Often, I feel like radishes don’t get the respect they deserve – they’re easy to grow, quick to mature (28 days for many varieties), like cool weather, have punch-in-the-face flavour and delicious greens (perfect in soup and stir-fry).
Often, I am the first to trash-talk the radish once real vegetables are ready later on in the season. So before the inevitable betrayal occurs, here’s some photos to honour the radish.
|French Breakfast variety|
|Reds from the Easter Egg blend|
Our model of land ‘tenure’ (i.e. being invited to co-inhabit spaces with wonderful land-donors and therefore growing food on land that is not our own) comes with a few provisos:
1. We will inevitably lose a few yards each year (last year we lost 5! Heartbreaking really)
2. We will always have to find new land to convert each season (as per previous posts…)
So being in our 4th year of community engagement, we are developing quite an attachment to some of the spaces (and people) that have been around from the beginning. Here are pics of Ron’s place in Mount Pleasant. Ron’s been a huge supporter of our project and it has been an honour to grow veggies in his yard. His yard had such bad chafer beetle damage that we didn’t need to cut the sod, just raked it up, added manure, tilled and dug the beds.
|First Season, spring 2010|
|Amazing corn that year!|
|Beautiful early season cauliflower and kale last year|
|Followed by killer bush beans and an epic monster of a volunteer sunflower|
|And just this week, a little love and ready to go|
We have been putting our new farm crew to work with sod removal and now garden revival. We sort of fizzled out last fall after the garlic plant and neglected a few of our spaces. Other plants, I have heard them called weeds, took the opportunity to enjoy some nutritious soil in the absence of other vegetative occupants. Regretfully, they new-comers have been evicted. Silver lining? They’ll become compost!
|Jen & Nicole plating potatoes|
|Rosco & Brennan & spuds|
|R & B and weeds|
|Melinda & Jen in the shade (and weeds)|
|Sunshine without weeds|
|Hosing off the mud in east East Van|
|Happy neighbours, Gladys & Trina, score some green garlic for dinner|
The grunt work begins! We feel very privileged to be offered access to fellow community members’ spaces. Our project could not exist without their (your) generosity, so many, many thanks! We’ll try to post before/after shots to document the transformation throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Here’s a glimpse of our process from this weekend:
|Preparing for the sod cutter|
|Many hands make light work|
|Rolling, scrapping, piling & moving|
|Ready for manure|
|Backyard action, same location|
Another media piece, en francais, filmed in the heat of last summer. We were lucky to have Monia follow us around for a day or two and capture some shiny moments with lots of hands in the gardens.
Here’s the link to the video – click on “Regardez l’intervale” under ‘L’emmision du Jeudi 28 Mars 2013′ and skip to 30mins 37secs.
This link might work as well, then skip to 30mins 37secs.
*Note: 2013 Internship Closed 03/15/2013 – thanks for all the excellent applications*
- Minimum of one8hr 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
- A paragraph outlining your qualifications, interests and why an urban farming internship is something that you would like to take on.
This past Sunday was incredible – sunshine, mild temperatures and favourable soil moisture. It doesn’t seem fair that we in Vancouver can begin working in the garden while the East coast is under so much snow. But as so many PE teachers and coaches have reminded me in the past, life isn’t fair, so I won’t spend too much time lamenting Canadian climatic injustices.
As a way to shake off (mild) winter lethargy and welcome the new growing season, I will take this opportunity to compile some videos featuring our efforts at Inner City Farms over the past few seasons. Taking a page from Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth‘s playbook, ‘reminisce, reminisce’!
CBC Vancouver (Sept 22, 2011) – Profiling our connection with a local restaurant, food waste and vermicomposting in a closed-loop system.
CBC Suzuki Diaries (Feb 14, 2012) – Our interview with Sarika Suzuki as part of the Nature of Things’ focus on sustainable city initiatives.
Montecristo Magazine (Autumn 2012 issue) – We were fortunate to be included in Montecristo’s article on the blossoming local food movement in Vancouver – great shots!
Meet Your Urban Farmer (Winter 2012) – This video is part of a series produced by the fine folk at Fire & Light Media
Season 4 begins…