Jackie Bantle has an Education and Agriculture (Horticulture major) degree from the University of Saskatchewan. After 30 years working at the U of S in the Department of Horticulture and Plant Sciences, she has experienced growing vegetables and many other plants in the field and greenhouse. Jackie is a board member of the Saskatchewan Horticultural Association as well as The Gardener magazine. She enjoys travelling; especially to various horticulture destinations throughout the world.
Dr. Bob Bors
Dr. Bob Bors has been a professor in the Plant Sci. Dept. at the University of Saskatchewan since 1999. He has a BS degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and a PhD Horticulture degree from the University of Guelph where his thesis involved the breeding of strawberry species. Dr. Bors runs the U of S fruit breeding program which maintains more than a dozen hardy fruit crops and is well known for work on Haskap, Sour Cherries and Apples. In recent years, breeding hazelnuts has become one of the more emphasized crops being bred. In 2018, he co-authored a book with Sara Williams entitled “Growing Fruit for Northern Gardens.” Bob has released 10 Haskap, 10 Sour Cherry and 4 Apple varieties. In addition, Bob was responsible for the ornamental “Ming Cherry” as well as most of the ‘Under The Sea’ Coleus series.
Kaila Hamilton has an M.Sc. in Plant Sciences with 10 years of experience in research and development, and she’s always been interested in growing specialty plants. Her background in horticulture and experience from her own family farm brings a breadth of plant-based knowledge. In her spare time, she loves to cook with bold flavours, spend time at the lake and doing pretty much anything with her young daughter and two beloved beagles.
Helen has been at the University of Saskatchewan since 2017. During the growing season she operates Gardenline, where she answers questions from the public, and writes for the website and social media. She is busy working on a variety of special projects at the university over the winter months. She holds her Prairie Horticulture Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Master Gardener as well. Helen hasn’t met a plant she doesn’t like and grows a little of everything (actually a lot of everything) indoors and out, at her home in Saskatoon.
Miranda Holt & Candance Benson, Co-Owners/Operators, City Street Farms
City Street Farms is an urban farm in Regina that turns front and back yards into productive vegetable and flower gardens. It is co-owned and operated by Miranda Holt and Candace Benson and has been operating since 2021.
Miranda has been gardening with her Nonna since she was young and on her own for over 15 years, feeding her family with the bounty from their front yard. She earned her Permaculture Design Certificate and took an Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Prairies course from Janeen Kozey at Edible Landscapes in 2019. She is currently working towards her Master Gardener Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan.
Candace grew up around farming and has been involved in agriculture in one way or another for the last 10 years. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and a Permaculture Design Certificate from Verge Permaculture in 2020.