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A New Year at Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden

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A Hidden Landmark in Vancouver, BC

Started in 1981, the Vancouver Compost Garden welcomes hundreds of visitors each year. It’s almost half acre of gardens showcases many attractions such as mason bees houses and bee hotels, electric and bear proof compost bins, planted mulberries, Saskatoon berries, wasabi roots and asparagus, a Hobbit-like clay tool shed and so much more.

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January 5, 2016   Comments Off on A New Year at Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden

City Farmer’s “Windstorm Wet Hopper Session Ale”

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We made 70 “rocket” bottles of ale this year.

Our beer was produced after largest power outage in BC Hydro history took down our cottonwood tree – “the widow-maker”.

Wishing our readers a Happy New Year!

Maria rescued hops from our back lot after a late summer wind storm took down the huge cottonwood tree at the corner of her garden.

About the storm, from the BC Hydro news release:

On Saturday, August 29, the Lower Mainland and parts of Vancouver Island were hit with a significant windstorm. It was quick and intense, and surprised national weather agencies.

710,000 customers in the Lower Mainland and parts of Vancouver Island lost power at some point on the weekend due to this storm – this represents half of all BC Hydro customers in these regions. It was the largest outage in BC Hydro history. Drought-weakened trees fell across hundreds of our power lines, causing widespread outages.

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December 31, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s “Windstorm Wet Hopper Session Ale”

Merry Christmas from City Farmer

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Best wishes from the staff at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden.

2150 Maple Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada
604-736-2250

December 24, 2015   Comments Off on Merry Christmas from City Farmer

Making Grape Juice at City Farmer

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Green grapes with seeds grow next to our garden gate

By Bronywn Smyth
City Farmer
Sept. 2015

1. Rinse and de-stem grapes. Remove any bad grapes (e.g. moldy).
2. Place grapes in a large pot. Use a potato masher and mash grapes, bruising them so that the grapes start to release their juices.
3. Place on stove over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the grapes from burning on the bottom of the pot. Grape skins will start to make their way to the surface.
4. Remove from heat. Use the potato masher to help the grapes release more juice.

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September 19, 2015   Comments Off on Making Grape Juice at City Farmer

Domain name ‘cityfarmer.com’ going for $18,000 USD!

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What’s urban agriculture worth these days? What’s in a name?

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer News
Sept 16, 2015

Back in 1994, when we began our web site ‘Urban Agriculture Notes’, we were asked what domain name we wanted. I hadn’t a clue about such technical terms but was told that because we were a non-profit society, [.org] for organization was appropriate. And thus we became [www.cityfarmer.org].

Some years later I upgraded the site to a fresher WordPress format and looked for an appropriate domain name for what is our current news site ‘City Farmer News’. The domain [.info] was available and seemed appropriate as it stood for information.[www.cityfarmer.info]

At the time, the [.com] domain for cityfarmer was owned by a Korean entity and the site was not in use or available.

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September 16, 2015   Comments Off on Domain name ‘cityfarmer.com’ going for $18,000 USD!

City Farmer’s Compost Garden loses tree in ‘intense’ Vancouver storm

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A tall cottonwood tree, nicknamed by some “the widow maker”, lies in our ‘back-40’ area at the rear of the Vancouver Compost Garden. Photo by Michael Levenston. Click on image for larger file.

Eighty-kilometre-an-hour winds buffeted the Greater Vancouver Area

Excerpt from “Thousands still without power as clean up begins after severe B.C. windstorm”

By Geordon Omand
The Canadian Press
Aug. 31, 2015

Excerpt:

Sadhu Johnston, Vancouver’s deputy city manager, described the scale of the storm as “unprecedented” and estimated it would take weeks for the city to fully clean up the debris.

“This is probably one of the most intense storms that we’ve had over the past decade,” he said during a news conference, while behind him city crews worked to remove fallen branches from the road.

“I think the drought combined with the high winds really impacted us,” he added. “The drought led to more trees coming down, which led to more power outages. So it kind of compounded.”

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August 31, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Compost Garden loses tree in ‘intense’ Vancouver storm

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

Excerpt:

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

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

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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!’

Canadian Institutions Supported ‘City Farmer’ in Formative Years

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City Farmer poster created by Environment Canada.

City Farmer’s Funding Sources 1978 – 1984

By Michael Levenston
Executive Director
City Farmer
March 27, 2015

Looking back to the beginning of our ‘activist’ non-profit society, we see that many funding agencies took a chance with our ideas and gave us money. Rather than urban agriculture being seen as something threatening, all levels of government and many independent funding bodies encouraged it. The dollar amounts were not large but they sustained us and allowed us to do our work without interference.

City Farmer held courses at the University of British Columbia, (later our website was also hosted by the University); we were leased a large portion of land belonging to the Vancouver Park Board for a community garden; our Demonstration Food Garden is on City of Vancouver land; our initial funding came from the Federal Ministry of Energy, Mines and Resources; other Ministries such as Employment & Immigration Canada and Secretary of State of Canada also funded us; Environment Canada produced our large colour poster; the private sector funding included MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., Gulf Canada Ltd. and TD Bank; and major independent funders such as the Vancouver Foundation, the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, and the McLean Foundation came through for us.

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March 28, 2015   Comments Off on Canadian Institutions Supported ‘City Farmer’ in Formative Years

Community Gardener finds 1984 Harrowsmith Magazine with article about City Farmer

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Red Celery in the Sunshine talks about setting up City Farmer’s gardens in the backyard of the Vancouver Energy Information Centre, near Maple Street and Sixth Avenue … where it still is!!”

By Maureen Temme
Webkeeper: Community Gardens London, Ontario
March 25, 2015

Excerpts from her blog “Saving the world in my spare time”:

Now, if you follow these columns, you’ll have heard me mention – thank – Michael Levenston for articles I’ve run across on his site City Farmer. City Farmer must surely be Canada’s longest running urban agriculture website, and even non-profit (1978!): City Farmer, Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture.

The article I just ran across is titled Red Celery in the Sunshine, and is from Harrowsmith, April/May 1984.

The article talks about urban agriculture, biodynamics, food in the community, the importance of living soil, volunteers … all the things some of us are trying to get across to some people today!

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March 26, 2015   Comments Off on Community Gardener finds 1984 Harrowsmith Magazine with article about City Farmer

City Farmer’s Cob Shed with Green Roof is 12 Years Old

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The outside layer of clay belonged to famous Haida artist Bill Reid

Sculptor, George Rammell, donated Haida artist Bill Reid’s clay. “The clay I provided belonged to Haida artist Bill Reid. It provided the form for many of Bill’s sculpture projects including the “Whale” at the aquarium, and the huge bronze “Spirit Canoe” at the Vancouver airport. I also used it for my bear track project where I had a Grizzly Bear walk over 15 meters of clay from which I cast the event. It’s great to know this clay, that has such a history on the Coast, now forms the surfaces on your project.”

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March 22, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Cob Shed with Green Roof is 12 Years Old

City Farmer’s Introduction to Organic Food Gardening

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Learn how to grow your own vegetables in an urban environment

City Farmer’s hands on organic food gardening course includes:

Site planning/design/soil preparation
Choice of seeds-plants/starting seeds
Companion-succession planting/harvesting/composting
Organic gardening techniques/natural pest control/bugs
Container gardening
Waterwise gardening
Birds and mammals in the garden

$50. CALL TO REGISTER: 604.736-2250

Still two classes left.

Introduction to Organic Food Gardening
Saturdays 9:30am-1pm in March 21, 28, 2015

Course Instructor: Sharon Slack, Head Gardener, City Farmer

Location: Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden
2150 Maple Street at 6th Avenue in Kitsilano

March 19, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Introduction to Organic Food Gardening

City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children

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Workshops held at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden in Kitsilano

Are you keen for your children to grow up with an appreciation of nature? City Farmer’s gardening workshops will give kids hands-on learning at our organic demonstration garden in Kitsilano. Children will learn about the lifecycle of the garden in six workshops running from Spring to Fall:

2015

Sunday May 10th – Spring Planting
Sunday June 7th – Worms in the Garden
Sunday July 5th – Bugs and Bees
Sunday August 9th – Flowers
Sunday Sept 13th – Fall Harvesting
Sunday October 4th – Putting the Garden to Bed and Seed Saving

Workshops run from 9.30am – 11.00am.

$20 per workshop or $100 for all six.

Contact City Farmer at 604 736 2250 to register.

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March 19, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children

Readers from 214 countries visited ‘City Farmer News’ in 2014

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Most visitors were from the United States with Canada and India not far behind.

Jet Pack Stats
December 2014

Sample:

India: 28,191

Iceland: 105

Saudi Arabia: 778

Ethiopia: 634

Brazil: 1,614

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December 31, 2014   Comments Off on Readers from 214 countries visited ‘City Farmer News’ in 2014

Gardens grow another day on the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver

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Co-op residents’ community gardens destroyed by CPR.

“The gardeners that I knew whose gardens were destroyed in the first round-up around Marine Drive lived in co-ops.”

By Katie Hyslop
Magaphone Magazine
December 2014

Excerpt:

“There really isn’t a need for a railway to go through this area that they’ve made us aware of,” Levenston says of CPR. “But there’s a huge need for green space in this city as the city grows busier and busier, as the price of houses goes up, as people lose their gardens as [they] move into high rises. This [the Arbutus Corridor] is a gem.”

Levenston adds losing the green space of the corridor would be akin to losing half of Stanley Park. Instead of selling the land back to the city, he maintains CPR should donate it back to the people of Vancouver.

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December 9, 2014   Comments Off on Gardens grow another day on the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver