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Canada: West Coast Seeds Announces its New Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend

Dr. Henry’s catchphrase, “Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe,” is the inspiration behind the Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend.

Press Release
November 16, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia

Canadian sustainable gardening leader West Coast Seeds, announced today that the company will be honouring BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, with a new pollinator blend in her name. The company also announced that 100% of proceeds from Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend sales will be donated to Food Banks Canada. The West Coast Seeds giving campaign was created to honour Dr. Henry and all healthcare providers and officials across Canada and support families who face challenges because of the COVID19 pandemic.

“We are concerned about the health and safety of our fellow citizens, and unfortunately, many more Canadians need support to provide food for their families this year,” said Aaron Saks, Director of Finance, West Coast Seeds. Adding “West Coast Seeds has been a Canadian-owned company since our inception in 1983, and we are deeply committed to supporting families across Canada. We hope that the Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend will honour hardworking healthcare providers and officials across the country while supporting Canadian families through these challenging times.”

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November 16, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: West Coast Seeds Announces its New Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend

Canada: Vancouver’s City Beet Farm For Sale

We are actively looking for someone or some folks to take over so if urban farming sounds like your next chapter or that of someone you know please please reach out.

By Elana & Maddy
City Beet Farm

Hi Folks,

After four years of learning to farm, feeding our neighbourhood and growing this small business Maddy and I are ready to move on to other adventures. We have decided to put the business up for sale with everything that we have used to farm successfully. This includes all things from planting records to our new processing/cooler trailer.

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November 14, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Vancouver’s City Beet Farm For Sale

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

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

Excerpt:

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

Canada: Fruitful partnership aims to deliver fresh picked produce to community organizations.

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project: Since 1999, we have harvested over 72,000 lbs of fruit in Vancouver

By Farah Motani
Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Coordinator
Sept 2020

VFTP is a volunteer-run registered charity that has been tackling local food waste and food insecurity since 1999. We harvest surplus backyard fruit for redistribution to those experiencing barriers to accessing fresh produce. Our volunteers go to tree owners homes and pick as much fruit as we can!

We provide the tree owner and volunteers with a portion of the harvest and the rest goes to one of our 12 community partners to be used in their programming. Our mission is to celebrate the bounty of the urban orchard, aid inclusive food networks and cultivate community. In the past 20 years we’ve rescued over 72,000 pounds of fruit, and redistributed them to different organizations including community centres, food hubs, daycares, shelters and more. We also offer pruning services and host educational workshops for our community members.

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September 12, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Fruitful partnership aims to deliver fresh picked produce to community organizations.

Canada: How to take part in a Vancouver school farm fundraiser dinner in your own backyard

The 2019 Schoolyard Harvest Dinner was a longtable feast on the lawn of a Vancouver school. This year, things are a little different. Photo by Britney Gill via Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society/Facebook

They’ll supply the harvest, you serve your dinner at home and it all supports keeping youth healthy and working in Vancouver

By Lindsay William-Ross
Vancouver is Awesome
July 20, 2020

Excerpt:

This year, Fresh Roots will hold their dinner as an “At-Home Edition” where diners can enjoy a small gathering with big, fresh flavours at home, and can connect with other supporters online – instead of on the lawn at David Thompson Secondary as usual.

Taking place Thursday, August 13, ticket holders can purchase summer harvest boxes curated by Fresh Roots that will be filled with everything you’ll need to create a beautiful meal at home to share with friends or family. There will even be wine and flowers, to accent your at-home experience. Order online and pick up on your chosen day. Harvest boxes are available for two, four, or six guests, and arrangements can be made if you are interested in holding a larger – but COVID-safe – get together.

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July 26, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: How to take part in a Vancouver school farm fundraiser dinner in your own backyard

Canada: City Farmer’s Vision of Urban Agriculture in 1979

City Farmer poster designed by Karin Jager for the Ministry of Environment.

Presentation to science teachers at the Symposium at the University of British Columbia, Fall, 1979

By Bob Woodsworth and Michael Levenston
Founding Directors of City Farmer,
Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture

Bob and I are here from City Farmer. I’d like to tell you a bit about our work. Perhaps you’ll find something here that you and your students can begin to investigate.

City Farmer is a Vancouver non-profit organization whose primary interest is urban agriculture, that is the production of food in cities whether that food be produced on high-rise balconies, in dark basements, or on front boulevards.

We have been researching urban agriculture and its potential since the spring of 1978. While working for the Federal Department of Mines Energy and Resources on energy conservation research, we discovered that home food production could cut by 2/3 the energy used in the food system.

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July 22, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: City Farmer’s Vision of Urban Agriculture in 1979