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Canada: B.C. gardeners dig into yard-sharing

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Rose Dykstra in the front yard of her Vancouver home on Aug. 5. Dykstra uses her front yard, and that of a neighbour, to grow flowers for her business, Front Yard Flower Co. By Jason Payne.

Regular homeowners who want to share their space with non-commercial gardeners can use the Young Agrarians U-Map to offer up their yards, and gardeners can look at the existing land listings.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Aug 8, 2017

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Both Dykstra and Single-Dain lamented the existence of a dedicated Vancouver website for homeowners and gardeners interested in yard-sharing. Victoria-based LifeCycles Project hosted a yard-sharing website at sharingbackyards.com for several years and had expanded it to 58 cities before the platform collapsed.

“We were running without funding and I tried to write some grant applications while I scaled up,” said former project leader Chris Hawkins. “After the economic collapse it just got harder and harder to get grants, especially as we weren’t regarded as a startup.”

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August 9, 2017   No Comments

The Vancouver Resident’s Guide to Alternative Gardening

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City Beet Urban Farm in Mount Pleasant by Ruth Hartnup.

According to City Hall, there are over 110 community gardens within the City of Vancouver which can be found on city-owned land, at churches, at schools, and on private property.

By Jay Banks
Vancouver Homes
July 25, 2017

Excerpt:

Another option the City has been actively promoting for gardeners is the option to plant on City land in places like boulevards and traffic circles. As O’Neill explains, any resident who has a boulevard in front of their property is encouraged to use that space for growing both edible and ornamental plants.

The boulevard is defined as the place between the curb and the sidewalk. For those who don’t have access to a boulevard, another option could be to become a volunteer with the Green Streets program, which allows volunteers to plant gardens in traffic calming areas such as traffic circles and bulges.

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July 27, 2017   Comments Off on The Vancouver Resident’s Guide to Alternative Gardening

Canada: Fire Destroys Community Garden Shed in Heart of Vancouver

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We have no fire insurance. We don’t know how the fire started; the fire department called it “suspicious.”

From Go Fund Me site:

Excerpt:

At 2 am on July 3,2017 there was a fire at Cottonwood Community Gardens and our greenhouse and the attached tool/bee shed burnt to the ground. Many of the nearby plants, shrubs and trees were burned and scorched and may not survive the damage.

Nothing was salvageable from the fire and apart from the building itself, the largest loss is the beekeeping supplies. These include a community honey extractor, protective clothing for lessons and beekeeping tools, boxes and frames. We have a thriving apiary and a thriving bee team. Strathcona Beekeepers Association and the Cottonwood Beekeeping Coop are two of the groups that use the garden.

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July 8, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Fire Destroys Community Garden Shed in Heart of Vancouver

Pop-up Ping Pong comes to the Vancouver Compost Garden

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Ping-pong has the unique ability to create a conversation between two people through the action of play.

The concept by Ellie Arkin and Renée Miles
Frida&Frank
2017

At Frida&Frank we want to change people’s perspectives on public space, mostly through new experiences and by focussing on creating playful and social ties with and within spaces. With the concept Pop-Up Ping-Pong: The Tables Have Turned we invite people to get involved in redesigning public spaces, which touches on an important aspect of our vision; public space is a playground for people. The design of spaces could be in the hands of people using the space more, and that’s why we want people to turn that table with our concept. Through offering the possibility to create a ping-pong table out of several pieces of wood, participants will experience a sense of belonging and ownership as well as form social ties to the space.

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July 4, 2017   Comments Off on Pop-up Ping Pong comes to the Vancouver Compost Garden

Canada: Greenhouse in a Train – Design Idea for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway

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We actually ended up winning the Audience Choice Award for the most exciting project

Post by Iva Jankovic
Her Blog
July 1, 2017

Our final project challenged us to come up with a conceptual redesign of a park space by applying principles of biophyllic design, prospect-refuge theory, and environmental psychology, with the goal to maximize public health benefit.

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July 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Greenhouse in a Train – Design Idea for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway

Canada: Vancouver Urban Farming Census 2014 – 2016

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Four farms contributed data on the number of people who engaged with their farms in 2016. 14,943 people came to these four farms throughout 2016 for field trips, summer camps, celebration programs, workshops and other public events.

Marcela Crowe, Project Lead & Researcher
Marc Schutzbank, Project Consultant & Writer
Shauna MacKinnon, Project Consultant & Writer
Lisa Rilkoff, Graphic Designer
A project of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS)
June 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpts:

These farms grow! From 2010 to 2016 the sales value from urban farms grew more than five-fold from $129,000 in annual sales to $746,000. Sales to restaurants have been the leading growth area with sales increasing from $13,400 in 2010 to $390,400 in 2016. In 2013, high sales volumes corresponded with greater land under production. In 2016, two of the top three farms were indoor operations with a footprint of 4,000 sq ft or less.

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June 5, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver Urban Farming Census 2014 – 2016

Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

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By Junichi.

Ten of us from the Vancouver Urban Sketchers arrived at City Farmer in Kitsilano for a couple hours of careful observation.

Sketcher’s Blog
May 29, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Vancouver enjoyed warm temperatures and blue skies this weekend. Beaches were packed. Bicycles were busy on the streets and pathways. Shops and patios were full. It was perfect for a quiet afternoon getaway into the garden with a sketchbook . . .

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

British Columbia boasts the highest proportion of female farmers in Canada, according to 2016 agriculture census

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Elana Evans (left) and Maddy Clerk (right) operate City Beet Farm in Vancouver. (City Beet Farm)

Urban farming and women

By Belle Puri
CBC
May 12, 2017

Excerpt:

City Beet Farm is a commitment between the two farmers and a community of homeowners.

The pair grow a wide diversity of vegetables and flowers on 16 properties in the city.

Homeowners receive a weekly box of vegetables in exchange for the use of their land.

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May 13, 2017   Comments Off on British Columbia boasts the highest proportion of female farmers in Canada, according to 2016 agriculture census

Vancouver’s Indigenous community fights to save native plants at risk

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Lori Snyder believes that indigenous plants should be incorporated into daily diets to improve lifestyle (Sharon Nadeem)

Indigenous herbalists are working to preserve their traditional sources of food and medicine

By Sharon Nadeem, Seher Asaf,
CBC News
May 07, 2017

Excerpt:

A tiny park in central Vancouver surrounded by skyscrapers, a stadium and a concrete parking lot looks like the kind of place that would be hostile to indigenous plants.

But to Métis herbalist Lori Snyder, Hinge Park is a “treasure trove.” She visits the park to fill her basket with indigenous plants, and conducts tours to share her knowledge of traditional medicines.

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May 12, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver’s Indigenous community fights to save native plants at risk

Cannabis plants spotted growing at Vancouver City Hall community garden promptly removed after report

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On April 24, Ian Young photographed cannabis plants growing in this planter at the Vancouver City Hall community garden. When the Straight went to the garden to confirm that the plants were there, they had already been removed. Photo by Amanda Siebert.

“I want to live in a country where you see cannabis growing in somebody’s front yard, and it’s not a big deal,” he said.

By Amanda Siebert
Georgia Straight
April 25th, 2017

Excerpt:

The campaign calls on “all freedom-loving Canadians to grow a cannabis victory garden” and, in instructions posted on OverGrow Canada’s website, Larsen suggests that these seeds be planted “at City Hall, in front of the local police station, in storefront planters, and other highly visible places.”

“I hope [the plants] are from our campaign, but I know we’re not the only ones with the same idea,” Larsen told the Straight by phone this afternoon. “Regardless, if they’re my seeds or someone else’s, I hope that it keeps happening.”

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May 3, 2017   Comments Off on Cannabis plants spotted growing at Vancouver City Hall community garden promptly removed after report

Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

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Chris Reid is the executive director at Shifting Growth, which sets up community gardens in undeveloped properties throughout the Lower Mainland. Reid is pictured Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Alma community garden in Vancouver, B.C. Jason Payne / PNG

An unexpected offshoot of the initiative is the success of their pre-fab raised garden boxes, which are set on pallets for drainage

By Denise Ryan
Vancouver Sun
Apr 14, 2017

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“The site has been empty for many years and we thought this would be a great way to give back to the community and do something useful while we go through the development process,” said Kevin Cheung, Landa’s CEO in a statement.

Shifting Growth doesn’t solicit developers because there are enough developers willing to assume the risk and responsibility for the garden projects in exchange for a tax break from the B.C. Assessment Authority. If a vacant lot houses a temporary community garden it will be taxed at a lower rate than on a business site.

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April 15, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

Vancouver, BC, farmer told by city she can’t raise chickens on farmland

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Robin Friesen (left) and partner Jordan Maynard on their Vancouver farm. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG

“I didn’t take (the bylaw officer) seriously. This is Agricultural Land Reserve land. I told him to go back and read the laws.”

By Glenda Luymes
Vancouver Sun
April 9, 2017

Excerpt:

But what Friesen and her partner Jordan Maynard didn’t know was that although their little piece of top-quality farmland in Vancouver’s Southlands neighbourhood is technically in the ALR, it is also subject to a condition that affects no other farmland in B.C.

According to the both the City of Vancouver and the Agricultural Land Commission, the ALR land in Southlands is governed by city bylaws on such things as noise, smell and the number of chickens a farmer can keep, rather than the provincial Right to Farm Act that normally governs ALR land. The provincial legislation allows farmers to keep livestock and tend crops that might irritate neighbours in an urban setting.

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April 10, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, farmer told by city she can’t raise chickens on farmland

The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims

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The executive director of Sole Food says it needs to leave its space by November and options for a new location are limited.

By Liam Britten
CBC News Posted
Mar 21, 2017

Excerpt:

Ableman says Sole Food has already lost some of its space at the corner of Main and Terminal for a new social housing project and it has also lost the lease for its operation underneath the viaducts and will have to leave by November.

It has secured an extension to the lease on the farm under the First Avenue Viaduct and its original location at the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown Eastside “continues to limp along,” but Ableman says an air of precariousness surrounds all its sites.

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March 22, 2017   Comments Off on The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims

Washington DC: Kelly Miller Farm awarded $150,000 in seed money

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A USDA spokesman said the farm will serve as a model for organizations across the country that want to help consumers understand how their food is produced, especially in urban settings.

By Whitney Pipkin
Green Biz
Mar 6, 2017

Excerpt:

After attending the District’s historically Black Howard University, Bradshaw, 35, stumbled into urban agriculture while trying to teach in an after-school program at a public charter school that has since closed. The students would arrive each day with stomachs full of the Teddy Grahams and Kool-Aid the school provided as snacks only to bounce off the walls during his lessons on “character development.” Then, they’d crash.

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March 13, 2017   Comments Off on Washington DC: Kelly Miller Farm awarded $150,000 in seed money

A local Vancouver blogger visits City Farmer in winter

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Photo by Carol Volkert.

Fishing for farmers

By Carol Volkart
Views From Mount Dunbar
Jan 27, 2017
(After four decades in daily journalism as a reporter and editor with first the Edmonton Journal, then the Vancouver Sun, I retired in 2013.)

Excerpt:

What do you do with leftovers from a railway that once ran beside your demonstration garden? Create an ironwork gate, of course. Twine bagged primroses and birdhouses into it, and invite the curious to pass through. That’s what Maria did when I happened to walk past the City Farmer’s demonstration garden at Sixth and Maple on Monday.

Maria was digging away at what will be a bark-mulch path aimed at drawing pedestrians from the recently dismantled Sixth Avenue railway tracks (now the Arbutus Greenway) into the garden, a teaching and demonstration facility for Vancouverites interested in composting, raising their own food, and catering to the city’s wildlife.

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January 30, 2017   Comments Off on A local Vancouver blogger visits City Farmer in winter