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Canada: 10,000 pounds of produce grown on Ryerson University own rooftop farm

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Click image to see larger file. Left to right: Ryerson University’s Urban Farm staff Agathe Chauvin, Jayne Miles, Kate Davies, Saba Zubair, Arlene Throness and Terri-Linn Zhou. By Samuel Engelking.

Downtown Toronto Rooftop

By Adria Vasil
Now
August 2, 2017

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Another locavore all-star. This past year, a whopping 50 per cent of the food dished out on campus came from “local, sustainable sources.” The most local of all? The 10,000 pounds of produce grown on Rye’s own rooftop farm and shared with their cafs and their Gould Street Farmers’ Market. Tuna salad lovers, rejoice: 99 per cent of their seafood is now certified sustainable. As with York University and pretty much every other campus using Aramark or Compass caterers, all their chicken should be more humane by 2024.

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August 10, 2017   No Comments

Canada: B.C. gardeners dig into yard-sharing

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Rose Dykstra in the front yard of her Vancouver home on Aug. 5. Dykstra uses her front yard, and that of a neighbour, to grow flowers for her business, Front Yard Flower Co. By Jason Payne.

Regular homeowners who want to share their space with non-commercial gardeners can use the Young Agrarians U-Map to offer up their yards, and gardeners can look at the existing land listings.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Aug 8, 2017

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Both Dykstra and Single-Dain lamented the existence of a dedicated Vancouver website for homeowners and gardeners interested in yard-sharing. Victoria-based LifeCycles Project hosted a yard-sharing website at sharingbackyards.com for several years and had expanded it to 58 cities before the platform collapsed.

“We were running without funding and I tried to write some grant applications while I scaled up,” said former project leader Chris Hawkins. “After the economic collapse it just got harder and harder to get grants, especially as we weren’t regarded as a startup.”

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August 9, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Syrian farmer hopes to harvest a field of dreams in Alberta

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Mohamed El Daher and his wife Nahiama work their backyard garden. Leah Hennel / Postmedia Network

When his family of five arrived in Calgary a year ago, El Daher wasted little time in plowing under the lawn in the backyard of his Ranchlands home, planting vegetables among the furrows.

Bill Kaufmann
Calgary Herald
August 1, 2017

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The Syrian Refugees Support Group Calgary connected him to Abdullah Chybli, whose parents hail from Lebanon and Syria. Chybli has lent El Daher 1.2 hectares of farm land northeast of the city, so that El Daher can grow a firmer financial footing.

El Daher’s enthusiasm for farming seemed genuine and the farm land seemed fertile ground to help a refugee adapt and contribute, said Chybli.

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August 6, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Gardens at City Hall community garden opens on the front lawn of New Westminster city hall

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Royal City gardening enthusiasts gathered Thursday to celebrate the official opening of the Gardens at City Hall community garden on the front lawn of New Westminster city hall. Photograph By Cornelia Naylor.

“It’s awesome to have the space in front of city hall,” he said. “It’s awesome to have it be a used space instead of just grass.”

By Cornelia Naylor
New West Record
July 28, 2017

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“I grew up on a farm in the Philippines, and we have land of course for garden and rice and you name it and I miss that, especially if you live in a highrise,” Pilon said. “When we finally found this community garden in here and (my husband) told me, I got so excited.”

At a plot near Pilon’s, Rubana Ahmed is growing sweet pea, basil, sage, oregano, squash, tomatoes, chillies, parsley, zucchini, eggplant and Habanero peppers.

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August 5, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Gardens at City Hall community garden opens on the front lawn of New Westminster city hall

Canada: Edmonton couple tends local vegetable garden for 70 years

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They nurture nearly 1,000 plants, growing fruit and vegetables for three generations of family

By Anna Desmarais
CBC News
Aug 02, 2017

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Ted and Irene Goldsack wake up at 5:30 every morning, eager to work in their garden.

The routine has been the same for 70 years — planting seeds, plucking weeds, picking ripened tomatoes, cauliflower or lettuce.

The Goldsacks, both 92, tend close to 1,000 plants, growing fruit and vegetables for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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August 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Edmonton couple tends local vegetable garden for 70 years

Canada: Gander, Newfoundland’s Green Thumbs

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Elder Smith spent the evening caring for his garden bed by watering, weeding and adding soil.

The garden has 31 individual garden boxes and beds, which are maintained by individuals and couples

By Adam Randell
Gander Beacon
July 27, 2017

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Even though the winter conditions persisted longer than usual, grower Jeff Keefe said, this has been the best growing season at the garden since it was first started three years ago.

“Weather wise, it’s been fantastic, almost too dry” said Keefe. “For the last three weeks our challenge has been keeping everything watered.”

With each passing year the garden’s popularity continues to grow, to a point that there’s now a waiting list.

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August 3, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Gander, Newfoundland’s Green Thumbs

The Bowery Project turning vacant Toronto properties into mobile urban farms

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“Every year from a site this big (at Sherbourne Street and Gerrard Street East), we grow at least 400 pounds of produce and that gets given away to people who are hungry in the city,” said Kimel.

By Susan Hay
Global News
July 24, 2017

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“The developer here, Oben Flats, wanted to do something that gave back to the community and that transformed his site,” said co-founder Rachel Kimel.

“People come and they learn new things and they walk away with something fresh, organically grown and sustainable.”

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July 31, 2017   Comments Off on The Bowery Project turning vacant Toronto properties into mobile urban farms

Montreal: Secret garden – Palais des Congres shares rooftop harvest

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Each year the garden produces around 650 kilos of food, and much of the produce is used by the congress centre’s official caterer to feed delegates at the Palais.

CTV News
July 22, 2017

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The garden also functions as a teaching tool, to show building owners and managers how to create green roof-tops.

What’s more, it houses an experimental lab for urban agriculture techniques.

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July 30, 2017   Comments Off on Montreal: Secret garden – Palais des Congres shares rooftop harvest

Canada: Community gardens to bloom under Richmond Hill’s new garden policy

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Kevin Krille, wife Jana and their son Justin, 2, enjoy the beets of their labour at the community allotment garden in Phyllis Rawlinson Park. – Susie Kockerscheidt/Metroland

Currently there are 61 gardeners in this public garden and 60 more residents on the waiting list to rent plots.

By Teresa Latchford
York Region
July 22, 2017

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With Richmond Hill anticipating the development of a new allotment garden and four collective gardens within the next five years, town council unanimously approved a new community garden policy in order to provide consistent support that is fair and equitable.

“The town will provide support for the initial set up of the allotment gardens,” natural environment manager Ann Marie Farrugia said in a presentation to council.

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July 29, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Community gardens to bloom under Richmond Hill’s new garden policy

Canada: Garden battle – Quebec City woman told she can’t grow veggies in her front yard

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Véronique Chapier wants to grow vegetables on her front lawn, but her neighbours say her yard is a mess. (Cathy Senay/Radio-Canada)

Véronique Chapier has until Aug. 1 to comply with city’s bylaws or will face fines

By Cathy Senay
CBC
July 27, 2017

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Two weeks ago, a city inspector informed Chapier that her garden breaks a number of rules, namely that:

The vegetable garden can’t be on her front lawn.
Some plants are too tall and the landscaping is messy.
Some are planted beyond her property line.
There are wooden pallets and plastic containers on her lawn that constitute a nuisance.

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July 28, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Garden battle – Quebec City woman told she can’t grow veggies in her front yard

Flock of sheep move through streets of Montreal to carry on lawnmowing duties

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Volunteer shepherds guide a flock of sheep to their new park Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Montreal. The sheep are part of a pilot project where they act as eco-friendly lawn mowers, chewing on the long grass, but also help by eating vegetation that poses a threat to public green spaces.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

She says the animals have become stars in the neighbourhood, drawing people together and letting them experience a taste of farm life in the city.

Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press
July 27, 2017

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With only a few bleats of protest, a flock of woolly, four-legged lawnmowers took a rare stroll through the streets of Montreal on Wednesday to take up their duties in a new city park.

The six ewes and four lambs were carefully herded along the sidewalk from one park to another with the help of shepherds and volunteers holding up orange barricades.

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July 27, 2017   Comments Off on Flock of sheep move through streets of Montreal to carry on lawnmowing duties

The Vancouver Resident’s Guide to Alternative Gardening

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City Beet Urban Farm in Mount Pleasant by Ruth Hartnup.

According to City Hall, there are over 110 community gardens within the City of Vancouver which can be found on city-owned land, at churches, at schools, and on private property.

By Jay Banks
Vancouver Homes
July 25, 2017

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Another option the City has been actively promoting for gardeners is the option to plant on City land in places like boulevards and traffic circles. As O’Neill explains, any resident who has a boulevard in front of their property is encouraged to use that space for growing both edible and ornamental plants.

The boulevard is defined as the place between the curb and the sidewalk. For those who don’t have access to a boulevard, another option could be to become a volunteer with the Green Streets program, which allows volunteers to plant gardens in traffic calming areas such as traffic circles and bulges.

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July 27, 2017   Comments Off on The Vancouver Resident’s Guide to Alternative Gardening

Canada: Edmontonians get a taste of farm life in the middle of the city

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“Today was about connecting urban folks to farming and food and where their dinner comes from, showing them how things are grown and just showing them the process of seed to the table,”

By Claire Theobald
Edmonton Journal
July 16, 2017

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Kennedy said many people underestimate the potential for growing produce in a small urban environment.

“Whether you have a balcony or a back yard, the potential to grow your own vegetables here is huge. We’ve got a longer season than you think, and there’s a hundred more crops than you can imagine we can grow here that are all edible,” Kennedy said.

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July 22, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Edmontonians get a taste of farm life in the middle of the city

An IGA Supermarket in Montreal is growing its own vegetables on the roof

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More than 30 different kinds of produce are being grown on the 25,000-square-foot roof, and all of it is certified organic.

By Jacob Serebrin
Montreal Gazette
July 20, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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“Why don’t supermarkets plant vegetables on their roofs? Some restaurants have little boxes where they grow herbs,” he said. “We pushed it further because we know we’re able to sell what we produce here.”

While the costs are higher, due to the small scale of the project, Duchemin said the produce grown on the store’s roof is being sold at the same price as any other organic produce.

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July 21, 2017   Comments Off on An IGA Supermarket in Montreal is growing its own vegetables on the roof

92 per cent of Canadian farms have no transition plan ready, Stats Can says

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Future of Canadian family farms at risk

By Jessica Smith Cross
The Canadian Press
Jul 16, 2017

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A growing number of farmers are nearing retirement without having formally planned for their successors, putting the next generation of small-scale farming at risk — something Maynard and advocates are urging farming families to think about.

“Our grandfather didn’t really want to talk about selling the farm, ever, until it was too late and he had to,” Maynard said.

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July 18, 2017   Comments Off on 92 per cent of Canadian farms have no transition plan ready, Stats Can says