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Developer Expands Downtown Community Garden in Vancouver

Onni Community Gardens in Vancouver BC from Michael Levenston on Vimeo. See HD quality by clicking on screen.
Also see alternative HD High Definition version on YouTube.

400 People on Waiting-list Prompt Developer to Build Second Garden.

Onni opened its second garden in late September under sunny skies. Earlier this year, Mike Clark talked to us as the developer was about to open its first community garden. Once again he provides us with details about the second site, which is located adjacent to the first one.

Just 3 weeks ago, the downtown Vancouver city block was covered in buildings. They were removed and new garden beds, paths and an irrigation system were installed. This has to be a ‘Guinness Book of Records’ record for the development of a new community garden.

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September 29, 2008   Comments Off on Developer Expands Downtown Community Garden in Vancouver

Rooftop Food Garden – YWCA Vancouver, BC, Canada


Photo by Michael Levenston. Link to larger photo here.

Up five floors at the YWCA in downtown Vancouver, amongst skyscrapers, is a spectacular rooftop food garden. Our two videos feature an interview with Ted Cathcart, Operations Manager and Rooftop Food Gardener at the YWCA.

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Link to YWCA Vancouver Rooftop Food Garden website.

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August 8, 2008   1 Comment

Wasabi at City Farmer’s Garden – The Taste Test.

Seven years ago Sharon, Head Gardener, brought a small Wasabi plant at a local nursery and tucked it away in a back corner of our City Farmer Demonstration Garden. This spring I noticed how beautiful its leaves looked and thought – wouldn’t it be great if this was more than just a decorative plant. But is it anything like the Wasabi we eat with our sushi at Japanese restaurants?

Maria takes the taste test. Watch the video above.

Learn more about Wasabi here.

June 17, 2008   Comments Off on Wasabi at City Farmer’s Garden – The Taste Test.

City Farmer’s Compost Videos in Punjabi, Mandarin and Cantonese


Preet is our Punjabi host.


Hong speaks Mandarin


And Patrick, Cantonese, in these scripted videos.

Many Vancouver residents want to compost but cannot speak English, so we’ve made three instructional videos, which are available on the Web.

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May 1, 2008   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Compost Videos in Punjabi, Mandarin and Cantonese

Urban Agriculture in Southeast False Creek (SEFC), the Olympic Village, Vancouver BC


Massive urban development features “urban agriculture” on signage.

Presently in development in downtown Vancouver, the SEFC site comprises 32 hectares (80 acres). It will eventually be the home to 12,000 to 16,000 people. When fully developed, SEFC will have 6 million square feet of development. This will include: more than 5000 residential units; a full-size community centre and non-motorized boating facility; three to five licensed childcare facilities; two out-of-school care facilities; an elementary school; restoration of five heritage buildings; interfaith spiritual centre and 10 hectares of park.

SEFC will be a model of sustainable development. Unique features include: urban agriculture; a rainwater management system; green roofs; and a neighbourhood energy system.

The first phase of SEFC will be temporarily transformed into Vancouver’s Olympic Village during the Winter Games in February 2010.

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March 9, 2008   1 Comment