Category — City Farmer
Green grapes with seeds grow next to our garden gate
By Bronywn Smyth
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.
September 19, 2015 Comments Off on Making Grape Juice at City Farmer
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.
September 16, 2015 Comments Off on Domain name ‘cityfarmer.com’ going for $18,000 USD!
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
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.”
August 31, 2015 Comments Off on City Farmer’s Compost Garden loses tree in ‘intense’ Vancouver storm
“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
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.
May 28, 2015 Comments Off on The dirt on soil: Keep it healthy for the sake of your veggies
In French: Airs first May 7th, 2015 at 21h on Explora
Un film de Mario Desmarais
Produit par Anne Desmarais
(Must See! Mike)
The complete film will be available online in July, 2015 once it has aired on TV.
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.
May 4, 2015 Comments Off on New documentary from Canada: ‘Une Révolution Agricole Urbaine!’
City Farmer’s Funding Sources 1978 – 1984
By Michael Levenston
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.
March 28, 2015 Comments Off on Canadian Institutions Supported ‘City Farmer’ in Formative Years
“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!
March 26, 2015 Comments Off on Community Gardener finds 1984 Harrowsmith Magazine with article about City Farmer
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.”
March 22, 2015 Comments Off on City Farmer’s Cob Shed with Green Roof is 12 Years Old
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
Organic gardening techniques/natural pest control/bugs
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
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:
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.
March 19, 2015 Comments Off on City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children
Most visitors were from the United States with Canada and India not far behind.
Jet Pack Stats
Saudi Arabia: 778
December 31, 2014 Comments Off on Readers from 214 countries visited ‘City Farmer News’ in 2014
“The gardeners that I knew whose gardens were destroyed in the first round-up around Marine Drive lived in co-ops.”
By Katie Hyslop
“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.
December 9, 2014 Comments Off on Gardens grow another day on the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver
This web site began in October 1994 as ‘Urban Agriculture Notes’
By Michael Levenston
Editor of City Farmer News
Nov 14, 2014
Watching life on the Internet, or as local Vancouver writer William Gibson named it, ‘Cyberspace’, has been our modern habit for approximately a quarter century.
In 1994 City Farmer Society began to connect with people across the globe via the ‘World Wide Web’ to share their stories about growing food in the city.
We originally started this news service on paper in 1978 by producing an eight page tabloid. But that couldn’t compare with the ease and global reach of the wired Net. Stories sent in at 1AM were re-circulated to a global audience by 1:15AM.
November 14, 2014 Comments Off on ‘City Farmer News’ Celebrates 20 Years On-line
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.
November 10, 2014 Comments Off on City Farmer’s Cream of the Crop Pollinator Ale
“We’re even more excited to have City Farmer here at the end of the month as part of our Around the Dome Science Festival”
By Lyndsay Fraser
Science World Blog
Oct 21, 2014
First thing in the morning we jumped on our bikes and pedaled to our first stop of the day, City Farmer’s Compost Demonstration Garden. For 36 years, City Farmer has encouraged urban dwellers to develop their own green thumbs. It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re curious about composting at home or want to get inspired about growing your own food.
October 21, 2014 Comments Off on Science World staff visit City Farmer’s garden in Vancouver