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Canada: Quails – Big hopes for a small bird

Ben Glassen with one of the quail chicks he’s raising in an aquarium in his Port Moody home. He says the little birds have great potential for sustainable small-scale cooperative backyard urban farming to provide eggs and protein. Photograph By Mario Bartel/The Tri-City News

Glassen said the quail’s small size, quiet demeanour, low-cost care and maintenance, and short lifespan make them ideal for small-scale urban farming, avoiding many of the problems that can come with backyard chicken coops.

By Mario Bartel
Tri-City News
February 6, 2018


The Port Moody resident envisions friends and neighbours in his historic Moody Centre neighbourhood turning over a small part of their backyards to raise the tiny birds for their eggs and meat.

Here’s his plan: Glassen would move his small, portable coops around the yards every day, and from yard to yard every week or so, caring for the birds himself by providing them with food and water. The homeowners would benefit from the natural pest control as the quail hunt and peck for grubs and insects while fertilizing the grass with their droppings, and they would have ready access to a supply of eggs as well as, when the males mature after two months, meat.

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February 12, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Quails – Big hopes for a small bird

Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

Canada: University of Victoria historian Elizabeth Vibert teamed up with award-winning director Christine Welsh to produce ‘The Thinking Garden’.

The garden, which has now been in operation for 25 years, provides fresh vegetables and opportunities for the local villagers while helping confront the ravages of poverty, climate change and AIDS.

By Dan Ebenal
Saanich News
Feb 25, 2017


“The garden has been vitally important to the community, especially as the effects of climate change get worse. It provides local, affordable produce that otherwise people have to travel on public transit to buy fresh vegetables,” said Vibert.

More familiar with writing about history, Vibert said her first venture into filmmaking was extremely challenging.

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February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

1981 Agriculture Canada: Gardens for all?


Replacement of $500 million of this total by homegrown produce would be equivalent in balance-of-payment terms to one fifth of our average grain exports.

By Keith Wilde
Planning Advisor, Strategic Planning and Evaluation Branch
Publication: Food Markets Commentary
Agriculture Canada
December 1981
City Farmer’s research and activities stimulated the interest of Agriculture Canada’s Keith Wilde. Excerpt of his letter dated January 12, 1982 to City Farmer, to which he attached the article from Food Markets Commentary seen in this posting.
“Enclosed with this letter is a copy of Food Markets Commentary, a departmental publication. In it, under “News and Trends” you will find a short report on gardening, which reflects information you provided. I am continuing to accumulate information about the extent of interest in urban agriculture, and we discuss it within the Planning Division. A more formal report may be more widely circulated in the Department by late winter or early spring, possibly as an idea for combatting the effects of widespread unemployment.”

Article: Gardens For All?

More and more people are growing part of their own food, with the encouragement of nutritionists, health therapists, conservationists, urban planners, and horticulturists, not to mention the garden-supply industry and publishers of gardening books.

Gardens For All, an industry association in the United States, is understandably interested in the prospects for this trend, and annually pays a substantial fee to the Gallup Organization for an exhaustive statistical survey of gardening activities and profiles of the people who garden. Consequently, reliable data on the extent and significance of home food production are becoming available for the first time.

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November 19, 2016   Comments Off on 1981 Agriculture Canada: Gardens for all?

City Farmer’s Cream of the Crop Pollinator Ale


Celebrate Compost!

November 10, 2014

Here at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden we take our craft seriously. Compost is what powers us, and this year we wanted to celebrate the fruits of our labours in a ‘Home Grown Brew’ kind of way.

We acquired some locally sourced hop rhizomes and created a large container garden, which we filled with a combination of our own backyard compost, vermi-compost and municipal made compost. The beautiful lantern-like cones and the tallness of the trellised hop plants surprised visitors and they were a wonderful addition to our garden tours.

The current booming Pacific North West Craft Beer industry has made people ‘hop aware’ and excited about ‘do-it-yourself’ signature beer.

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November 10, 2014   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Cream of the Crop Pollinator Ale

93 Year Old in the Business of Canning in South Dakota

Henrietta (Henri) Truh sells her canned vegetables at two farmers markets a week during July-September. Photo by Donna Palmlund.

At the age of 83, Henri Truh had a commercial kitchen installed in her home so she could can large quantities of vegetables and fruits for her Tru-d-lites business.

By Donna Palmlund
Farmers’ Markets Today


The De Smet Farmers Market can be found just off the intersection of US Highway 14 and South Dakota Highway 25 on Thursday afternoons from early July through the end of September. That’s where ninety-one-year-old Henrietta (Henri) Truh can be found with her tables of canned foods at the back of her Ford Explorer.

On Wednesdays, she loads up the tables and jars of canned produce and heads the Explorer toward Salem Farmers Market, about 46 miles away from her home in. Both of the small markets are about 30 miles in the opposite directions of her home in Carthage.

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October 19, 2012   Comments Off on 93 Year Old in the Business of Canning in South Dakota

Latest foodie trend: building a root cellar

Photograph by Reena Newman.

Elliston, Newfoundland is the self-branded root cellar capital of the world, with more than 130—some dating back to 1839

By Karen Pinchin
September 5, 2012


Construction expert Steve Maxwell, MacKenzie’s co-author, says most cold rooms aren’t built properly and need important modifications before they can be used for vegetable storage. Ideal temperature and humidity levels vary for different kinds of produce, but the best space is dark, well-ventilated and between 1 and 10° C, with humidity between 80 and 95 per cent. The low temperature slows the release of ethylene gas, which causes ripening, and the high humidity prevents transpiration, or moisture loss, in root vegetables, thicker-skinned fruits and many aromatics.

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September 10, 2012   Comments Off on Latest foodie trend: building a root cellar

Roof Deck Veggie Garden in Vancouver

Growing food with a view

It’s always exciting to see a food garden growing in a unique location. Brad’s large deck is six floors up at roof level with a spectacular view of False Creek and downtown Vancouver. A large variety of containers grow herbs, fruit and vegetables, and two compost bins make soil for the garden.

August 3, 2011   1 Comment

Mayor wants to convert North Vancouver’s lawns into gardens for fruits and vegetables

Lillooet Park Community Garden, North Vancouver. Link here.

Staff have been instructed to prepare an urban agriculture strategy as city looks for alternative uses for ‘wasted space’

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Nov 12, 2010


VANCOUVER — Mayor Darrell Mussatto wants to convert North Vancouver’s lawns to urban farmland.

“We don’t need a lot of expensive technical solutions like rooftop gardens. What about front yards and back yards?” Mussatto said. “That’s a huge land base, and how many of those yards are dedicated to turf?

“Twenty per cent of the people live on 80 per cent of the land, and most of their yards are lawn,” he said. “It can easily be changed over to fruits and vegetables.”

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November 12, 2010   1 Comment

The World in a Garden – one of 55 community gardens in Vancouver

The World in a Garden is an Urban Agriculture Project that connects youth and community to the culture, nutrition and production of growing organic food.

“Children working in our garden are getting to experience nutrition instead of just being taught it. Green foods take on a whole new meaning and the children actually enjoy eating their vegetables because they are growing and cultivating them. And, by donating food to the food bank, children are giving back to their community and making a difference in the world,” said Tricia Sedgwick, the Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA) community garden coordinator and nutritionist. “There are many interactive opportunities for students to partake in, from growing and preparing food for harvest celebrations to fundraising and donating.”

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March 15, 2010   Comments Off on The World in a Garden – one of 55 community gardens in Vancouver

Vancouver Personal Chef teaches canning

Karen Dar Woon teaches people how to can food

“I teach wherever people need to have a class, i.e., community kitchens, and in private homes. I have also taught in cooking stores. My next scheduled class is at Richmond Family Place, in late August. I’ve also had small classes at my home in Yaletown.

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August 4, 2009   Comments Off on Vancouver Personal Chef teaches canning

Antiquated Canning Makes a Comeback – Canwest News Service

1943 Poster. Artist: Parker, Alfred, 1906-1985. United States. Office of War Information.

Antiquated canning makes a comeback

By Misty Harris
CanWest News Service
July 15, 2009

For a generation that made instant gratification its raison d’etre, the recent reclamation of canning – a domestic art that could be timed with a sundial – is nothing short of astounding.

Nielsen Canada reports this week that sales of canning accessories were up nearly 70 per cent in May over the same month last year, while June saw the category swell a whopping 88 per cent compared to the same period in 2008.

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July 16, 2009   1 Comment