farm/garden and then we can inform you of your options sticking closely to budget.
Dirt Boys also runs a SPIN farm operation, which is farming on neighbors yards with the goal of bring local produce to local restaurants and CSAs (community Shared Agriculture). If you live in Sunnyside, Renfrew, Crescent Heights or Bridgeland in Calgary, and have a yard you’d like to see farmed, read this post.
Dennis Scanland is also the Past-President of the YYC Growers and Distributors, a producer cooperative that is quickly becoming a Calgary local food hub. Our mandate is to create a one-stop-shop for consumers and restaurants to come to in order to get the closest, freshest produce available. We work with urban farms as well as rural farms within 100 miles of the city.