Category — Vancouver
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
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
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.
May 28, 2015 Comments Off on Greater Vancouver’s ‘Can You Dig It’
City in court over rejected offer from medical marijuana company to take over failed vegetable venture
By Jen St. Denis and Darryl Greer
May 15, 2015
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.
May 16, 2015 Comments Off on City of Vancouver still paying for failed urban farm
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.
May 12, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver’s ‘Fresh Roots Farms’ looking for volunteers
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
May 11, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver, British Columbia offers Rain Barrel Sale
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
April 21, 2013
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.
May 6, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver Police Officers Plant Food Garden on Headquarters’ Rooftop
In French: Airs first May 7th, 2015 at 21h on Explora
Un film de Mario Desmarais
Produit par Anne Desmarais
(Must See! Mike)
The complete film will be available online in July, 2015 once it has aired on TV.
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.
May 4, 2015 Comments Off on New documentary from Canada: ‘Une Révolution Agricole Urbaine!’
Vancouver Park Board is considering turning field houses at various city parks into farmhouses.
By Michael Mui
24 Hours Vancouver
April 12, 2015
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.
April 13, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver Parks ‘field houses’ eyed for urban farming
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
Feb 25, 2015
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.
March 5, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver’s parks allow food production, including fruit and nut orchards and beekeeping
Bulldozers, backhoes, weed wackers, chainsaws and shovels destroy a city treasure
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.
March 3, 2015 Comments Off on Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) destroys hundreds of beautiful community gardens in Vancouver
Get ready for innovative community food and agriculture uses in parks
City of Vancouver
February 17 2015
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:
February 18, 2015 Comments Off on New urban agriculture policy starts buzz in Vancouver city parks
If you want to earn a good living, put ideology in your back pocket, advises Curtis Stone
By Randy Shore
February 5, 2015
“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.”
February 14, 2015 Comments Off on Rock-star BC urban farmer is all about the money
Nearly 80 per cent of people who responded during a public consultation period approved of the draft revisions
By Randy Shore
February 5, 2015
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.
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
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,
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.
January 21, 2015 Comments Off on Judge says Canadian Pacific Railway can bulldoze sheds and smash through community gardens in Vancouver
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.
January 15, 2015 Comments Off on City of Vancouver Food Strategy: What Feeds Us