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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

New urban agriculture policy starts buzz in Vancouver city parks

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This spring, adults and children will be “buzz-scaping” at Strathcona’s 3.5-hectare Trillium North Park. That is, the Strathcona Food Security Committee is constructing a pollinator house frame.

Get ready for innovative community food and agriculture uses in parks

City of Vancouver
February 17 2015

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Everyone’s a foodie nowadays, and the Vancouver Park Board recognizes that.

To reflect the growing and diverse interest in local food production and cultivation, we have adopted a new Urban Agriculture Policy that aims to broaden the types of food-related projects considered in parks, including one-off and pilot projects.

The policy also:

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February 18, 2015   Comments Off on New urban agriculture policy starts buzz in Vancouver city parks

Rock-star BC urban farmer is all about the money

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Curtis Stone with some fresh kale at one of his Kelowna, BC urban farming operations. Stone is an expert at farming profitably on small parcels of land.

If you want to earn a good living, put ideology in your back pocket, advises Curtis Stone

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2015

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“When I look around Vancouver at the yards that are being farmed there are 20 different vegetables growing at every location and that just isn’t going to work,” he said in a phone interview from a Florida beach. “You’ve got to specialize and that means if you have a thousand square feet to work with at one location, do the whole thing in carrots in straight rows, like a real farm.”

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February 14, 2015   Comments Off on Rock-star BC urban farmer is all about the money

Clean soil to be required for food crops in Vancouver community gardens

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The Vancouver Park Board will be mandating that community gardens and local agriculture projects be planted in soil free of urban contaminants.
Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun.

Nearly 80 per cent of people who responded during a public consultation period approved of the draft revisions

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
February 5, 2015

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VANCOUVER — New Vancouver Park Board guidelines will require that edible plants grown in community gardens and agricultural projects be planted in soil free of urban contaminants.

New soil and barriers must be used where the quality of the existing soil is not known, and the Park Board will ensure that affordable soil testing will be available to growers, according to a draft of the new Urban Agriculture Policy expected to be approved later this month.

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February 6, 2015   Comments Off on Clean soil to be required for food crops in Vancouver community gardens

Judge says Canadian Pacific Railway can bulldoze sheds and smash through community gardens in Vancouver

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CP Rail says it will take a couple of weeks to study the Supreme Court ruling before deciding when to restart the repair operations on the Arbutus corridor rail line, above.
Photograph by: Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun

Vancouver City loses bid to stop CP Rail’s Arbutus corridor plan

Brent Jang And Ian Bailey
The Globe and Mail
Jan. 20 2015,

Excerpt:

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. was within its rights to bulldoze some sheds and smash through community gardens along its unused Arbutus corridor, a judge has ruled, and the company can forge ahead with plans to store railcars on the abandoned line.

“The City did not and cannot claim any property interest in the Arbutus corridor, nor can the City assert such rights on behalf of others in response to the proposed use of the corridor” by CP, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of B.C. Supreme Court wrote in his judgment released Tuesday.

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January 21, 2015   Comments Off on Judge says Canadian Pacific Railway can bulldoze sheds and smash through community gardens in Vancouver

City of Vancouver Food Strategy: What Feeds Us

Published on Jan 15, 2015
City of Vancouver: Thien Phan, Wendy Mendes, James O’Neill
Film Maker: Farzine MacRae, MacRae Multimedia (macraemultimedia.ca)

Launched in January 2013, the City of Vancouver’s Food Strategy represents the culmination of over ten years of policy, planning and community organizing towards the creation of a healthy, just and sustainable food system. None of this would be possible without the creativity and dedication of countless individuals, community groups, and local businesses. This video highlights some key areas that have made a big impact in Vancouver.

Vancouver Food Policy information.

January 15, 2015   Comments Off on City of Vancouver Food Strategy: What Feeds Us

Kits Neighbourhood House in Vancouver will have a roof garden

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Garden beds on the 4th floor deck. Building was designed by architect Sean McEwen.

Seven beds with a wonderful view west across Kitsilano

Architect Sean McEwen has built seven beds for urban agriculture into his design for the newly opened Kitsilano Neighbourhood House in Vancouver, BC. Originally opened in 1894 when it was named the Alexandra Orphanage and Non-Sectarian Home Society, it moved to its present location in 1972 where its many program “reach people and help them with their community aspirations, needs and challenges and problem.”

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January 15, 2015   Comments Off on Kits Neighbourhood House in Vancouver will have a roof garden