Category — Vancouver
24 Urban Farmer and Edible Landscaping Organizations Took Part
By Zsuzsi Fodor and Shelby Tay
Vancouver Urban Farners Society (VUFS)
November 18, 2015
(Must see. Mike)
A new study conducted by the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS), supported by the City of Vancouver and Vancity Credit Union, reveals a diverse range of practices and business models emerging as growing food in cities becomes increasingly commonplace.
VUFS Executive Director, Marcela Crowe notes “this study is an important step towards developing recommendations & providing strategic business support for a fast growing sector, and reveals the depth of ingenuity and innovation that urban farming here in Vancouver employs.”
November 21, 2015 No Comments
Five years on, UBC pilot project a model of sustainability
North Shore News
November 15, 2015
Loutet’s first season as a fully functioning vegetable farm didn’t yield a bumper crop, so it only posted $3,000 in revenues. Revenues have risen steadily each year and 2015’s $52,500 in revenues will see it break even. Longer range, with “greater efficiencies and diversification of crops” the farm will continue to reach financial goals set by the Edible Garden Project, noted the report to council. In recent years the farm has expanded operations, adding a veggie cleaning and processing area, an apiary, and compost and raspberry beds, as well as expanding its greenhouse.
November 21, 2015 No Comments
Vancouver’s Urban Farming Society releases a study detailing the practice of urban agriculture in the City of Vancouver
The city’s two dozen urban farms operate in a legal grey zone.
By Randy Shore
November 17, 2015
• Urban farmers have been using front and back yards as growing space throughout the city, but so far none have reached the scale required for real financial success. Lawn conversions have been a catalyst for communities and homeowners that want to embrace a more sustainable way of life, but small scattered growing spaces are not particularly efficient.
• Indoor cultivation, on rooftops, in basements and warehouse space allows urban farmers to achieve greater control over the growing environment and exploit hydroponic methods and vertical farming techniques. Sky Harvest is successfully growing certified organic microgreens in a warehouse space. But a promising attempt at vertical farming in a rooftop greenhouse collapsed under high technology costs.
November 18, 2015 No Comments
Pictured is the Woodland Community Garden. Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun
The simple act of food growing resonates in so many positive ways: improving neighbourhood safety, building links between generations and cultures, making people healthier and happier, relieving poverty, beautifying brownfield sites, educating kids about where their food comes from, improving diets and animating underused park lands and recycling organic waste.
By Peter Ladner, a former Vancouver city councillor, is author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities. He writes a weekly column for Business in Vancouver, a weekly newspaper he co-founded.
Nov 1, 2015
At David Thompson Secondary School, Fresh Roots, a non-profit organization, staged what I consider the consummate food-growing coalition, more than living up to its mission to “create thriving neighbourhood gathering places for learning, sharing, and connecting.” Coordinated by the ebullient Ilana Labow, they turned part of the school ground into a professionally-managed educational farm by engaging the students, teachers, grounds staff, parents and neighbours.
November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Former Vancouver city councillor: Growing food in public places brings people together
On her small Burnaby acreage Earth Apple, farming is a vocation as devotional a daily prayer; it is also an act of social justice that is both environmental and deeply personal.
By Denise Ryan
October 10, 2015
Coté’s farm started with potatoes, one acre — “a place to play with” — and a desire to grow.
Now she shares three acres with another farmer, grows more than 40 varieties of vegetables, and sells at local farmers markets. To grow the connection between her farm and the city, she started a CSA program. (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a model that is similar to a subscription service to an individual farm. You pay in advance and get a weekly share of the harvest, a model that is workable for either fresh organic produce, or poultry, pork or beef.)
October 11, 2015 Comments Off on Burnaby B.C. urban farmer brings the harvest back to urban homes
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