Book Review: Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier

By Michael Ableman, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016 Review by Sally Luce In this remarkable book, farmer/activist Michael Ableman tells the captivating story of the creation of Sole Food, a community farm started in 2009 in the parking lot of the Astoria Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sole Food’s aims are to provide meaningful employment for […]

From farm to folks: “Growing Good” in Montreal

By Alayne Moody The heart of the non-profit organization Santropol Roulant is its meals-on-wheels service that has served mobility-restricted individuals since 1995. Affectionately called “The Roulant”, it has engaged in many forms of outreach, all focused on promoting food security, social inclusion and community engagement. In 2012, The Roulant added a huge new element to […]

Book Review: Digging in the City, an Urban Manifesto

By Anouk Mackenzie Our food system is broken and profit-driven corporations are to blame. With no magic bullet in sight to such a complex problem, urban organic agriculture will have to be part of the solution. So argues Rhona McAdam in her compelling book, Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto. As McAdam points out, […]

Using native plants vs. aliens: challenging our ethics

By Astrid Muschalla I teach COG’s Organic Master Gardener course. In it, we cover the science behind organic land care, which is defined as the design, construction and maintenance of landscapes using practices and products that preserve and support the health of ecosystems and human communities[1]. Topics include: plant adaptations in ecosystems, permaculture, the soil […]

Book Review: Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens

Review by Joanne Jackson Johnson The Third Edition of Recipe for Raising Chickens appeared in 2009, almost twenty five years after the First and Second Editions.   It has reappeared, likely, because of a renewed interest in a more humane way of raising food animals and birds. These days, many small scale and urban farmers interested […]

Local Food At Your Fingertips

It’s the end of the work day and I am picking up my weekly order of groceries at the Marché de Solidarité Régionale de l’Outaouais (MSRO). As I walk through the door, I am greeted by a pair of volunteers: a young mother and her four-month-old baby calmly chewing on his sling. The space is […]

SOLEFood: Farming in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside

Virginie Lavallée-Picard In Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a new model of urban agriculture is creating employment opportunities for inner city residents, greening the streets and improving food security in the neighbourhood. SOLEFood Farm is an Enterprising Non Profit established in 2009 by United We Can (UWC). United We Can—well known for starting the first bottle refund […]

On a Wing and a Prayer: The Urban Chicken Keeping Movement

Henriette (not her real name) greets me enthusiastically at the door of her large home in an affluent southwest Edmonton neighbourhood. “Come on in, the ‘girls’ are in the garage,” she explains. It is mid-winter and Henriette has decided to offer her two Plymouth Rock hens refuge from the cold in the attached double garage. […]

Everdale CSA

Everdale Farm’s CSA is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Since we started, we’ve benefitted from having a solid support from our shareholders. A big part of farming is the strong connection we feel with the people who eat the food we grow. Another big part of farming for us is being creative in the […]

Seeds of diversity: Niche marketing

Bob Wildfong Niche marketing From time to time, you see someone growing or selling something completely different from everyone else. The one person who sells flowers amid the vegetable stalls at a farmers’ market. A grower who sells to urban gardeners by mail-order catalogue. A field of some new plant that you don’t recognize. How […]

Growing up Organic in Ottawa

Lynda Hall and Daphne Wellman It all begins with a seed. In June, the Growing Up Organic (GUO)* Ottawa team pick-axed the compacted dirt in the playing field at Mutchmor Public School, and built three raised vegetable beds. Kids, caregivers, camp counselors, parents and passers-by all joined in, driving dowels through cedar logs to form […]

Organic turf and lawn care

Well kept turf grass can create a pleasant setting for your home, an oasis for golf and leisure activities, and a play area for children.  Managing a lawn organically may involve a little more work at first, but it is important to keep in mind that: healthy soils are the result of good management; healthy […]

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

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