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Canada: Vancouver’s Rain City Strategy


City Farmer’s green roof is featured for a few seconds starting at [0.41].

City of Vancouver
March 2018

The City of Vancouver has set a target to capture and treat 90% of Vancouver’s average annual rainfall by using green infrastructure tools and design guidelines on public and private property.

In the natural environment, rain is absorbed and filtered by plants and soils. In cities, this natural water cycle is disrupted and rainwater flows across pavement and rooftops.

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April 9, 2018   No Comments

Canada: A Garden On Every Corner

Broadway and MacDonald.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, one social enterprise looks to make the most of unused urban space by converting empty lots into temporary community gardens.

By Chris Reid
Vancouver Community Garden Builders
Mar 27, 2018

There used to be a gas station at the corner of Cambie and 16th Avenue in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Today the site hosts 100 raised garden beds and provides growing space for roughly the same number of gardeners, many of whom are families living in nearby apartments and condominiums.

The project is the result of a partnership between Wesgroup, a local developer, and Vancouver Community Garden Builders, a local social enterprise. Together the pair opened six new gardens in 2017, which equals 600 new garden beds. In total, VCGB manages eight projects with close to 800 beds, or 16,000 square feet of urban growing space.

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March 28, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: A Garden On Every Corner

Vancouver, Canada: Urban Agriculture Garden Guide

Manual For Starting And Designing Urban Agriculture Projects

The Urban Agriculture Project Design Manual was produced by Anežka Gocová for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver as an initiative of the Greenest City Scholar program.
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Excerpt:

This guide is intended to aid the collaboration between residents and City staff in starting, designing and carrying out an Urban Agriculture project in the City of Vancouver.

Choosing A Site:
Where is your project located? Is the proposed project for the entire site or a portion of it? Include a street address or a nearby address for reference as well as an air photo with the site marked. (You can use GoogleMaps and VanMaps to do this). Feel free to include photos of the site itself. This can sometimes be a very frustrating process especially if your proposal gets rejected based on site selection. Make sure to consult with City and Park Board staff and current caretakers of the site, they will likely have great insight into which sites are most suitable.

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March 5, 2018   Comments Off on Vancouver, Canada: Urban Agriculture Garden Guide

Canada: Plans for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway include community gardening

“As we know, our community gardens are an important aspect in this greenway and will continue to be in the future how we integrate food production in our design, integrate that into the landscape,” Buttle said.

Naoibh O’Connor
Vancouver Courier
February 2, 2018

Excerpts:

During the design jam, more than 100 people, aged 18 and over, selected from 22 neighbourhoods across Vancouver, worked with city staff and technical experts to dream up design possibilities for the nine-kilometre route.

Participants also stressed the importance of nature, biodiversity, setting aside space for urban agriculture and the restoration of habitat along the greenway. Examples include scented plantings, butterfly bush, bird-nesting boxes and a variety of trees for different species of birds.

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February 9, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Plans for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway include community gardening

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

Canada: Vancouver Program matches landless farmers with unused open spaces

Ava and Jeffrey Reeve are young landless farmers raising sheep, ducks and chickens on Fred Glasbergen’s agricultural land in Langley. Gerry Kahrmann / Png

The land-matching program screens owners of under-utilized land and farmers ready to start a business, supporting both parties in the development of legal contracts.

By Glenda Luymes
Vancouver Sun
January 7, 2018

Excerpt:

With a $25,000 investment from the provincial and federal governments, the pilot project led by the B.C. Young Agrarians and the Farm Folk City Folk Society aims to create seven to nine new farm operations in Metro Vancouver in 2018.

A similar project in Surrey last year helped connect several farmers and landowners, including David Feldhaus. Hoping to see his land used for agriculture, the landowner was introduced to a chef-turned-vegetable farmer through the Young Agrarians.

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January 14, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver Program matches landless farmers with unused open spaces

Canada: Vancouver sees increase in farms despite downturn in region

Karen Ageson is the CSA farmer for Farmers on 57th and a board member of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society. She is pictured in Vancouver, BC Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Jason Payne / Png

Ageson is the market garden manager and community-supported agriculture (CSA) farmer at Farmers on 57th, a one-acre urban farm near Cambie Street and 57th Avenue in downtown Vancouver where she has worked since 2009.

By Jennifer Saltman
Vancouver Sun
Jan 7, 2018

Excerpt:

Her farm is one of those helping the city — an urban area with a relatively small amount of designated, protected agricultural land — buck the trend of declining farms and dwindling farmland that has taken hold across the region and the country.

The 2016 Census of Agriculture found that the total farm area in Metro Vancouver in 2016 was 38,380 hectares, the lowest number in 20 years. There has also been a steady decline in the number of farms at the regional and municipal levels. Region-wide, there were 2,412 farms, a 14-per-cent drop from five years ago.

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January 8, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver sees increase in farms despite downturn in region

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: Three Urban CSA’s in Greater Vancouver

Riverside Farm CSA Box.

Riverside Farm, PLOTS, Hasting Creek Farm

Excerpts from their websites:

Riverside Farm

We offer a box size suitable for singles, couples, and small families!
We are committed to also growing organic Asian greens and vegetables, and are excited to offer this to our members.
We will be offering “add-ons” throughout the season – additional food items which we will source from other local food producers. Some of the add-ons may include: honey, fresh herbs, mushrooms, jams, and canned fruits and vegetables.
The “One Size Fits All” Box
Ideal for a single person, couple or small family.

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November 26, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Three Urban CSA’s in Greater Vancouver

Canada: Shady Acres Farm, Richmond, BC

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CSA farmer in Greater Vancouver

Karly Pinch
Shady Acres Farm, Richmond, BC

Karly started Shady Acre Farm in 2015, after a season as an organic farm apprentice and graduating from the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture in 2014. She came to farming from a passion for having a positive environmental impact in her career. Karly also works as an environmental educator.

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November 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Shady Acres Farm, Richmond, BC

Canada: Vancouver’s ‘Inner City Farms’ Partners with Home Owners and Local Businesses to Convert Front and Back Yards

We harvested some fine leaf lettuce, amongst other things. In this pic, one of our Urban Farmers, Suho, is flanked by the the Team Monday crew: Mike, Hailey and Vera.

Growing: Creole Garlic, Rojo De Castro; Rocambole Garlic, Russian Red; Purple Stripe Garlic, Shvelisi; Music Garlic (Musical)

From their websites.

Excerpt:

Inner City Farms(ICF) is a small urban farm in Vancouver made up of even smaller parts. Vancouver is built on unceded Coast Salish territory and our farms are built on private property within our city’s limits. None of the land farmed by ICF is owned by ICF. All of the space we have access to is provided to us my members of the community who believe in our project and see the our gardens as a positive contribution to the neighbourhood. As a result we never talk about “our land” we instead understand our farm as “our spaces”.

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November 23, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver’s ‘Inner City Farms’ Partners with Home Owners and Local Businesses to Convert Front and Back Yards

Canada: Vancouver’s ‘City Beet Farm’ Grows in Front and Back Yards

This summer we are growing over 70 types of veggies and cut flowers for our 22 week CSA program that runs from end of May to mid-October.

Maddy & Elana, City Beet Farm
From Young Agrarians
Posted by Kristen Nammour
2017

Excerpt:

The greatest business challenge that we face as a young farmer is managing cash flow so that we can pay-off the cost of the business and keep ourselves afloat in our first season. Our business goals are to pay off the cost of the business; deliver the best possible veggies to a sold-out CSA program; and to explore new revenue streams, including cut-flowers and a food-truck collaboration. We are feeling super grateful and on track to be able to achieve that through the help of our mentors and the YA network.

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November 22, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver’s ‘City Beet Farm’ Grows in Front and Back Yards

Canada: Rapper tells the story of Frisch Farms Vancouver

Gabriel Pliska raps about CSA urban farming as he walks through the streets of Vancouver.

FRISCH is the German word for FRESH. Frisch sounds fresher. Kinda crisp and crunchy like a fresh snap pea.

By Gabriel Pliska
Frisch Farms
2017

Excerpt:

It was in the Spring of 2012 when I moved back to Canada from Germany where I was teaching English and semi-retired…

Then once in Vancouver, I started growing vegetables in some raised garden beds with new roommates in Kitsilano and I remembered how much fun it was to garden with my mother while growing up in Ottawa as a child. I knew gardening was my passion!

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November 20, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Rapper tells the story of Frisch Farms Vancouver

City Farmer’s Compost Garden featured in Arbutus Greenway ‘Design Jam’ Video

A ‘Design Jam’ is a multi-day, collaborative workshop with the goal of developing a clear, detailed, realistic design for a project—in this case, the design for the future Arbutus Greenway.

From City of Vancouver
Welcome to the Deign Jam
Oct 2017

The Kitsilano portion of the Arbutus Greenway contains a number of distinct character areas. Examples include:

The stretch around West 6th Avenue, which runs east-west, compared with the rest of the corridor, which tends to run north-south. The experience of being in an established neighbourhood here is defined by neighbouring multi-family homes, 6th and Fir Park, “corner store” style shops, and long-established community gardens. The traffic calmed streets and neighbourhood feel provides a sense of calm to the greenway.

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October 23, 2017   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Compost Garden featured in Arbutus Greenway ‘Design Jam’ Video