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Heads in the Dirt


Article about City Farmer by Leslie Gillett.

Vancouver’s City Farmer has been dishing up dirt for 30 years now, first through a newsletter and workshops, now through classes and its extensive website.

The dirt – as befits a society formed to encourage urban agriculture – is often about just that, things of the earth and compost and worms.

In fact some of long-time environmentalist and City Farmer executive director Michael Levenston’s favourite repeat questions are about composting with worms. “What do I do? I think my worms are escaping from my bin?” was a recent query – setting up wonderful mental images of dozens of red wigglers making a run for it with little flashlights and very small backpacks.

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April 8, 2008   Comments Off on Heads in the Dirt

Cows Grazing in the Rumpus Room


New York Times article. March 19, 2008
By Allison Arieff, the former Editor in Chief of Dwell magazine
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Photo: Marion Brenner

“Not long ago, any visions of an agrarian return would have been chalked up to nostalgia: today, such conjurings don’t seem so far-fetched. And indeed, the purposeful reclamation of urban and suburban lands is serious fodder for artists, architects and academics alike.

“Creating open space where others wouldn’t think to look for it is a trademark of architect David Baker, who, for Curran House, an affordable housing project in San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin neighborhood, designed roof gardens with small individual container garden plots allowing residents to cultivate their own crops.

See article in the New York Times here.

March 25, 2008   Comments Off on Cows Grazing in the Rumpus Room