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About City Farmer

Shoemakers, fashion models, computer geeks, politicians, lawyers, teachers, chefs … all city dwellers … all can grow food at home after work in back yards, community gardens or on flat roofs. For the past 40 years, City Farmer has encouraged urban dwellers to pull up a patch of lawn and plant some vegetables, kitchen herbs and fruit. Our message is the same today as it was in 1978 and will be relevant far into the future.

This website is a collection of stories about our work at City Farmer here in Vancouver, Canada, and about urban farmers from around the world. The site is maintained by City Farmer executive director, Michael Levenston.

Also visit our Demonstration Garden website at


Phone: 604.685.5832

City Farmer’s first web site Urban Agriculture Notes ( has hundreds of pages of information about city farming. Begun in 1994, it was the first web site on the Internet to publish information about urban farming. Our Internet websites (.org and .info) grew out of our newspaper publication, “City Farmer”, which began in 1978.

City Farmer teaches people how to grow food in the city, compost their waste and take care of their home landscape in an environmentally responsible way. When visiting Vancouver, British Columbia, visit our staff at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden, 2150 Maple Street, and see how we take care of our urban landscape. See our climate adaptation garden, green roof, cob shed, organic food garden, permeable lane, natural lawn, waterwise garden, worm and backyard composters and more. 604.736.2250

See what we do at ‘The Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden’ in this 30 page photo album.

Link here to the Compost Garden Photo Album.  Large 8MB  PDF.

Below: Photo of our food garden.

The Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden

Canada: Principal live-tweets City Farmer wormshop for Grade 1/2 class. April 2018

City Farmer’s ‘Demonstration Garden’ Official Feed Your City 2017 exhibit selection. April 2018

United Nations: Vancouver’s ‘City Farmer’ One of Seven Small-Scale Urban Agriculture Initiatives Featured at UN Secretariat Building in New York! Nov 2, 2017

City Farmer’s Lynsey Dobbie talks about composting pumpkins on CBC Radio. Nov 2, 2017

City Farmer’s Compost Garden featured in Arbutus Greenway ‘Design Jam’ Video. Oct 25, 2017

Special ale brings cheer to 40 years of urban farming at City Farmer. Sept 25, 2017

Hong Kong Drama Filmed in City Farmer’s Compost Garden. Sept 21, 2017

Permaculture Students Present Design To City Farmer. Aug 27, 2017

Children of two war-weary men who saved a priceless Dutch art collection from Nazis meet in Vancouver. Aug 12, 2017

“To have a .eco domain attached to our name is really important because that’s who we are.” Aug 1, 2017

Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer. May 30, 2017

City Farmer Gets New .eco Domain Name. April 25, 2017

Fishing For Farmers. January 27, 2017

1981 Agriculture Canada: Gardens for all? Reposted November 19, 2016

1982 Article: Richard Britz Author of ‘The Edible City’ Visits Vancouver. Reposted November 14, 2016

1987 Article about Vancouver’s City Farmer – Ability Garden at City Farmer, Vancouver. Reposted November 6, 2016

1978 article about Vancouver’s City Farmer – “Be a Farmer in the Centre of the City”. Reposted November 3, 2016

1982 article about Vancouver’s City Farmer – “Making Farmers Outa City Folk”. Reposted September 17, 2016

City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV. July 6, 2016

Ming Pao article about the Vancouver Compost Garden (in Chinese). June 20, 2016

Climate change causes City Farmer to try different gardening techniques in Vancouver plot. June 2016

City Farmer’s Head Gardener, Sharon Slack, Makes Vancouver Newspaper Frontpage Twice in 6 weeks. April 2016

City Farmer’s head gardener, Sharon Slack, cover girl in Vancouver newspaper today. February 2016

There’s money in that pile of dirt: Increasing food prices point to more grow-your-own. Feb 2016

Canada: A National Strategy For Urban Agriculture by City Farmer. January 2016

The dirt on soil: Keep it healthy for the sake of your veggies. May 2015

Canadian Institutions Supported ‘City Farmer’ in Formative Years. March 2015

Community Gardener finds 1984 Harrowsmith Magazine with article about City Farmer. March 2015

‘Gardens grow another day on the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver. December 2014

‘City Farmer News’ Celebrates 20 Years On-line. November 2014

‘City Farmer’ featured on Easy Organic Gardener Radio Show

‘Lonely Planet Vancouver’ features ‘Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden’ in latest edition

35 years ago ‘City Farmer’ began out of an interest in energy use in the food system

‘City Farmer News’ listed as one of top 20 International Urban Planning Websites 2013

Sharing Backyards: A popular Canadian innovation in urban farming

2013 marks City Farmer’s “35th” year promoting urban agriculture!

Music video filmed at City Farmer’s Garden. Summer 2012

Graphic design students create ‘conceptual solutions’ for City Farmer

Our Vancouver Compost Garden – Video of  ‘A Day in the Life’ August, 2012

German filmmaker visits City Farmer in Vancouver. Aug 19, 2011

The Face Behind “”. May 2011

City Farmer wins Treehugger’s “Best Farming/Gardening Website” Award 2011

“The Internet and Urban Agriculture” by Michael Levenston in JAFSDC Volume 1, Issue 2, Dec. 2010

City Farmer awarded “Garden Communicator of the Year” by BC Landscape and Nursery Trades Association – 2010

Another flash from the past – Canadian Press 1981 – “Urban vegetable growth is unlimited”

Flash from the past – Canadian Press 1982 – “Cultivate veggies not grass”

Enthusiasm and Perspective: An discussion with a 32-year urban ag veteran, FoodGirl, July 26, 2010

Urban agriculture moves into the mainstream, WestEnder, April 21, 2010

Urban Sustainable Living Magazine, April 2010

City Farmer – Backyard composting and urban agriculture educators. Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine. February 2010

City Farmer shines a positive light on the environmental movement during the Olympics – February 2010

Corbis features 41 photos of the Vancouver Compost Demonstration garden run by City Farmer

City Farmer – Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture – Dec. 10, 2009

Farming The Front Yard – Works Conversations – Interview: Michael Levenston, Bob Woodsworth April 18, 2008

Backyard Eating – Old Times winter/spring 2008. Michael Levenston sows seeds of sustainability.

Urban Farming a Growing Trend The Epoch Times, July 30, 2008

Vancouver’s City Farmer in Your Backyard – July 7, 2008

City Farmer’s Wormshops – “Composting is Creepy” Vancouver Sun June 14, 2008

Heads in the Dirt – Watershed Sentinel – March April 2008

City Farmer Nominated for the YMCA Power of Peace Award – 2008

Looking back – a brief history of City Farmer written in 2003 for our 25th anniversary

30 years ago: City Farmer’s Demonstration Food Garden in Vancouver

1979 Flashback – “City Farming can produce tasty food”

Our news stories go back to 1978 when City Farmer began. We average about 100 media contacts every year.

See more City Farmer stories here.