Category — Canada
Urban sprawl, and the accompanying lack of agricultural understanding thanks to a growing urban-rural divide, the report said, has led to conflict between farmers and urban dwellers.
By Kelsey Johnson
Nov 24, 2015
“If we want to support a local food economy, we need to give farmers certainty that their land is protected and valued,” Ontario Federation of Agriculture President Don McCabe said in a release, Tuesday.
“The current provincial land-use planning rules see farmland as development land in waiting. This discourages investment in farm businesses and fails to recognize agriculture as a long-term economic activity,” McCabe said.
December 1, 2015 No Comments
“I love the gardens, they keep me busy, keep me outta trouble, outta jail. It used to be “Hey Doc, where’ve you been?” – “Jail” – Now it’s been years since I was in. Used to be every year. I love the flowers. And the honey. I love to water the plants. And the bees are alright!” – Doc
Sarah / Julia /
Cassie Hives for Humanity
Hives for Humanity is a non-profit organization, creating meaningful change for pollinators and for people in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, and beyond. We started with the very simple idea that in helping the bees we could help each other. Since then we’ve been working to connect people to nature, to each other, and to themselves.
November 30, 2015 No Comments
By Emma Biggs And Steven Biggs
Illustrated by Emma Biggs
My daughter, Emma, sowed the seed for this book.
I remember the day clearly. I watched her playing at her pretend kitchen, arranging small plates, utensils, and cups in the cupboards.
In this kitchen, she loved to “cook” treats for everyone. The main ingredient in her imaginary recipes was little bits of paper. We would often find Emma with paper and scissors. “What are you doing?” my wife, Shelley, and I asked. “Making treats,” she always answered, matter-of-factly, as bits of paper flew everywhere.
November 27, 2015 No Comments
What is the “trend” here? Are we likely to see barns and silos dotting our cityscapes? No, that is hardly the point. What is important—and trending—is the new vision that has urban land as that most precious and flexible of resources. The idea that the end of one productive use of a real estate asset spells the extinction of value and the sunsetting of opportunity is an idea whose time is over.
Author: Hugh F. Kelly
Christopher J. Potter, PwC, Canada, Miriam Gurza, PwC, Canada, Frank Magliocco, PwC, Canada
Study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Urban Land Insitute (ULI)
(Must See. Mike!)
7. Food Is Getting Bigger and Closer
This may be the ultimate in niche property types: adaptive use with a vengeance (or at least with veggies).
The classic theory of urban places relegates agriculture to the hinterlands, as virtually every kind of vertical construction has superior “highest-and-best-use” characteristics, bringing greater investment returns to land value than growing food. This is absolutely true in most cases. But there are places in more cities than we might imagine where neighborhood land is cheap or older buildings sit idle, and where median incomes are low and the need for fresh food is high. Some are the “hollowed out” areas of Detroit as well as Camden and Newark, New Jersey. But there is a surprisingly significant level of activity in places like Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., where “foodies” of all generations abound.
November 23, 2015 No Comments
24 Urban Farmer and Edible Landscaping Organizations Took Part
By Zsuzsi Fodor and Shelby Tay
Vancouver Urban Farners Society (VUFS)
November 18, 2015
(Must see. Mike)
A new study conducted by the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS), supported by the City of Vancouver and Vancity Credit Union, reveals a diverse range of practices and business models emerging as growing food in cities becomes increasingly commonplace.
VUFS Executive Director, Marcela Crowe notes “this study is an important step towards developing recommendations & providing strategic business support for a fast growing sector, and reveals the depth of ingenuity and innovation that urban farming here in Vancouver employs.”
November 21, 2015 No Comments
Five years on, UBC pilot project a model of sustainability
North Shore News
November 15, 2015
Loutet’s first season as a fully functioning vegetable farm didn’t yield a bumper crop, so it only posted $3,000 in revenues. Revenues have risen steadily each year and 2015’s $52,500 in revenues will see it break even. Longer range, with “greater efficiencies and diversification of crops” the farm will continue to reach financial goals set by the Edible Garden Project, noted the report to council. In recent years the farm has expanded operations, adding a veggie cleaning and processing area, an apiary, and compost and raspberry beds, as well as expanding its greenhouse.
November 21, 2015 No Comments
“It’s fun to mimic a farm — our whole thing is that we want to be just like a small-scale farm so that’s why we have a five-year crop rotation and a CSA and we’re going to market and doing all this stuff because I think it’s exciting for people to be able to engage with that farm culture right in the city,” Throness says.
By Emma Cosgrove
Nov. 11, 2015
The significance of a farm on a roof is hard to comprehend until you’re up there, witnessing rows of plants growing in real time before a backdrop of skyscrapers and bustling city streets. The garden is meticulously planned with tidy rows of vegetables and “human-size” straw walkways to sit or kneel in while harvesting. Vegetable families like brassicas- (radish, broccoli), nightshade (tomato, potato) and legumes (beans, peas) are grouped together in different sections of the roof, alongside companion plants like basil and cilantro that ward off pests.
November 18, 2015 No Comments
Fresh: Edmonton’s food and urban agriculture strategy.
Removing barriers and creating opportunities for residents to cultivate and process food in urban areas encourages local economic development, and will help make Edmonton a more environmentally sustainable and resilient city.
City of Edmonton
The approved amendments include:
Establishing three new land use classes – Urban Outdoor Farms, Urban Indoor Farms, and Urban Gardens. These new land use classes officially create a place for urban agriculture and distinguish it from related activities, such as conventional farming, greenhouses, plant nurseries and garden centres.
Ensuring the proper regulations and standards are in place for the design, maintenance and operation of urban agriculture activities. This includes development regulation considerations to ensure compatibility with surrounding land uses, and minimize potential nuisance factors on neighbouring properties in residential areas.
November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Edmonton’s City Council allows for more urban agriculture city starting in February 2016
Pictured is the Woodland Community Garden. Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun
The simple act of food growing resonates in so many positive ways: improving neighbourhood safety, building links between generations and cultures, making people healthier and happier, relieving poverty, beautifying brownfield sites, educating kids about where their food comes from, improving diets and animating underused park lands and recycling organic waste.
By Peter Ladner, a former Vancouver city councillor, is author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities. He writes a weekly column for Business in Vancouver, a weekly newspaper he co-founded.
Nov 1, 2015
At David Thompson Secondary School, Fresh Roots, a non-profit organization, staged what I consider the consummate food-growing coalition, more than living up to its mission to “create thriving neighbourhood gathering places for learning, sharing, and connecting.” Coordinated by the ebullient Ilana Labow, they turned part of the school ground into a professionally-managed educational farm by engaging the students, teachers, grounds staff, parents and neighbours.
November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Former Vancouver city councillor: Growing food in public places brings people together
Garden coordinator Spencer Quinn readies a soil bed for planting garlic bulbs at Ryerson’s roof top garden at the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. Photo Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star
More than 8,000 pounds of produce grown on the engineering building’s roof to promote urban agriculture.
By Marco Chown Oved
Oct 27 2015
Toronto has the continent’s first bylaw making green roofs mandatory on new buildings over a certain size, to save on energy bills and reduce storm runoff. But rooftop agriculture compounds the benefits of a green roof, adding employment, food security and local produce.
he rooftop farm was born from a combination of chance and planning. In 2012, the student group Rye’s Homegrown was searching for an appropriate place to start a farm, and the engineering building already had a green roof. Because seeds that had blown onto the roof had sprouted into knee-high weeds, they knew this could be a good place to grow vegetables.
November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Toronto’s Ryerson University’s rooftop farm celebrates bumper harvest
Community groups and for-profit organizations eager to launch urban agriculture projects have two new gardening tools — a freshly amended zoning bylaw and an interactive map of available land in Edmonton.
By Liane Faulder
October 27, 2015
The interactive map, in essence an inventory of vacant lots, gives farmers like Cathryn Sprague and Ryan Mason of Reclaim Urban Farm key information necessary to expand their small, city farm, launched in 2014.
“It’s a good research tool for sure,” says Sprague, of the new interactive map. “That’s one of the challenges to urban agriculture; you see these great spaces and you don’t know who owns them.”
November 1, 2015 Comments Off on The City of Edmonton bylaw changes streamline the administration of urban agriculture
This season, students grew tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, kale, squash, eggplant, watermelon, and quinoa.
Sept. 11, 2015
Trent University students have played a key role in the development of the Trent Market Garden and the partnership between Trent Food Services and Chartwells. Working with the University’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program also brought an exciting dimension to the project – creating a bridge between the classroom and the real world, by having students in the program plant and harvest the crops in the Garden.
Jonathan Duffy, a third year Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems student and co-manager of the Trent Market Garden, says it was exciting to see the project evolve from an idea to a reality and that it’s been a great benefit to his studies at Trent.
October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Trent University students grow a market garden in Peterborough, Ontario
On her small Burnaby acreage Earth Apple, farming is a vocation as devotional a daily prayer; it is also an act of social justice that is both environmental and deeply personal.
By Denise Ryan
October 10, 2015
Coté’s farm started with potatoes, one acre — “a place to play with” — and a desire to grow.
Now she shares three acres with another farmer, grows more than 40 varieties of vegetables, and sells at local farmers markets. To grow the connection between her farm and the city, she started a CSA program. (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a model that is similar to a subscription service to an individual farm. You pay in advance and get a weekly share of the harvest, a model that is workable for either fresh organic produce, or poultry, pork or beef.)
October 11, 2015 Comments Off on Burnaby B.C. urban farmer brings the harvest back to urban homes
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