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Census and Economics of Vancouver’s Urban Farms

Vegetable Vancouver 2010: An Urban Farming Census. See the two page flyer PDF here. (1.7 MB)

An Urban Farming Census – Project Description

By Marc Schutzbank, MSc. Candidate
University of British Columbia
November, 2010
Presented at the Vancouver Urban Farming Forum

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index is at the highest level ever recorded. Wheat crops have failed in Russia and in China due to severe heat and draught. International food access issues are stirring local public and private responses, one of which is urban farming. To ascertain the community impacts of urban farming, I propose the development of an urban farming census to measure the economic, social and environmental outcomes of urban farming.

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Photos of 26 Urban Farms posted at the “Vancouver Urban Farming Forum”

Contributing to Vancouver’s goal of being the Greenest City in the World

Collected and presented by Joanna Clark
For “Vancouver Urban Farming Forum”
Nov. 26, 2011

This past weekend The Vancouver Urban Farming Forum gave urban farmers, policy makers, and food security advocates an opportunity to gather together to discuss urban farming in the context of land use, municipal policy, and best practices.

The Farms:

Fresh Roots Urban Farm

Urban Digs

The Orchard Garden

Inner City Farms

Giddy Up & Grow

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The Olkowskis inspired City Farmer 34 years ago

Photo of Bill in his backyard in Acton St, Berkeley, California around 1975. In March 1975 the Olkowskis published “The City People’s Book of Raising Food”.

And we’ve just heard from Bill and Helga Olkowski!

From Bill’s email:

You may remember us as the authors of the “City Peoples Book of Raising Food” back in the 1970’s.  We gave a talk in Seattle for the Pea Patch Group then encouraging people to set up community and backyard gardens.  I remember this talk as one of the high points of our life because it went like this:

We were giving a rousing talk about how important urban agriculture is and could be for the following reasons:

1) it can save money,
2) it can save gasoline normally spent going to the market and traveling for fun,
3) it produces clean food without pesticides,
4) it’s good for the ecosystem since it uses compost from food wastes, and
5) it reduces the amounts of waste vegetable matter thus saving space in dumps.

At the end we asked for questions and the great question arose: “Who is going to do all this?”

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