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Garden in the Village

Sweet little container garden in the middle of Olympic Village. There’s no sign, so don’t know the story behind it. Anyone?

Peas Please

My peas aren’t quite making it home from the garden.

Canada Grows

A colleague sent out this excerpt from Stats Can this week. A lot of us are growing food. Too bad about the continued use of pesticides, even though they’ve been banned for cosmetic use in many jurisdictions. There’s some great information on natural yard and garden care here.

Canadians and Nature: Around the home, 2013

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Bag O Taters

I’m trying out one of the grow bags to grow some potatoes this year. I used the Geopot, but there are others on the market. The porous fabric bag allows moisture to drain out easily and provides good air flow for roots too. I put a couple inches of soil on the bottom of the […]

Show Pigeons

When I worked for City Farmer we ran a contest for the best food garden in Vancouver. We visited a lot of gardens and in the back corners of many yards we found “show pigeons.” Back then, that was a fancy name for chickens. In those days, it was illegal to have chickens in the […]

Greece is the Word

A couple of beautiful scenes from Greece thanks to Green Renaissance on Facebook.

Air Patio – Greece. Stone traditional mountain house applying natural hand-made materials respecting the traditional architecture and the environment of Mount Pelion, Greece. By Dimitris Philippitzis

Suspended Cliff Garden at Meteora, Greece. Photo: Whilome via 1001 Gardens

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Feast Bowl

A group of people from the UBC Learning Exchange went to Feast Bowl this past month. It’s a fabulous monthly community meal, with freshly grown ingredients harvested from the Indigenous Health Education and Research Garden at UBC Farm. Staff, students, faculty and community members prepare and share the meal together at the First Nations Longhouse. […]

Dig This

Dug this old T-shirt out of a drawer today. Steve Frillman, the ED of the Green Guerillas in NYC gave it to me when I paid them a visit. The Green Guerillas were my inspiration for getting involved with urban agriculture. The organization ignited the community garden movement in the 1970s. Steve gave me two […]

Primula Auricula

Tonight we say farewell to Alison, one of our founding members at the community garden to which I belong. After decades of service on the board and tending some of our most beautiful common areas, Alison will be moving to the Island. We’re having a potluck bash to send her off to her new life.

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Good for the Sole

In 2008, Seann Dory was one of the participants in our SFU Applications in Sustainable Community Development course. At the time he was working at United We Can, a container recycling depot that employs residents of the downtown eastside (DTES). As we toured, Seann met some folks who had an idea to turn the DTES […]