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Canada: City Farmer Begins its 40th Year

Click image to see larger file. Our New Year’s Beer.

Happy New Year!

This special beer, made from our garden hops, features the masthead of the first issue of our newspaper published in August, 1978. At that time, the founders of City Farmer were working at the Vancouver Energy Conservation Centre, teaching city residents how to conserve energy in the food system. We were strongly motivated by William and Helga Olkowskis’s book, The City People’s Book of Raising Food.

Risa Smith, Susan Gregory and Bob Woodsworth. Risa and Bob were founding directors in 1978. Sue has been a director since the early 1980’s. All still serve on our Board.

For the past 40 years, City Farmer has developed and promoted the concept of urban agriculture/city farming, which includes front and back gardens, rooftop and balcony growing, school yards, community gardens, vertical gardening and much more. The subject continues to grow as creative people look for new ways to produce food in the city.

Our goal has always been to help urban people become ‘producers’ of food, not simply consumers.

More on our history here.

City Farmer beginnings.

The Olkowskis inspired City Farmer

Energy and City Farmer’s roots.