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Canada: Vancouver a composting all-star, says U.S.-based group

Gardener Sharon Slack and executive director Michael Levenston show off the City Farmer education centre on May 23 in Vancouver. Francis Georgian / Png

“It’s all about education. We have plastic bins, wood and wire-mesh bins, metal bins, bear-proof bins and electric bins, plus worm bins, and rodent-resistant bins,” said Levenston.

By Denise Ryan
Vancouver Sun
May 29, 2018

Excerpt:

Last week Vancouver was the only Canadian city featured in a new report by the U.S.-based Institute for Self-Reliance, which highlighted the city for the success of its home-composting program.

The report recognizes City Farmer as an important part of that success for its community outreach and education efforts in partnership with the city.

Brenda Platt, co-director for the institute in Washington, D.C., said they were impressed that the city of Vancouver has given out 47,000 home composting bins over the years.

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May 30, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver a composting all-star, says U.S.-based group

Canada: City Farmer Sets Up Community Ping Pong Table At Entrance Gate

City Farmer's Ping Pong Table from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.

Ping Pong will be a permanent fixture along the Arbutus Greenway transportation corridor in Vancouver

Michael Levenston
City Farmer
May 24, 2018

Our Compost Garden entrance attracts more visitors than ever before. Ellie and Ryme from ‘frida&frank’ set up our new ping pong table, which attracted young students travelling along the Arbutus transportation corridor, previously a railway line. The children’s excitement, at being able to play ping pong out in the sun, is infectious.

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May 24, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: City Farmer Sets Up Community Ping Pong Table At Entrance Gate

Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

Painting by Denise Tonner.

Beautiful May Flowers Were in Bloom for the Artists

All art shown in this post are by Vancouver Urban Sketchers
A link to their site follows this post.
May 2018

The artists came through the Arbutus Greenway gate, followed our wood chip paths, and set up their paper and painting tools in our verdant, colourful, garden setting.

Artists photographed in our garden ‘selfie’ mirror. Click image to see larger file.

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May 22, 2018   Comments Off on Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

Electric Composter ‘Red Dragon’ – GG02 returns to City Farmer’s Garden

Rachel Wong next to GG02 at City Farmer.

Microbes come from the deep sea, and have the unique ability to compost food waste aerobically in 24 hours

By Rachel Wong
Oklin Regional Manager – North/South America

Oklin is very excited to announce the arrival of the GG02 composting machines! Previously known as the Red Dragon composter, this machine is able to turn 4kg of food waste into compost in 24 hours with the use of microbes.

These microbes come from the deep sea, and have the unique ability to compost food waste aerobically in 24 hours under the optimal conditions the machine offer – oxygen, heat and agitation. It is a natural composting cycle similar to backyard composting!

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May 9, 2018   Comments Off on Electric Composter ‘Red Dragon’ – GG02 returns to City Farmer’s Garden

Canada: Principal live-tweets City Farmer wormshop for Grade 1/2 class


The principal of University Hill in Vancouver live-tweeted Andrea’s wormshop

City Farmer has provided wormshops to Vancouver schools for 25 years as part of our continuing effort to teach people about the value of recycling organic waste. The program is more popular that ever under the leadership of Andrea Lucy.

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April 24, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Principal live-tweets City Farmer wormshop for Grade 1/2 class

Canada: City Farmer – a United Nations ‘Feed Your City’ Selection

Link to the exhibit. Click image to see larger file.

City Farmer’s ‘Demonstration Garden’ Official Feed Your City 2017 exhibit selection

City Farmer’s ‘Demonstration Garden’ in Vancouver, Canada

City Farmer Society celebrates its ‘40th anniversary’ in 2018. We have been promoting urban agriculture since 1978 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our near half-acre ‘Demonstration Garden’ was started in 1981 and continues to operate 37 years later in the heart of the city.

Before securing the garden, we worked out of a downtown office, publishing our newspaper named ‘City Farmer’. We also offered urban farming courses at Continuing Education, University of British Columbia.

The Vancouver Demonstration Garden is our way of welcoming people to a hands-on, organic, food gardening experience. Visitors learn to grow food from our professional staff, six days a week, and also get to taste city produced vegetables, fruits and herbs. ‘Locally’, we reach over two and half million people in Greater Vancouver, and ‘globally’ our websites reach millions of readers.

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April 6, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: City Farmer – a United Nations ‘Feed Your City’ Selection

Canada: CBC host, humorist Arthur Black CBC’s Arthur Black died yesterday

Black introduced and closed his show ‘Weird Homes’ at City Farmer’s Compost Garden Garden, circa 1998.

By Katie DeRosa
Times Colonist
Feb 22, 2018

Excerpt:

Black was a three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for his books Pitch Black, Black Tie and Tales, and Black in the Saddle Again.

Black loved life on Salt Spring Island, Roberts said, where he would chronicle the weird and wacky that is human nature.

In his home, Black worked in a sun-drenched office filled with books, newspaper clippings and “odd bits of the unique” that he’d picked up to inspire future writing, Roberts said.

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February 22, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: CBC host, humorist Arthur Black CBC’s Arthur Black died yesterday

1990 Flashback: Compost Bins Featured at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden

City Farmer’s Lorenzo Mele shows our bins to the media

CBC’s “Down to Earth”
Part 1 and 2, 1990
At the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden

In those early days, we brought ‘home compost bins’ from Europe and invited inventors to create bins that were rodent-resistant. One of the bins was built by Lorenzo Mele, eventually named the ‘Lorenzo Bin’, which was based on a design that City Farmer created for the cover of a brochure we’d produced for the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) now ‘Metro Vancouver’. The design came after a year’s research, talking with experts about how to ‘build out’ rodents from compost pile.

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February 1, 2018   Comments Off on 1990 Flashback: Compost Bins Featured at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden

Flashback to 1987: City Farmer on CBC’s ‘Country Canada’

Three gardens in Vancouver in 1987.

Vancouver’s Demonstration Food Garden, Lord Roberts School Garden and Strathcona Community Garden

By Michael Levenston
CBC’s ‘Country Canada’
May 1987

In 1987, City Farmer had staff working at three different sites, our Demonstration Food Garden in Kitsilano, the Strathcona Community Garden in the East End of Vancouver, and the Lord Roberts School Garden in the West End. City Farmer staff, Sheila and Wendy, can be seen working with pick-axes on a berm at Strathcona, and Antoinette is interviewed while teaching at Lord Roberts.

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January 21, 2018   Comments Off on Flashback to 1987: City Farmer on CBC’s ‘Country Canada’

Glorious Greens in January in Vancouver BC

Planted in October, We Are Eating in January

From City Farmer’s Compost Garden in Vancouver BC
January 18, 2018

Both our cold frame and our plastic, greenhouse shed are feeding us nutritious greens now in mid winter. Planted on October 11, 2017, sprouted by October 19, they are ready to cut and come again now three month later. They get light and heat from the sun, not from grow lights or heaters.

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January 18, 2018   Comments Off on Glorious Greens in January in Vancouver BC

Flashback to 1990: City Farmer Promotes Home Composting

The Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden in 1990

The styles have changed but the message is the same

By Michael Levenston
TV reporting at Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden
2150 Maple Street, Vancouver, BC
1990

Most of the bins we feature today are different from the ones we experimented with three decades ago, but our work remains the same, getting urban residents to recycle some of their yard and kitchen scraps and turning it into soil by home composting.

Vancouver Engineering, Solid Waste, has supported us in this effort. John Evans, Paul Henderson, Chris Underwood are three of the leaders at the City of Vancouver who have driven our work. Backyard bins are still sold at a subsidized rate of $25 per bin, worm composting is still taught in schools and at adult wormshops, and research on the latest bins and techniques is ongoing.

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January 16, 2018   Comments Off on Flashback to 1990: City Farmer Promotes Home Composting

Vancouver BC: What’s Growing in City Farmer’s Garden on January 4, 2018

Mixed winter salad greens.

Ten things we can eat today from our West Coast garden

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Jan 4, 2018

We raked our paths and trimmed our plants today as temperatures reached 5 degrees celsius, a mild day this winter. We have had frost and snow recently, but our winter is tropical compared to the “bomb cyclone” hitting the East Coast.

Here are some of the winter crops we can pick and eat today at Vancouver’s Compost Education Garden.

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January 4, 2018   Comments Off on Vancouver BC: What’s Growing in City Farmer’s Garden on January 4, 2018

City Farmer Flashback 2001: York House Kindergarten Kids Learn About Worms

City Farmer’s Moberley Luger teaches children about worm composting at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden.

Flashback by Michael Levenston
Suzette Myers reporting at that time
TV News 2001

These youngsters marched into our garden in their school uniforms (à la Madeline children’s book) and delighted us with their sweet engagement with worms. Moberley Luger, then a young instructor, now a university professor of English, gave the students their first experience at composting.

For over twenty five years, City Farmer has lead such classes both at our demonstration garden and in Vancouver schools. Young visitors see how compost from a worm bin feeds the soil as was they walk about after the class, tasting, touching and smelling the plants we grow.

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January 3, 2018   Comments Off on City Farmer Flashback 2001: York House Kindergarten Kids Learn About Worms

Canada: City Farmer Begins its 40th Year

Click image to see larger file. Our New Year’s Beer.

Happy New Year!

This special beer, made from our garden hops, features the masthead of the first issue of our newspaper published in August, 1978. At that time, the founders of City Farmer were working at the Vancouver Energy Conservation Centre, teaching city residents how to conserve energy in the food system. We were strongly motivated by William and Helga Olkowskis’s book, The City People’s Book of Raising Food.

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January 1, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: City Farmer Begins its 40th Year

Vancouver’s ‘City Farmer’ Receives the United Nations Food Garden Certificate of Recognition

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Feed Your City – UN Food Gardens initiative

Stina Nyström, President – UN Food Gardens initiative
Elena de Jesús, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, UN Food Gardens Initiative
Feed Your City 2017

As President of the UN Food Gardens initiative, I wish to present the attached certificate in recognition of City Farmer’s Demonstration Garden’s members’ outstanding efforts to further sustainable urban agriculture and contribute to the food security and well-being of their community.

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December 31, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver’s ‘City Farmer’ Receives the United Nations Food Garden Certificate of Recognition