Category — Canada
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 No Comments
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
Michael Ableman, co-founder of Sole Foods urban farm, believes in the power of food and organic farming
By Randy Shore,
October 18, 2013
Farmer and author Michael Ableman left the citrus and avocado groves of California to farm Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; an unusual storyline, to say the least.
Of course, Ableman did a lot of living in the 40 years between joining a farm commune in California at the age of 18 and co-founding an urban farm in the heart of Vancouver. He also founded California’s Center for Urban Agriculture, penned three best-selling books and created the Centre for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture, which he runs from his home, Saltspring Island’s Foxglove Farm.
October 26, 2013 Comments Off
Health inspector’s letter. Click image to make larger.
And watch the CBC news video here.
Surrey, BC family faces threat of $40,000 bill if they don’t remove their Sustainable Permaculture Garden and return area back over to Toxic Giant Hogweed.
By Jacob Zinn
October 7, 2013
FLEETWOOD — The City of Surrey wants Jess Thompson and Cindy Quach’s “unsightly” garden to be removed, despite the garden’s health benefits to their family and environmental perks to their community.
In the summer, Thompson and Quach started a hügelkultur garden on their rented one-acre property in the 8300-block of 168th Street. Hügelkultur is a European farming technique that has proven to be a popular method sustainable food gardening.
October 25, 2013 Comments Off
The committee loved the idea, the university offered up the land for use and by February of 2010, volunteers were already starting to prepare for that spring’s planting.
By Alan Scofield
October 4, 2013
“Feeding the community is very important, but even more important is empowering people and teaching them how to grow their own food,” said Rita Haase, the project’s founder and a sessional instructor in the university’s Women’s Studies department and Faculty of Education. “That’s what we do here.”
Launched in 2010, the garden sits on less than an acre of urban property on California Avenue, on the eastern edge of campus, where three vacant homes used to stand.
October 17, 2013 Comments Off
Skyline Farms’ innovative vertical farming methods earned it a finalist spot in OCE’s 2013 Social Enterprise Student Competition and a winning spot in Humber’s Friendly Fire Pitch Competition.
Ontario Centres of Excellence
October 3, 2013
This fall, the students at Thistletown Collegiate Institute (TCI) are harvesting the first crop from their new on-site farm, providing a bounty of lettuce, chard, kale, zucchini, baby bok choy, cucumbers, tomatoes and a variety of herbs for students to cook and enjoy. Contrary to what you might expect, TCI’s farm occupies less than 200 square feet and is located in the heart of Etobicoke. It is also the first commercial vertical aeroponic tower garden farm in Canada, made possible by Humber College start-up Skyline Farms.
October 17, 2013 Comments Off
“Every year there are at least 1.4 million shipping containers sent back to Asia to be recycled.”
Designed by Keith Dewey for City Farmer Society
Owner, Designer of Zigloo.ca
Victoria, BC. June, 2013
Excerpt from Zigloo:
Zigloo.ca is a design house that is leading the way in custom design with a difference. The difference is finding sustainable solutions to building technologies, especially in the use of shipping containers as architectural building blocks. The benefits of which are lowering our carbon footprint, saving our forests and doing it affordably.
Zigloo domestique is a prototype concept that has led to a number of CargoSpace Living projects throughout North America. Keith Dewey (owner of Zigloo.ca) created zigloo domestique as a show home to entice people to think differently about the way we live and to demonstrate that living sustainably doesn’t mean “living without”.
October 8, 2013 Comments Off
Jess Thompson and Cindy Quach stand in their Surrey yard with their children in front of the ‘Hugelkultur’ garden, which has drawn complaints from area residents who have complained the garden is ‘unsightly.’
Photograph by Ward Perrin, PNG.
‘Hugelkultur’ is an Eastern European farming technique that is gaining popularity as a sustainable food gardening system.
By Randy Shore
September 30, 2013
The Hugelkultur garden created by Jess Thompson and his partner Cindy Quach on their rental property has attracted complaints from neighbours and a bylaw infraction letter from the city citing piles of bark mulch and manure.
After several inspections by bylaw officers, the city says the property is not in compliance with the Unsightly Premises Bylaw, according to Jas Rehal, manager of bylaw enforcement.
October 3, 2013 Comments Off
The Desautels team includes Mohammed Ashour, Zev Thompson, Shobhita Soor, Gabriel Mott and Jesse Pearlstein.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reports that insects are eaten seasonally by 2.5 billion people worldwide.
September 23, 2013
A group of McGill students has been awarded $1 million to help create a company that will farm insects.
The Hult Prize was awarded to McGill University’s Aspire team by former president Bill Clinton Monday evening at an event in New York City.
September 27, 2013 Comments Off
With the planter boxes in place, it was time to fill them! Thanks to the FUN Society’s Red Box Project, huge loads of soil and mulch were delivered to the Kitchener parking lot. And thanks to a whole lot of elbow grease from Kitchener parents and students, the boxes got filled and the last of the extra bricks were moved off site. Whew!
Food Garden and Green Space – Orchard, Veggie Garden, Composters
Excerpt from Facebook:
Lord Kitchener Elementary sits at the busy intersection of King Edward and Blenheim in Vancouver, BC. For the past year, the school site has been a high-traffic construction zone as the school is seismically rebuilt. Thankfully, provincial funding provides a safe, new school structure, but leaves little for the outdoor space. The PAC Sustainability Committee saw this challenge as an opportunity to transform this noisy, dusty site into an oasis where city kids can feel connected to nature by advocating for space to develop an Outdoor Classroom. With the help of partners,
September 17, 2013 Comments Off
A case study of urban farming in Vancouver as an urban sustainable and ecological resilient practice
By Kristin Edith Abrahamsen Kjærås
Master Thesis in Human Geography Department of Sociology and Human Geography
University Of Oslo
This thesis is a qualitative case study of the mobilization and negotiation of urban farming, as an urban sustainable and economic resilient practice in the City of Vancouver. The thesis is based on a triangulation of data-collection techniques, consisting of document review, semi-structured interview, and minor participatory observation. Considering the concurrent legal imposition of urban farming in this city, this case study analyzes how urban farming is advanced as a legitimate practice within different levels of the urban political terrain. Further, this thesis progresses insight into the concrete dynamics hindering and contributing to the mobilization and negotiation of urban farming as a legitimate practice in the City of Vancouver.
September 14, 2013 Comments Off
Blaine Duncan, Cargill’s Regional Manager for North Saskatchwan, shares his motivation for getting involved.
Saskatoon Food Bank’s urban agriculture initiative
Sept 3, 2013
The Garden Patch is a community-driven urban agriculture initiative of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre and is located in the 900 block of 3rd Ave. N in the heart of Saskatoon. Each year this vacant city-owned lot is transformed into a thriving green garden! In the last three years over 55,000 lbs of produce have been produced.
September 12, 2013 Comments Off