Michelle Obama has provided the inspiration for a new downtown project, according to the Calgary Food Policy Council. A new urban garden was planted yesterday at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street S.W. and was modelled after the garden Obama planted at the White House.

According to Paul Hughes, the chairperson and founder of the Calgary Food Policy Council, this garden is one of the most centrally located gardens in any major city.

“It is right in the heart of Calgary, it’s symbolic and shows that Calgary can be a very progressive city,” said Hughes.

All the food generated by the garden will be going to the Calgary Food Bank, said Hughes.

This is part of the council’s attempt to have 2,011 urban gardens in Calgary by 2011.