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Mayor willing to listen to residents about allowing chickens in Kitchener, Ontario

chickheiHeidi Wall ran a-fowl of Kitchener bylaws with her backyard coop at her home on Pine Street, where she had four hens. The city is now looking at changing its regulations. Photo by Peter Lee.

Some Ontario municipalities, including Guelph, Niagara Falls and Kingston, welcome chickens.

By Editorial
Waterloo Region Record
July 25, 2015

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A small yet highly committed and possibly growing cadre of urbanites in this region believes chickens belong in city backyards as much as country farmyards. Some have stocked coops with egg-laying hens. Others are pressuring local city governments, which generally frown on the practice, to write new and accommodating bylaws.

Are we ready for this? This week, Kitchener announced it would temporarily stop enforcing its ban on backyard chickens as Mayor Berry Vrbanovic voiced a willingness to hear what citizens want. This came after a resident, under threat of a $5,000 fine, had to surrender her four hens and as nearly 1,000 people signed a petition demanding the legalization of urban chicken farming.

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August 1, 2015   No Comments

Innovative rooftop vertical farm for sale on Craigslist for $1.5 million in Vancouver, BC

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Assets include a “Verticrop 120 rack, 3000 tray growing system,” plus “environment sensors and controls” among other high-tech growing equipment.

By Sam Cooper
The Province
July 22, 2015

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As the costly fiasco of a failed rooftop lettuce farm that was enthusiastically promoted by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in 2012 continues to unwind, a white elephant greenhouse has been posted for sale on Craigslist for $1.5 million.

The “innovative rooftop vertical farm,” which is now central to a lawsuit against the City of Vancouver, still stands unused atop a city parkade at 535 Richards St.

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July 29, 2015   No Comments

Photos: Vancouver couple celebrate ‘Plentifully Homegrown’

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Brilliant chard, plump carrots, tomatoes of all sizes, fragrant basil, butternut and spaghetti squash all but overflowed from the basket we carried proudly home.

By Laura Bancroft
Piper Winston
September 8, 2014

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There really is nothing like the taste of food made with homegrown produce. As Tyler and I travelled around the island a few weeks ago we made a stop in at his Aunt and Uncle’s home for our final night and were sent packing with loads of tasty, hearty vegetables. They live in a super sweet home on an acreage with horses, a plentiful garden, 2 pups and a new gaggle of baby chickens.

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July 25, 2015   No Comments

EarthBites connects kids with their food through school gardens in Vancouver, BC

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“The children learn how to grow, harvest, craft and sell their food and they also learn about nutrition.”

Currently, EarthBites is partnering with five schools in Vancouver: Trafalgar Elementary School, Kitchener Elementary School, Edith Cavell Elementary School, Laurier Elementary School & Quilchena Elementary School.

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July 14, 2015   Comments Off on EarthBites connects kids with their food through school gardens in Vancouver, BC

Rooftop Community Garden At Bosa False Creek, Vancouver. BC

The Bosa Properties Foundation and Can You Dig It have partnered up to create a rooftop community garden at our rental building in False Creek, Vancouver.

Atop our Bosa False Creek rental building is a spectacular rooftop garden, a harvest of healthy and sustainable fruits and vegetables. The Bosa Properties Foundation partnered with Can You Dig It – an amazing non-profit organization promoting urban agriculture and creating meaningful networks within the community.

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July 8, 2015   Comments Off on Rooftop Community Garden At Bosa False Creek, Vancouver. BC

Urban Land Institute, British Columbia, holds Urban Farming Walking Tour

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From enticing pedestrian streetscapes and public space, to the integration of urban agriculture, learn how these initiatives can be used to generate value.

Vancouver BC
June 10, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Increasingly, the ability of community builders to deliver on health is translating into market value for projects. The ULI Building Healthy Places Toolkit outlines recommendations that can be used to promote health at the building or project scale, and shape vibrant, highly desirable communities. The Southeast False Creek neighbourhood serves as a model case study for these initiatives, and is already seeing the return as it quickly evolves into one of Vancouver’s most thriving communities.

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June 1, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Land Institute, British Columbia, holds Urban Farming Walking Tour

Greater Vancouver’s ‘Can You Dig It’

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Working with over 1600 gardeners over the past six years, 38 organic community gardens have been created

By Brooke Oxley
Cinthia Page, Hemant Kulkari
Can You Dig It
Project Coordinator
May 28, 2015

For six years now Can You Dig It (CYDI) has been building community gardens all over the lower mainland. Working with over 1600 gardeners over the past six years, 38 organic community gardens have been created, so there is a good chance you may have encountered one – on city property, a rooftop, at a church, in the back or front yard of a residence, beside a school, or a community centre. Wherever there are people wanting to grow food, share skills and build relationships, CYDI is there to support accessibility, generosity and engagement. Like the biodiversity of a garden, they believe that community also thrives on the diversity of cultures, age groups and abilities.

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May 28, 2015   Comments Off on Greater Vancouver’s ‘Can You Dig It’

City of Vancouver still paying for failed urban farm

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City in court over rejected offer from medical marijuana company to take over failed vegetable venture

By Jen St. Denis and Darryl Greer
Business Vancouver
May 15, 2015

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A failed urban farm located in a downtown Vancouver parkade continues to be a costly headache to the City of Vancouver.

According to documents filed in a continuing lawsuit against the city, a greenhouse and equipment from the farm is still located in the parkade, over a year after the company operating the farm went bankrupt.

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May 16, 2015   Comments Off on City of Vancouver still paying for failed urban farm

Vancouver’s ‘Fresh Roots Farms’ looking for volunteers

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Are you looking to take your first steps into the world of urban farming or support schoolyard-grown produce?

By Yael Haar,
One of Fresh Roots’ star volunteers
Nov 14, 2014

Republished from Fresh Roots “Confessions of a Fresh Roots Volunteer”

As a volunteer for Fresh Roots, I have experienced what happens behind the scenes of the non-profit sector. When I started volunteering, I assisted with farm work. Moving compost from one space to another was not my definition of fun, but at the end of my volunteer shift I felt accomplished. Knowing that food would later be grown in the beds I helped shape was a rewarding feeling. While working on the farm I also got to know the other volunteers. It was refreshing to socialize with people who shared my interest in urban farming and local food.

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May 12, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver’s ‘Fresh Roots Farms’ looking for volunteers

Vancouver, British Columbia offers Rain Barrel Sale

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Quench the thirst of your plants with free water from a rain barrel.

Water collected in rain barrels provides a source of chlorine-free, ambient temperature water which is a great drink for a happy garden.

Wondering if the rain barrel will fit in your yard?
• Rain barrel dimensions and features:
• 208 L
• 34”h x 24”w x 24”d

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May 11, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver, British Columbia offers Rain Barrel Sale

Vancouver Police Officers Plant Food Garden on Headquarters’ Rooftop

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An officer shows off tomatoes growing in the rooftop garden at the Vancouver police department headquarters on Cambie Street.

The team will sell the rest of the crops internally – it’ll cost about $2 for a bushel of kale – to fund supplies for the garden.

By Emily Jackson
Metro
April 21, 2013

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Without prompting from a city council known for aggressively pushing its “greenest” city agenda, the police have grown a community garden with renewable crops on the headquarters’ rooftop.

“People wouldn’t think this is something that police do in their spare time, but we had the space. It worked out,” Sgt. Randy Fincham said on a tour of the garden Wednesday.

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May 6, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver Police Officers Plant Food Garden on Headquarters’ Rooftop

New documentary from Canada: ‘Une Révolution Agricole Urbaine!’

Une révolution agricole… urbaine! Bande-annonce from Arts et Images productions on Vimeo.

In French: Airs first May 7th, 2015 at 21h on Explora

Un film de Mario Desmarais
Produit par Anne Desmarais
52 minutes
May 2015
(Must See! Mike)
The complete film will be available online in July, 2015 once it has aired on TV.

Excerpts:

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.

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May 4, 2015   Comments Off on New documentary from Canada: ‘Une Révolution Agricole Urbaine!’

Vancouver Parks ‘field houses’ eyed for urban farming

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Vancouver Park Board is considering turning field houses at various city parks into farmhouses.

By Michael Mui
24 Hours Vancouver
April 12, 2015

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Vancouver Park Board is considering turning field houses at various city parks — outfitted with caretakers’ suite, washroom facilities and sometimes concession booths — into urban farmhouses operated by city farming groups.

The 75 houses had traditionally provided live-in accommodations for park caretakers, but their uses today have shifted towards things like artists spaces, environment residences, storage for sports organizations, as some examples.

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April 13, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver Parks ‘field houses’ eyed for urban farming

Vancouver’s parks allow food production, including fruit and nut orchards and beekeeping

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The Oak Meadows Park pollinator garden at West 37th and Oak is home to a pollinator hotel (pictured), made from a retired phone booth. The centrepiece of this pollinator’s paradise, the hotel is filled with tubes, nooks and crannies attractive to insects. The 1,500-square-foot pollinator garden is part of a network of bee-friendly biodiversity that extends into VanDusen Gardens. Photograph by: Jason Payne, VANCOUVER SUN

At the Beaconsfield Community Garden there are plans to build an outdoor bread oven.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Feb 25, 2015

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Vancouver’s oldest park-based community garden is also one of its biggest, at 3.3 acres. Strathcona Community Garden was created in 1985, divided into one-third allotment gardens, one-third natural plant and animal habitat and the balance is a unique espalier fruit orchard. The site features the Eco-Pavilion meeting space, greenhouse and beehives.

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March 5, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver’s parks allow food production, including fruit and nut orchards and beekeeping

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) destroys hundreds of beautiful community gardens in Vancouver

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Gardens gone. Photos by Michael Levenston.

Bulldozers, backhoes, weed wackers, chainsaws and shovels destroy a city treasure

Michael Levenston
City Farmer
March 3, 2015

Since the 1980’s, neighbours have built award winning community gardens along the abandoned railway line running through Kitsilano. In just a few days, this past week, Maple Community Garden, Cypress Community Garden, Pine Street Gardens and Fir Street Garden have been bulldozed, leaving a tiny strip of broken plots along the city boulevard. Trees, shrubs and plants purchased over the past 30 years are gone. The CPR crews have flattened the landscape and left a barren wasteland. CPR will replace the natural beauty created by neighbours, with parked railcars covered with graffiti.

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March 3, 2015   Comments Off on Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) destroys hundreds of beautiful community gardens in Vancouver