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Canada: Boom in pandemic gardening has led to shortage of mason jars and lids

A spokesperson for Home Hardware said the company is seeing “unprecedented consumer demand for all preserving items.”

“What used to be a four-day ordering turnaround has turned into potentially four weeks for this particular shipment,” says Hutton,

By Laura Brehaut
National Post
Oct 9, 2020

Baker Dawn Woodward packs her glossy, hazelnut-chocolate spread in squat, widemouthed canning jars. The 250-millilitre vessels are as essential to the Nutella-inspired treat as the toasted nuts and cocoa. In a typical year, the use of jars would have been a given — not something worth mentioning. But due to an increase in the number of people gardening and preserving during the pandemic, the focus has shifted from the contents to the container. Canning supplies are now scarce in many parts of the country.

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October 15, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Boom in pandemic gardening has led to shortage of mason jars and lids

Canada: Fish hooks at eye level: Vancouver community garden vandalized with dangerous booby traps

coFood Collaborative Garden Project

“It’s not something we see every day, that’s for sure.”

By Monika Gul And Hana Mae Nassar
City News
Sep 30, 2020


People who run a community garden in Vancouver are on edge after someone set up disturbing booby traps on their property last week.

Const. Tania Visintin with the Vancouver Police Department says officers were called to the coFood Collaborative Garden Project at East 4th Avenue and Scotia Street on Thursday.

“There were things like trip wires, a wooden plank with nails sticking out of it, and fish hooks at eye level that were all seen in the park by attending officers,” she tells NEWS 1130.

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October 1, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Fish hooks at eye level: Vancouver community garden vandalized with dangerous booby traps

Hot sauce company helps refugees by supporting the community gardens they work in

Small Axe Peppers sources the peppers for its hot sauce from community gardens. Lauren Shamo

In 2018, Small Axe bought back 1,500 pounds of peppers from 30 gardens in the Bronx, which equated to a total of $6,000 paid back to the gardens. Dan and his team made 10,000 bottles of hot sauce that year.

By Amlia Kosciulek and Taryn Varricchio
Business Insider
Dec 3, 2019


New Roots farm in the Bronx hires refugees to plant and harvest the peppers that are later used to make the Bronx Hot Sauce.

Hot sauce maker, Small Axe Peppers, partners with more than 100 community gardens across the country that hire sexual assault victims, refugees, and ex-convicts.

The International Rescue Committee assigns refugees to work in gardens through its economic empowerment program.

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December 8, 2019   Comments Off on Hot sauce company helps refugees by supporting the community gardens they work in

Canada: Quails – Big hopes for a small bird

Ben Glassen with one of the quail chicks he’s raising in an aquarium in his Port Moody home. He says the little birds have great potential for sustainable small-scale cooperative backyard urban farming to provide eggs and protein. Photograph By Mario Bartel/The Tri-City News

Glassen said the quail’s small size, quiet demeanour, low-cost care and maintenance, and short lifespan make them ideal for small-scale urban farming, avoiding many of the problems that can come with backyard chicken coops.

By Mario Bartel
Tri-City News
February 6, 2018


The Port Moody resident envisions friends and neighbours in his historic Moody Centre neighbourhood turning over a small part of their backyards to raise the tiny birds for their eggs and meat.

Here’s his plan: Glassen would move his small, portable coops around the yards every day, and from yard to yard every week or so, caring for the birds himself by providing them with food and water. The homeowners would benefit from the natural pest control as the quail hunt and peck for grubs and insects while fertilizing the grass with their droppings, and they would have ready access to a supply of eggs as well as, when the males mature after two months, meat.

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February 12, 2018   Comments Off on Canada: Quails – Big hopes for a small bird

Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

Canada: University of Victoria historian Elizabeth Vibert teamed up with award-winning director Christine Welsh to produce ‘The Thinking Garden’.

The garden, which has now been in operation for 25 years, provides fresh vegetables and opportunities for the local villagers while helping confront the ravages of poverty, climate change and AIDS.

By Dan Ebenal
Saanich News
Feb 25, 2017


“The garden has been vitally important to the community, especially as the effects of climate change get worse. It provides local, affordable produce that otherwise people have to travel on public transit to buy fresh vegetables,” said Vibert.

More familiar with writing about history, Vibert said her first venture into filmmaking was extremely challenging.

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February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

1981 Agriculture Canada: Gardens for all?


Replacement of $500 million of this total by homegrown produce would be equivalent in balance-of-payment terms to one fifth of our average grain exports.

By Keith Wilde
Planning Advisor, Strategic Planning and Evaluation Branch
Publication: Food Markets Commentary
Agriculture Canada
December 1981
City Farmer’s research and activities stimulated the interest of Agriculture Canada’s Keith Wilde. Excerpt of his letter dated January 12, 1982 to City Farmer, to which he attached the article from Food Markets Commentary seen in this posting.
“Enclosed with this letter is a copy of Food Markets Commentary, a departmental publication. In it, under “News and Trends” you will find a short report on gardening, which reflects information you provided. I am continuing to accumulate information about the extent of interest in urban agriculture, and we discuss it within the Planning Division. A more formal report may be more widely circulated in the Department by late winter or early spring, possibly as an idea for combatting the effects of widespread unemployment.”

Article: Gardens For All?

More and more people are growing part of their own food, with the encouragement of nutritionists, health therapists, conservationists, urban planners, and horticulturists, not to mention the garden-supply industry and publishers of gardening books.

Gardens For All, an industry association in the United States, is understandably interested in the prospects for this trend, and annually pays a substantial fee to the Gallup Organization for an exhaustive statistical survey of gardening activities and profiles of the people who garden. Consequently, reliable data on the extent and significance of home food production are becoming available for the first time.

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November 19, 2016   Comments Off on 1981 Agriculture Canada: Gardens for all?

City Farmer’s Cream of the Crop Pollinator Ale


Celebrate Compost!

November 10, 2014

Here at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden we take our craft seriously. Compost is what powers us, and this year we wanted to celebrate the fruits of our labours in a ‘Home Grown Brew’ kind of way.

We acquired some locally sourced hop rhizomes and created a large container garden, which we filled with a combination of our own backyard compost, vermi-compost and municipal made compost. The beautiful lantern-like cones and the tallness of the trellised hop plants surprised visitors and they were a wonderful addition to our garden tours.

The current booming Pacific North West Craft Beer industry has made people ‘hop aware’ and excited about ‘do-it-yourself’ signature beer.

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November 10, 2014   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Cream of the Crop Pollinator Ale