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Sell from your garden with a cash register kept in your pocket


City Farmer’s iPhone cash register. Photo by Michael Levenston.

Use an easy-swipe credit card reader on your iPhone to put money directly into your bank account

If you have produce to sell from your back garden, from your small urban farm or from your table at a farmer’s market, there’s a new way to make the transaction effortless and it takes the headaches out of cash or cheque sales.

No more – “I don’t have enough money on me – where is the nearest bank machine?” or “that damned cheque bounced.” The Square app will take Visa or Mastercard and deposit money into your bank account in a few business days. You lose 2.75% on the transaction but you win with convenience.

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November 24, 2012   Comments Off

Canada Post produces ‘Beneficial Insect’ series


The golden-eyed lacewing (Chrysopa oculata), the paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus) and margined leatherwing (Chauliognathus marginatus).

The bugs are back — it’s a philatelic infestation! This fall, Canada Post has issued a special souvenir sheet with selected Beneficial Insects low value definitives.

Oct. 16, 2012

Issued in honour of the 125th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, the souvenir sheet is aimed at young, beginning collectors. “The Society has always been committed to passing on knowledge about stamp collecting to subsequent generations, which is no doubt a factor in its longevity,” says Canada Post’s Director of Stamp Services Jim Phillips. “You could say we’re helping the Society pass on the collecting bug.”

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Wanting to build Victoria, BC’s first greenhouse aquaponic system


Angela Moran, Urban Farmer, Flamenco Dancer.

There is a beautiful synergistic relationship between fish and plants and the urban environment that allows us to really close some loops and ease the labour required to grow food.

The Mason Street City Farm is a quarter acre market farm nestled into the heart of North Park neighbourhood in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Located just three blocks from City Hall, a stone’s throw from the local fast food joint and tucked in between condos, grocery stores, and the local elementary school is a highly productive and accessible urban farm. It is a green space in the city where a diversity of people with a diversity of skills come together in the ancient and cardinal act of growing food.

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Vegetarian Beatle, Paul McCartney, fed by urban farmers in Vancouver, BC

When the legendary Beatle hits town, he’ll chow down on food grown near BC Place Stadium

By Mia Stainsby
The Vancouver Sun
24 Nov 2012

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Which brings us to McCartney’s visit to Vancouver and his concert, Sunday at BC Place. He’ll be glad all over to learn that much of the food he’ll be served was grown next to the stadium and by people with broken wings who learned to fly.

The grower, Sole Food Farm, produces artisanal vegetables on vacant urban land and provides training and jobs to people with multiple barriers. “We’ve taken people with no agricultural skills and deal with significant personal challenges and they’re producing food at an extremely high level,” says Sole Food founder Michael Ableman.

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November 24, 2012   2 Comments