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City Farmer awarded “Garden Communicator of the Year” by BC Landscape and Nursery Trades Association

Liam Robinson (right) of Watermark Gardens presents the award to Michael Levenston (left) of City Farmer.

City Farmer – Garden Communicator of the Year Award

This award is shared by all City Farmer’s staff who “communicate” from our Compost Demonstration Garden in Vancouver. Sharon Slack, Maria Keating, Lauren Welch, Farhat Khan, Sheryl Webster, Lynsey Dobbie, Arzeena Hamir, Preet Ball, Michelle Drewitz, and Sean Reynolds. And our long-time directors Risa Smith, Bob Woodsworth, Susan Gregory and Tom Mommsen.

From the awards banquet, November 5, 2010:

Garden Communicator of the Year Award

Each year, BCLNA recognizes exemplary service to the association by its members, as well as some deserving non-members, whose actions have strengthened the horticulture industry.

This is the case with the Garden Communicator of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding communication to the public on garden and landscape topics by a BC writer, radio or t.v. commentator, artist, or communications specialist. This award has been sponsored for many years by Clearview Horticulture Products.

And the winner is Michael Levenston of City Farmer

In creating the website and by communicating through new media, Michael has turned City Farmer into the “CNN” of urban agriculture, reaching millions of people around the world. City Farmer’s demonstration garden staff give more than 100 interviews every year, and the organization’s “Grow your own food” message has been spread through local favourites like: CBC, CTV, The Weather Network, BC Magazine,The Globe and Mail, and also to overseas broadcasters including: CNN, French National Television and Korea’s National Television.

City Farmer teaches classes on composting and organic gardening, and answers thousands of questions on its Regional Compost Hotline. They produce and podcast educational videos from their Vancouver garden, featuring horticultural and environmental stories, and the organization hosts tour groups from around the globe.

Why do they teach gardening?

Michael says, “We believe that city residents can grow some of the food they eat, even if it’s just a few herbs planted on a windowsill. We see this as a positive activity that people of every nation, religion and age around the world can take part in. It is something we have in common with each other. And that is why we continue to celebrate the work of urban farmers.”

Link to BCLNA award here.


1 J { 11.07.10 at 4:11 pm }

Congratulations to all! It’s wonderful to see City Farmer being recognized, especially in this particular category … since communication is one of THE most outstanding aspects of your organization.

You have very much opened my eyes not only to what is possible at home but to the smart actions and innovation by others around the world. A great many of whom have very little (by our standards) but put us to shame in how they utilize and expand their resources!

!! Hip hip horray for City Farmer!! And please keep up the wonderful work!

Warm regards

2 Dianna carr { 11.07.10 at 6:22 pm }

we, the dirty-handed, buttercup-cursing, sun-seeking, seed-planting, slug-baiting dilettante backyard farmers salute you on your award and thank you for opening our eyes to everything going on in the wide, wide world of urban agriculture. May you continue to reap what you sow.