The innovative Passive Solar Roller portable greenhouse is being unveiled on Saturday (Apr. 23) as part of the Community Growing Fair being presented by Cultivate Cochrane and a number of community partners.

The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BGC Cochrane and Area on 5th Ave. with a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities.

"We want to bring the community together and other various community organizations and vendors, all of who are interested in gardening, growing, community building, and resilience so it's going to be a great community event for the whole family," says Cultivate Cochrane president Julie Fisher Falconer.

It's free, inclusive and there's no shortage of opportunities to learn and share.

The Cochrane Horticultural Society is hosting a seed exchange, where you can bring seeds and take others.

Callandra Caufield, of Backyard Harvest Project, will be speaking about gardening and ways to make your backyard functional and beautiful. Kurt Stenburg of Cochrane Tree Care will provide information on tree care. Frankie-Lou Fuller from Grow Together Homestead sharing tips about milk jug container planting.

Artist Janel Nail will be leading the family art workshop from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Supplies and materials are free, but space is limited and preregistration is required. RSVP to

The artist, who has been involved with some community art projects in Calgary, will also be painting a mural on the greenhouse.

Tours will be offered of the passive solar mobile greenhouse and representatives of OnGrowing Works will be on hand to answer any questions about its development and construction.

With funding from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative and the building expertise of OnGrowing Works, the education greenhouse on wheels will be used to provide hands-on programming about food growing, nutrition, and resiliency to youth and the public at large.

"It's been under construction for the last few months, and we're really excited to get it up and running and introduce it to the community prior to beginning programming with it the following week," says Fisher Falconer.

Initial programming will take place at BGC Cochrane for children and youth

They'll also be delivering programs through the Family Resource Network for the early childhood programs, and are working with several schools, Seniors for Kids, and later on the municipal library.

"We're still working on filling up that schedule and are certainly welcome and open to other groups as well for our programming."

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Cultivate Cochrane is a non-profit society dedicated to growing a resilient and connected community through food, innovation, and lifestyle empowerment centered around a community greenhouse hub.

You can learn more here.