Category — Bugs
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.”
November 24, 2012 No Comments
It’s important to achieve a good ecological balance when raising chickens; otherwise, the chickens could actually be a cause of residential pest control problems
By Mike R. Davis
Eden – Advanced Pest Teechnolgies
March 20, 2012
From an Integrated Pest Management perspective, backyard chickens bring both advantages and potential problems. The residential pest management benefit of raising chickens is obvious: They eat the common insects that might otherwise pose a pest control problem. Indeed, urban farmers often discover that their garden pest issues are completely resolved once chickens are introduced.
On the other hand, pests are often magnetized to grains and other food sources that are left out in the open. To an ant or mouse, a full bowl of chicken feed looks like a buffet. And once rats, mice and other pests know where you keep the chicken food bowl, they’ll return to it time and time again for a fresh meal.
April 5, 2012 No Comments
Sheryl: “… A dark shadow that looked like an alien head.”
When staff aren’t giving tours, answering the Compost Hotline, or talking to the media, they are gardening our 1/4 acre ‘office’ in Vancouver. Our front garden is landscaped with native British Columbia plants that we don’t have to water in the summer.
This week Sheryl was doing some Fall clean-up out front on an attractive bush. “It was quite the feeling to be pruning away and then to reveal this dark shadow that looked like an alien head, but upon closer inspection it was a beautiful, perfect, huge wasp nest.”
October 29, 2011 1 Comment
Watch Heidi catch a Wolf Spider!
I spotted a rather large Wolf Spider in the compost toilet shed yesterday and knew that the gardeners wouldn’t be happy to come across it unexpectedly. Heidi volunteered to move the unwanted eight-eyed Arachnid and I caught the daring act on video.
During my 30 years at the Compost Garden, various staff have shared with me their fear of the spider, a great insect hunter. Theirs is a common phobia, some feeling it more than others.
July 29, 2011 No Comments
Sundews (Drosera): These sticky plants are great for trapping fruit flies and fungus gnats.
At City Farmer, we get a “horde” of calls about fruit fly problems on our Compost Hotline. The staff have a variety of answers and some of them were reproduced in the Globe and Mail newspaper last week. (See below.)
Our Bug Lady, Maria Keating added one more excellent suggestion, a small Sundew, a plant trap, that can be kept in the kitchen right next to your food scraps bucket. It’s sticky tentacles are ready and hungry for those annoying insects, which often show up on rotting food.
July 25, 2011 2 Comments
‘Bees Please’ box is in harmony with its surroundings in Vancouver BC
By Chloe Bennett Design
From her blog:
Life has been busy since the last post. This April, we finally installed the ‘Bees Please’ Mason Bee Box in the roundabout at Yew & 6th in Kitsilano. The design process was fast and furious, as we raced to meet Mother Nature’s deadline (mason bees emerge from their cocoons late March / April). Thanks to Doug Patterson, Landscape Architecture professor at UBC, for his support and guidance.
May 26, 2011 1 Comment
Third Millennium Farming - Farmers have returned to the city transformed – a mix between biowaste engineers, biologists, and botanists – managing high tech farms integrated into our buildings’ systems and city infrastructures.
By Jakub Dzamba
Masters of Architecture Studies
University of Toronto
This project proposes an idea named third millennium farming (3MF) that is about harnessing the abilities of micro-organisms (algae and phytoplankton) and micro-livestock (insects) to rapidly reproduce, for the purpose of food production. A detailed research project that resulted in the publication of a research paper indicates that 3MF food production strategies have a significantly SMALLER FOODPRINT than current crop farming and livestock rearing methods. Additionally, these new farming operations could be fed with certain types of city bio-wastes creating a new, and more sustainable, type of food chain.
December 26, 2010 1 Comment
Researchers Mary Gardiner, Scott Prajzner and Kojo Quaye, from left, lay out traps to collect bug species in a garden in downtown Cleveland. Photo by Will Figg.
“People are really curious about what the heck we could possibly be doing”
By Mark Ferenchik
The Columbus Dispatch
July 18, 2010
CLEVELAND – Insects are everywhere. In the country and the city. In your mulch bed and your garden.
And they’re all over the sticky pads Mary Gardiner and her team have placed in community gardens and vacant lots in what was once Ohio’s largest city.
Gardiner, an entomologist at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, is leading a team trying to determine the best uses for land that thousands of people once called home.
July 23, 2010 No Comments
Micro-farming – algae, plankton, insects
By Jakub Dzamba
University of Toronto
The purpose of this living document is to add clarity and factual depth to a concept called micro-farming; where the remarkable ability of micro-organisms and insects to rapidly reproduce is harnessed for the production of food.
Third Millennium Farming (3MF) is about using species of micro-organisms (algae and plankton) that are much better converters of sunlight into plant biomass than even our fastest growing crops, and similarly using species of micro-livestock (insects) that are much better converters of plant biomass into edible meat than even our fastest growing livestock.
February 12, 2010 No Comments
New biological pest control laboratory at the forefront of a global revolution in urban food production.
Deborah Henderson, director of the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley. Photo By Bill Keay. Vancouver Sun
Food Production: Kwantlen lab on cutting edge of pest control. Langley university to work on process that uses predators, parasites and microbes to fight destructive insects
By Randy Shore
16 Oct 2009
The Vancouver Sun
A new biological pest control laboratory opening today at Kwantlen Polytechnic University will place B.C. at the forefront of a global revolution in urban food production.
The lab — the first of its kind in North America — will develop insect-and microbe-based pest control systems for use on small-scale farms and in areas where farming and housing share space.
October 16, 2009 1 Comment
Once again Maria takes us up close to insects at the Compost Demonstration Garden. In this video she captures honey bees drinking nectar from Borage
July 14, 2009 No Comments
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Maria uses her macro lens to close in on our Fava Beans, which are covered in black aphids. Instead of reporting a bad news story, she points out all the beneficial insects dining on the aphids and shows us a bucket of ripe beans that survived despite the pest attack. Later she turned the harvested beans into a delicious Fava Bean humous.
July 13, 2009 1 Comment
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Nematodes Control the European Chafer Beetle
The European Chafer Beetle pest is attacking lawns on the east side of Vancouver. Soon these pests will migrate and destroy lawns on the west side too. In an attempt to control the beetle, it is recommended that residents apply nematodes to their lawns in the third week of July. Maria, City Farmer’s Bug Lady, describes how to do this.
July 4, 2009 No Comments
Published in Malaria Journal, 4 August 2008
By Eveline Klinkenberg, PJ McCall, Michael D Wilson, Felix P Amerasinghe and Martin J Donnelly
To investigate the impact of urban agriculture on malaria transmission risk in urban Accra larval and adult stage mosquito surveys, were performed.
There has been a resurgence of interest in the problem of urban malaria in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years. Urban malaria is likely to increase in importance as rapid urbanization will result in the majority of Africa’s population living in cities in the near future. It is commonly assumed that urbanization leads to a decrease in malaria prevalence because it results in fewer Anopheles breeding sites, reduced biting rates due to the higher ratio of humans to mosquitoes, better access to treatment and better (mosquito-proof) housing.
September 9, 2008 No Comments
Gretchen LeBuhn, Associate Professor at San Francisco State University writes:
“I’ve just launched the Great Sunflower Project, a citizen science project designed to learn about how bees are doing across the North American continent and how the pollination of our garden and wild plants are being affected. We are especially interested in finding out what is happening in urban gardens. As you probably know, we know very little about bee activity in home and community gardens, but we do know how important they are for food production.
March 4, 2008 No Comments
Maria Keating, Bug Lady at City Farmer, has created two comix-style flyers from photos of insects at the our Demonstration Garden in Vancouver BC. Maria teaches kids and adults about the almost invisible life that takes place in every backyard garden.
January 13, 2008 No Comments