Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Today's Progress

We're going full-tilt right now, appreciating the alternating sun-rain Vancouver spring. A little heat here, a little water there and everyone's happy.

Pandora 2 is an official polyculture after today's combination of transplants and direct seeding:
  • Beets
  • Fennel
  • Carrots
  • Collard greens
  • Swiss chard 
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Red onions
  • Lacinato kale
  • Dill
  • English Cukes
  • And a few ornamentals for the aesthetically and entomologically inclined 
Interns Galen and Michelle and the neighbourhood garden inspector. Progress Report: top notch spacing!

Make sure to pick up a copy of the Vancouver Courier this Friday, June 1st. Rumor has it our Head Farmer, C Dumont, is waxing poetically about the virtues of vegetables and the (r)evolution of urban mindscapes.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

East Van Garden Revival

It happens every so often that we receive a previously-cared-for garden. This particular one is on a rare, long and narrow lot in East Van. It has some nice sandy loam soil and a bit of a slope for good drainage. If the health of the buttercup is any indication (which it probably isn't), there should be lots of nutrients for our veggies. The previous gardeners left us a patch of sunchokes that we harvested for replanting and eating. The discerning-eye will be able to find them in the images below.

Here are some photos of today's fine weeding and hard work by Cam and Claire.
From the top: first weed one month ago
From below: re-growth
Are weeds cover crops?
From the top: after today's thorough weeding
From below: Beauty!

Ready to go!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Yard Conversions cont...

This is one of our larger sites, newly acquired this spring, and across the street from another site of similar proportions. In aggregation, these two plots amount to approximately 1/10th of an acre, which ain't much in farmspeak, but a whole lot of food is destined to be coaxed from these productive spaces.

Here's a brief glimpse of the transformation that has been occurring since early spring. We look forward to posting images of the bounty soon enough.
Breaking ground
Rolling sod
Crows love this stage - grub buffet!
Nice edging Drill. Please note the sod compost structure at the North end.
30 yards of goodness from Eco-Soil
Spread, tilled and level

Decreased entropy, for now

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Yard Conversions

The grunt work that is converting a yard to raised beds is coming to an end for us.

Our MO is as follows:
1. Remove sod or weed area
2. Add soil amendment
3. Roto-till (only once, we are mindful of soil structure and tilth)
4. Dig beds
5. Let sit for a week or two before planting

Here are a few process pics.

Alfalfa and Buttercup
Here comes the sun
Holy Horsetail!
Intern Claire dominates the equisetum


Weeded, amended, tilled.
Hot stuff!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Vancouver Sun Editorial Cartoon

This editorial cartoon in the Vancouver Sun must be a sign that Urban Farming is entering pop culture!

Here's an image of our actual "Harvester"

 We refer to it as the Farm Corolla, very reliable (thanks Allison).

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

2012 CSA Shares Still Available

We still have a limited number of CSA shares available to the general public for this season.

Shareholders can expect to receive a wide variety of fresh produce from as-early-as-possible in June to late October (weather dependent of course!). Check out our website for more details on signing up and browse through our older blog posts to get an idea of what to expect each week.

Here are 3 of our showcase boxes from last season...mouthwatering, nutritious and sustainable...value you won't find in a grocery store.

 Week 5
 Week 16
Thanksgiving Box 2011

Vancouver Sun Article

Thanks to Randy Shore and team at the Vancouver Sun for their article on Urban Farming and Chafer Beetles. Check out the images below for a closer look at larvae and beetle.

Larvae

Adult Stage





The little white specs are larvae in a small strip of lawn. The urban wildlife (racoons, skunks and crows) root through the sod in order to feast on the grubs. Lawns end up looking like war zones, making a veggie patch a much more attractive alternative (if it wasn't already!).

Our first response team

The alternative

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Trafalgars Greenest Restaurant Award

Congratulations to Trafalgars Bistro for receiving the Green Award 2012 from Vancouver Magazine!

Inner City Farms has partnered with Trafalgars to help manage their GG-50, an in-vessel composter that enables the 2 businesses (Trafalgars and Sweet Obsession) to manage their organic wastes on-site...all of it! No meat, bones, shells, cakes, table scraps or any other organic material goes to the landfill. And it's all reincorporated into growing spaces within the city.

Here are some pics of the machine at work.

Will loading food waste from the restaurants


The view from the inside!

For more info, check out these three videos from CBC.

Cheers!

ICF

Will Stroet Video - Full of Beans

Hi all,

Check out our friend (and CSA shareholder!) Will Stroet's newest video Full of Beans. Will is a local children's musician getting a lot of press for his fun, engaging and educational music. This song will get your kids loving all the veggies that will be coming out of the gardens, into the kitchen and onto their plates!


Go to Will's website for more info about Will, his CDs and where to catch him live.