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Water Wise workshop at City Farmer

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Vancouver, BC. August 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We will show you how to save water in the garden through a hands-on composting workshop, guided tour of the farm and a water wise presentation from the City of Vancouver. The workshop will cover how to prepare and care for a water wise garden, water wise plant choices, and smart ways to conserve water in the garden.

If you are interested in learning about our water and ways to conserve in the garden, this City Farmer workshop has got you covered. Join City Farmers and the City of Vancouver for a water wise workshop on Saturday, August 20! This workshop will show you how to save water in the garden through a hands-on composting workshop, guided tour of the farm, and a water wise presentation from the City of Vancouver. The workshop will run from 10:00am to 11:30am at City Farmer and will cover water wise topics such as:

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August 9, 2016   Comments Off on Water Wise workshop at City Farmer

City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV

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Lynsey Dobbie, Garden Educator, City Farmer/Compost Demonstration Garden

The Sustainable Region TV Series
Episode 7
Metro Vancouver
July 6, 2016

The landscaping at the Annacis Research Centre and the City Farmer Demonstration Garden exemplifies sustainable approaches outlined in Metro Vancouver’s new, online Grow Green Guide. And we look at an herbal alternative to a grass lawn.

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July 31, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer featured in ‘Sustainable Gardens’ episode – Metro Vancouver TV

Drip Irrigation, Mulching and Ramial Chipped Wood

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Mulching with plastic material.

Book titled “Waterless Farming’ looks at these techniques

Waterless Farming
By Francis Freeman
Youcanprint Self-Publishing
(May 23, 2016)

Excerpt:

But what is Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)? In a nutshell, RCW can be defined a biological agricultural technique directed to enrich and manure the soil, as well as succeed in growing plants without water. To achieve these goals the strategy used is to spread and then mix chopped fresh twigs (from now on also called wood chips or chipped wood) in the soil; this gives rise to a whole series of events, which generate a trophic chain, which in the last analysis consents to obtain such extraordinary results.

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July 5, 2016   Comments Off on Drip Irrigation, Mulching and Ramial Chipped Wood

City of Vancouver holds a rain barrel sale

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Quench the thirst of your plants with free water from a rain barrel

City of Vancouver
Engineering/Water Design/Conservation
March 2016

Benefits of rain barrels

The water they collect gives you a source of chlorine-free, slightly-acidic, ambient-temperature water that’s great for your garden.

They reduce your demand for treated drinking water that’s often in short supply in the summer.

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March 30, 2016   Comments Off on City of Vancouver holds a rain barrel sale

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Irrigation Schemes Helping Urban Farmers Escape Hunger

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A number of residents in the city, especially in western suburbs, have formed cooperatives to practise irrigation/gardening using borehole water.

By Dumisani Nyoni
Radio VOP
March 8, 2016

Excerpt:

A recent survey by RadioVOP revealed that irrigation was now a growing trend among some communities like Tshabalala, Sizinda, Magwegwe North, Emakhandeni, Old Pumula and Nkulumane, to stave off hunger.

In the city’s eastern suburbs, the trend was common in Richmond, Mahatshula and Fig Tree.

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March 14, 2016   Comments Off on Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Irrigation Schemes Helping Urban Farmers Escape Hunger

City of Windhoek, Namibia, pushes for backyard gardens amid water crisis

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Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua.

“There are countries with climates even drier than Namibia’s, yet they are able to produce fruits and vegetables on commercial scale, which they managed to develop through research, which enabled them to successfully grow vegetables for their communities.”

New Era
Dec 17, 2015

Excerpt:

Against the background of the pronounced water crisis, the City of Windhoek (CoW) is still pushing for backyard and community gardens around Windhoek as part of its urban agriculture strategy to alleviate poverty and mitigate hunger.

The City Council’s position has left many with more questions than answers as recently the municipality has been cautioning residents to use water sparingly, yet are advocating for more backyard gardens and transforming riverbeds into community gardens.

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December 23, 2015   Comments Off on City of Windhoek, Namibia, pushes for backyard gardens amid water crisis

Fairview Gardens Urban Farm Ends Season Early Due to Drought Water Rate Increases

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Fairview Gardens farm was cut its CSA memberships short this year due to drought rate water increases. Members who regularly pick up produce were greeted this week with a plowed field and a message saying the soil would be taking a break. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

Goleta, California — If it doesn’t rain, Fairview Gardens would have to go the expensive route of irrigating, growing less or nothing at all.

By Gina Potthoff
Noozhawk
Oct 21, 2015

Excerpt:

Water rates more than tripled for the 12-plus-acre Goleta farm at 598 N. Fairview Ave. on July 1 when Goleta Water District drought surcharges kicked in.

The increase was too much for the nonprofit Center for Urban Agriculture for Fairview Gardens, which was established in 1997 to focus on educating locals about where their food comes from and on producing quality organic fruits and vegetables for them to eat.

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October 30, 2015   Comments Off on Fairview Gardens Urban Farm Ends Season Early Due to Drought Water Rate Increases

Organic Indoor Farm ‘Urban Produce’ Harvests Water from Thin Air During California Drought

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16 Acres of Organic Produce Are Watered With Revolutionary “Air Water” from Skywell

Press Release
Irvine, Calif.
October 2015

Advancing their efforts towards water conservation and sustainability, USDA Certified Organic vertical indoor farm, Urban Produce has installed Skywell’s commercial-grade “air water” system. Skywell’s state-of-the-art technology harnesses moisture from the air and converts it into clean, filtered water, which Urban Produce now uses to water their 16-acre vertical farm, which sits on just 1/8 an acre.

With Skywell, Urban Produce is revolutionizing the way they source their water. Urban Produce’s patented High Density Vertical Growing System is synced with an intelligent, integrated watering process that ultimately allows them to grow 16 acres of organic produce using 93% less water than conventional farms producing similar yields. With the implementation of the Skywell unit, Urban Produce now has an even more sustainable solution.

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October 14, 2015   Comments Off on Organic Indoor Farm ‘Urban Produce’ Harvests Water from Thin Air During California Drought

Innovation is blooming at water-wise urban farms in Long Beach, California

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longbManuel Cisneros, agricultural project coordinator at the Growing Experience in Long Beach, harvests a handful of sweet basil. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The system, known as aquaponics, uses less water than traditional soil planting because very little water is lost to evaporation and none is absorbed into the ground.

By Katie Shepherd
LA Times
Aug 9, 2015

Excerpt:

But for small farms nestled between city streets, saving water means recycling it — and finding new ways to keep plants alive without wasting the precious liquid.

Unlike the large industrial farms that give California its reputation as the salad bowl of the nation, urban farmers don’t have to let fields sit fallow to reduce water use. The small-scale operations leave room for more creative approaches to drought-friendly growing practices. For those producing and selling food in the city, the drought has provided opportunities as well as obstacles.

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August 19, 2015   Comments Off on Innovation is blooming at water-wise urban farms in Long Beach, California

Could the trend for urban agriculture be putting a strain on city water supplies?

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If all the lawns in this particular neighbourhood were replaced with crops, Johnson and his colleagues estimated that around 37% of the local population would be provided with all their vegetable needs for the year, assuming a 150-day growing season and a density of around 5000 people per square kilometre.

Paper by Mark S Johnson, Michael J Lathuillière, Thoreau R Tooke and Nicholas C Coops
Environmental Research Letters
Vol 10 Number 6
June 9 2015
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Excerpt:

“We estimated that the water demand could increase by more than 50% if urban agriculture were scaled to a significant degree,” said Johnson, who published the findings in Environmental Research Letters (ERL). “Water-smart agriculture – drip irrigation, rain-water harvesting and the like – would help manage the additional water demand and should be encouraged, particularly in regions experiencing water stress.”

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August 4, 2015   Comments Off on Could the trend for urban agriculture be putting a strain on city water supplies?

Milwaukee Neighbourhood Uses Rooftops And Cisterns To Water Crops

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milwEnvironmental specialist Jeremy Davis (left) and Walnut Way co-founder Larry Adams are leading efforts to install green infrastructure to harvest and absorb rain in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. Photo by Rick Wood.

One rooftop and one cistern at a time, Walnut Way is finding the water it needs for an expanding urban agriculture demonstration campus of gardens and orchards

By Don Behm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 6, 2015

Excerpt:

Jesus Santillan agreed to contribute rainwater flowing off his home’s roof to the garden and fruit orchard next door in the 2100 block of N. 17th St.

A cistern will collect rain from downspouts until his neighbor, Walnut Way Conservation Corp., taps into it for the crops. Raspberry bushes line one edge of the garden where spinach, sugar snap peas and peppers are thriving in early June.

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June 15, 2015   Comments Off on Milwaukee Neighbourhood Uses Rooftops And Cisterns To Water Crops

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green

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Video Story

The Wall Street Journal
June 3, 2015

June 10, 2015   Comments Off on Californians Paint Their Lawns Green

Documentary: Thirsty Land – Will There Be Enough Water To Survive?

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Shrinking soil. Vanishing rivers. The global food supply at stake… Drought is silently strangling our country, and the battle is just beginning.

Producer Conrad Weaver
President and owner of Conjostudios, LLC
2015

The Project

Thirsty Land is a documentary film that tells the story about extreme drought, agriculture, & water rights in the United States and how these challenges impact farmers, local communities, and ultimately the global food supply. The depleted water resources in the American Southwest is one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century facing agriculture and growing urban communities. The drought on this region has local, national, and global impacts not only for the present, but also for future generations.

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June 4, 2015   Comments Off on Documentary: Thirsty Land – Will There Be Enough Water To Survive?

Urban Agriculture Booms Amid Drought in Sacramento

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Edible plants are flying off the shelves at Pietro Talini’s Nursery

By Doug Johnson
Fox 40
May 11, 2015

Excerpt:

As water is more limited than ever and food prices increase, many have gone to their backyards to plant vegetables in their gardens.

Many edible plants are flying off the shelves at Pietro Talini’s Nursery on Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento.

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May 20, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Booms Amid Drought in Sacramento

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