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Canada: Nobel Peace Prize has a Vancouver connection

Karin Jager at her home in Mission. PHOTO BY FRANCIS GEORGIAN /PNG

While still an intern, Jager created a poster for a local non-profit focused on food security: Vancouver’s urban farm, City Farmer.

By Denise Ryan
Vancouver Sun
Oct 18, 2020

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When Karin Jager saw on the news that the World Food Programme had won the Nobel Peace Prize last week, she saw something else: the logo she had designed some 30 years earlier.

Jager, who is head of the Graphic and Digital Design department at the University of the Fraser Valley, was a young Vancouver designer with a social conscience when she got a call inviting her to travel to Italy to design a brand identity for the United Nations food organization.

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October 19, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Nobel Peace Prize has a Vancouver connection

World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize for fight against ‘hunger as a weapon of war’

The WFP logo was created by Canadian artist Karin Yager in 1987. In 1983, Karin created City Farmer’s poster titled ‘Urban Gardens’.

The WFP, a United Nations entity, was created in 1961 and today provides food to over 100 million people a year.

By Emma Reynolds
CNN
October 9, 2020

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He said that the award was a “call to action,” urging people to “step up and step up now.”


“Where there’s starvation there’s conflict, destabilization and migration,” he said, adding that the world was now experiencing “all of those things coupled with Covid.”

Beasley warned there were “possibilities of famines of biblical proportions,” calling for billions of dollars in additional aid to save people around the globe.

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October 9, 2020   Comments Off on World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize for fight against ‘hunger as a weapon of war’

Canada: Student filmmakers visit City Farmer in Vancouver

The students are pitching a documentary to the Storyhive contest run by Telus this year.

By Mandy Kwan, Amy Baek and Joshua Gimenez
Second-year Film and TV Production students at BCIT
Oct 2020

The theme of this year’s Edition is “Local Heroes,” and submissions have to be 20 – 60 minute long documentaries about individuals making positive impacts on their local communities. They are developing a story about City Farmer’a lasting influence on urban agriculture in the Metro Vancouver area.

October 6, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Student filmmakers visit City Farmer in Vancouver

She was afraid of growing food — until the pandemic pushed her to do it

Jamie Renee Williams sits with the garden she grew outside of her apartment. (Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times)

I started with the Three Sisters companion planting method: beans, corn and squash.

By Lisa Boone
LA Times
Sept 26, 2020

Excerpt:

When Jamie Renee Williams wanted to learn more about soil and permaculture, she volunteered at several urban farms throughout Los Angeles: Cottonwood Urban Farm in Panorama City, Huarache Farms in Sierra Madre and Farm L.A., located in Elysian Valley. When she wanted to implement what she was learning in the community, she began working with a community-led compost pick-up service to expand its reach. And when the coronavirus outbreak forced her to shelter in place, she transformed a tiny stretch of dirt next to her apartment into an edible garden.

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September 29, 2020   Comments Off on She was afraid of growing food — until the pandemic pushed her to do it

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

Canada: City Farmer’s ‘Social Distancing’ Garden Tool

6-foot Long ‘Social Distancing’ Tool

This social distancing tool is made from natural bamboo and works without batteries. It is based on ancient, Chinese, martial arts principals.

COVID-19: Snapshots from a city on lockdown

Vancouver Sun March 17, 2020 Kitsilano by Denise Ryan

Last week Michael Levenston, executive director of City Farmer in Kitsilano, was using two-metre long sticks to establish safe social distancing during workshops and meetings.

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March 16, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: City Farmer’s ‘Social Distancing’ Garden Tool

Canada: ‘How Women Created Plant-based Culture’ by Catherine Shapiro

Vancouver: Van Dusen Gardens – April 15th | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Catherine Shapiro was City Farmer’s first head gardener in 1982.

In this first Speaker Series presentation of 2020, Catherine Shapiro will examine women’s ancient roles as food gatherers, domesticators of food plants and creators of the first gardens. As an avid reader, researcher, artist and gardener, Catherine has amassed a wealth of knowledge and comes at her subject from a wide range of perspectives and personal experience.

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February 23, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: ‘How Women Created Plant-based Culture’ by Catherine Shapiro