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Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut: Teacher in remote Inuit community teaches students to garden

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Qikiqtarjuaq formerly known as Broughton Island is a community located on the island of the same name in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The island is known for Arctic wildlife and whale watching. At the 2016 census the population was 598.

Malcolm, who teaches at the Inuksuit School, is trying to help combat food insecurity for his students by teaching them to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

By Ellen Brait
The Star
April 26, 2017

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Malcolm said he plans to offer gardening as a weekly science project or after school extra-curricular, only for students who are interested.

“There is a lot of interest among students,” he said. “They love planting stuff and growing in class too. It’s a novelty for them to see plants bearing fruit because you just don’t see it in the wild here.”

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April 27, 2017   No Comments

City Farmer Gets New “.eco” Domain Name

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City Farmer’s new website [www.cityfarmer.eco] features our Compost Demonstration Garden and our coming 40th anniversary next year. Visit the site here.

Leading global brands like Tesla, Google and LG have bought .eco domain names, taken the .eco pledge and set up .eco profiles.

Press Release
Dot ECO
April 25, 2017

Excerpt:

VANCOUVER, BC – Starting today, businesses, organizations and individuals can own a .eco domain, the new dedicated environmental domain extension for people and brands committed to positive change for the planet. The .eco domain comes to market following a nine-year collaborative effort among more than 50 environmental non-profits, all with a shared vision to bring a trusted symbol of environmental responsibility to the Internet.

“Consumers will recognize .eco as the new global identity for brands and organizations committed to positive environmental change,” said Trevor Bowden, co-founder of .eco and Big Room Inc., a certified B Corporation located in Vancouver, BC. “Early .eco domain holders have already inspired a positive ripple effect, encouraging other brands to register and promoting transparency and a new level of accountability in how companies broadcast their social, environmental and CSR mandates.”

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April 26, 2017   No Comments

Canada’s New Cannabis Laws Will Allow Personal Cultivation

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A limit of four plants per residence. A maximum height limit of 100 cm on the plants

A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada
Government of Canada
Nov 30, 2016
Ch 3, Section 5

Excerpt:

It is currently legal to grow and produce tobacco for personal use in Canada (up to 15 kg of tobacco or cigars), just as it is legal to produce wine or beer at a residence for personal use. Wine-making, home brewing of beer and curing personally grown tobacco is undertaken primarily by advocates and connoisseurs in the post-Prohibition era. It is assumed that, over time, personally cultivated cannabis will follow the same course.

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April 18, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Community group plans urban farm school in Fredericton, New Brunswick

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A farming school in Fredericton’s north side. (N.B. Community Harvest Gardens)

The location makes it convenient for people living in the city to walk, bike or take a bus to school and learn how to farm.

By Terrence McEachern
CBC News
Apr 09, 2017

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Edee Klee wants to bring farming back as a viable career option in the New Brunswick.

A passionate gardener, Klee is part of a group that is planning to set up a teaching farm — but not one in the middle of the country. Rather, this farm school would occupy eight acres of land in Fredericton

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April 17, 2017   No Comments

Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

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Chris Reid is the executive director at Shifting Growth, which sets up community gardens in undeveloped properties throughout the Lower Mainland. Reid is pictured Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Alma community garden in Vancouver, B.C. Jason Payne / PNG

An unexpected offshoot of the initiative is the success of their pre-fab raised garden boxes, which are set on pallets for drainage

By Denise Ryan
Vancouver Sun
Apr 14, 2017

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“The site has been empty for many years and we thought this would be a great way to give back to the community and do something useful while we go through the development process,” said Kevin Cheung, Landa’s CEO in a statement.

Shifting Growth doesn’t solicit developers because there are enough developers willing to assume the risk and responsibility for the garden projects in exchange for a tax break from the B.C. Assessment Authority. If a vacant lot houses a temporary community garden it will be taxed at a lower rate than on a business site.

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April 15, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

Urban farm in Victoria, BC, expands, hopes to grow 10,000 lbs of produce

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Topsoil’s new space includes 15,000 square feet to grow fresh produce and offers more sun exposure.

CTV Vancouver Island
April 7, 2017

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The local food producer works with chefs in Victoria at the beginning of the season and customizes what it grows based on what the chefs need.

The founder of the business says the open site allows them to operate in full transparency.

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April 13, 2017   Comments Off on Urban farm in Victoria, BC, expands, hopes to grow 10,000 lbs of produce

Vancouver, BC, farmer told by city she can’t raise chickens on farmland

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Robin Friesen (left) and partner Jordan Maynard on their Vancouver farm. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG

“I didn’t take (the bylaw officer) seriously. This is Agricultural Land Reserve land. I told him to go back and read the laws.”

By Glenda Luymes
Vancouver Sun
April 9, 2017

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But what Friesen and her partner Jordan Maynard didn’t know was that although their little piece of top-quality farmland in Vancouver’s Southlands neighbourhood is technically in the ALR, it is also subject to a condition that affects no other farmland in B.C.

According to the both the City of Vancouver and the Agricultural Land Commission, the ALR land in Southlands is governed by city bylaws on such things as noise, smell and the number of chickens a farmer can keep, rather than the provincial Right to Farm Act that normally governs ALR land. The provincial legislation allows farmers to keep livestock and tend crops that might irritate neighbours in an urban setting.

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April 10, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, farmer told by city she can’t raise chickens on farmland

Podcast with Michael Abelman about Urban Agriculture

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Vancouver, BC. And we eventually expanded to over almost five acres of land on four different sites — including a production orchard, 16,000 square feet of high tunnel unheated greenhouses, and large open parking lots — to the point where we’re now producing 25 tons of food annually and employing close to 30 people.

By Peak Properity
Value Walk
Mar 27, 2017

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Our Sole Food Street Farm started when I received a phone call, eight or nine years ago, asking me to attend a meeting in Vancouver on the downtown eastside. The downtown eastside is a distressed neighborhood where the term “Skid Row” was coined. The invitation was to meet with several social service agencies in the neighborhood to discuss some interesting strategies for helping people in that community — the entire neighborhood is almost entirely inhabited by folks who are dealing with some form of long-term addiction, mental illness, and certainly, high levels of material poverty.

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April 3, 2017   Comments Off on Podcast with Michael Abelman about Urban Agriculture

Sudbury, Ontario: Community gardens are about way more than growing food

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The number of gardens has exploded. In just three years, the number surpassed 20 active sites

By Hugh Kruzel
Sudbury.com
Mar 25, 2017

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Fortunate for the Sudbury Community Garden Network, a guiding hand plus knowledgeable players (farmers, biologists, veterans of other cities and gardens), community input and support by city staff and local industry exists, and they all willingly collaborate.

The Sudbury Public Library Main Branch now houses a seed collection, including saved heritage/heirloom and locally successful varieties. Seeds are available to all citizens.

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March 31, 2017   Comments Off on Sudbury, Ontario: Community gardens are about way more than growing food

Toronto’s Urban Farming Residence Will Bridge the Gap Between Housing and Agriculture

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Residences are available on upper floors, each with its own custom micro-garden beds to supply the residents with fresh herbs.

By Osman Bari
Arch Daily
Mar 25, 2017

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The shallow floor plates allow ample sunlight into the units, while spacious latticed terraces and balconies can accommodate furniture, plants, and a barbecue. Communal food-focused programs include an internal greenhouse as a nursery for plants and seeds, as well as an industrial kitchen for shared food production and hosting events.

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March 30, 2017   Comments Off on Toronto’s Urban Farming Residence Will Bridge the Gap Between Housing and Agriculture

Canada: General Mills ‘Bring Back the Bees’ campaign has created controversy

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Manitoba experts explain how to support bee populations after questions raised about free seed campaign

By Brett Purdy
CBC News
Mar 26, 2017

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A cereal company’s offer of free wildflower seeds to help bees has felt the sting of controversy online — but local experts say there are are other ways to support healthy bee populations in Manitoba.

As part of its “Bring Back the Bees” campaign, General Mills has offered free seed packets — from P.E.I.’s Veseys Seeds — on millions of boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, with the intention of raising awareness about the importance of bees as pollinators.

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March 27, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: General Mills ‘Bring Back the Bees’ campaign has created controversy

Toronto summit looked at urban agriculture and the role of community gardens in Toronto

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See the book here.

The conference featured a variety of speakers including Kristin Reynolds, author of Beyond the Kale, and Toronto Councillor Mary Fragedakis, along with members of various community organizations like Black Creek Community Farm, Toronto Urban Growers and AccessPoint Alliance.

By Don Campbell
University of Toronto News
Mar 21, 2017

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U of T researcher Colleen Hammelman was hoping to explore the role of urban agriculture in the GTA and social justice at a one-day conference organized at U of T Scarborough this month. Her past work has looked at urban agriculture in cities like Medellín, Colombia, and Washington, D.C.

“Urban agriculture brings a lot of value to a city, especially in terms of sustainability, but a key element is how social justice also fits into the conversation,” says Hammelman.

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March 27, 2017   Comments Off on Toronto summit looked at urban agriculture and the role of community gardens in Toronto

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Rooftop Lufa Farm

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visiting Lufa Farms Anjou.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round.

Press Release
CNW Telbec/
MONTREAL, March 24, 2017

Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production.

The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of urban-grown greens and vegetables, all year round. Lufa Farms’ six years of rapid growth and its successes in rooftop greenhouse design, cooperation with local sustainability-focused farmers, and appeal to thousands of Montreal consumers, make it one of the most successful large-scale urban agriculture models in the world, demonstrating how to sustainably feed entire cities.

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March 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Rooftop Lufa Farm

Winnipeg: Fertile ground found at Discover Agriculture in the City

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Simran Mannan, her husband Ravi Mattu and their two boys Harnidh Mattu 6yrs, and Jaiveer Mattu 4yrs (right) check out the veggie table. Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press.

The parents are originally from a farming community and are passionate about gardening now that they live in Winnipeg.

By Jane Gerster
Winnipeg Free Press

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In her small backyard, Simran Mannan grows an incredible assortment of edible goodies. She has tomatoes and squash, peppers and broccoli, okra and eggplants. Mannan even grows carilla, a bitter Indian melon. But often, she said with a laugh, by the time it flowers in Winnipeg its already late September and “so cold.”

Mannan and her husband Ravi Mettu are from Punjab, India.

“We both are farmers back home,” she said, “so, of course, it’s inside our brain that we want to do it here.”

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March 25, 2017   Comments Off on Winnipeg: Fertile ground found at Discover Agriculture in the City

Calgary urban agriculture activist Paul Hughes to run for mayor in 2017

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In 2012 Paul Hughes was president of the Calgary Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK).

Hughes said he believes issues around compassion and poverty are being ignored in Calgary.

By Annalise Klingbeil
Calgary Sun
Mar 14, 2016

Excerpt:

Paul Hughes, a food activist and longtime urban agriculture crusader, has thrown his hat into the 2017 mayoral race.

Hughes is well-known for a 2012 court battle over the right to keep backyard chickens and as the founder of Canada’s largest urban agriculture farm — a 4.5-hectare pocket of land near Canada Olympic Park know as Grow Calgary that has produced food for people in need for nearly four years.

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March 23, 2017   Comments Off on Calgary urban agriculture activist Paul Hughes to run for mayor in 2017