We are winding up our composting pilots for the City and the wrap up for Grandview Woodland participants was a composting tour with Fresh Roots Urban Farm. This group of passionate urban farmers is just as passionate about composting and they have a number of productive systems at their various sites in East Vancouver. We started at MOBY Community garden where they operate a couple of three bin composting systems. That’s also where their CSA members pick up their freshly grown produce every week through the growing season – and it just happened to be in process when we arrived. At the next garden, one of several backyards that the urban farmers use to grow their beautiful organic produce, we saw several worm composting systems. Some of them were tucked away, in the floor of a greenhouse, on the boulevard under a plank and stacked in tiers in a corner. We wound up at Grandview Elementary where the Fresh Roots crew help to operate the Earth Tub, a mid-scale automated composting system. Oh and we found another kind of tub in a bean teepee in case the farmers needed to freshen up.
These urban farmers are passionate and committed to growing local, organic food right in the city. They also have a field in Richmond and they will be prepping beds next Saturday, August 13th from 10 to 4pm. Everyone is welcome to join in and learn about over wintering crops, cover cropping, irrigation systems, and building low-cost farm infrastructure. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (778) 862-FARM.