Category — Vancouver
Vancouver’s TreeKeepers program wants to become the biggest collective urban orchard in North America
The trees, all on dwarf root stock, are heavily discounted at only $10 each
Apples: Ginger Gold Apple, Liberty Apple, Cameo Apple, Red Jonaprince Apple, Crimson Gala Apple
Plums: Santa Rosa Plum, Early Italian Plum,
Figs: Brown Turkey Fig, Desert King Fig, Peter’s Honey Fig
March 4, 2014 No Comments
Support your local urban farmers (and local rural farmers of course), and know where your food comes from.
By Vita Mavronicolas, Digital Storyteller
Fire and Light Media Group
Southlands Heritage Farm is a unique nature and agricultural reserve in Vancouver that most people are surprised to learn exists! They offer a number of camps, programs and workshops for youth right in the city as well as a weekly farmers market.
February 26, 2014 No Comments
6th Edition of the ‘Vancouver Lonely Planet’
By John Lee
Release Date: Feb. 1 2014
City Farmer Society has managed the Compost Garden at 2150 Maple Street since 1981 when it began as a demonstration organic food garden. Since then we have welcomed many thousands of visitors. Our latest project is a ‘Climate Change Adaptation Garden’ on the site. (Mike)
Excerpt from Lonely Planet guidebook:
“Don’t be put off by the name: this verdant city garden is an oasis among the backstreets of Kits. A rustic plot with a cob shed, compost toilet and wild and cultivated areas of flowers and vegetables, it’s a great place for gardeners to visit.
February 20, 2014 Comments Off
By Randy Shore
January 27, 2014
The failure of the Alterrus rooftop greenhouse has left investors and creditors holding the bag for about $4 million and the city’s parking corporation EasyPark out of pocket for at least $13,104 in unpaid rent.
EasyPark’s liability could rise if the company is forced to remove the high-tech enclosure and mechanized vertical growing systems left on a downtown parking garage by the bankruptcy of Alterrus and its operating partner and marketing arm Local Garden Vancouver.
January 28, 2014 Comments Off
Vancouver approves community garden proposal for Riverfront Park
The Fraserlands Community Gardening Group and the South Vancouver Family Place Society have developed a proposal for a new community garden in Riverfront Park in Fraserview.
Proposed garden features
The initial concept for the garden includes the following amenities:
Garden integrated around the existing tennis courts
40 community garden plots
Wheelchair-accessible flower beds
January 27, 2014 Comments Off
A back-to-the-land movement that has worked successfully for the past seven years is the Hastings East Community Farm, shown above. Upper left, a few of the 86 farmer-citizens who cultivate the eight-acre farm are shown in front of their tool-shed and meeting place. Upper right, Bill Graw, youngest member of the “field,” weeds a flower bed. Middle left, Wendell Bauman, who learned to farm near Odessa, stands among some of the farm’s seed rye. Next, Alex Devito, a native of Italy, shows off his prized garden peas. Middle right, Devito happily hoes his garden patch. Lower left, Y. Radonich, Montenegran, is shown working in his promising corn patch, while right, “Charlie” Mictchell, 76, oldest member of the “Field,” hoes his potatoes with the assistance of Bert Perfitt. Click on image for larger version.
Community Farmers Find Health, Happiness in Garden Project 4 Miles City’s Centre
By Ken Grant
July 8, 1939
On a sunny slope four miles from the heart of Vancouver’s business section, 86 tanned farmer citizens are quietly working out their own back-to-the-land scheme for adding fresh vegetables to their none-too-large incomes or relief allowances.
Their eight acres of land adjoining the Old People’s Home are officially referred to as the Hastings East Community Farm, but to the 80 odd families who have taken part in the scheme for the past seven years, the land is simply known as “The Field.”
January 21, 2014 Comments Off
City on track to exceed its greenest-city goals
By Randy Shore
January 2, 2014
Vancouver continues to make progress toward the goals set in the Greenest City Action Plan, adding more than 400 community garden plots and opening two new farmers markets in the past year.
With more than 4,166 garden plots established on city-owned and privately held land to date, Vancouver is on pace to meet its objective to create 5,000 plots five years early. The plan set a goal of doubling the city’s neighbourhood food assets by 2020.
January 11, 2014 Comments Off
Every one of the 31 schools in the Delta school district will have a garden, urban agriculture instalment, or a full-blown mini-farm by the end of the school year in June
By Randy Shore
Dec 30, 2013
The district is providing $2,500 a month to fund Project Pickle, but a search is underway for corporate sponsors to take the financial pressure off the district, said Turner.
“As it grows, we will have to find ways to pay for it,” she said. “We haven’t got there yet, but it’s growing so fast.”
January 5, 2014 Comments Off
The Real Estate Foundation of BC
Nov 1, 2013
Vancouver’s Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society has come up with a solution to the problem of accessing land for its market gardens. That solution is turning heads, filling bellies and educating communities.
It is particularly difficult to find parcels of a quarter acre or larger for growing food in the city, and since land access is a significant barrier to expanding urban agriculture in Vancouver – and other metropolitan areas – the Fresh Roots model is a welcome success.
December 10, 2013 Comments Off
City of Vancouver engineer Jerry Dobrovolny said it appeared the group did go beyond city property and on to the private property – which may explain why the relationship between the gardeners and the property owner soured.
CTV British Columbia
November 30, 2013
A group of young gardeners is heartbroken after somebody destroyed their urban “food forest” in East Vancouver.
The Purple Thistle Food Forest, an urban garden in the city’s Downtown Eastside that provides fresh produce for the less fortunate, is now just a long bare patch of ground with one lone berry plan still in its box, and a torn-up irrigation system.
December 9, 2013 Comments Off
Terra cora vessels to water plants
By Josh and Kenny of Growoya
Excerpts from their Indiegogo page:
The Oya is a locally made terra cotta vessel that is used to water plants. It is fired at a temperature that allows it to remain porous; therefore, when the surrounding earth is dry, more water seeps out. This means your plants are receiving the exact amount of water they need, which leads to healthier plants and bigger yields. No surface watering means saving water and less weeding. It also means you only have to water every 7-10 days. Vacations just got easier.
November 21, 2013 Comments Off
Developing temporary, community-based projects on private land presents unique challenges for all stakeholders involved
Prepared by Shifting Growth Garden Society
2nd Ed. Oct 15, 2013
This Community Consultation for Best Community Uses of Temporary Gardens on Private Vacant Lands Best Practises paper is designed to assist community groups who would like to start a community garden on a private property. This paper was designed to communicate that proper community consultations enhance the long-term value of development projects and properties. This paper focuses on community gardener organizations that are in the process of acquiring private, vacant properties, in order to create temporary community gardens, and outlines the processes of acquiring land, consulting with the community, educating and creating additional benefits for local community members, and relocating gardens to alternative sites.
November 12, 2013 Comments Off
We compost organics so that fresh and sustainable food can be grown on-site. An organic farm in a mobile box!
By Nick Hermes, Wes Regan and Matthew Pattinson.
Urban Stream team
Excerpt from their crowd funding site:
Our first product is the urban micro-farm, which combines vermicomposting with hydroponics and mushroom growing in a re-purposed shipping container with a greenhouse roof.
We’re launching this campaign to fund the construction of our next urban micro-farm. Our prototype is running well and we have made a few design optimizations so that we can grow even more greens in our next unit but we don’t have the funds on hand to build it.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off
‘We set up shop in my dad’s backyard and had the meat ready to cook, with cleanup done, in under an hour.’
By Michelle Nelson
Uhhh . . . So What’s Up With Rabbitville?!” That’s what friends ask the minute I open the door to my urban one-bedroom downtown apartment and they come face to face with my oversized bunny condo – filled with shredded newspaper, branches, and weeds – that sits on the far side of my living room like a small forest in a box.
November 2, 2013 Comments Off
Michael Ableman, co-founder of Sole Foods urban farm, believes in the power of food and organic farming
By Randy Shore,
October 18, 2013
Farmer and author Michael Ableman left the citrus and avocado groves of California to farm Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; an unusual storyline, to say the least.
Of course, Ableman did a lot of living in the 40 years between joining a farm commune in California at the age of 18 and co-founding an urban farm in the heart of Vancouver. He also founded California’s Center for Urban Agriculture, penned three best-selling books and created the Centre for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture, which he runs from his home, Saltspring Island’s Foxglove Farm.
October 26, 2013 Comments Off