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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   No Comments

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

Canada: Vancouver envisions radicchio on its rooftops – (flashback 2007)

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The Canadian city sees food-producing gardens in urban residential developments as the wave of the future.

By Linda Baker
Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2007

The residential skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver, Canada, are already covered with green. Rooftops and balconies overflow with ornamental vines, shrubs, even midsize magnolia and maple trees. And now, there’s more.

Vancouver is launching a novel green initiative aimed at bringing food-producing gardens to the city’s high-density developments. In what may be a first for a North American city, municipal planners have crafted a set of “urban agriculture” conditions for a new downtown neighborhood: Southeast False Creek, an 80-acre mixed-use community springing up on the former site of a shipyard.

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December 29, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver envisions radicchio on its rooftops – (flashback 2007)

City Farmer Beer With a Splash of Homegrown Mulberries

Silky Suds!

By Maria Keating
City Farmer
Dec 2017

May we present this year’s edition of City Farmer beer, ‘Silky Suds’. It is a smooth pale ale brewed with hops grown in compost here at our Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden. A splash of mulberries from our mulberry tree was added to the brew.

Mulberry leaves are used to raise the silk worms, cocoons, and eventually moths. The life cycle of this insect has been so much fun to watch. Visitors in August, who picked mulberries from our tree, told us so many stories about their experiences with the fruit that we knew that some had to be added to our beer this year.

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December 27, 2017   Comments Off on City Farmer Beer With a Splash of Homegrown Mulberries

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas

Click image to see larger file. City Farmer’s gate facing the Arbutus Greenway in Vancouver.

Our garden in Vancouver, BC, Canada will be frozen this week.

December 25, 2017   Comments Off on Wishing you a wonderful Christmas

Saanich, British Columbia, Food-garden Revolution

Homeowner and avid food gardener Sheila Jones checks out the juicy nectarines growing above her salad garden, planted at the bottom of the deck stairs. Photograph By Adrian Lam, Times Colonist [Sheila worked for City Farmer in 1987.]

Jones has transformed the 10,000-square-foot lot into a thriving vegetable and flower garden, growing everything from nectarine trees and espaliered peach trees to medieval plants used for medicinal purposes.

By Kim Westad
Times Colonist
Sept. 2, 2017

Excerpt:

The raised-bed garden now covers about 80 per cent of the backyard.

Jones grows what the family loves. Two-metre high artichokes are given prime real estate. The family lived in California for a time and love them.

“I love turning what we grow into great food for my family and friends.”

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December 18, 2017   Comments Off on Saanich, British Columbia, Food-garden Revolution

United Nations: Vancouver’s ‘City Farmer’ One of Seven Small-Scale Urban Agriculture Initiatives Featured at UN Secretariat Building in New York!

See City Farmer’s submission exhibited at the United Nations. Click image to see larger file.

Out of the many submissions received from across the Americas, seven have been selected to be featured in a print exhibit showcased at the UN Secretariat

United Nations Food Gardens Facebook
Nov 1, 2017
(Must See. Mike)

Our “Feed Your City – a showcase of small-scale urban agriculture initiatives in the Americas” exhibit is up in the UN Secretariat lobby. Please stop by and learn more about some of the many wonderful community gardens across North, Central and South America committed to sustainability, community and connection between people and planet!

We are very excited and happy to announce that the selection for the first annual Feed Your City showcase has officially been completed! Out of the many submissions received from across the Americas, seven have been selected to be featured in a print exhibit showcased at the UN Secretariat starting today, 30 October!

These submissions, along with another six qualifying submissions, will be published on the UN Food Gardens website and shared through social media in recognition of their outstanding efforts to further sustainable urban agriculture and community involvement! A special thank you to UN-HABITAT, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Food Programme for participating in the review and selection panel.

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November 2, 2017   Comments Off on United Nations: Vancouver’s ‘City Farmer’ One of Seven Small-Scale Urban Agriculture Initiatives Featured at UN Secretariat Building in New York!