Category — Canada
Langley Township is unique among the Metro Vancouver communities: It has more farmland than any of the Metro cities, with 75 per cent of its area in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
By Glenda Luymes
October 11, 2014
The event follows on the heels of a successful workshop on small-lot agriculture and is aimed at generating production on some of Langley’s un-farmed land, said LSAF director Karen Taylor.
Langley Township is unique among the Metro Vancouver communities: It has more farmland than any of the Metro cities, with 75 per cent of its area in the Agricultural Land Reserve. But unlike ag-giants Abbotsford and Chilliwack, 73 per cent of Langley’s land is in parcels smaller than 10 acres. Only 55 per cent of the city’s ALR land is farmed.
October 12, 2014 No Comments
Toronto is poised for more green roofs, but the City’s bylaw largely rules out growing fruits and veg
Ryerson’s green roof expects to produce more than 2,268 kilograms of food by the end of the season
By Michelle Adelman
Sept 29, 2014
But the roof still has to meet the bylaw’s construction rules. The one requiring that plants cover 80 per cent of a green roof by the third year effectively prohibits most food plants, the majority of which live only one season. Lettuces, for example, are harvested and replanted throughout the summer and finally die off in fall. The idea behind the rule is plant survivability because, “if the green roof was left to fallow and die, it wouldn’t be a functioning green roof,” says Aster.
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For six months, Vancouver filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer ate only discarded food. Their shocking documentary, Just Eat IT! highlights the fact that 40 per cent of all North American food goes into landfills.
By Daphne Bramham
October 1, 2014
Baldwin and Rustemeyer spent $200 during those six months on food that was being culled from shelves because of slight blemishes or its best before date — that misleading number that makes consumers shun its purchase.
Rustemeyer estimates they salvaged $20,000 worth of food from dumpsters behind grocery stores, food warehouses and processors.
October 4, 2014 Comments Off
Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown addressed the audience at the community orchard planting event at Jensen Park on Sept. 20, expressing his excitement about what this project will bring to the neighbourhood and the city. Photo by Jessi owan/Rocky View Publishig.
This is such a great way to give residents access to fresh food.
By Jessi Gowan
Airdrie City View
Sep 25, 2014
“We are trying to tie into that potential within the community to grow our own fruits and vegetables, and I think this is a really great initiative and a great start,” said Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown, at the community planting event on Sept. 20.
“We’ve always been known as a farming community when you look back at our history, and we still are in the surrounding area. This is one of the first steps as to what urban agriculture could look like here, turning what would otherwise be just grass into something that we can use, take care of and nurture.”
October 4, 2014 Comments Off
North Vancouver – Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden
Excerpt from their Indiegogo site:
In 2011 the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project broke ground on an innovative urban farm – Loutet Farm. Over the past four years Loutet Farm has grown into a thriving community hub selling vegetables from our farm gate sales twice a week, providing year round educational activities for children and youth, hosting community events, and providing opportunities for everyone to get involved. With over 300 volunteers contributing thousands of hours each season, Loutet Farm has become an important part of the neighbourhood. The North Shore Neighbourhood House is a charity, and all of the revenue we generate from produce sales covers our costs – paying staff a living wage, purchasing seeds, equipment, tools, etc.
October 1, 2014 Comments Off
The city of Montreal boasts numerous agricultural projects based on building a sustainable food system in schools, parks, and urban communities.
By Liz Essman
Sept 23, 2014
Alternatives’ Feeding Citizenship is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting social justice and environmental rights by growing healthy food and healthy communities. The project supports numerous school and neighborhood gardens, provides horticultural training programs, and facilitates community engagement.
September 30, 2014 Comments Off
Stop by the farmer’s market at Loyola to taste the fruits of their labour
By Pauline Nesbitt
Sept 9, 2014
Did you know that those delicious-looking tomatoes in the farm garden on the Loyola campus can be purchased at Concordia’s farmer’s market? The market stand is literally a few steps away from the garden, and on market days the produce is harvested just before it opens at 11 a.m. This is food that is truly market-fresh and organically grown.
September 18, 2014 Comments Off
City-owned parking garage to produce food once again
By Jane Deacon
Vancouver 24 Hour
September 11, 2014
A troubled Vancouver urban farming facility is set to be revamped after its acquisition by Affinor Growers, which plans to use the technology to grow food locally and pot in the U.S.
Affinor, which also has a research and development facility in Port Coquitlam, has purchased the assets of Alterrus Systems’ rooftop growing facility on Richards Street. Before the company declared bankruptcy last year, it produced leafy greens and herbs through “vertical” farming techniques, which maximize sunlight exposure by suspending thousands of plant trays within a greenhouse-style facility.
September 15, 2014 Comments Off
Last year, Grow Calgary produced 20 truckloads of food for the food bank
By Annalise Klingbeil
September 2, 2014
The man behind Canada’s largest urban agriculture farm — a 4.5-hectare pocket of land near Canada Olympic Park that produces truckloads of produce for the food bank — wants to grow the operation into the world’s largest urban farm.
Paul Hughes said Grow Calgary has made a request to the provincial government for an additional 254 hectares of land on the transportation utility corridor that would be used to grow everything from carrots to cabbage, zucchini and turnips.
September 13, 2014 Comments Off
About 80 refugee families are now buying their own seeds and growing their own food
Aug 25, 2014
Refugees accustomed to growing their own food in their home countries are finding garden space in their newly adopted Halifax neighbourhood.
This summer, Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services is helping seed the fourth garden in four years. The Mosaic Ministries, an independent church on Willett Street in Halifax, donated the land in Fairview.
September 3, 2014 Comments Off
Vancouver now has over 75 of them; Halifax 25; and Ottawa, at least 40.
By Dylan Copland
Vancouver has instituted tax breaks for landowners who develop green spaces on their property. The city now allows developers to classify community gardens as class eight recreational property, reducing the cost owed to the government to about a third of typical commercial property tax fees.
In Ottawa, Just Food, in concert with garden organizers and the city government, works with an $85,000 a year budget to provide tools, equipment and construction and gardening materials to those looking to work in or organize a community garden.
September 1, 2014 Comments Off
Tenant gardeners, from left, Sarah Anton, Evan Doan, Christine Cheveldave (landlady), Gordon Rudy, Gosia Piasecka (at back), Katie Fritz, Robin Young and Genevieve Beaulieu Roy in their thriving organic garden in East Vancouver. Photograph by: Steve Bosch.
The tenants, all in their 20s, have taken over more and more lawn areas at the complex and carved out spaces for growing food.
By Steve Whysall
August 28, 2014
Tenants each have their own individual garden spots where they are free to grow what they prefer, but there is a community plot shared by the entire group
However, in reality, produce from all the plots is freely shared and everyone is permitted to harvest what they need from any of the spaces.
August 29, 2014 Comments Off
An urban farm in Montreal is scaling the industry “with more software than farmers.”
By Flavie Halais
Aug 22, 2014
Lufa is also developing its own in-house technology. The company has just received a patent for a system that allows it to grow 30 percent more food on the same area. Meanwhile, the IT team is developing a suite of iPad apps for greenhouse management. One of them, which helps manage insect populations, will soon be made available to all organic growers. “We’ve decided it’s too valuable for us not to be going out to the world and saying, ‘Use it for free,’” says Hage.
August 26, 2014 Comments Off
“The district of North Vancouver isn’t zoned for agriculture so selling produce grown here isn’t allowed.”
By Karen van Blankenstein
Weed’em and Reap
Aug 23, 2014
What would you call Weed ‘em & Reap? Is it a farm? Does a quarter acre (if the house was gone and you could use the entire property) qualify? There are no tractors or combines or cows or chickens here. No employees. I really don’t think it resembles a farm at all. Now that my two eldest kids are out of the house, I don’t even think it could qualify as a zoo anymore.
So is it a garden? Raised planter beds, very small greenhouse, lots of food plants in containers interspersed with the ornamentals… looks like a garden to me. Except maybe for the fact that I hold sales every Sunday and have gone through the process to have all my seedlings and produce certified organic. That’s a little “farmish”.
August 25, 2014 Comments Off
Hughes, leader of the Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub plans to take more councillors on his tour of Calgary’s illegal but responsible coops.
By Jason Markusoff
August 24, 2014
Fortunes have improved for Calgarians who want to be legal hen-raisers, four years after council voted 11-3 against permitting backyard coops.
Only four of those 2010 skeptics remain on council, and one of them — Coun. Ray Jones — wants to help lead the way on resurrecting plans for an urban chickens pilot project.
August 25, 2014 Comments Off