Jim Hole

Jim Hole


Edmonton, Alberta

Farming, Horticulturalist & Agriculture Expert

Jim Hole is a Certified Professional Horticulturist & Arborist, Gardening & Agriculture Expert, highly sought-after speaker & bestselling author in Alberta. Jim grew up in his family’s horticultural business and has been co-owner of Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens Ltd. in St. Albert, Alberta until the sale of the company in 2020. Jim is currently the Director of Science with PureLife Carbon Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Plant Science from the University of Alberta. He is a Professional Agrologist, certified by the relevant governing body. Additionally, he is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture and a Certified Professional Horticulturist with the American Society for Horticultural Science. Jim also holds licenses for greenhouse and landscape pesticide application. Jim is the gardening columnist with CBC radio. Jim Hole shares messages & tips on gardening and horticulture in humorous and engaging way that makes him known for being ardent about plants, environment & business.
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Jim Hole knows the business of farming and horticulture like no other. He learned about growing and selling produce from his parents, Ted and Lois Hole, who set up a vegetable farm in St. Albert in the mid-1950s, expanding the business into a successful greenhouse operation, the “Enjoy Centre”. The Hole family has been in the greenhouse business for more than 68 years in which started as a backyard business on their family’s farm outside of St. Albert, AB. Ted and Lois Hole transformed the red barn on their farm into the family’s first retail store on their vegetable farm in St. Albert in the mid-1950s and eventually expanding the business into a successful greenhouse operation.

In 1979, Jim Hole, Bill Hole, and Valerie Hole took over the company and expanded it where it became one of the largest independent retail garden centers in Canada. In 2009, Jim constructed the Enjoy Centre, a multi-use facility featuring a greenhouse, conference center, café, restaurant, market, and pop-up shops. Jim and the family recently sold the Enjoy Centre to focus on other projects. He is ardent about plants, the environment, and business.

Jim Hole’s humor and engaging spirit are legendary, making him a highly sought-after speaker across the country. In addition to writing bestselling books, newspaper columns for a variety of major newspapers, Jim can be heard on CBC radio and seen on various TV stations sharing his messages and tips on gardening and horticulture, continuing his family’s legacy.

Jim Hole is also the past President of the University of Alberta Alumni Association and Co-Chaired the University’s Centenary Celebrations. Jim Hole has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Plant Science major) from the University of Alberta. Jim is a Certified Professional Horticulturist with the American Society for Horticultural Science. Jim Hole is also a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.


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From Gardens To Markets

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  • People, especially Europeans and residents of North America, are demanding better quality foods from their farmers. They want “organically-grown” fruit and vegetables and meats grown without the use of antibiotics and growth hormones. What do these and other commonly used terms like “organic,” and “natural”, mean both legally and ethically.

    What’s more, consumers are willing to pay a little more for locally produced foods. More and more people are trying to stick to the “100-mile diet” as much as they can.

    Let Jim help you explore the joy and wonders of growing your own food, supporting local farmers, and eating healthily.

    Jim Hole grew up selling vegetables from the backdoor of his family’s farmhouse in St. Albert, Alberta. From that humble beginning, the Hole family farm grew, and he successfully expanded his market.

    Jim will broaden your thinking about what is possible to grow in Canada and how to your products to market profitably and in an environmentally sustainable way. His stories will be both entertaining and educational.

Think Outside the Barn: Sustainable Farming Through Innovation

The Impacts of Industrial Farming

Urban Gardens: Communities, Connection & Nature

The Future of Agriculture

Growing Mental Wellness


Jim’s presentation was fantastic! He’s a great speaker and engaged very well with the participants (there was an opportunity for Q&A following his presentation and he took the time to engage as long as there were questions). We are pleased that he was a part of our event, provided some good energy for the opening. Very practical, approachable and real (not afraid to share successes and learning along the way, what participants/entrepreneurs value).


PowerUp North Conference

All of Jim’s sessions were hugely successful. I had people consistently telling me how much they liked Jim’s presentation. So informative and entertaining. I saw it three times and never tired of it. We hope to work with Jim again down the road.


Syncrude Oil

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