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

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MikeSharonCity Farmer’s Michael Levenston and Sharon Slack, along with other staff, have created a climate-change adaptation garden. Photo by Carlito Pablo.

Inside City Farmer’s office is a copy of Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update. Levenston and Slack recommended this new book by Salt Spring Island–based pest-management and gardening expert Linda Gilkeson.

By Carlito Pablo
Georgia Straight
June 8th, 2016

Excerpt:

Last summer was so hot that many probably thought it was one for the books. Well, it turned out that Earth in 2015 had its warmest summer in recorded history. It was another sign that the planet is heating up, due mainly to human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions into the atmosphere.

For some folks in Vancouver, the dry conditions at the time made gardening so challenging that they immediately started an experiment.

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June 9, 2016   Comments Off on Climate change causes City Farmer to try different gardening techniques in Vancouver plot

BUGS the film – Will eating insects save our Earth?

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BUGS, a documentary by Andreas Johnsen. A gastronomic adventure with Nordic Food Lab: Can eating insects save our Earth?

World premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016.
(Must see. Mike)

For the past three years, a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab, made up of chefs and researchers Josh Evans, Ben Reade and Roberto Flore, has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond. During their journey they encounter everything from revered termite queens and desert-delicacy honey ants to venemous giant hornets and long-horned grasshoppers trapped using powerful floodlights, which sometimes cause their operators blindness.

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May 16, 2016   Comments Off on BUGS the film – Will eating insects save our Earth?

GrowHop: Urban Cricket Farm & FoodLab

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Ottawa business is going to make you love eating bugs!

From Indiegogo:

Bugs are delicious. Wait, what?

We know, the idea can seem surprising at first. But the insects as food movement is gaining steam. The United Nations believes it has major potential to address the food security issues resulting from climate change and dwindling resources. The market has also responded. More and more companies are developing cricket brownies, crackers, and energy bars!

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February 26, 2016   Comments Off on GrowHop: Urban Cricket Farm & FoodLab

Canada: Richmond, BC ‘Spirulina’ farm now in operation

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Algabloom International’s staff toast their nomination for a pair of Small Business BC Awards with a shot of spirulina algae, a long-lived species of algae, said to have a host of health benefits.

Pondering the future with a ‘superfood’– blue green algae

Philip Raphael
Richmond News
January 28, 2016

Excerpt:

Algabloom International is the creation of Soheyl and Susan Mottahedeh, who set up shop about a year ago to start growing the spirulina species which is often called a “super food” for its claims to provide health benefits that far outstrip other foods rich in minerals, protein and antioxidant properties.

Working from their River Road premises, where they employ 10 people, their 3,300-square-foot operation’s capacity can grow about 28 kilos of algae a day.

“We’re algae farmers,” said Soheyl proudly.

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January 30, 2016   Comments Off on Canada: Richmond, BC ‘Spirulina’ farm now in operation

Neighbors abuzz about fly farm in Vale, Oregon

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Containers of equipment sit outside a proposed fly farm.

Concerns included having a fly farm close to other residences, fly containment, the manure used in the fly production and impacts on property.

By Larry Meyer
The Argus Observer
Nov 5, 2015

Excerpt:

The Malheur County Planning Commission heard the issue at its Sept. 24 meeting and approved a conditional-use permit for a commercial activity with farm use in the propagation, harvesting and preparation of insects for use in animal food and research.

Skip Cockerum, of Ontario, said his company, Fly Farm Products, produces such things as fish bait and feed for caged or wild birds. He has a small property along Clark Boulevard, near the Malheur Experiment Station, that includes a small shop as well as a house.

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November 12, 2015   Comments Off on Neighbors abuzz about fly farm in Vale, Oregon

Butterfly farm takes flight in Louisville, Kentucky

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butBlair Leano-Helvey. (Photo: JAMES BRUGGERS/THE COURIER-JOURNAL)

She sells the butterflies for education and events, including weddings. Releasing butterflies at special events is better for the environment than releasing balloons, which litter and can harm wildlife, she said.

By James bruggers
Courier Journal
June 5, 2015

Excerpt:

Blair Leano-Helvey is bringing a new twist to Louisville’s growing urban agriculture scene. She’s started a butterfly farm.

“It’s just like any other farm,” she said. “It’s just that we have very small livestock.”

And colorful, too.

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June 14, 2015   Comments Off on Butterfly farm takes flight in Louisville, Kentucky

The Living Landscape

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Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden

By Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy
Timber Press
2014

A home garden is often seen as separate from the natural world surrounding it. In truth, it is actually just one part of a larger landscape made up of many living layers. And the replacement of the rich layers of native flora with turf grass greatly diminishes a garden’s biological diversity and ecological function.

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February 18, 2015   Comments Off on The Living Landscape

New urban agriculture policy starts buzz in Vancouver city parks

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This spring, adults and children will be “buzz-scaping” at Strathcona’s 3.5-hectare Trillium North Park. That is, the Strathcona Food Security Committee is constructing a pollinator house frame.

Get ready for innovative community food and agriculture uses in parks

City of Vancouver
February 17 2015

Excerpt:

Everyone’s a foodie nowadays, and the Vancouver Park Board recognizes that.

To reflect the growing and diverse interest in local food production and cultivation, we have adopted a new Urban Agriculture Policy that aims to broaden the types of food-related projects considered in parks, including one-off and pilot projects.

The policy also:

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February 18, 2015   Comments Off on New urban agriculture policy starts buzz in Vancouver city parks

Big Cricket Farms – the only farm in America to raise crickets exclusively for human consumption

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Big Cricket Farms holds nearly six million crickets in a compact, urban setting, raising and slaughtering them without a single complaint from the next-door neighbors.

By Nicola Twilley
New Yorker
September 16, 2014

Excerpt:

Big Cricket Farms, of Youngstown, Ohio, opened six months ago. It is the first (and, so far, only) farm in America to raise crickets exclusively for human consumption. The farm, which was founded by Kevin Bachhuber, is housed in a formerly abandoned warehouse in the Rust Belt city. Inside, several hundred white reinforced fibreglass troughs sit on the floor, housing between three thousand and four thousand crickets each.

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September 19, 2014   Comments Off on Big Cricket Farms – the only farm in America to raise crickets exclusively for human consumption

Insects to Feed the World Conference 2014

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The first international conference on insects for food and feed brought over 450 participants from 45 countries together to discuss the state of the art in edible insect research, business and policy. Feed industry leaders, insect breeders, universities, NGOs and other stakeholders gathered for the first time, with a clear message – insects for feed and food are viable solution for the protein deficit problem.

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September 14, 2014   Comments Off on Insects to Feed the World Conference 2014

Fire ant infestation complicates Vancouver community garden removal

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fireantIn the four years since European fire ants were first discovered in B.C., their presence has been confirmed in at least 25 locations throughout Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Canadian Pacific rail has ordered encroaching gardens removed but city worries ants will spread

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
July 7, 2014

Excerpt:

Canadian Pacific orders to dismantle and remove community gardens along the Arbutus Corridor could be delayed by an infestation of European fire ants in the garden plots near East Boulevard and 68th Avenue.

These tenacious pests are nearly impossible to eradicate and are being spread throughout southwestern B.C. by the movement of infested plants and soil, said Rob Higgins, a biologist at Thompson Rivers University.

About 30 colonies have been identified near the CP rail right-of-way in Kerrisdale, but the rest of the corridor should be surveyed before any plants or soil are removed, he said.

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July 8, 2014   Comments Off on Fire ant infestation complicates Vancouver community garden removal

‘City Farmer’ featured on Easy Organic Gardener Radio Show

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Listen here to archived recording.

With host Sheri Frey

Guest Michael Levenston
June 22, 2014

About Sheri:
Since 1979 Sheri has been co-owner and vice president of ARBICO Organics. ARBICO Organics produces and markets organic and natural products for home, business, garden, lawn, farm and pets. Products include beneficial insects and organisms, fertilizers and soil amendments, weed and disease controls, composting supplies, insecticides, critter controls, horse care, traps, lures, pheromones, botanicals and more.

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June 23, 2014   Comments Off on ‘City Farmer’ featured on Easy Organic Gardener Radio Show

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control

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There are 19 detailed bug profiles and 39 plant profiles

By Jessica Walliser
Timber Press
2014

It may seem counterintuitive to want bugs in a garden, but insects are indeed valuable garden companions. Especially those species known for eating the bugs that eat plants. Assassin bugs, damsel bugs, and predatory stink bugs are all carnivores that devour the bugs that dine on a garden.

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March 28, 2014   Comments Off on Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control

McGill Students Win $1Million to Farm Insects

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The Desautels team includes Mohammed Ashour, Zev Thompson, Shobhita Soor, Gabriel Mott and Jesse Pearlstein.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reports that insects are eaten seasonally by 2.5 billion people worldwide.

CTV Montreal
September 23, 2013

Excerpt:

A group of McGill students has been awarded $1 million to help create a company that will farm insects.

The Hult Prize was awarded to McGill University’s Aspire team by former president Bill Clinton Monday evening at an event in New York City.

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September 27, 2013   Comments Off on McGill Students Win $1Million to Farm Insects

The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook

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Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin [Paperback]

By David George Gordon
Ten Speed Press
2nd edition (July 16 2013)
136 pages

With its stylish new package, updated information on the health and environmental benefits of insect eating, and breed-your-own instructions, this new edition of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook is the go-to resource for anyone interested in becoming an entomological epicure.

For many Americans, eating a lowly insect is something you’d only do on a dare. But with naturalist and noted bug chef David George Gordon, bug-eating is fun, exciting, and downright delicious!

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August 30, 2013   Comments Off on The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook