Category — Vancouver
“Just having the community garden here is great, but having the hives here and the awareness that it raises about pollinators and the challenges facing honeybees is something else again,” said Melissa Howey.
By Randy Shore
July 14, 2014
“We think these workshops are a great way to engage with the gardeners and with the public about honeybees and native pollinators as well,” said Shannon Common, community liaison with Hives for Humanity. “The gardens, the hives and the living walls we have been making here are a great demonstration of innovative use of urban space.”
Hives for Humanity maintains 40 of the garden boxes to act as a pollinator meadow, and a herb garden that is open to about 90 registered gardeners.
July 15, 2014 No Comments
By combining laser mapping, 3-D imaging and water use data, a UBC study is pinpointing where food can be grown in the urban jungle
By Randy Shore
July 13, 2014
Researchers are using 3-D modelling and water use data to learn just how much food can be grown in Vancouver and how much more water that will require as we morph into a truly edible city.
The project is using laser mapping from aircraft flown over the city to determine where food can be grown successfully in yards, parks and private lands by estimating the amount of solar energy and evapotranspiration, a fancy way of describing how much water returns to the atmosphere through plants and general evaporation.
July 14, 2014 No Comments
Vancouver could lose more than 10% of community garden plots due to Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) decision
Approximately 425 of the 4000 community gardens plots in Vancouver will be affected
Vancouver Arbutus Corridor could lose 60-70% of gardening land space.
Below is a letter to the President of CPR from a longtime community gardener in the Maple Community Garden.
By Deirdre Phillips
Maple Street Community Gardener
July 9th, 2014
(Must read. Mike)
E. Hunter Harrison, CEO CP Rail (care of Ed Greenberg)
Chief Executive Officer and Director
“We have historic ties with communities along our tracks and our programs make contributions to the quality of life in these towns and cities.” CP Rail
Dear E. Hunter Harrison,
The above quote from your “Community Investment” section on your website is in complete contradiction to the power play that you and your executives are posing with the City of Vancouver – whom you refer to as ‘other parties’. You are threatening to destroy all the community gardens by July 31st, 2014 along the Arbutus Corridor simply because you can’t get what you are looking for in your negotiations with the City of Vancouver for the 66 foot wide ribbon of land along the Arbutus Corridor.
Your threat to remove what you call ‘excess vegetation’ along the tracks in the Arbutus Corridor by July 31st, 2014 is pure manipulation and quite a transparent attempt to get all of the community gardeners along the corridor to do your dirty work for you by putting pressure on the City of Vancouver. Yes, all of us gardeners love organic dirt but not dirty politics and your goal to maximize profits for your shareholders.
July 10, 2014 No Comments
Ralphs and Warren — the twentysomething proprietors of City Beet Farm — maintain 17 yard gardens all within ten blocks of each other, essential because they move themselves and their produce by bicycle.
By Randy Shore
July 6, 2014
Most of the vegetables are sold to individuals and families through CSAs — Community Supported Agriculture — with a season-long subscription to weekly food baskets that cost from $330 to $460 for enough to supply two people, to around $700 for a family.
City Beet has 45 subscribers for its small box and 15 for the large, plus they run a weekly public market every Friday at Mighty Oak Cafe on West 18th. Inner City has 40 family CSA subscribers, eight restaurant subscribers and provides each yard owner with a subscription. A rotating cast of volunteers who help mainly with harvesting are also paid in vegetables.
July 7, 2014 Comments Off
For those who aspire to farm in the big city, the terrain is rough and strewn with obstacles. But urban agriculture can also be a viable business for hardworking souls, such as Aaron Quesnel, with an in-demand product–microgreens used by some of Vancouver’s top chefs–and a good story to share
July 1, 2014
Quesnel is the founder and president of Sky Harvest, which is the optimistic-sounding name of a business that, in May 2013, started selling produce generated in a 13-square-metre indoor farm, located in an unlovely and under-used storefront building on Powell Street in East Vancouver.
Quesnel and a skeleton staff plant, grow, harvest and deliver microgreens, the “nutrient-dense, visually appealing and flavourful” early shoots from a host of salad-friendly vegetables. Sky Harvest currently offers 13 varieties, including arugula, kale, radish, sorrel, cilantro, sunflower and peas. They harvest most crops after only a week, when they’re past the point of being “sprouts” but not yet “baby greens.”
July 5, 2014 Comments Off
Members of Vancouver non profit ‘the world in a garden’ surprised to hear CPR map puts half this shed on its property. They say city told them its on city land. That’s a kids beekeeping school in background.
CP Rail is carrying out land survey of disused Arbutus rail line, and is giving residents a July 31 deadline
By Steve Lus
Jul 03, 2014
In a letter to residents, the company said it has placed surveying stakes along the borders of its land, and will remove any property left after July 31, such as sheds, storage containers, vehicles and community gardens.
The company admits a dispute with the city over the railway’s right to develop the land is behind the efforts to reactivate the line, which has not been used in about 15 years.
In recent years the inactive right of way has become a popular dog walking spot, and sprouted community fruit and vegetable gardens, but the railway has been trying to get plans for a property development approved.
July 3, 2014 Comments Off
Posted in Vancouver Sun: Free land and tax dollars subsidize city agriculture
By Warren Mirko
June 26, 2014
Already, urban farms are costing residents tax revenue which goes toward things such as bike lanes and park maintenance. Don’t think that income from the farm’s yields will offset the lost revenue. While these farms produce hundreds of tons of produce per year, they are producing the cheapest and most plentiful items people already purchase from any grocery store.
June 27, 2014 Comments Off
Traveller sought local recipient to offset carbon footprint
June 19, 2014
Pek, a PhD candidate in the faculty of business at Simon Fraser University, took an alternative route to compensate for carbon emissions from his flights. Instead of investing in a conventional carbon offset program, Pek invested $500 in Inner City Farms, a small business with 20 urban plots in Vancouver yards.
Pek likes that Inner City Farms displaces produce for more than 50 families and eight restaurants that would be transported from afar, grows its food organically, farms by hand and provides city dwellers the opportunity to learn about farming.
June 21, 2014 Comments Off
The new collaborative community Garden at Creekside (ie. Olympic Village) held its first build event this Saturday June 14.
This garden is collaboration with the city of Vancouver & Vancouver Park Board (approval and start-up funding), the Creekside Community Recreation Center (programming and stewardship), City Studio students (helping design and build the planters), World in a Garden (provided previous support), and the Environmental Youth Alliance (plant list and planning support). Also with the support of local volunteer residents.
June 14, 2014 Comments Off
Today, Hives for Humanity manages 72 hives throughout downtown Vancouver and has a supply of rich, raw honey it sells to sustain the project.
By Alessandra Naccarato
May 1, 2014
The heart is a hive named Elizabeth. It was the first one they set up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), back in June 2012. They didn’t expect it to produce honey but wanted to share the experience of beekeeping, believing it could be “a powerful way to pull people out of their chaos.”
Against expectation, Elizabeth created 40 litres of honey that summer, twice the amount of Julia’s hives on pristine farmland near Tsawwassen. More than that, community members showed a talent for beekeeping and were leading peer workshops in apiculture by September. Today, Hives for Humanity manages 72 hives throughout downtown Vancouver and has a supply of rich, raw honey it sells to sustain the project.
June 10, 2014 Comments Off
Video directed by Simon Redekop.
Victory Gardens wins $25,000 grant for educational YouTube series
Article by Randy Shore
June 1, 2014
Vancouver’s urban farmers-for-hire are sharing their trade secrets for transforming city lots into organic food gardens in a new video series bank-rolled by a grant from the Co-operators Group.
Victory Gardens — a workers co-op run by Lisa Giroday, Sam Philips and Sandra Lopuch — won $25,000 to complete a five-video series based on the strength of a four-and-a-half minute pilot video that details how to plan garden space. Subsequent episodes will explain soil building, seeds and transplants, winter gardening and growing garlic.
June 2, 2014 Comments Off
“And when you make your own stuff, you’re in control of your own stuff.”
By Jessica Werb
May 14, 2014
When it comes to keeping chickens, the first name on Havlak’s list is Duncan Martin, designer and builder of the Vancooper chicken coop. Martin, an East Vancouver transplant from Vermont, builds the coops out of repurposed local cedar and sells them for $700. Since starting the business in 2010, Daily Eggs, Martin says, he’s been installing about two to three of them a month.
May 22, 2014 Comments Off
In 2013, we grew 20 tons of food, sold to over 37 restaurants you know and love, removed 2,300kg of Co2 from the atmosphere by planting 400 fruit trees, and employed 20 people from the Downtown Eastside.
May 14, 2014
Excerpt from their IndieGoGo funding site:
Five-and-a-half years into our existence we are coming to the point where we have our systems stabilized and we have more product than we are selling.
We want to open two retail locations – one produce stand in the Granville Island Public Market, and a local organic corner store on our urban orchard site at Main and Terminal.
May 14, 2014 Comments Off
Katie Ralphs and Ruth Warren are the women behind City Beet, an urban farm in Vancouver that grows 50 different crops on 14 yards
By Christina Turner
April 10, 2014
City Beet’s practices demonstrate, almost to an extreme, how environmentally friendly urban farming can be. They grow all of their produce in the same 10-block radius, get around by bike and members pick up their weekly produce share at a local café.
Ralphs admits that she and Warren struggle with the question of food accessibility. Local food is expensive and remains out of reach for many, especially in a stratified city like Vancouver. “We only really interact with people who can afford to join our CSA or own a house that we can farm on,” Ralphs says.
April 22, 2014 Comments Off
At Victory Gardens, Samantha Phillips, Sandra Lopuch and Lisa Giroday are helping to transform Vancouver’s backyards and rooftops into gardens that provide residents and businesses with their own vegetables. Photo by Rob Newell.
Victory Gardens harkens back to the days when people did their patriotic duty by growing their own food
By Martha Perkins
April 9, 2014
So the three friends decided to start their own gardening business and called it Victory Gardens. Not only do they hire themselves out to create gardens — they just established a rooftop garden at HootSuite’s headquarters and one for Acorn, the vegetarian restaurant — but they also host workshops and seminars on growing your own vegetables.
Winning the $25,000 prize from the Co-operators’ National Co-op Challenge will help them spread the message even further. They’re using the money to produce an educational series of YouTube videos that show people how to create and nurture their own urban vegetable gardens.
April 14, 2014 Comments Off