Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hello!

First, a word of warning: the CSA prices that were listed on our website were for last season, so while we await a new and improved site, here is the accurate 2014 pricing information. 

We still have some vegetable CSA shares available for 2014 and we would love to be growing vegetables for you and yours this year, please consider signing up!

A membership to our 2014 CSA is $480. We started Sunday, June 22 and we will be running right through until some point in mid/late October, weather dependent. We aim for 18-20 weeks of veggies. Our pick-up is always Sunday afternoons at Le Marché St. George at E 28th & St. George, in the back yard, so thats when you come and collect your share. We will be ready for you by 2pm, as we harvest that very morning, and we will be there until 5pm guaranteed, sometimes we linger a bit later. Unclaimed shares, for folks who can't make that time window, are packed up and tucked safely away for late-comers. Any unclaimed shares by noon the following day are donated to a local soup kitchen to minimize food waste. 

Note: we do not supply shares for the long weekends during the season (BC Day and Labour Day) as too many members were missing those pick-ups and our team & the gardens benefit from the break in the action.

Shares vary in size & content week to week but our goal is to grow as much beautiful food for you as possible. There are no guarantees on volume, but this is our 5th year and so far so good. We aim to have 4-6 items for you each week. We almost always have a leafy green such as kale, collards or swiss chard, delicious & nutritious! If you would like to see what we had last year please check out posts on this blog from last season and scroll back through the weeks to get a sense of the produce we grew. There are a few changes to the crop plan this year, but it should give you an idea.

We use organic methods but are not certified. Our entire network of gardens is located within the City of Vancouver, in front and back yards offered to us by folks in the community who believe in the project. Nearly all our labour is volunteer, and more than anything, this project is a labour of love. Thank you very much for prioritizing a movement toward more healthy and sustainable food systems and for considering investing in our urban farm this season through the purchase of a CSA membership. If you have any more questions, please get in touch. We are happy to set a share aside for you if you so choose. And if you want to reserve a share, email us and request one asap, they are limited. We will confirm and we can can sort out the payment details at the first pick-up, on Sunday (Note: cash or cheque payment is best and we also accept credit cards.) 

All our best,

The Inner City Farmers

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Internship posting for 2014



 


2014 Internships

Inner City Farms is now accepting applications for our 2014 urban farming internship. Interns will learn to farm and manage a network of small vegetable plots built primarily in residential spaces throughout Vancouver.

Commitment: Minimum of one 8hr work shift from Monday to Friday and a 4-8hr shift every other Sunday morning.

      - Weekday shifts will be spent alongside our head farmer
- Sundays will be based around our CSA harvest 

This is a volunteer position at this time. There will be occasional workdays as of early April, full hours will start early May. The season will last through October.

If interested, please send a resume and a paragraph to info@innercityfarms.com outlining your qualifications, interests, and why an urban farming internship is something that you would like to take on.

Inner City Farms will contact prospective interns for in-person interviews.

Farm this city!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Real Food for Change


As the 2013 garden season came to a close, a few of our incredible, dedicated interns came to us and asked how they could best be a part of the improvement and evolution of Inner City Farms (ICF), now that they’d completed their season’s engagement with our urban farm. They were particularly interested in working to address some of the gaps we have identified in our goal of being a sustainable small business. We shared with them an idea we’ve been kicking around for a while, but haven’t had the time to pursue holistically. We’ve been calling it: “Real Food for Change”. They have taken it upon themselves to develop the project further and we couldn’t be more excited and honoured that they are putting their time, effort and expertise into making ICF better; making Vancouver better, one backyard garden at a time. They are now spearheading this project.
 
Tending to the beans


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Post from a Visiting Blogger

Hi all,

We were fortunate to meet Meaghin Kennedy of These Salty Oats a few months back. She spent a day in the gardens with Camil and wrote a great blog posting about her experiences. Hope you like it!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

October 20th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

It looks like this was the last harvest of the season for ICF. A very big Thank You to all of our CSA shareholders, land providers, associates, interns and volunteers. It takes a lot of hands to grow food and we are grateful for your energy and allowing us to be a part of your community.

We still have much work to do cleaning up our growing spaces and preparing the soil for winter rains. We will continue to post updates through the blog and other social media sorts over the next few months...

Pictures from our harvest:
8am at Matchstick for coffee