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Vancouver is experiencing an urban farming renaissance of sorts and the city has even launched a two-year pilot project to help legitimize farming in the city.
By Amy Logan
May 20 2016
“There’s an enthusiasm, a sense of resilience and civic engagement,” said Marcela Crowe, Executive Director of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS).
The city recently adopted a two-year urban farming pilot. The goal of the project is to “help legitimize urban farming from a land use perspective, and create a consistent approach to urban farming inquiries,” according to the City’s Urban Farming Policy Report.
Besides Vancouver’s long growing season and focus on sustainability, the city’s efforts to promote local agriculture may account for a boom in urban farming. Vancouver aims to increase citywide and neighbourhood food assets by 50 per cent above 2010 levels.
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From Leigh Wilson’s website
May 8 2016
Salad pick today;
Red and yellow mustard
Baby beet tops
And a green onion
May 12, 2016 Comments Off on A tiny backyard urban ‘commercial’ farm in Vancouver BC
“There are so many farmers who want to get into this kind of land. It would be nice if [the owners] had an incentive.”
By Francis Bula
Globe and Mail
May 5, 2016
That kind of standoff throughout the region has Metro Vancouver exploring ways to change the tax system so that people who own agricultural land will be encouraged to use it for farming. The region is also looking at ways to take away the benefits from people who make it look like they are farming when they really aren’t.
All of that matters because Metro Vancouver has more farmland within its boundaries than any other North American city and because the region’s 2,600 farms produce the highest revenues in the province. It’s estimated that a hectare of land can produce at least $36,000 worth of vegetables in a year.
May 6, 2016 Comments Off on Vancouver farmers’ land growth being limited by mansion owners
KPU studies agriculture real estate speculation as it threatens the future of an economically viable bioregion in Richmond and Southwest B.C.
By Graeme Wood
April 22, 2016
Presently, about one-third of farmed land in Metro Vancouver is leased.
Furthermore, Mullinix estimates some 44,000 acres of farmable land is not in production in Metro Vancouver.
Adding to the pressures is the increase in estate homes being built on ALR land. Such mansions are numerous in Richmond and set a new price benchmark based on its value as a luxury residential property instead of a working farm, according to the report.
April 23, 2016 Comments Off on Real estate speculation threatens future of Metro Vancouver farmland
Marcela Crowe, at an urban farm at 57th and Cambie, said the Vancouver Urban Farming Society’s mandate is to grow the sector through education, advocacy, business support and networking. Photo Dan Toulgoet.
On the Record with Marcela Crowe: In 2013, urban farmers sold about $418,000 worth of produce to residents.
By Naoibh O’Connor
April 12, 2016
What does urban farming look like in Vancouver right now?
The data needs to be updated. We don’t have any data for 2016 or even 2015. But we do have data from 2013. That was the last time a large census of urban farms in Vancouver took place. This will have changed, but there are approximately 14 urban farms in Vancouver. The largest one [Sole Food Street Farms] has about four acres of land. [That goes] all the way to maybe a handful of backyard farms totalling 5,000 square feet. There’s really that variety in terms of scale. In 2013, urban farmers sold about $418,000 worth of produce to residents. The farms are located throughout the city. They’re in the Downtown Eastside, they’re in Mount Pleasant, they’re in the east end and they’re in the West Side, Kitsilano area.
April 13, 2016 Comments Off on The executive director of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society talks about this emerging sector
“Unretired seniors are working overtime”
By Denise Ryan
The Vancouver Sun
April 8, 2016
Sharon Slack, 73, head gardener at City Farmer in Kitsilano, said she finds the traditional idea of retirement preposterous.
“The whole image they sell you about retirement — all those TV ads that say: Retire! Do all the things you want to do! Travel! Entertain! Good grief,” she said. “I didn’t do that when I was young. Why in the world would I do it now?”
Slack loves her job, but work isn’t just a pleasure — it’s also a practical matter, she said.
April 8, 2016 Comments Off on City Farmer’s Head Gardener, Sharon Slack, Makes Vancouver Newspaper Frontpage Twice in 6 weeks
This may be the last spring for a Vancouver community garden in Southeast False Creek.
By Carlito Pablo
March 30th, 2016
According to Brock, temporary gardens play an important role.
“There’s a shortage of urban growing space in the city,” he said, “and so we serve that function of giving people who might not have growing space an opportunity to plant.”
April 1, 2016 Comments Off on Vancouver, BC community garden to make way for condo development
Quench the thirst of your plants with free water from a rain barrel
City of Vancouver
Benefits of rain barrels
The water they collect gives you a source of chlorine-free, slightly-acidic, ambient-temperature water that’s great for your garden.
They reduce your demand for treated drinking water that’s often in short supply in the summer.
March 30, 2016 Comments Off on City of Vancouver holds a rain barrel sale
More than 110 of Vancouver’s important species are profiled.
By David Tracey
Pure Wave Media
(March 15, 2016)
Trees tell the story of a city, and Vancouver has one of the world’s greatest urban forests. Vancouver Tree Book is the key to a living laboratory unlike anywhere else on Earth.
Slim enough to fit into a pocket yet filled with detailed descriptions and hundreds of colour images, this Living City Field Guide is designed for outdoor use. Bring it with you anywhere you go to discover the quiet giants living among us. Maps to ten Tree Tour walks will help you get going.
March 26, 2016 Comments Off on Vancouver Tree Book: A Living City Field Guide
Surrey Councillor Mike Starchuk, who chairs the agricultural committee, said conditions in Vancouver are much different.
By Kent Spencer
March 22, 2016
The study reported that Burnaby and Surrey have six community gardens apiece on civic land, while Vancouver has 45.
“Other cities don’t like to be compared to Vancouver. They think it makes them look bad,” said Rice. “Surrey doesn’t have anywhere near enough community gardens for its size. Burnaby has also lagged.”
March 22, 2016 Comments Off on Community gardens are scarce in Burnaby and Surrey, British Columbia, report says
Everything grows well in our garden, because it used to be a chicken farm, so the soil is really rich from the chicken poo.
By Jennifer Moreau
March 10, 2016
You could say farming is in Leila Trickey’s genes. Her homesteader parents and five siblings lived on an Ontario farm, and her childhood was shaped by wide open spaces and fresh earth. When Trickey grew up, she moved to more urban pastures, but she still felt a nostalgia for the land.
March 11, 2016 Comments Off on Leila Trickey: Portrait of an urban farmer in Burnaby, BC
Click here to watch the video. Jaydeen Williams keeps chickens — Hennifer Grey (Blue Orpington) and Lambchop (Wheaton Ameracana) — in her backyard in East Vancouver. Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG
When Vancouver city councillors OK’d backyard chickens in 2010, just 13 people stepped forward to register hens. At least 220 other residents have since taken up the hobby, and with new registrations coming in at a record-breaking pace.
By Matthew Robinson
March 6, 2016
Many jurisdictions around the province allow backyard chickens, including the City of North Vancouver, New Westminster, Squamish, Victoria and a handful of other Vancouver Island municipalities.
Their ranks could soon swell with West Vancouver councillors scheduled to hear residents’ thoughts Monday on a policy that would permit up to six chickens per lot in the district. Surrey councillors are slated to debate their own policy this spring.
March 7, 2016 Comments Off on Backyard chickens are becoming increasingly popular in Metro Vancouver, BC
It turns out that women are the fastest-growing class of new hunters in British Columbia and have been for a decade, driven by a renewed interest in back-to-the-land self-sufficiency.
By Randy Shore
Mar 5, 2016
“People in the city are really engaged with hunting for food and building the skills they need,” said hunting instructor Dylan Eyers of Eat Wild (eatwild.ca). “I run 10 CORE (see graphic) classes a year and they always sell out.”
In order to become a successful hunter, certain financial, physical and psychological barriers must be overcome. Gutting and disarticulating a large mammal in the field takes skill and emotional balance. Hauling a carcass out of the bush takes physical strength. And you’ll need a truck to get it home.
March 6, 2016 Comments Off on It’s time to go back to the land/backyard and grow/hunt/fish-for your own food
Canada’s Minister of Agriculture comments on City Farmer’s plan “I will certainly consider the recommendations you have outlined in the enclosed publication as I pursue my mandate.” Laurence MacAulay
By Michael Levenston
City Farmer Executive Director
March 3, 2016
15 page booklet (10MB file)
Thirty-six years ago in 1980, City Farmer sent copies of its newspaper to Canada’s Members of Parliament to introduce them to the subject of urban agriculture. In January, 2016, we sent Federal Cabinet Ministers a 15 page booklet outlining a proposal which asks the new Government to consider setting up a National Office of Urban Agriculture.
“It’s a new year and time to put in place a program that will benefit all Canadians. We hope you will consider Canada: A National Strategy for Urban Agriculture as a worthy project for your new government. I’m certain it will be well received by Canadians who want to eat better, care for our environment, and improve our general well being.”
Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, Laurence MacAulay, wrote back expressing his appreciation for our work and commented positively about our plan “I will certainly consider the recommendations you have outlined in the enclosed publication as I pursue my mandate.”
Excerpt from the City Farmer booklet:
Over 26 million Canadians live in 147 metropolitan areas and agglomerations across the country with populations that range from 5,600,000 people in Toronto to 10,500 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland.
March 3, 2016 Comments Off on Canada: A National Strategy For Urban Agriculture
Intention is to encourage growth of farming, not inhibit it, city says
By Matthew Robinson
February 25, 2016
Camil Dumont, the head farmer at Inner City Farms said the proposed regulations could help standardize the industry.
“I think most of the people in the community that do urban food production are pretty on the ball, but it only takes one group to do something untoward for everyone to feel the brunt of it. From that perspective, I think it’s pretty good. It gives us a bit of a safety net,” he said.
“The fear is that it’s going to restrict the community from growing as much food as possible. … I want urban farming to be a vibrant and healthy part of our city and hopefully this is something that helps.”
February 27, 2016 Comments Off on New Vancouver, BC, bylaws will regulate urban farmers