Category — Canada
Cities needn’t be wastelands of car-choked roads and pavement. Incorporating food production into ever-expanding urban areas makes cities more livable and enhances the natural systems that keep us alive and healthy.
By David Suzuki
Aug 25, 2016
It’s still possible to grow a lot of food in urban areas, especially with composting and enriched-soil techniques. Ladner writes that Toronto plans to supply 25 percent of its fruit and vegetable production within city limits by 2025, and a study from Michigan State University concluded that Detroit could grow 70 percent of its vegetables and 40 percent of its fruit on 570 vacant lots covering 5,000 acres of city land.
August 25, 2016 No Comments
A diverse assortment of flowers, vegetables and herbs grow past Lisa Taylor’s fence line, right to the sidewalk of her cozy Riversdale home.
By Michelle Berg
August 18, 2016
“By growing food in the city, people in the community experience firsthand what growing food looks like and the work and energy that goes into their food before it ends up on their plate,” she says.
This year she has started a new business called Biodivercity Farms. She and her husband, Jason Fege, find creative ways to use smaller spaces within the city to grow produce that is boxed up and delivered to 23 customers each week of the growing season.
August 25, 2016 No Comments
It yields 1,500 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce each year
By Sandy Reimer
Director, Health + Fitness & Operations
YWCA Metro Vancouver
I always feel brightened by my daily visit to the YWCA Rooftop Food Garden, which sits on top of our Health + Fitness Centre, among downtown Vancouver’s office buildings and high rises. The vibrant, sweet-smelling fruits and veggies make me feel closer to the families who benefit from our garden’s abundance.
Ten years into our gardening project, and it’s still hard to believe that this urban treasure, which yields 1,500 pounds of fresh, high-quality produce each year, was once an ornamental garden. And it all grows in just inches of organic soil!
August 23, 2016 No Comments
‘People are no easier to recover than the land buried under layers of pavement.’
By Michael Ableman
Earth Island Journal
Aug 17, 2016
We interrupt harvesting for one of our farm walks, a chance for me to share some techniques or a little philosophy, answer questions, and tell stories. And I realize that even as I am telling stories to make abundance real and visual for folks who may never have experienced it, I am feeling my own doubts and questions about what lies ahead. It feels odd for me standing in this parking lot on a street corner talking about soil microbes, optimal plant spacing, or the life cycle of an aphid. On my rural farm, not far from here, I’d be carrying on similar conversations, but there I’m mentoring young, well-scrubbed kids fresh out of college, most of whom have never known real hardship, all still hopeful and idealistic, too young for life to have slapped them around.
August 18, 2016 No Comments
The Chain Reaction Urban Farm consists of four city plots including backyards and city boulevards
Aug 11, 2016
Jared and Rachel Regier run the Chain Reaction Urban Farm, which consists of a number of garden plots in backyards and city boulevards.
Organic produce harvested from the plots is then delivered by bicycle to more than 20 families in Saskatoon.
August 17, 2016 No Comments
Under city bylaws, a portion of a property can be used to produce retail fruits and vegetables, but they can’t be sold on the site. The proposal is to remove that restriction, so backyard farmers could have front-yard produce stands.
Aug 11, 2016
“What this would do is allow people to sell the food they’re growing on their property. So for example, at the house I grew up in, we had an apple tree that had so many apples that we could probably only use a tenth of them,” Coun. Jeremy Loveday said. “With these changes, you’d be able to set up a stand and sell them at the front of your property.”
As Loveday suggests, it’s not simply a question of supplementing the family income. It’s a chance to use produce that might otherwise go to waste.
August 16, 2016 No Comments
These seniors’ view of urban farming is not the hip and healthy lifestyle many city dwellers have pursued it for.
Aug 10, 2016
Michaelina Teo has grown produce for many years, from mangoes in Brunei to the Swiss chard at her Renfrew home, but last year was the first time she ever won a prize for the sexiest squash.
The prize was awarded to her by Collingwood Neighbourhood House for its harvest festival. But for the 72-year-old, who likes to be called Mee Mee, the fruits of her labour were always their own reward.
“I’m a very casual gardener,” she said, although she’s known in the neighbourhood for her green thumb.
August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Canada: Meet East Vancouver’s original urban farmers
Matt Campbell and Stephen Guy-McGrath feed fellow thespians from Cecil’s Garden
By Sara Fraser
Aug 08, 2016
Ttephen Guy-McGrath, who plays Cecil the farmer in Anne of Green Gables the Musical at the Confederation Centre, and Matt Campbell, who played the same role two seasons ago, have joined forces to create a micro-business they call Cecil’s Garden. They’ve been growing lettuce, beans, kale, peppers and more in Charlottetown’s Legacy Garden since late May.
“Matt called me in the spring and said ‘Steve, I got this great idea — let’s get a farm!'” recalls Guy-McGrath. “Matt had a kitchen garden last year that I kept raiding.”
August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Canada: P.E.I. actors who play farmers tackle the real thing
Vancouver, BC. August 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
We will show you how to save water in the garden through a hands-on composting workshop, guided tour of the farm and a water wise presentation from the City of Vancouver. The workshop will cover how to prepare and care for a water wise garden, water wise plant choices, and smart ways to conserve water in the garden.
If you are interested in learning about our water and ways to conserve in the garden, this City Farmer workshop has got you covered. Join City Farmers and the City of Vancouver for a water wise workshop on Saturday, August 20! This workshop will show you how to save water in the garden through a hands-on composting workshop, guided tour of the farm, and a water wise presentation from the City of Vancouver. The workshop will run from 10:00am to 11:30am at City Farmer and will cover water wise topics such as:
August 9, 2016 Comments Off on Water Wise workshop at City Farmer
Mason Street City Farm co-owner Jesse Brown says a Victoria bylaw permitting urban farm stands would allow him to open his farm more directly to the community. Currently, he can legally sell produce only to restaurants and at farmers markets. Photograph By Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist
The proposed bylaw would limit stands to 20 square feet, which she said isn’t appropriate for commercial growers. “It’s a great way for people to share their extra tomatoes with each other, but it’s not a good way to run a business,” she said.
By Amy Smart
Aug 7, 2016
The city’s bylaws were changed in 2008 to allow production of fruit and vegetables for retail purposes on a portion of a property. However, no retail sales are allowed from the site.
Under the changes, growers would require a $25 seasonal business licence. They would not need to apply for a development permit to build a stand.
The proposal will go to public hearing on Aug. 25.
August 8, 2016 Comments Off on Farm stands on your street? Victoria, BC, rethinks retail rules
Toronto’s newest urban test farm at Yorkdale Shopping Centre! We present Elevated Eats! The goal to elevate food growing education and elevate food choices at local food banks! Photos provided by Frank Ferragine.
Food and Farming
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance
Elevated Eats will grow more than 30 varieties of seasonal vegetables and fruits, including green beans, cucumbers, swiss chard, eggplant, kale, lettuce, pea shoots, sweet peppers, hot peppers and tomatoes; as well as herbs such as basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
“We always donate processed food to food banks,” Ferragine shares, “so why not start providing them with fresh choices, elevating food choices for them too?”
August 4, 2016 Comments Off on Toronto’s Elevated Eats atop a Shopping Mall
Video by Mark Battersby. The Arbutus Greenway: Paving Paradise.
By Ian Bailey
The Globe and Mail
Aug. 02, 2016
But Adrian Levy, chairman of the Cypress Community Garden, is suspicious about the pavement, suggesting it is likely permanent.
“Temporary? I just can’t see that,” he said, adding he would prefer crushed gravel as is used elsewhere on pathways at some city beaches.
“Even though they say it’s temporary, once that’s there it has started a process.”
August 3, 2016 Comments Off on Vancouver Gardeners’ Protest – The Arbutus Greenway: Paving Paradise
Senior won’t let beet incident beat her, plans to continue community gardening
By Nina Corfu,
Jul 27, 2016
Hearing the news coverage about the apparent theft, Truro police Const. Kelly Quinn recalled she had spotted a highly intoxicated cyclist weaving in and out of traffic on Monday.
When she went to arrest him, the man tossed a bag over the Salmon River bridge. That bag was full of beets.
Truro police Chief Dave MacNeil said there’s no way to prove that the recovered beets were stolen.
August 2, 2016 Comments Off on Arrest of drunken cyclist leads to discovery of likely stolen beets in Nova Scotia
Gardeners say that they were never consulted despite promises
By Nadia Stewart
Sun, Jul 31, 2016
The long term plans for the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver have yet to be finalized. But we now know what the city’s short-term plan is … and some residents are pretty upset about it.
August 1, 2016 Comments Off on Vancouver Community Gardeners Furious as City Paves Greenway
Lynsey Dobbie, Garden Educator, City Farmer/Compost Demonstration Garden
The Sustainable Region TV Series
July 6, 2016
The landscaping at the Annacis Research Centre and the City Farmer Demonstration Garden exemplifies sustainable approaches outlined in Metro Vancouver’s new, online Grow Green Guide. And we look at an herbal alternative to a grass lawn.
July 31, 2016 Comments Off on City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV