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Vancouver Parks ‘field houses’ eyed for urban farming

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Vancouver Park Board is considering turning field houses at various city parks into farmhouses.

By Michael Mui
24 Hours Vancouver
April 12, 2015

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Vancouver Park Board is considering turning field houses at various city parks — outfitted with caretakers’ suite, washroom facilities and sometimes concession booths — into urban farmhouses operated by city farming groups.

The 75 houses had traditionally provided live-in accommodations for park caretakers, but their uses today have shifted towards things like artists spaces, environment residences, storage for sports organizations, as some examples.

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1851: The gardener’s text-book – containing practical directions upon the formation and management of the kitchen garden

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The well-known tomato, which is now highy esteemed in all kitchens, was formerly raised in the flower garden under the name of love-apple, and was by some persons considered poisonous.

By Schenck, Peter Adam
New-York : O. Judd & company
c1851

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The common day labourer of England, a man of much less intelligence and shrewdness than the greater portion of our working classes, is distinguished by a remarkable degree of skill and taste in the cultivation and embellishment of the little spot of ground connected with his dwelling. Here it is that he spends the odd moments of time between his regular hours of labour; and while he bestows the greatest attention upon the vegetables which are afterwards to grace his humble board, he does not forget the excellent effect of a few flowers in the door-yard.

The stranger who passes along the road cannot fail to infer that comfort and happiness preside in that cottage, however lowly may be its roof, and however rustic and unpolished may be its inmates.

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