Category — Canada
Donna Balzer is a Calgary-based horticulturist with a broad background in horticulture and 30 years experience in everything from native perennials to cultural landscapes.
By Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs
No Guff Press
In our book, you get the advice of TWO experts—and our points of view are not always the same. Look for “He Says” and “She Says” throughout the book.
You get the professional insights of horticulturists. We make sense of products and trends and give you thoughtful opinions.
September 27, 2016 No Comments
Aquaponics educational program provides a hands on learning approach and is relevant to the biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and industrial arts curriculums
Excerpts From Sea To Sky Aquaponics website:
Sea To Sky Aquaponics’ vision is to educate and empower people to grow their own food. With awareness about the benefits of sustainable agriculture increasing, people are demanding alternatives to the industrialized food system. The benefits of our systems are many.
September 18, 2016 No Comments
Michael Levenston and Joan MacNab check swiss chard in Strathcona backyard. Click on image for larger file.
(See: Revisiting the garden in the photo after almost 40 years – – At the end of this post. September, 2016.)
By Elizabeth Godley
Feb 15, 1982
If Vancouverites plowed under their lawns and boulevards and planted beans or potatoes, brussels sprouts or kale – they could supply the entire Lower Mainland with fresh veggies.
But before you run for the rototiller, Michael Levenston isn’t really serious. it’s just that, as a member at a volunteer organization called City Farmer, he’d like city folk to start thinking about urban agriculture.
According to Levenston’s calculations, there are about 2,600 hectares of potentially arable land in the City of Vancouver alone not counting parks, cemeteries, golf courses or land in more sparsely populated suburbs – that could, given half a chance, grow food.
September 17, 2016 No Comments
Aurora Farm in St. Norbert, Manitoba.
“I’m about medium sized,” Toms remarked about his farm operation. “I’ve got 100 cows and about 800 acres of grain,” he added.
By Tony Eu
Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press
Sept 9, 2016
“I started up about five years ago,” Toms said about participating in Open Farm Day. “I read it in the newspaper and I thought it’d be a good way for people from the urban communities, the cities and that, to connect with farmers,” he explained.
When asked what he thought about Open Farm Day, Toms replied, “It’s a way for people from urban centres to have a chance to go to the farms and see the different farms. It’s a good way for them to connect with the farmers and see what’s happening out in rural Manitoba.”
September 16, 2016 No Comments
Sole Food, a five-acre farm in the city’s grittiest neighbourhood that employs people who have been abandoned by society
By Randy Shore
September 14, 2016
Q: You use the word incongruent to describe the Sole Food farm site on the Downtown Eastside. How has the feeling in the neighbourhood evolved?
A: When people close their eyes and think of a farm they see a pastoral scene with fences and a barn, rows of food and cows grazing. In our case, that visual is very different. Our farms float in a sea of roadways and tall buildings and along the alleys in some hard parts of Vancouver.
September 15, 2016 No Comments
“This [Québec Parliament Building garden] is a message that it sends to Québec, it is a message that it sends to the world in general as to say yes, urban agriculture is something we recognize and yes, it’s interesting. Let’s put your hands in the earth.”
By Kathryn Chiffer and Les Urbainculteurs
Sept 7, 2016
Excerpt from Les Urbainculteurs:
In June 2013, we opened the gardens of the National Assembly of Quebec: a historic moment for Les Urbainculteurs and very symbolic for urban agriculture in Quebec and elsewhere. Nearly 130 species of plants grow there in the ground and Smart Pots, totaling nearly 2,000 ft2 culture. In addition to the organic vegetables, Le Parlementaire restaurant can enjoy many fruits, herbs and medicinal plants. Two hives have also taken place on the Assembly’s roof.
September 13, 2016 Comments Off on Canada: Québec Parliament Building has a food garden
Ceramic Fairy Houses made by artist Melissa Hume
Maria harvests chamomile in the Fairy Garden at Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden.
Children love to see where the fairies live in our garden. Their colourful, ceramic homes are set in an area beneath the stump and roots of a massive cottonwood tree which fell in the Vancouver windstorm of Aug 29, 2015.
September 12, 2016 Comments Off on City Farmer: Chamomile Growing in our Fairy Garden
“It’s almost become pathological … Wherever I’m walking or driving I’m always scanning. ‘What kind of backyard is that? What could I grow?'”
By Laurie Fagan
Sep 05, 2016
Along with Madeleine Maltby, 27, Mason-Phillips co-owns Britannia Backyard Edibles, an urban farming operation now in its second year. Together they’ve transformed 10 backyards — and one front yard — into vegetable garden.
Mason-Phillips says there’s a good supply of fertile but underused green space in central Ottawa that could be put to work for food production.
September 11, 2016 Comments Off on Ottawa’s ‘Britannia Backyard Edibles’ looking for room to grow their business
Sita Gurung, who moved to Winnipeg from Bhutan with her husband and young daughter five years ago, says the garden has provided her family with fresh mustard leaves, onions, radishes, tomatoes and more.
By: Matt Kieltyka
Sep 02 2016
Since opening in May, the “Garden of Nations” has been a source of fresh, healthy food and companionship for 15 families still adjusting to life in Canada.
“It’s a really tough journey for a lot of people,” said Amy Henderson, newcomer program co-ordinator at Food Matters Manitoba. “When they get here they think their troubles are over, but there’s still a lot of adjusting and they have to learn a new language. The support is there at first, but then it dries up after a while and it can be really stressful and hard to afford healthy food.”
September 10, 2016 Comments Off on Canada: Winnipeg newcomers reap benefits of North End community garden
Leslie St. allotment garden. Richard Caron, water, and his wife Susan, moved from the Beach to a downtown apartment two years ago and Susan was eager to find a space to flex her green thumb. Photo by Andrew Wallace.
“The groundhogs are having a great time in our garden,” Caron said. “We’ll have to do something about that next year.”
By Katrina Clarke
Sept. 2, 2016
Leasing a plot at one of the 12 outdoor gardens spread across the city gives the chance to exercise your green thumb, meet fellow urban gardeners and plant whatever your heart desires — so long as it’s legal.
And now is the best time to check out the gardens in full bloom.
September 9, 2016 Comments Off on Toronto’s 12 allotment gardens are in full bloom, as city folk prove you can grow local.
It’s harvest time but each morning we find our grapes on the ground
By Michael Levenston
Sept 8, 2016
We grow delicious, seeded grapes at the Compost Demonstration garden in Vancouver BC. Staff and visitors make grape juice from the fruit. However, at this time of year, just as they ripen, we find grapes scattered on the ground beneath the old vines that grow on a pergola.
September 8, 2016 Comments Off on City Farmer’s Garden: Who Is Stealing Our Grapes?
They made a really good case for why it is important to produce more food locally,’ said Mayor Mark Heyck. (CBC)
By Mitch Wiles
Sep 02, 2016
“One of the recurring themes that was constantly being brought up was an interest in some kind of land being identified in Yellowknife… for urban farming or agricultural production,” said Tracey Williams, Food Security Coordinator for the Yellowknife Farmers’ Market.
“There is no zoning, there is no policy, there are no bylaws that talk about agricultural production within the city boundaries.”
September 7, 2016 Comments Off on Northern Canada: Yellowknife Farmers’ Market seeks land within city zoned for agriculture
‘I don’t understand why they don’t just put the tower up and let us work the rest,’ says one resident
Sept 7, 2016
Residents in the Riverview neighbourhood say Hydro One is taking a “scorched earth” policy to their community vegetable gardens.
The electricity provider plans to upgrade the towers and twin the existing, single 115 kV transmission line between the Overbrook Transformer Station on Coventry Road and Balena Park in the Riverview neighbourhood next April.
September 7, 2016 Comments Off on Ottawa: Gardens to be demolished as part of Hydro One upgrade
The mayor says she expects the changes to pass — except for the part about changing the city’s Official Community Plan to make agriculture “subservient” to development.
By Katherine Dedyna
Sept. 3, 2016
The bylaw changes would allow raw, unprocessed food such as fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs and honey to be grown, harvested and sold by farmers within the city.
Growers would require a $100 annual business licence to sell goods off-site. On-site sales — through a farmstand, for example — would require either an annual licence or a three-month licence, available for $25.
Farmstand hours would be limited to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays, when the hours would be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Loading of delivery trucks would be limited to once a day during the same hours.
September 4, 2016 Comments Off on Victoria, BC’s Urban Agriculture Proposals go to Council Public Hearings
Vancouver restaurants are taking the 100-mile diet a step further and growing their own ingredients here in the city
By Robert Mangelsdorf
Aug 31, 2016
“Growing the botanicals was definitely something that was instilled in me working at the Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island,” she says. “It’s an incredibly inspired place. I learned a ton there, that ethos, and had an opportunity to experience on a daily basis the opportunities of the plants as they present themselves.
“Now it’s about the flower,” she continues, “then it’s the seed, then it’s about the fruit, then it’s the root. It’s not just about saying we have beets and tomatoes to work with. We have this entire world of potential from these plants, that’s what gets me excited when it comes to creating menus.”
September 1, 2016 Comments Off on Vancouver Chefs Grow Their Own