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Modern Halifax house features rooftop urban agriculture

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The roof top garden beds on their King Street home, in which the Fitzgeralds plant vegetables and herbs, resemble what they witnessed on their journey.

By Jonathan Waddell
HALIFAX — Special to The Globe and Mail
Jun. 18, 2015

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She, and her husband and builder, Brainard Fitzgerald, wanted to see how urban agriculture was accomplished in countries where the practice was a necessity. Their rare partnership harkens back to the roots of the profession when architects combined the talents of designer and craftsman.

She proposed to visit countries in Central and South America and Cuba, a place to which Ms. Fitzgerald now takes her students from Dalhousie University School of Architecture.

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June 28, 2015   No Comments

Urban agriculture blooms on Saskatoon’s empty lots

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SASKATOON, SK CHEP Good Food Inc. staffers and volunteers water food plots in 300 plastic half barrels on a property at 20th Street West and Avenue K, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. The barrels, which had contained organic vegetable oil, were donated by Bioriginal. The food from the plots will be sold at the Farmer’s Market. Photograph by: Greg Pender, The StarPhoenix.

“We are in an agricultural hot spot, yet we are disconnected from that, from being in a city.”

By Chris Morin
The Starphoenix
June 11, 2015

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On one piece of the most undesirable land in Saskatoon, a group committed to urban agriculture wants to prove people can grow something from nothing.

Members of CHEP, an organization that promotes access to healthy food, have taken a small unused plot of land off 20th Street and Avenue K and filled it with 150 barrels, which will be used to grow a variety of vegetables.

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June 19, 2015   Comments Off on Urban agriculture blooms on Saskatoon’s empty lots

Winnipeg City report digs into zoning to preserve agricultural land inside Perimeter

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At the same time, interest in local food — both commercially produced and in community gardens — skyrocketed. The number of community gardens within the city jumped to 208 in 2014 from 161 in 2012, the report noted.

By Bartley Kives
Winnipeg Free Press
June 2, 2015

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Winnipeg is considering ways to ensure agricultural production persists within city limits as the number of farms declines and demand for local food increases.

A report to be considered by council’s property and development committee today calls for the city to look at preserving some agricultural land on a permanent basis, devising new zoning categories for specialized farms and creating a new food policy council that could direct city facilities to purchase more local food.

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June 9, 2015   Comments Off on Winnipeg City report digs into zoning to preserve agricultural land inside Perimeter

Victoria, British Columbia hopes community grows alongside urban gardens

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A boulevard garden on Haultain Street, near Asquith Street, in Victoria. Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist

Councillors last week approved a process called Growing in the City to put the final touches on its new boulevard gardening guidelines.

By Bill Cleverley
Times Colonist
May 24, 2015

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The hope is to update the community garden policy, create an inventory of city-owned land for food production and look into small-scale commercial urban agriculture.

Coun. Geoff Young said the city initiative reflects demand from the public.

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June 3, 2015   Comments Off on Victoria, British Columbia hopes community grows alongside urban gardens

Urban Land Institute, British Columbia, holds Urban Farming Walking Tour

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From enticing pedestrian streetscapes and public space, to the integration of urban agriculture, learn how these initiatives can be used to generate value.

Vancouver BC
June 10, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Increasingly, the ability of community builders to deliver on health is translating into market value for projects. The ULI Building Healthy Places Toolkit outlines recommendations that can be used to promote health at the building or project scale, and shape vibrant, highly desirable communities. The Southeast False Creek neighbourhood serves as a model case study for these initiatives, and is already seeing the return as it quickly evolves into one of Vancouver’s most thriving communities.

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June 1, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Land Institute, British Columbia, holds Urban Farming Walking Tour

Greater Vancouver’s ‘Can You Dig It’

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Working with over 1600 gardeners over the past six years, 38 organic community gardens have been created

By Brooke Oxley
Cinthia Page, Hemant Kulkari
Can You Dig It
Project Coordinator
May 28, 2015

For six years now Can You Dig It (CYDI) has been building community gardens all over the lower mainland. Working with over 1600 gardeners over the past six years, 38 organic community gardens have been created, so there is a good chance you may have encountered one – on city property, a rooftop, at a church, in the back or front yard of a residence, beside a school, or a community centre. Wherever there are people wanting to grow food, share skills and build relationships, CYDI is there to support accessibility, generosity and engagement. Like the biodiversity of a garden, they believe that community also thrives on the diversity of cultures, age groups and abilities.

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May 28, 2015   Comments Off on Greater Vancouver’s ‘Can You Dig It’

The dirt on soil: Keep it healthy for the sake of your veggies

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Lorraine Johnson thinks of soil as an underground universe comprising tens of thousands of creatures that are our friends. (Mark Blinch for the Globe and Mail)

“The main thing to do is remember that soil is alive,” says Lorraine Johnson

By Sarah Elton
Special to The Globe and Mail
May 27, 2015

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Michael Levenston, of Vancouver’s City Farmer, the go-to urban agriculture non-profit that runs a compost demonstration garden and teaches gardening skills, believes this recognition can be gained by working in the garden, and composting. “Making soil, that’s really transformative,” he says.

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May 28, 2015   Comments Off on The dirt on soil: Keep it healthy for the sake of your veggies

Toronto photographer begins his veggie garden after a long, cold winter

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Communal garden in the centre of the city inside a park

My name is Giulio Muratori, I’m a Toronto based photographer, and have lived in Toronto for 39 years.

This year, 2015, I joined a communal garden with three other people. The garden is situated in an old water pump house built in 1875, in the heart of Toronto. We have one big garden and two small ones.

There are several reasons why I want to work in this garden:

#1 to produce fresh home grown veggies and herbs.
#2 gardening is tranquil, relaxing and rewarding to me.
#3 socializing with the other gardeners.

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May 21, 2015   Comments Off on Toronto photographer begins his veggie garden after a long, cold winter

Edmonton, Alberta opens urban farm to public tours

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The Northlands Urban Farm is opening up for free public tours, starting Friday.

It allows us to demonstrate a viable commercial urban farming operation

By Bill Mah
Edmonton Journal
May 12, 2015

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EDMONTON – Northlands may be better known for sports, trade shows or concerts, but the community service organization is also getting back to its agricultural roots.

The Northlands Urban Farm, which launched last year, is opening for free public tours, with the first one scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m.

Northlands operates a 31,200-square-foot farm on three vacant lots in the southwest corner of its spread at 113th Avenue and 79th Street.

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May 20, 2015   Comments Off on Edmonton, Alberta opens urban farm to public tours

City of Vancouver still paying for failed urban farm

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City in court over rejected offer from medical marijuana company to take over failed vegetable venture

By Jen St. Denis and Darryl Greer
Business Vancouver
May 15, 2015

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A failed urban farm located in a downtown Vancouver parkade continues to be a costly headache to the City of Vancouver.

According to documents filed in a continuing lawsuit against the city, a greenhouse and equipment from the farm is still located in the parkade, over a year after the company operating the farm went bankrupt.

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May 16, 2015   Comments Off on City of Vancouver still paying for failed urban farm

Vancouver Police Officers Plant Food Garden on Headquarters’ Rooftop

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An officer shows off tomatoes growing in the rooftop garden at the Vancouver police department headquarters on Cambie Street.

The team will sell the rest of the crops internally – it’ll cost about $2 for a bushel of kale – to fund supplies for the garden.

By Emily Jackson
Metro
April 21, 2013

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Without prompting from a city council known for aggressively pushing its “greenest” city agenda, the police have grown a community garden with renewable crops on the headquarters’ rooftop.

“People wouldn’t think this is something that police do in their spare time, but we had the space. It worked out,” Sgt. Randy Fincham said on a tour of the garden Wednesday.

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May 6, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver Police Officers Plant Food Garden on Headquarters’ Rooftop

New documentary from Canada: ‘Une Révolution Agricole Urbaine!’

Une révolution agricole… urbaine! Bande-annonce from Arts et Images productions on Vimeo.

In French: Airs first May 7th, 2015 at 21h on Explora

Un film de Mario Desmarais
Produit par Anne Desmarais
52 minutes
May 2015
(Must See! Mike)
The complete film will be available online in July, 2015 once it has aired on TV.

Excerpts:

Une nouvelle révolution agricole est en” marche.

Nous pouvons dès aujourd’hui produire des aliments en ville, et ce, à grande échelle, en! n’utilisant aucune terre arable, aucun pesticide, moins d’eau, moins d’énergie et pratiquement aucun transport. Une des solutions aux besoins alimentaires mondiaux qui ne cessent d’augmenter.

Tout ce que nous connaissons du point de vue agricole et alimentaire change. Déjà enviro 20% de la nourriture consommée dans le monde est produite en zone urbaine!et périurbaine et près de 50% des légumes frais se retrouvant dans notre assiette sont produits dans un environnement! urbain.

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May 4, 2015   Comments Off on New documentary from Canada: ‘Une Révolution Agricole Urbaine!’

Montreal launches organic farming initiative to feed city’s poor

Montreal owns the land and has already invested $400,000.

By Rachel Lau
Global News
Apr 23, 2015

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“These vegetables will be used by the le Regroupement des Magasins-Partage. The families that need this kind of support will receive that,” said Réal Ménard, Montreal executive committee member for sustainable development.

The project will start small, with just under six hectares of land being used to cultivate produce.

By 2019, organizers are hoping to transform up to 24 hectares, creating about 250,000 bags of vegetables.

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May 1, 2015   Comments Off on Montreal launches organic farming initiative to feed city’s poor

Forthcoming book: ‘The Urban Farmer’

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British Columbia author: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

By Curtis Stone
New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2015-11-01

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s). Major benefits include:

Low capital investment and overhead costs
Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
Easy access to markets.

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April 29, 2015   Comments Off on Forthcoming book: ‘The Urban Farmer’

Community Garden job opening north of the Arctic Circle

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Closing 02 May 2015

Community Garden Society of Inuvik
(Inuvik Community Greenhouse)
A Community Partnership with AURORA COLLEGE
79 Gwich’in Rd, Box 1544, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Tel: 867-777-3267 (seasonal April-Oct)
info@inuvikgreenhouse.com

We are looking for an Executive Director at our community greenhouse in the Northwest Territories. This position is ideal for someone with strong non-profit management and horticulture skills. It starts as soon as possible (closing 02 May 2015) and runs through March 2016 with possible extension dependant upon funding.

The full posting can be found on our website: www.inuvikgreenhouse.com/jobs. We cover travel expenses upon negotiation with the successful candidate and this position has the added benefit of paying a Northern Living Allowance and 6 weeks annual leave.

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April 24, 2015   Comments Off on Community Garden job opening north of the Arctic Circle