Riverbend Gardens offers a land of promise — conditions not found anywhere else in central and northern Alberta.
The giants of development have control of much of the surrounding lands, with the city-approved Horse Hill area structure plan.
But Janelle Hebert, armed with the city’s new Fresh: Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy, is fighting for the future of food security. She and her husband, Aaron, could sell the land where they operate Riverbend Gardens and walk away millionaires, but they see more worth in protecting the unique 3830 195 Ave NE space.
“After your kids are fed and they have a good place to live and you have friends and food. What else? You want that for the next generation,” said Janelle.
On the 140 acres, the Heberts grow around 25 different vegetables each year, always trying to stay a step ahead of the market.
They’ve experimented with different vegetables, a U-Pick strawberry business, and wholesale crops.