Category — Canada
Collaborative ale an example of ‘community at its core’
By Jennifer Neutel
February 25, 2014
Village Brewery gave kegs to the people who had provided hops, which the community association used for a fundraiser event. “It was a nice little endless loop of love,” Jim says.
In January, Village Brewery held a meeting with a diverse group of Calgarians interested in urban gardening and sustainability. Representatives from four community associations were among those in attendance and are looking into getting involved and providing hops this year.
March 6, 2014 No Comments
Over the span of two decades, two men’s groups have come together to help grow and harvest more than 200,000 pounds of fresh produce for the local food bank.
By R Tetanish
Truro Daily News
Feb 25, 2014
“For me, it’s to watch the crops grow and to get a decent crop out of it,” said John Heukshorst, a Knights of Columbus member who instigated the project in 1990 that benefits the Colchester Food Bank. “My parents immigrated here from the Netherlands when I was 11. I would hear stories about the days when my mother and father went through the war years. My mother always told me about people coming from the city in droves to buy grain from my father. That always stuck with me.”
March 5, 2014 No Comments
Vancouver’s TreeKeepers program wants to become the biggest collective urban orchard in North America
The trees, all on dwarf root stock, are heavily discounted at only $10 each
Apples: Ginger Gold Apple, Liberty Apple, Cameo Apple, Red Jonaprince Apple, Crimson Gala Apple
Plums: Santa Rosa Plum, Early Italian Plum,
Figs: Brown Turkey Fig, Desert King Fig, Peter’s Honey Fig
March 4, 2014 No Comments
The report indicated high levels of support for urban agriculture initiatives on public lands and City-owned spaces, and lower levels of support for initiatives on private property.
By Sara Wilson
Airdrie City View
Feb 20, 2014
Residential support for City-operated community gardens came in at 94.3 per cent in favour, rooftop gardens received 88.6 per cent support, edible landscaping garnered 85 per cent approval rating and beehives on public lands received 57.9 per cent approval. The report indicated residents support for private/backyards were slightly lower at 81.6 per cent for front yard edible gardens, backyard hens received less support at 57.1 per cent and backyard bees just garnering 50.7 per cent support.
February 27, 2014 No Comments
Support your local urban farmers (and local rural farmers of course), and know where your food comes from.
By Vita Mavronicolas, Digital Storyteller
Fire and Light Media Group
Southlands Heritage Farm is a unique nature and agricultural reserve in Vancouver that most people are surprised to learn exists! They offer a number of camps, programs and workshops for youth right in the city as well as a weekly farmers market.
February 26, 2014 No Comments
Grow Regina’s Queen Street community garden sold out 280 garden plots in 2013
By Rikkeal Bohmann,
February 7, 2014
Community gardens have even appeared on university campuses.
The University of Regina has three community gardens, which form Regina’s Edible Campus. The First Nations University Shared Garden was established in 2006. Le Potager and the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) Green Patch followed later on.
February 15, 2014 Comments Off
A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming
By Jean-Martin Fortier
New Society Publishers
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helene feed more than 200 families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.
February 3, 2014 Comments Off
A back-to-the-land movement that has worked successfully for the past seven years is the Hastings East Community Farm, shown above. Upper left, a few of the 86 farmer-citizens who cultivate the eight-acre farm are shown in front of their tool-shed and meeting place. Upper right, Bill Graw, youngest member of the “field,” weeds a flower bed. Middle left, Wendell Bauman, who learned to farm near Odessa, stands among some of the farm’s seed rye. Next, Alex Devito, a native of Italy, shows off his prized garden peas. Middle right, Devito happily hoes his garden patch. Lower left, Y. Radonich, Montenegran, is shown working in his promising corn patch, while right, “Charlie” Mictchell, 76, oldest member of the “Field,” hoes his potatoes with the assistance of Bert Perfitt. Click on image for larger version.
Community Farmers Find Health, Happiness in Garden Project 4 Miles City’s Centre
By Ken Grant
July 8, 1939
On a sunny slope four miles from the heart of Vancouver’s business section, 86 tanned farmer citizens are quietly working out their own back-to-the-land scheme for adding fresh vegetables to their none-too-large incomes or relief allowances.
Their eight acres of land adjoining the Old People’s Home are officially referred to as the Hastings East Community Farm, but to the 80 odd families who have taken part in the scheme for the past seven years, the land is simply known as “The Field.”
January 21, 2014 Comments Off
Paris has l’Arche de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, London has Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Washington has the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and the Smithsonian Institution, and Ottawa has… a farm.
By Martin, mtlwriterguy, EricGrundhauser, Rachel
Yes, Canada is the only country in the world to have a working farm at the heart of its capital city, mere minutes away from Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, the Canadian War Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada, among other, more traditional attractions.
January 7, 2014 Comments Off
Every one of the 31 schools in the Delta school district will have a garden, urban agriculture instalment, or a full-blown mini-farm by the end of the school year in June
By Randy Shore
Dec 30, 2013
The district is providing $2,500 a month to fund Project Pickle, but a search is underway for corporate sponsors to take the financial pressure off the district, said Turner.
“As it grows, we will have to find ways to pay for it,” she said. “We haven’t got there yet, but it’s growing so fast.”
January 5, 2014 Comments Off
The Real Estate Foundation of BC
Nov 1, 2013
Vancouver’s Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society has come up with a solution to the problem of accessing land for its market gardens. That solution is turning heads, filling bellies and educating communities.
It is particularly difficult to find parcels of a quarter acre or larger for growing food in the city, and since land access is a significant barrier to expanding urban agriculture in Vancouver – and other metropolitan areas – the Fresh Roots model is a welcome success.
December 10, 2013 Comments Off
Mason Street Farm partners Jesse Brown, left, and Angela Moran (with her four-year-old daughter, Ruby) inside the farm’s new aquaponics greenhouse. Moran and Brown hope to raise at least $10,000 for a new solar panel system and intern training program through a fundraising dinner.
“A massive amount of food can be grown in a small space, and that’s what people want.”
By Daniel Palmer
October 28, 2013
Above the fish are long troughs filled with porous pumice stones, while sprouting green leaves and vines push their way up towards the greenhouse’s opaque roof.
The process is a closed-loop water system that allows farmers to grow plants and vegetables without soil and recycles more than 90 per cent of the collected rainwater. Fish excrement provides necessary nutrients to the plants, and the resulting plant run-off is then pumped back into the water tank carrying bacterial nutrients for the fish.
November 27, 2013 Comments Off
A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production
By Seeds of Diversity Canada
This 68 page handbook is greatly expanded from the previous edition, giving seed savers the most up-to-date information on seeds, flowers, and pollination. It demystifies the techniques of saving seeds from common garden vegetables, giving simple detailed instructions for each type.
Written with beginners and experts in mind, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the finer aspects of seeds and gardening, this is an excellent beginner’s manual. Sections for the advanced seed saver give details on seed production of biennial crops (beets, carrots, celery, leeks, etc), hand pollination, and many more helpful hints.
November 24, 2013 Comments Off
Urban Farming: “This is good socially, it’s good environmentally, it’s good economically.”
November 15, 2013
Beyond making an impact on the mindset of consumers, Ran found that a Fresh City model could encourage less overall consumption and pollutant emission. “We just did a study running our greenhouse gas emissions and getting your produce from Fresh City rather than [a big box grocer] is 75% less greenhouse gas emissions in terms of the farm-to-table transportation.”
November 24, 2013 Comments Off
We compost organics so that fresh and sustainable food can be grown on-site. An organic farm in a mobile box!
By Nick Hermes, Wes Regan and Matthew Pattinson.
Urban Stream team
Excerpt from their crowd funding site:
Our first product is the urban micro-farm, which combines vermicomposting with hydroponics and mushroom growing in a re-purposed shipping container with a greenhouse roof.
We’re launching this campaign to fund the construction of our next urban micro-farm. Our prototype is running well and we have made a few design optimizations so that we can grow even more greens in our next unit but we don’t have the funds on hand to build it.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off