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Troisième édition de l’École d’été sur l’agriculture urbaine

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Du 15 au 19 août 2011 à Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal (Canada)

Pour une troisième année consécutive le Collectif de recherche sur l’aménagement paysager et l’agriculture urbaine durable (CRAPAUD), en association avec l’Institut des sciences de l’environnement, vous convie à cinq jours de formation sur l’agriculture urbaine (AU) et ses différentes facettes. Cette école se veut un creuset multidisciplinaire à l’émergence de l’agriculture urbaine. Il se veut un lieu et moment de rencontre entre les différents acteurs de l’agriculture urbaine au Québec, mais aussi d’ailleurs.

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February 17, 2011   1 Comment

Seeding North Vancouver’s first urban farm

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“This is a really about how to integrate agriculture into the community.”

By Jessica Linzey
Open File
February 16, 2011

Excerpt:

High above a ravine at the eastern edge of North Vancouver is a scrubby strip of land popular with dog walkers. Not much grows here. Even the grass struggles up in patches. The soil is largely compacted glacial till, land created out of fill from the Highway 1 cut that runs directly to the east. Ten metres below surface is an old dump, decommissioned in 1950s.

Welcome to Loutet Park, site of the city’s first urban farm.

Nearly two years in the making, the Loutet Park Urban Agriculture Project is the brainchild of greenskins lab’s Daniel Roehr and Isabel Kunigk, landscape architects who saw an opportunity in North Vancouver’s so-called “Green Necklace” to convert underused, taxpayer-owned green space–space that takes a lot of cash to keep green–into profitable, entrepreneurial, agriculture land.

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Composting goes electric

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Community composting – is this it?

By Colleen Kimmett
Open File
February 14, 2011

Excerpt:

When Michael Levenston was offered the chance to bring a dragon into his demonstration garden in Kitsilano, he was skeptical. After some convincing, the Red Dragon–a cherry-red electric composter–found a new home.

“So far it’s working like it’s supposed to,” Levenston says. “I’m very excited about making clean, good quality compost.”

The Red Dragon–about the size of a bar fridge–is the smallest of a line of electric composters distributed by GreenGood Composters. It runs on 60 to 80 kilowatts of electricity per month (about four dollars’ worth), and can turn up to 100 kilograms of food waste into several kilograms of compost in 24 hours. It was so effective, in fact, that City Farmer recently started using a larger version, the White Dragon.

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February 17, 2011   1 Comment