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Canada: 1984 film – ‘My Urban Garden’ – Filmed in Halifax

“As relevant today as it was when it was made.” Mike

By Polly Bennell, Director
National Film Board
1984 | 26 min

(Must See. Mike – City Farmer was consulted on this film in the early 1980’s)

Excerpt:

In this short film, Halifax gardener Carol Bowlby harvests a mouth-watering crop from her small backyard plot. In considering soil quality, lack of space and a short growing season challenges rather than obstacles, she offers a wealth of practical growing tips for urban gardeners. By heeding Bowlby’s advice, bountiful organic gardens work equally well on apartment balconies, in small or large city lots or in a rural setting.

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October 11, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: 1984 film – ‘My Urban Garden’ – Filmed in Halifax

Canada: Urban farm a bad idea, residents tell Langley City

Ryan Hughes and about 40 residents living near the site of the proposed urban concept farm on the BC Hydro right of way told Langley City council they oppose the idea. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Proposal would convert BC Hydro right-of-way

By Dan Ferguson
Langley Times
Wed Oct 4th, 2017

Excerpt:

Ryan Hughes said it is an area of large lots that already have what amounts to urban gardens.

It would make more sense to make urban gardens more accessible to residents in high-density neighbourhoods like Douglas Crescent and the Fraser Highway, he said.

The right-of-way area is already heavily used by pedestrians runners, cyclists and dog owners, Hughes added.

“This is the wrong location,” Hughes said.

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October 11, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Urban farm a bad idea, residents tell Langley City

Canada: Urbanite Finds Success Growing Organic Choy for Vancouver Market

Caroline Chiu is an organic farmer who has found success growing Chinese vegetables. Photo by Jennifer Gauthier / For Metro.

In fact, more than 90 per cent of produce grown in the Lower Mainland in the 1920s was cultivated by Chinese farmers in a system segregated by racist policies of the time, according to historian Kay Anderson, author of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

By Wanyee Li
Metro
Oct 06 2017

Excerpt:

Farming wasn’t the dream career Caroline Chiu’s parents had in mind for their daughter but the budding entrepreneur has found that organic Chinese veggies are a hit in Vancouver.

The 28-year-old started her half-an-acre farm in Richmond, called Riverside Farm, after completing farm school at Kwantlen Polytechnic University two years ago. She tapped into her own commnunity to find success in Vancouver’s rapidly growing local-food scene.

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October 7, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Urbanite Finds Success Growing Organic Choy for Vancouver Market

Canada: Montreal Supermarket Sells Produce From Its Rooftop Farm

This summer, a Montreal supermarket announced that it was the first in Canada to have a green rooftop farm producing vegetables that are then sold in the store.

By Rotem Ayalon
Next City
September 29, 2017

Excerpt:

The Duchemin family, who owns the supermarket, IGA Extra, saw an opportunity to create an actual farm: 1.5 acres on the roof, with over 30 types of vegetables, sold under the brand Frais du toit (meaning, “Fresh from the roof”). They greened their roof, and are also producing food. Customers can even keep an eye on the rooftop production via a livestream feed in the vegetable aisle.

Tim Murphy, the project coordinator and urban gardener for La ligne verte, the company that installed and manages the rooftop farm, told me that this project is ‘’an innovation for consumers and supermarkets in Quebec.’’ According to him, it has ‘’enormous potential to raise consumer awareness about local, healthy, ecologically responsible and seasonal food.’’

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October 7, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Montreal Supermarket Sells Produce From Its Rooftop Farm

Canada: Whitehorse man’s homemade ‘root heater’ is growing veggies faster, longer

The back of Bartsch’s root heater which acts like a solar panel. It soaks in the sunlight and heats the water that pumps into the ground. (Submitted by Chris Bartsch)

“The mayor told me later, ‘That was the best tomato we had ever tasted and it was the biggest tomato we had ever seen,'” said Bartsch, chuckling.

By Priscilla Hwang
CBC News
Sep 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Previously a radial floor heating system installer, Bartsch was inspired to find material available locally to build his root heater — or solar collector, as he calls it.

It looks like an unassuming framed, silver and black rectangle, and is made of scraps of roofing metal, black tubing (to absorb sunlight), a refurbished circulator pump, hoses, and some electricity.

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October 2, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Whitehorse man’s homemade ‘root heater’ is growing veggies faster, longer

Canada: Windsor couple transform tornado-ravaged backyard into urban farm

“It took out everything. Fence, shed, everything,” said Whitford, who works as a pharmacy technician in Harrow. “The only thing that was left was the vegetable garden.”

By Jonathan Pinto
CBC News
Sep 25, 2017

Excerpt:

A chef at Windsor Club saw the pictures and approached Kavanaugh and Whitford about supplying the private club with microgreens, mini-versions of vegetables popular in the food world.

“They loved the stuff that we were growing,” Whitford said. “So then we decided that when we were rebuilding [our backyard], we were going to rebuild it to strictly just grow produce.”

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October 2, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Windsor couple transform tornado-ravaged backyard into urban farm

Bees are in decline but backyard hives won’t save them

Hiroaki. Home at Ichinokura. Before 1936.

Some experts say the trend of backyard beekeeping could at best do little to save bees, and at worst leave certain species worse off

By Catherine McIntyre
MacLeans
September 23, 2017

Excerpt:

Beekeeping is a hot quarter of the urban agriculture trend sweeping the country’s gentrifying neighbourhoods. Compelled by warnings of declining pollinator numbers, city dwellers have been planting bee-friendly gardens, petitioning the government to ban harmful insecticides (specically neonicotinoids, the oft-cited bee nemesis) and—most ambitiously—hosting backyard honey bees.

Just about every urban centre in Canada has at least one Toronto Honeys equivalent: there’s the Halifax Honey Bee Society; the Regina and District Bee Club; and, in Vancouver, Hives for Humanity. One company, Alveoli, has installed and manages hives on more than 600 commercial and residential properties in cities across the country.

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October 1, 2017   Comments Off on Bees are in decline but backyard hives won’t save them

Canada: Hong Kong Drama Filmed in City Farmer’s Compost Garden


Actors filming at the compost garden. Click image to see larger file.

“Janice is working as a staff in a Compost Garden in Vancouver, promoting the idea that mankind can live in balance with the land.”

[City Farmer was thrilled to have a major TV production visit and shoot in our Compost Demonstration Garden in Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 21, 2017. The actors and large crew enjoyed a perfect Fall sunny day shooting from 7am to 7pm.
From the synopsis: “In 2015, Janice is working as a staff in a Compost Garden in Vancouver, promoting the idea that mankind can live in balance with the land, the animals and the environment, and connect to the Earth in a way that helps enable the well-being of all life-forms into the indefinite future.” Michael Levenston ]

Excerpt from: Roger Kwok, Tavia Yeung Star in “At the Threshold of an Era Again

By Huynh
JayneStars.com
June 16, 2017

Struggling to increase viewership ratings in recent years, TVB is looking back at old classics to rekindle nostalgia and public interest. Most recently, TVB announced that they will begin filming a new age At the Threshold of an Era, which they will title as At the Threshold of an Era Again . The original series aired 18 years ago, consisting of 106 total episodes and big stars.

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September 30, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Hong Kong Drama Filmed in City Farmer’s Compost Garden

Canada: Special ale brings cheer to 40 years of urban farming at City Farmer

Click image to see larger file. Maria Keating, an environmental educator with City Farmer Society, with seven different varieties of hops harvested at the Vancouver Compost Garden. Photo by Jason Payne. Also watch the video online.

A bumper crop of hops is being harvested in preparation for urban agriculture advocate City Farmer’s Vancouver-style microbrew.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Sept 25, 2017

Excerpt:

Every harvest and the resulting brew is a unique story.

In 2014, the first hop harvest was used to brew a nut brown Pollinator Ale using honey produced on site in celebration of the Year of the Pollinator.

The following year a wind storm knocked down hundreds of trees across the city, including one that crushed the hop trellis and mashed the potato patch. The delay in harvest meant the hops were used fresh rather than dried in their Windstorm Session Ale.

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September 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Special ale brings cheer to 40 years of urban farming at City Farmer

Canada: Bowery Project’s urban farms blooming in Toronto’s vacant lots

It’s a verdant wonderland at the Vanauley Street YMCA homeless shelter thanks to Toronto’s Bowery Project, a volunteer-based operation that transforms empty spaces into mobile urban farms that grow food for local restaurants. (Photo courtesy of Bowery Project)

“The people we engage on the site. It’s so incredible,” she says. “Our impact is more than the growing of food — it’s really the community engagement.”

By Nina Dragicevic
Toronto Stories
Sept 19, 2017

Excerpt:

“What happens with vacant lots sometimes is that developers get held up at heritage or the design committee with their plans,” says Deena DelZotto, half of the duo behind the Bowery Project, which has transforming these unused spaces into mobile urban farms that grow food for local restaurants.

But to be clear, she’s not complaining: “We thought we’d only have one season and now we’re having three.”

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September 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Bowery Project’s urban farms blooming in Toronto’s vacant lots

Canada: Regina Food Bank launches urban agriculture project

Grade 7 and 8 students, Jacob Exner (foreground), Ella Chay (middle) and Ferison Alcantara (background), from St. Peter Elementary School check out a garden tower, which will be provided for their school for at least a year. Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post

Launched by the Regina Food Bank on Wednesday, the Urban Agriculture Outreach Program is aimed at giving students and educators a better understanding of where our food comes from and how it’s grown and produced.

By Jennifer Ackerman
Regina Leader-Post
Sept 20, 2017

Excerpt:

Launched by the Regina Food Bank on Wednesday, the Urban Agriculture Outreach Program is aimed at giving students and educators a better understanding of where our food comes from, and how it’s grown and produced.

There is “room to grow” when it comes to improving young people’s connection with the food they eat, said Steve Compton, the food bank’s CEO.

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September 24, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Regina Food Bank launches urban agriculture project

Canada: Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms Takes On Poverty With Urban Agriculture

Click image to see larger file. “One of the things we love most about urban farming is the chance to bring colour and life to unexpected places.”

It’s one of the largest of its kind in North America.

By Lois Abraham
Canadian Press
09/18/2017

Excerpt:

The crops grow in 10,000 specially designed containers on what were once vacant lots.

The urban farm, one of the largest in North America, has helped deal with the chronic problems in the community.

“You walk down Hastings Street in the middle of the afternoon and see somebody on the sidewalk with a needle in their arm or somebody else kind of pirouetting in the middle of the street high on crack and you make judgements. We all do,” says Ableman.

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September 24, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms Takes On Poverty With Urban Agriculture

Innovative Classrooms Across Canada Are Feeding Young People’s Hunger For Agricultural Knowledge

On the first day of school last week, Lacombe Composite High School students toured their greenhouse and edible gardens, harvesting gooseberries, cherries and grapes for a canning project.

They’ve since started a commercial aquaponics system, raising up to 1,000 tilapia at a time, some of which are served at the school cafeteria.

By Julie Van Rosendaal
Globe And Mail
Sept 12, 2017

Excerpt:

On the first day of school last week, students in Steven Schultz’s high-school agriculture class in Lacombe, Alta., toured their greenhouse and edible gardens, harvesting gooseberries, cherries and grapes for a canning project. After school, the beekeeping club conducted a postsummer hive inspection, harvesting 60 kilograms of honey from just one of its three hives.

These tasks are part of Lacombe Composite High School’s EcoVision Club, designed 13 years ago to inspire young leaders to make an environmental difference. Science teacher Schultz has been with the project since the beginning, when a student approached him after class.

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September 21, 2017   Comments Off on Innovative Classrooms Across Canada Are Feeding Young People’s Hunger For Agricultural Knowledge

Canada: Garden theft has some green thumbs seeing red at Saskatoon Community Garden

If a person is need of food, most gardeners are ready to share, but a recent streak of thefts in two of Saskatoon’s community gardens have left a bad taste in the mouth of some.

By Morgan Modjeski
Saskatoon Starphoenix
Sept 14, 2017

Excerpt:

“I went down there and I called out: ‘If that’s not your garden plot, get out or I’m going to call the police,’” she said, noting the man replied he was entitled to the produce because it’s a community garden. “And I said: ‘That doesn’t mean you just come and help yourself. You have to plant the garden, you have to water it and you have to work at it.”

Scrivener said she thought the issue would end after the confrontation, but she said it was actually the beginning as the thefts continued throughout the season, “night after night.”

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September 20, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Garden theft has some green thumbs seeing red at Saskatoon Community Garden

City of Toronto Celebrates Its First Official ‘Urban Agriculture Day’

“Wheres urban agriculture helps to achieve City of Toronto priorities such as promoting strong neighbourhoods, mitigating climate change and increasing access to healthy, local produce.

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September 17, 2017   Comments Off on City of Toronto Celebrates Its First Official ‘Urban Agriculture Day’