Category — Canada
Yukon College vice president Chris Hawkins, left, and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation chief Roberta Joseph pose with a ceremonial shovel presented to the First Nation to mark the first harvest at their Dawson City teaching farm. (Chris Windeyer/CBC)
Staff grew more than 2,500 pounds of potatoes, carrots, beets and onions
By Chris Windeyer,
Sep 20, 2015
Produce was distributed to Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizens earlier this month. The First Nation held a community feast for the public last week to mark the harvest.
“Agricultural development on TH land has been a dream of our nation for many years,” chief Roberta Joseph said.
The plan next year is to triple the size of the plots and to improve facilities on site. Yukon College, which is partnering with the First Nation on the project, is looking to launch a farming course next spring.
September 22, 2015 Comments Off on First Nations, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in celebrate first harvest at Dawson City farm
Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms
Both cities — while much different in size — share the same latitude and a population that is “environmentally oriented,” McClintock says.
By Jennifer Anderson
Sept 15, 2015
Eight PSU graduate students took eight Canadian graduate students to meetings and site visits at some of Portland’s best-kept secrets: urban gardens that have sprouted in recent years to help fight hunger, empower low-income residents, educate children, and give youth and adults access to healthy food right in their backyard or neighborhood.
It’s fascinating stuff for planners, since it is a byproduct of gentrification in hot spots like Portland, says Nate McClintock, the PSU assistant professor who spearheaded the student exchange.
“Essentially, urban agriculture arises where there’s vacant land, cheap land, a low market rate or wherever food justice activity pops up,” McClintock says. “So many of these projects produce food to address the so-called food desert.”
September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms
Green grapes with seeds grow next to our garden gate
By Bronywn Smyth
1. Rinse and de-stem grapes. Remove any bad grapes (e.g. moldy).
2. Place grapes in a large pot. Use a potato masher and mash grapes, bruising them so that the grapes start to release their juices.
3. Place on stove over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the grapes from burning on the bottom of the pot. Grape skins will start to make their way to the surface.
4. Remove from heat. Use the potato masher to help the grapes release more juice.
September 19, 2015 Comments Off on Making Grape Juice at City Farmer
The vegetables will help to feed the nearly 15,000 clients accessing the food bank every month, nearly half of which are children.
By David Giles
Sept 17, 2015
When you’re harvesting your garden this year, why not give back. The Saskatoon Food Bank is urging all urban gardeners to donate any extra vegetables they may have to the organization.
Officials said they welcome the fresh, nutritionally produced products.
“We are looking for vegetables that can keep, so leafy greens can be a little difficult,” said Brit MacDonald, the urban agriculture manager with the food bank.
September 18, 2015 Comments Off on Saskatoon Food Bank seeking donations from urban gardeners
“These greens are hydroponically grown and have no pesticides, are GMO-free, are harvested fresh the same day that they are packaged and are grown locally all year round.”
Sept 2, 2015
“Capable of producing over 1,000 plants for harvest each week, Smart Greens is on a social mission to prove that a business can be both profitable and socially responsible,” said Karen Douglass-Cooper, communications director for the River Institute.
In 2013, the two Erics got together looking for a way to get involved in a green technology company that could truly impact the local economy.
September 12, 2015 Comments Off on Cornwall, Ontario ‘Smart Greens’ urban farm
Do you think your neighbourhood needs more food growing spaces? Are you interested in starting a new urban agriculture project?
Urban agriculture plays an important role in creating vibrant gathering spaces, greening the environment, supporting local food resiliency and promoting social inclusion. The City of Vancouver has had a long history and support for food growing in the city.
There are two ways the City of Vancouver is helping to create new gardens… Send in your ideas, and potentially get your garden project built!
1. Gardens on City parks or other City-owned land.
If you’re interested in starting your own garden project in a City park or on City-owned property, tell us your ideas! Fill out an Expression of Interest application to help us prioritize support for garden locations and projects. Deadline October 5, 2014.
September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver, BC offers help to start new community gardens
Colossal cuke is three inches longer than previous record
By Bethany Lindsay
August 31, 2015
The slender green fruit — yes, it’s a fruit — measures 44.5 inches in a straight line from tip to tail, according to the most recent reckoning by an independent gardening expert.
“If I was to try to stretch it out a little more, I’m pretty sure I could get it to 45,” said Tomelin, a Kelowna gardener.
He’s hoping to make one last official measurement before cutting the cucumber down, but it needs to happen pretty soon.
September 8, 2015 Comments Off on Kelowna, BC, man boasts world’s largest cucumber
Proposal would produce sustainable rockfish and wolf eels for seafood market
By Larry Pynn
September 4, 2015
As evidence of the money potentially at stake, T & T Supermarket in Vancouver’s Chinatown this week had live rockfish for sale $21.99 a pound, and live “rice field eel” (a species not threatened) for $20.99 — both well above live lobster at $15.99.
The aquarium has been breeding fish for about 45 years but has been more aggressively pursuing commercial aquaculture since the arrival of Shannon Balfry as director of aquatic animal breeding program about three years ago. “We have the ability to do it so why wouldn’t we do it?” says the PhD graduate from the University of B.C. “Nobody else is going to take that ball and run with it. We can do the ground work.”
September 5, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver’s famous Aquarium wants to mix conservation with commercial aquaculture
Jora Canada bear test highlights
August 31, 2015
Black bears trying to get into Jora household composter. June, 2015. If bears can’t get in, can other rodents? Composter was smeared with honey and peanut butter on the outside; inside was filled with fruit, fish, and other bear delicacies.
September 1, 2015 Comments Off on Bear testing a metal compost tumbler
Eighty-kilometre-an-hour winds buffeted the Greater Vancouver Area
Excerpt from “Thousands still without power as clean up begins after severe B.C. windstorm”
By Geordon Omand
The Canadian Press
Aug. 31, 2015
Sadhu Johnston, Vancouver’s deputy city manager, described the scale of the storm as “unprecedented” and estimated it would take weeks for the city to fully clean up the debris.
“This is probably one of the most intense storms that we’ve had over the past decade,” he said during a news conference, while behind him city crews worked to remove fallen branches from the road.
“I think the drought combined with the high winds really impacted us,” he added. “The drought led to more trees coming down, which led to more power outages. So it kind of compounded.”
August 31, 2015 Comments Off on City Farmer’s Compost Garden loses tree in ‘intense’ Vancouver storm
Canada – The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre community garden covers 0.6 hectares of a urban lot
MacDonald said over 4,000 kilograms of food has already been harvested this summer.
Aug 27, 2015
he growing season is far from over and the community garden run by the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Center is already full and leafy and bursting with food.
The space, known as the Garden Patch, is on Third Avenue between Duchess and Duke streets.
The garden grows produce that is distributed at the food bank. It is also a place where community and urban agriculture projects are underway.
August 27, 2015 Comments Off on Canada – The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre community garden covers 0.6 hectares of a urban lot
Citizens and organizations are making Hamilton a model for how rural and urban can work together as part of a sustainable food system.
By Jason Thorne
Raise the Hammer
August 18, 2015
On the doorstep of this rural and agricultural area is an urban area of more than half a million people, soon to be more than 700,000. The city is working to take advantage of this unique opportunity and position itself as a leader in urban agriculture.
To help achieve that goal, the City’s Planning and Economic Development Department, led by Planning Manager Joanne Hickey-Evans, has been systematically identifying, and removing, barriers to urban agriculture.
August 26, 2015 Comments Off on Facilitating Urban Agriculture with ‘Tactical’ Policy Changes in Hamilton, Ontario
Michelle Nelson has completed a Ph.D. in conservation biology and writes about food and conservation
By Michelle Nelson, photos by Alison Page
A Field Guide to Foraging for Wild Greens and Flowers pinpoints easy-to-find greens and flowers that many don’t realize are edible—such as dandelion, clover, chicory, sheep’s sorrel and lamb’s quarters—and also introduces readers to the delicious leaves of such native plants as goldenrod and fireweed. And readers can also eat their way to conservation by enjoying edible invasive plants in salads, like garlic mustard and fennel.
August 17, 2015 Comments Off on A Field Guide to Foraging for Wild Greens and Flowers
Urban agriculture projects are often not-for-profit, but the entrepreneurial spirit is also thriving in this sector.
By Donna Nebenzahl
August 1, 2015
And in Montreal West, a small enterprise called Bio-cyclette has uncovered a horticultural treasure along the edge of the railway tracks. Looking for more space to grow vegetables for their commercial urban farm, Annie McLaughlin and partner Konstantinos Hirtle-Kattou discovered the prolific fruit and vegetable plots that had been planted decades ago by Montrealers of Italian origin.
“These folks started farming there in the 1950s,” McLaughlin says, “and they’ve done some magic. Now they’re getting older and a lot of the land is riddled with weeds.”
August 14, 2015 Comments Off on Montreal is fertile ground for urban agriculture entrepreneurs
Via numerous extremely efficient urban farms, community members gain access to local fresh food while reducing their carbon footprint.
By Co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan
Green Guys on the Drive
Excerpt from their proposal:
The pictures used in this proposal were taken over the course of three years, by a group called Green Guys on the Drive (6), located in Vancouver, British Columbia who currently operate East Vancouver’s only community supported hydroponic urban vegetable farm. They have 11 CSA members who each pay $200 at the start of the season to receive their share of the farm’s weekly harvest which is sufficient for 2 people. They currently have one farm tended to by three co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan. The farm consists of three VHF units with a total capacity of 320 plants and a footprint of 34 ft2. This works out to a density of 9.4 plants/ft2 which is more than 3 times the density of traditional soil based planting for lettuce (a leafy green) (7).
August 13, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver Vertical Hydroponic Farms can feed urban communities while reducing carbon emissions