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Canada: Special ale brings cheer to 40 years of urban farming at City Farmer

Click image to see larger file. Maria Keating, an environmental educator with City Farmer Society, with seven different varieties of hops harvested at the Vancouver Compost Garden. Photo by Jason Payne. Also watch the video online.

A bumper crop of hops is being harvested in preparation for urban agriculture advocate City Farmer’s Vancouver-style microbrew.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Sept 25, 2017

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Every harvest and the resulting brew is a unique story.

In 2014, the first hop harvest was used to brew a nut brown Pollinator Ale using honey produced on site in celebration of the Year of the Pollinator.

The following year a wind storm knocked down hundreds of trees across the city, including one that crushed the hop trellis and mashed the potato patch. The delay in harvest meant the hops were used fresh rather than dried in their Windstorm Session Ale.

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These Green Surfers in Ireland Turned a Small Garden into an Amazing Community Farm

Starting nearby with a back garden in 2012, then a 1/2 acre community garden, to a loaned 1 acre site, we kept working and saving to create what is now Moy Hill Farm: 17 acres bought in 2015 and run as a CSA

By Alan Stokes
The Inertia
Sept 18, 2017

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It’s no easy task but all of the work is done with a sustainable approach. Pigs help to rotavate the field and local seaweed and sand are used as opposed to fertilizers or pesticides. Everyone is invited to come and help grow and in return, when the harvest is done, is rewarded with the literal fruits (and vegetables) of their labour.

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Canada: Bowery Project’s urban farms blooming in Toronto’s vacant lots

It’s a verdant wonderland at the Vanauley Street YMCA homeless shelter thanks to Toronto’s Bowery Project, a volunteer-based operation that transforms empty spaces into mobile urban farms that grow food for local restaurants. (Photo courtesy of Bowery Project)

“The people we engage on the site. It’s so incredible,” she says. “Our impact is more than the growing of food — it’s really the community engagement.”

By Nina Dragicevic
Toronto Stories
Sept 19, 2017

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“What happens with vacant lots sometimes is that developers get held up at heritage or the design committee with their plans,” says Deena DelZotto, half of the duo behind the Bowery Project, which has transforming these unused spaces into mobile urban farms that grow food for local restaurants.

But to be clear, she’s not complaining: “We thought we’d only have one season and now we’re having three.”

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