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Halifax: ’A global garden:’ Hope Blooms and Syrian refugees getting their hands dirty, together

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Hope Blooms’ Jessie Jollymore and Tamar Mintis hold a Sidney Crosby autographed game jersey in their north-end Halifax garden on Sunday. They are auctioning off the jersey to help support the community garden for Syrian refugees. JEFF HARPER / METRO

Hockey Player, Sidney Crosby, has even donated a game-worn jersey to help raise money to expand the blossoming north-end location.

By: Rebecca Dingwell
Metro
Jul 24 2016

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“We were already full in the garden, and so a lot of community members gave up their plot so the Syrian families could grow food,” explained Jollymore.

Now, Hope Blooms is looking to get the new Haligonians involved further – but Jollymore said they need more human resources, especially an interpreter. They also want to take down one of the fences to make more room for garden plots.

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July 30, 2016   No Comments

Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier

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Forthcoming in September, 2016 – By Michael Ableman

By Michael Ableman
Chelsea Green Publishing
Aug/Sept 2016

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia—one of the worst urban slums in North America—who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves.

During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms—now North America’s largest urban farm project—has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems.

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July 29, 2016   No Comments

City of Powell River, British Columbia, considers regulation of urban farms

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Bylaw changes would allow licences for agricultural micro-businesses

By Chris Bolster
Powell River Peak
July 22, 2016

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City of Powell River council is looking at amending bylaws to regulate urban farms, micro-businesses that have operated in a legal grey zone for years.

Zoning and home-based business bylaw amendments would allow for commercial agricultural production of fruits and vegetables on all one-acre or less parcels of land zoned residential, except in mobile home parks.

“It might shock people to learn that they require a business licence to grow food on their property and sell it,” said city senior planner Jason Gow.

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July 27, 2016   No Comments

Vancouver aeroponics farm uses ‘space-age’ tech to grow food for local restaurants, markets

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Aaron Ferguson, CEO of Harvest Urban Farms, stands in the Strathcona warehouse where the farm is located. He said he would like to see more aeroponics farms in Vancouver. (Rachel Sanders/CBC)

He said they can get lettuce plants, for example, ready for harvest within 28 to 35 days. “Lettuce plants out in the field take about 45 days to be mature,” he said.

By Gavin Fisher and Rachel Sanders,
CBC News
Jul 21, 2016

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Harvest Urban Farms supplies their produce to restaurants and markets within a 10-kilometre radius of the farm.

Ferguson said he hopes to see the use of aeroponics grow in Vancouver, as he said growing food locally as opposed to importing it improves the quality and eliminates supply chain costs.

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July 22, 2016   No Comments

Canada: Prison Farms Shut Down By Harper Government May Be Reopened By Liberals

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Pat Kincaid poses for a portrait in Kingston, Ont., on Friday July 8, 2016. Kincaid served 4 1/2 years at the Frontenac Institution where he cared for 120 animals as part of the prison farm. (Photo: Lars Hagberg/CP)

In addition to helping the inmates develop a good work ethic, the farms produced food that was used to feed the prison population as well as supply local food banks, and also helped the local economy as it generated the need for fertilizer, equipment and other supplies, said Peters.

By Diana Mehta
The Canadian Press
07/11/2016

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Pat Kincaid credits the dairy cows on a now-shuttered prison farm in Ontario with teaching him the skills he needed to break a life-long cycle of crime and incarceration.

The 65-year-old Kingston, Ont., resident, who has spent a total of 35 years behind bars for assaults, thefts and other property crimes, hopes other inmates get the chance to benefit from a program the federal Liberal government is now considering reopening.

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July 14, 2016   Comments Off on Canada: Prison Farms Shut Down By Harper Government May Be Reopened By Liberals

Toronto waterfront high-rise to have community garden

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Also an adjoining ‘garden prep studio’ and ‘kitchen library’

By Stefan Novakovic
Urban Toronto
July 7, 2016

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For more passive enjoyment, the Lower Deck also opens up to a community garden, with the adjoining ‘garden prep studio’ and ‘kitchen library’ facilitating urban agriculture. Taken together, the indoor and outdoor spaces give residents access to 25,000 ft² of amenities.

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July 13, 2016   Comments Off on Toronto waterfront high-rise to have community garden

Indigenous community garden at Wilfrid Laurier University

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About 95 per cent of plants growing in the Indigenous community garden are indigenous to southern Ontario.

Wilfrid Laurier University
July 2016

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During sessions at Aboriginal Student House, participants have learned how to use those plants to make products including ointments, soap, lip balm, mouthwash and laundry detergent.

Sourcing Indigenous knowledge is key to the garden project. Anderson, an associate professor of Indigenous Studies, works with knowledge-keepers from local Indigenous communities, including members of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and shares that knowledge in helping grow the garden. She also teaches a course at Laurier’s Brantford campus called “The Medicine Garden,” which provides students the opportunity to earn academic credit while learning in the garden.

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July 12, 2016   Comments Off on Indigenous community garden at Wilfrid Laurier University

Ottawa: Angelina Singson says her community garden plot is better than therapy after escaping domestic violence

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Ottawa’s Interval House helped more than 270 women and children escape abuse last year.

By Emma Jackson
Metro
Jun 26 2016

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Angelina Singson kneels in her community garden plot, planting summer squash in a crooked row beside an overgrown fence.

Like her vegetables, this is where Singson thrives: in the garden, making things grow.

“Why should I go to therapy, when I get free tomatoes from the garden?” she said. “You work it, you feel like you’ve accomplished something. There’s no better therapy than that.”

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June 30, 2016   Comments Off on Ottawa: Angelina Singson says her community garden plot is better than therapy after escaping domestic violence

A Real Farm in North Vancouver, Canada

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The Bounty and Ethos of Loutet Urban Farm

Story and images by Drew Copeland
Edible Vancouver
June, 2016

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Since its inception, the farm has grown each year, producing 9,000 pounds of food and generating $42,000 in revenue in 2015. The money, although important for maintaining an economically viable project, is beside the point.

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June 27, 2016   Comments Off on A Real Farm in North Vancouver, Canada

Ming Pao newspaper visits City Farmer’s Compost Garden

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June 24, 2016   Comments Off on Ming Pao newspaper visits City Farmer’s Compost Garden

Tasty Greens Neighbourhood Farms – New in Vancouver BC

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Microgreens: Sweet Corn, Wheatgrass, Daikon, Oriental Mustard, Curly Cress, Arugula, Fenugreek, Red Cabbage, Sunflower, Beet, Broccoli, Garlic Chives

By Samantha Dobo and Xche Balam

Tasty Greens headquarters is an East Vancouver character home on a popular bike path, which makes our 2 wheeled deliveries a breeze. We offer this punctual service by bicycle, because our aim is to be carbon neutral.

We recycle depleted soil, root mass and burlap via vermiculture and composting at our HQ. This creates nutrient dense soil to enrich future crops. Our Tasty Greens grow under ambient, led and florescent lights, in organic a medium and are grown from organic seed.

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June 17, 2016   Comments Off on Tasty Greens Neighbourhood Farms – New in Vancouver BC

Waterloo, Ontario community garden gets $100,000 grant from Toyota

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“Giving back to the community is an important part of what we do,” Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada president Fred Volf

CBC News
June 10, 2016

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Rare charitable research reserve announced the $100,000 partnership with the Japanese automotive company in a news release Thursday. The money will mean that Springbank Community Gardens will be able to grow its 15,000 square foot plot dedicated to food banks by another 6,800 square feet, the release said, an expansion expected to double the garden’s organic produce output from what it was in 2015.

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June 17, 2016   Comments Off on Waterloo, Ontario community garden gets $100,000 grant from Toyota

Immigrant students dig into learning English at Halifax urban farm

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redhalifNew Canadian students at Citadel High School are learning English while working on an urban farm. Many of the students arrived from Syria this winter and are connecting with their new community by volunteering at Common Roots Urban Farm. See video on the site.

“They love Canada, they understand that they are here to have another chance and they are really thankful,” said Majaess.

By Alexa MacLean
CBC
June 7, 2016

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“The kids are coming once a week to help out and be involved. It’s great because so many of them have a farming background,” Melrose said.

The urban farm opened up in 2012 on the former site of Queen Elizabeth High School.

Part of the produce grown by the students is donated to the food bank.

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June 13, 2016   Comments Off on Immigrant students dig into learning English at Halifax urban farm

A guide to allotment gardens in Toronto

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The garden on Leslie is the city’s biggest with 200+ plots available.

By Liora Ipsum
Blog TO
June 4, 2016

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Bishop Avenue, 190 Bishop Avenue
Cornell Campbell House, 3620 Kingston Road
Daventry, 19 Daventry Road
Four Winds, 20 Four Winds Drive
Givendale, 950 Kennedy Road
High Park, 1873 Bloor Street
Jonesville, 50 Jonesville Crescent

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June 10, 2016   Comments Off on A guide to allotment gardens in Toronto

Climate change causes City Farmer to try different gardening techniques in Vancouver plot

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MikeSharonCity Farmer’s Michael Levenston and Sharon Slack, along with other staff, have created a climate-change adaptation garden. Photo by Carlito Pablo.

Inside City Farmer’s office is a copy of Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update. Levenston and Slack recommended this new book by Salt Spring Island–based pest-management and gardening expert Linda Gilkeson.

By Carlito Pablo
Georgia Straight
June 8th, 2016

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Last summer was so hot that many probably thought it was one for the books. Well, it turned out that Earth in 2015 had its warmest summer in recorded history. It was another sign that the planet is heating up, due mainly to human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions into the atmosphere.

For some folks in Vancouver, the dry conditions at the time made gardening so challenging that they immediately started an experiment.

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June 9, 2016   Comments Off on Climate change causes City Farmer to try different gardening techniques in Vancouver plot