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Ming Pao newspaper visits City Farmer’s Compost Garden

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June 24, 2016   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

A guide to allotment gardens in Toronto

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juliLeslie Street Allotment Gardens: Julie & Adam.

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

Excerpt:

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

Canadian Urban beekeeping takes off as plight of the honeybee wins public attention

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Alexandre McLean, CEO of Alveole, prepares the Shangri-La Hotel’s “B-Wall” installation in Toronto. The company has seen an increase in demand for urban beehives in recent years. Peter J. Thompson/National Post.

“Bees are getting a ton of attention in the past few years. Even the White House announced it was going through major changes in policy in terms of planting; and General Mills’ Bring Back the Bees Campaign has drawn way more attention.”

By Denise Deveau
Financial Poat
Jun. 2, 2016

Excerpt:

A sure sign of spring at Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel is the arrival of Alexandre McLean. But he’s not your average guest; and his luggage is definitely out of the ordinary.

For a second season, McLean is installing the honeybees in the “B-Wall” at the Shangri-La’s third-floor Bosk terrace. The custom-designed wall, a collaborative effort by Alvéole and Montreal-based L’Atelier Gris and developed in partnership with Maison Birks, sits in a quiet corner of the garden, where throughout spring and summer, diners can step up to a porthole to view the honeybees in action.

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June 7, 2016   Comments Off on Canadian Urban beekeeping takes off as plight of the honeybee wins public attention

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to offer tax break to grow food on vacant lots

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gorde“The more food we can grow in Saskatoon, the more healthy we’ll all be,” says Gord Enns, executive director of the Saskatoon Food Council. Liam Richards / Saskatoon Starphoenix

Equal to 50 per cent of the annual property taxes on a vacant lot, but no more than $500 a year for residential sites and $1,200 a year for non-residential properties.

By Phil Tank
Saskatoon Starphoenix
June 1, 2016

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Grant to grow

Here’s how the City of Saskatoon proposes to encourage vacant lot owners to convert them to gardens for up to five years:

The goal: To increase food security in Saskatoon.

The grant: Equal to 50 per cent of the annual property taxes on a vacant lot, but no more than $500 a year for residential sites and $1,200 a year for non-residential properties.

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June 6, 2016   Comments Off on Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to offer tax break to grow food on vacant lots

Urban farming a growing trend in Toronto

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scadCrate Garden. Staff photo/Justin Skinner. Rachel Kimel, left, and Deena DelZotto of the Bowery Project lead the initiative to build a crate garden outside of Scadding Court Community Centre, on Thursday.

Scadding Court Community Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre welcome innovative ‘crate’ gardens

By Justin Skinner
Inside Toronto
City Centre Mirror
May 24, 2016

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At Scadding Court Community Centre, a new crate garden installed by urban gardening initiative The Bowery Project and local volunteers will see 250 square feet of food being grown.

It features 500 milk crates stacked two crates high, with plants being grown in the uppermost crate. Given that soil in cities often contains contaminants, the two-crate stacks help ensure the soil in which the food is grown is clean and free of toxins.

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May 29, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming a growing trend in Toronto

Vancouver Trending: Urban farming on the grow

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whel A wheelbarrow in the fields at UBC Farm. Amy Logan/For Metro

Vancouver is experiencing an urban farming renaissance of sorts and the city has even launched a two-year pilot project to help legitimize farming in the city.

By Amy Logan
For Metro
May 20 2016

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“There’s an enthusiasm, a sense of resilience and civic engagement,” said Marcela Crowe, Executive Director of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS).

The city recently adopted a two-year urban farming pilot. The goal of the project is to “help legitimize urban farming from a land use perspective, and create a consistent approach to urban farming inquiries,” according to the City’s Urban Farming Policy Report.

Besides Vancouver’s long growing season and focus on sustainability, the city’s efforts to promote local agriculture may account for a boom in urban farming. Vancouver aims to increase citywide and neighbourhood food assets by 50 per cent above 2010 levels.

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May 21, 2016   Comments Off on Vancouver Trending: Urban farming on the grow

You can now rent chickens in British Columbia

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“I’ve already booked all my rentals for 2016,” said Fraser. “There’s a wait list. We sold out by February and people just started getting their orders.”

Vancouver Sun
May 12, 2016

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“Renting is the way to try it out without committing to buying and building your own coop and raising your own chicks, and finding out they are actually roosters instead of hens,” said Fraser. who lives in Saanich, a suburb of Victoria. “It’s a way for you and your family to try out chickens. They are fun to have around.”

Rent The Chicken comes with two or four egg-laying hens, a mobile coop, food and water dishes, and a food supply, including dried meal worms, which chickens apparently love.

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May 20, 2016   Comments Off on You can now rent chickens in British Columbia

Commercial urban farm partnerships to take over Calgary’s city land

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oikeFilmmaker Kai Cabodyna aka “Wabi Sabi Libra,” left with Dennis Scanland, Kate Stenson, Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra and Kye Kocher stand in front of the lot that could soon be an urban commercial farm operation. Photo Helen Pike.

City councillor Gian Carlo-Carra is hoping to partner with growers to bring urban farms to Bridgeland

By: Helen Pike
Metro
May 13 2016

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“We really want to make urban agriculture and urban farming a viable thing in Calgary,” said Carra. “We’re also trying to take this amazing place, this great neighbourhood of Bridgeland-Riverside and recognize the historic practice of farming vacant lots.”

The lots, which form various phases of “The Bridges,” a mixed-use development project led by the City of Calgary, are still stagnant and moving slowly. So, in the meantime, Carra is hoping something else will grow in the area.

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May 19, 2016   Comments Off on Commercial urban farm partnerships to take over Calgary’s city land

Urban farm in Calgary celebrates third year as demand soars amid slumping economy

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paulhPaul Hughes and his son Mac, centre, work the soil with the help of some Grow Calgary volunteers, Anne-Claire Antoine, left, and Isabel Graefendorf, right, from the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in Calgary on Monday May 19, 2014. Grow Calgary donates all the food harvested to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. (Jenn Pierce/Calgary Herald)

In 2014, Hughes made a request to the provincial government for an additional 254 hectares of land on the transportation utility corridor that would be used to grow everything from carrots to cabbage, zucchini and turnips.

By Trevor Howell
Calgary Herald
May 14, 2016

Excerpt:

Over the past three years, Grow Calgary has become Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm, attracted a core group of roughly 50 people, hundreds of more occasional volunteers, hosted tours for schools and community groups and donated truckloads of fresh produce to the Calgary Food Bank.

“We started with a chunk of grassland and now we’re this robust program that’s … delivered hundreds of truckloads of food to the Food Bank and now dealing with 16 different organizations,” said Hughes, who wants to grow the operation into the world’s largest urban farm.

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May 15, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farm in Calgary celebrates third year as demand soars amid slumping economy

Shorebird finds protection in Moncton-area community garden – New Brunswick, Canada

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kildThe white-bellied killdeer, described as “very vocal” is a shorebird you can find without going to the beach. (Alain Clavette)

“I think a mother killdeer could not have chosen a better place for a nest,” said Clavette.

By Paul Hantiuk
CBC News
May 07, 2016

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Community gardeners near the Moncton Area Control Centre were expecting to dig in for another planting season but instead found a killdeer had set up a nest right in the middle of their plot.

Charles Daigle, a photographer who works for NAV Canada in Riverview, found the bird when he went to till the garden. He has since done his best to make sure it would be protected.

“We’re going to be delayed a bit of course. I’m in charge of the garden but I talked to the people who are in charge of the building and basically we all made the decision unanimously to give the bird some space and let it do its thing.”

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May 14, 2016   Comments Off on Shorebird finds protection in Moncton-area community garden – New Brunswick, Canada

A tiny backyard urban ‘commercial’ farm in Vancouver BC

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Kitz Kitz Farm. Photo by Michael Levenston. Click on image for larger file.

Welcome to KitzFarm!

From Leigh Wilson’s website
May 8 2016

Salad pick today;
Chard
Rocket
Red and yellow mustard
Baby beet tops
Mizuna
Sorrel
Celeriac
And a green onion

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May 12, 2016   Comments Off on A tiny backyard urban ‘commercial’ farm in Vancouver BC