Category — Vancouver
Terra cora vessels to water plants
By Josh and Kenny of Growoya
Excerpts from their Indiegogo page:
The Oya is a locally made terra cotta vessel that is used to water plants. It is fired at a temperature that allows it to remain porous; therefore, when the surrounding earth is dry, more water seeps out. This means your plants are receiving the exact amount of water they need, which leads to healthier plants and bigger yields. No surface watering means saving water and less weeding. It also means you only have to water every 7-10 days. Vacations just got easier.
November 21, 2013 Comments Off
Developing temporary, community-based projects on private land presents unique challenges for all stakeholders involved
Prepared by Shifting Growth Garden Society
2nd Ed. Oct 15, 2013
This Community Consultation for Best Community Uses of Temporary Gardens on Private Vacant Lands Best Practises paper is designed to assist community groups who would like to start a community garden on a private property. This paper was designed to communicate that proper community consultations enhance the long-term value of development projects and properties. This paper focuses on community gardener organizations that are in the process of acquiring private, vacant properties, in order to create temporary community gardens, and outlines the processes of acquiring land, consulting with the community, educating and creating additional benefits for local community members, and relocating gardens to alternative sites.
November 12, 2013 Comments Off
We compost organics so that fresh and sustainable food can be grown on-site. An organic farm in a mobile box!
By Nick Hermes, Wes Regan and Matthew Pattinson.
Urban Stream team
Excerpt from their crowd funding site:
Our first product is the urban micro-farm, which combines vermicomposting with hydroponics and mushroom growing in a re-purposed shipping container with a greenhouse roof.
We’re launching this campaign to fund the construction of our next urban micro-farm. Our prototype is running well and we have made a few design optimizations so that we can grow even more greens in our next unit but we don’t have the funds on hand to build it.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off
‘We set up shop in my dad’s backyard and had the meat ready to cook, with cleanup done, in under an hour.’
By Michelle Nelson
Uhhh . . . So What’s Up With Rabbitville?!” That’s what friends ask the minute I open the door to my urban one-bedroom downtown apartment and they come face to face with my oversized bunny condo – filled with shredded newspaper, branches, and weeds – that sits on the far side of my living room like a small forest in a box.
November 2, 2013 Comments Off
Michael Ableman, co-founder of Sole Foods urban farm, believes in the power of food and organic farming
By Randy Shore,
October 18, 2013
Farmer and author Michael Ableman left the citrus and avocado groves of California to farm Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; an unusual storyline, to say the least.
Of course, Ableman did a lot of living in the 40 years between joining a farm commune in California at the age of 18 and co-founding an urban farm in the heart of Vancouver. He also founded California’s Center for Urban Agriculture, penned three best-selling books and created the Centre for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture, which he runs from his home, Saltspring Island’s Foxglove Farm.
October 26, 2013 Comments Off
Health inspector’s letter. Click image to make larger.
And watch the CBC news video here.
Surrey, BC family faces threat of $40,000 bill if they don’t remove their Sustainable Permaculture Garden and return area back over to Toxic Giant Hogweed.
By Jacob Zinn
October 7, 2013
FLEETWOOD — The City of Surrey wants Jess Thompson and Cindy Quach’s “unsightly” garden to be removed, despite the garden’s health benefits to their family and environmental perks to their community.
In the summer, Thompson and Quach started a hügelkultur garden on their rented one-acre property in the 8300-block of 168th Street. Hügelkultur is a European farming technique that has proven to be a popular method sustainable food gardening.
October 25, 2013 Comments Off
Jess Thompson and Cindy Quach stand in their Surrey yard with their children in front of the ‘Hugelkultur’ garden, which has drawn complaints from area residents who have complained the garden is ‘unsightly.’
Photograph by Ward Perrin, PNG.
‘Hugelkultur’ is an Eastern European farming technique that is gaining popularity as a sustainable food gardening system.
By Randy Shore
September 30, 2013
The Hugelkultur garden created by Jess Thompson and his partner Cindy Quach on their rental property has attracted complaints from neighbours and a bylaw infraction letter from the city citing piles of bark mulch and manure.
After several inspections by bylaw officers, the city says the property is not in compliance with the Unsightly Premises Bylaw, according to Jas Rehal, manager of bylaw enforcement.
October 3, 2013 Comments Off
MicroBug – BioExtracts for improved plant health
By Tom McConkey
Sept 25, 2013
Compost Tea is not a new idea but one that has evolved. Our product, Microbug , is a liquid form of compost, with concentrated beneficial microbes plus organic plant growth promoting substances. Quality is key. All of inputs, as well as the finished product, are lab tested. It also has a shelf life of up to 14 days. This is a game changer. Now a “living product can be delivered and used before its best before date. With our attention to quality control we can ensure the effectiveness of our product.
September 26, 2013 Comments Off
They will create an educational YouTube series that provides prospective gardeners with tips on planting and maintaining their own garden
A Vancouver co-operative, Victory Gardens, empowers citizens with the education and infrastructure to grow their own food. On a mission to provide open and accessible resources for anyone interested in growing their own food, the Vancouver-based co-op has been named one of the finalists in The National Co-op Challenge, a national social media contest created by The Co-operators, with $200,000 in prize money to be won. Anyone with a Facebook account can vote between September 18 and October 18 to determine which two finalists in
each of four regions take home $25,000. For those without a Facebook page, voting through a microsite is provided.
September 19, 2013 Comments Off
With the planter boxes in place, it was time to fill them! Thanks to the FUN Society’s Red Box Project, huge loads of soil and mulch were delivered to the Kitchener parking lot. And thanks to a whole lot of elbow grease from Kitchener parents and students, the boxes got filled and the last of the extra bricks were moved off site. Whew!
Food Garden and Green Space – Orchard, Veggie Garden, Composters
Excerpt from Facebook:
Lord Kitchener Elementary sits at the busy intersection of King Edward and Blenheim in Vancouver, BC. For the past year, the school site has been a high-traffic construction zone as the school is seismically rebuilt. Thankfully, provincial funding provides a safe, new school structure, but leaves little for the outdoor space. The PAC Sustainability Committee saw this challenge as an opportunity to transform this noisy, dusty site into an oasis where city kids can feel connected to nature by advocating for space to develop an Outdoor Classroom. With the help of partners,
September 17, 2013 Comments Off
A case study of urban farming in Vancouver as an urban sustainable and ecological resilient practice
By Kristin Edith Abrahamsen Kjærås
Master Thesis in Human Geography Department of Sociology and Human Geography
University Of Oslo
This thesis is a qualitative case study of the mobilization and negotiation of urban farming, as an urban sustainable and economic resilient practice in the City of Vancouver. The thesis is based on a triangulation of data-collection techniques, consisting of document review, semi-structured interview, and minor participatory observation. Considering the concurrent legal imposition of urban farming in this city, this case study analyzes how urban farming is advanced as a legitimate practice within different levels of the urban political terrain. Further, this thesis progresses insight into the concrete dynamics hindering and contributing to the mobilization and negotiation of urban farming as a legitimate practice in the City of Vancouver.
September 14, 2013 Comments Off
Goal: To learn about people’s perceptions and experiences with urban farming.
Excerpts from Vancouver Urban Farming Society project:
Community Surveyor Tasks:
• Attend a mandatory orientation;
• Engage with a minimum of 10 members of the public from their neighbourhood to complete the Urban Farming Public Perceptions community survey;
• Work with research coordinators to give back survey information in a timely manner.
A $100 honorarium will be given to all community surveyors who successfully complete the minimum quota of surveys for their neighbourhood.
August 28, 2013 Comments Off
“They find some kind of creative outlet when they need a break from the daily grind.”
By David P. Ball
24 hours Vancouver
August 21, 2013
Vancouver police have opened a new rooftop vegetable garden to help officers reduce stress.
And for the coordinator of the force’s crisis negotiation team, tending the crop doesn’t just put greens on her dinner table.
“My job can be high stress at times,” said Const. Cinda Michael. “It’s wonderful to be able to take a few minutes out of my day, pull some weeds, water some plants and decompress, and get back to work — and have fresh vegetables to take home in the evening for dinner.”
August 27, 2013 Comments Off
Sole Food transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables.
Position: Distribution Coordinator
Organization: Sole Food Street Farms www.solefoodfarms.com
The Distribution Coordinator (DC) oversees farmers’ markets, restaurant, on-site produce stand and wholesale sales to distributors and retail stores, and coordinates our CSA program. The DC is responsible for the efficient marketing of produce while maintaining high standards. The DC acts as produce “traffic director” ensuring that all products find the right home, is responsible for all post harvest handling of products, consolidation from the farms, and the processing, preparation, delivery and billing of all orders.
August 20, 2013 Comments Off
Fresh Roots joins with Vancouver schools to turn up fields of scrumptious, market-bound bounty.
By Matt Meuse
Aug 10, 2013
Gardens are increasingly common features of Canadian schoolyards. But Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society is taking the idea to the next level: bringing their produce to market.
Over the last two years, Fresh Roots has partnered with the Vancouver School Board and Vancity to build productive farms on school grounds. Fresh Roots sells the Vancouver School Board produce for use in school cafeterias and works with teachers to use their farms for hands-on learning and curriculum integration.
August 13, 2013 Comments Off