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Happy New Year from City Farmer!

This year’s garden beer was made under the direction of Maria Keating. After the hops were cut down, many volunteers picked the hop flowers from the vines. Covid (the masked racoons) and garden healing were the themes chosen for the labels.

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January 1, 2021   Comments Off on Happy New Year from City Farmer!

Canada: Month of Giving Back: City Farmer Society

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From composting to growing your own food, Michael Levenston explains how City Farmer tries to promote urban agriculture.

Global TV News
Dec 21, 2020

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December 28, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Month of Giving Back: City Farmer Society

Merry Christmas from City Farmer!

Our Garden Gate Lights

We have two gates both created by Vancouver metal artist, Davidee Pan. This one fronts the Arbutus Greenway. Decorative lights were added by staff Maria Keating and Maddie Greenwood, with help from volunteers Vivian, Ben and Daniel.

Wreath created by Maria Keating from our garden wisteria, cedar, Bay leaves and orange peels.

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December 25, 2020   Comments Off on Merry Christmas from City Farmer!

Korea Conference Keynote: A National Strategy for Urban Agriculture

Keynote prepared by Michael Levenston of City Farmer for the Seoul International Conference on Urban Agriculture, November 26, – November, 27, 2020

Script:

Thank you so much for inviting me to speak all the way from Canada. I am standing in City Farmer’s Demonstration Garden in Vancouver British Columbia where, for over 40 years, we have promoted urban agriculture. We have enjoyed meeting many Korean visitors here at the garden and talking with them about city farming.

In Canada, like in the rest of the world, we are in Covid times. In this garden, we maintain a 2-meter distance. Everyone must wear a mask. And we only allow family at a time to visit Unfortunately, at this time, large tours and classes of students are not allowed.

Over the years, our tiny non-profit society has watched many different urban agriculture.

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November 28, 2020   Comments Off on Korea Conference Keynote: A National Strategy for Urban Agriculture

Canada: Composting teacher at City Farmer adapts classes amid pandemic, worm shortage

Andrea Lucy figured the pandemic would make teaching composting more difficult — but she didn’t expect a worm shortage. Photo by Marc Fawcett-Atkinson

“It’s a strangely popular topic. People love it,” he said.

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
National Observer
November 9th 2020

Excerpt:

Usually, she’ll give the class a “worm bin,” a lidded plastic container with about 40 worms. That’s a bit less than what most households would use, but it’s perfect to teach them the basics. That includes making sure the worms have enough water, as their skin needs to be moist for them to breathe, and that food scraps are placed in the right part of the bin (the corners).

In pre-pandemic times, she’d work with about 60 classes throughout the school year, and about half of them would keep the compost bin for the duration of the academic year. That’s ideal, she explained, because it lets the kids see the composting process in its entirety.

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November 9, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Composting teacher at City Farmer adapts classes amid pandemic, worm shortage

Canada: Vancouver promotes seasonal leaf collection

Falling leaves. Canadian Illustrated News: Images in the news: 1869-1883.

Properties with City Green Bin Collection can fill leaf bags and have them collected on leaf collection days, but try to fill your green bin first

City’s webpage:

Do not rake or blow leaves onto the street, catch basin, sidewalk, boulevard, or bike lane – this can cause flooding and is a safety hazard to people walking or cycling.

Raking or blowing leaves onto the street is a fineable offence under the Street and Traffic By-Law (up to $10,000).

Put extra leaves into paper bags or store-bought bins. Crews will only collect extra leaves that are set out in paper bags or store-bought bins.

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October 30, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver promotes seasonal leaf collection

Canada: Urban gardens growing strong amid COVID pandemic – a visit to Vancouver’s City Farmer

Andrea Lucy is the worm educator-in-chief at City Farmer and has recently restarted teaching vermiculture lessons in schools around Metro Vancouver. Photo by Marc Fawcett-Atkinson

For Levenston, the surge of interest in urban farming since he started — particularly this year — points to a future where growing food and community are woven into the fabric of urban life.

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
National Observer
October 28th 2020

Excerpt:

More than 40 years later, the garden has expanded and is still going strong. Groups tour between raised beds and greenhouses, the organization’s vermicomposting (worm compost) program is thriving on site and in Metro Vancouver schools, and mask-clad people — staff, volunteers, curious passersby — venture through the garden daily, six feet apart.

“People come to relax, away from the road — (and) we grow everything. It’s just a fun place to be every day,” he said.

It’s a pattern echoed across the country, with 69 per cent of Canadian gardeners saying their time among the veggies is relaxing.

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October 28, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Urban gardens growing strong amid COVID pandemic – a visit to Vancouver’s City Farmer