Category — Vancouver
Do you think your neighbourhood needs more food growing spaces? Are you interested in starting a new urban agriculture project?
Urban agriculture plays an important role in creating vibrant gathering spaces, greening the environment, supporting local food resiliency and promoting social inclusion. The City of Vancouver has had a long history and support for food growing in the city.
There are two ways the City of Vancouver is helping to create new gardens… Send in your ideas, and potentially get your garden project built!
1. Gardens on City parks or other City-owned land.
If you’re interested in starting your own garden project in a City park or on City-owned property, tell us your ideas! Fill out an Expression of Interest application to help us prioritize support for garden locations and projects. Deadline October 5, 2014.
September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver, BC offers help to start new community gardens
Proposal would produce sustainable rockfish and wolf eels for seafood market
By Larry Pynn
September 4, 2015
As evidence of the money potentially at stake, T & T Supermarket in Vancouver’s Chinatown this week had live rockfish for sale $21.99 a pound, and live “rice field eel” (a species not threatened) for $20.99 — both well above live lobster at $15.99.
The aquarium has been breeding fish for about 45 years but has been more aggressively pursuing commercial aquaculture since the arrival of Shannon Balfry as director of aquatic animal breeding program about three years ago. “We have the ability to do it so why wouldn’t we do it?” says the PhD graduate from the University of B.C. “Nobody else is going to take that ball and run with it. We can do the ground work.”
September 5, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver’s famous Aquarium wants to mix conservation with commercial aquaculture
Via numerous extremely efficient urban farms, community members gain access to local fresh food while reducing their carbon footprint.
By Co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan
Green Guys on the Drive
Excerpt from their proposal:
The pictures used in this proposal were taken over the course of three years, by a group called Green Guys on the Drive (6), located in Vancouver, British Columbia who currently operate East Vancouver’s only community supported hydroponic urban vegetable farm. They have 11 CSA members who each pay $200 at the start of the season to receive their share of the farm’s weekly harvest which is sufficient for 2 people. They currently have one farm tended to by three co-founders, Brandon, Win and Dan. The farm consists of three VHF units with a total capacity of 320 plants and a footprint of 34 ft2. This works out to a density of 9.4 plants/ft2 which is more than 3 times the density of traditional soil based planting for lettuce (a leafy green) (7).
August 13, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver Vertical Hydroponic Farms can feed urban communities while reducing carbon emissions
A growing number of working farms are turning unused patches of pavement into verdant fields of local produce, providing Vancouver with greater food security and healthier options.
By Robert Mangelsdorf
Aug 6, 2015
Hastings Urban Farm is one of an increasing number of working farms in Vancouver that have managed to turn unused patches of pavement into verdant fields of local produce, providing greater food security for the surrounding community.
In addition to providing low barrier employment through its honorarium program, the Hastings Urban Farm also provides workshops for local residents on how to grow and preserve their own food, and even allows them to perform their community service hours there.
August 6, 2015 Comments Off on Hastings Urban Farm in Vancouver BC
Some Ontario municipalities, including Guelph, Niagara Falls and Kingston, welcome chickens.
Waterloo Region Record
July 25, 2015
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.
August 1, 2015 Comments Off on Mayor willing to listen to residents about allowing chickens in Kitchener, Ontario
Assets include a “Verticrop 120 rack, 3000 tray growing system,” plus “environment sensors and controls” among other high-tech growing equipment.
By Sam Cooper
July 22, 2015
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.
July 29, 2015 Comments Off on Innovative rooftop vertical farm for sale on Craigslist for $1.5 million in Vancouver, BC
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
September 8, 2014
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.
July 25, 2015 Comments Off on Photos: Vancouver couple celebrate ‘Plentifully Homegrown’
“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.
July 14, 2015 Comments Off on EarthBites connects kids with their food through school gardens in 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.
July 8, 2015 Comments Off on Rooftop Community Garden At Bosa False Creek, Vancouver. BC
From enticing pedestrian streetscapes and public space, to the integration of urban agriculture, learn how these initiatives can be used to generate value.
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.
June 1, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Land Institute, British Columbia, holds Urban Farming Walking Tour
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
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.
May 28, 2015 Comments Off on Greater Vancouver’s ‘Can You Dig It’
City in court over rejected offer from medical marijuana company to take over failed vegetable venture
By Jen St. Denis and Darryl Greer
May 15, 2015
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.
May 16, 2015 Comments Off on City of Vancouver still paying for failed urban farm
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.
May 12, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver’s ‘Fresh Roots Farms’ looking for volunteers
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
May 11, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver, British Columbia offers Rain Barrel Sale
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
April 21, 2013
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.
May 6, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver Police Officers Plant Food Garden on Headquarters’ Rooftop