Little Mountain Baseball League Minor Division Champs

Congratulations to the ICF Little Mountain Baseball team! They captured the coveted Minor Division Championship trophy.

We were told that the team proudly refers to themselves as the “Farmers”!

Check ’em out…

Coach Doug Mollenhauer
Assistant Coach: Eric MacNaughton

Yasin Kurji, Bohdan Lee, Luke Norman, Nathan Gill, Marcus Solbrekken, Oliver MacNaughton, Sam Coderre, Ravi Nichols, James Pesklewis, Isaac Biegel Evans, Owen Mollenhauer, Daniel Moore-Tate and Sean Gisel

We look forward to helping support the next crop of LMB champs next season!

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Iterative Regeneration

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

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More Spring Cleaning

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!

Steve’s backyard
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

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ICF & Matchstick Coffee

This posting is important for those amongst us who enjoy coffee and baked goods. Matchstick Coffee, recently rated Vancouver’s Top Coffee bar, has had a long standing relationship with the ICF crew – that is, we are frequent patrons, have made a few key connections with other food-folk that also bask (bathe?) in their coffee, and you’ll often find Cam there “working”.

This season, we will be getting more of our product into their system, like salad ingredients, herbs and other edibles. Yesterday, Cam harvested and delivered a bit o’ rhubarb, to be included in some of their delicious baked goods…so if you’re in their vicinity today, stop by and grab one, you won’t be disappointed.

Cut
Bagged
Prepped

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Little Mountain Baseball Team

We spent most of yesterday at Hillcrest Park baseball diamond for the Little Mountain Baseball League Opening Ceremony. This is our second year sponsoring LMB and this year, we’re excited to cheer on our team in the Minor Division.  We had a booth set up and were giving away free bunches of fresh Redbor Kale and Champion Collards, harvested in the morning just blocks away from the ball diamond. We’re hoping to get as much kale, collards and other fresh veggies to our team so they can play their best – pretty sure there is a correlation between RBIs and vegetable consumption, or crossing home plate and what’s on your plate at home.

Here are some photos of the morning

This collard variety is called ‘champion’ for a reason
Early set-up with the Mills’ and Drill
Nice tent

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UBC Orchard Garden Spring Formal

If you are looking to start the long-weekend right, hit up the Orchard Garden‘s ‘Pretty in Plaid” Spring Formal. You can find all the details at their Eventbrite site.

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Kathmandu Urban Ag Project

Howdy,

Check out the efforts of some like-minded (global) citizens. Their project is called Hariyo Chowk, which means “Green Square” or “Green Commons” in Nepali. The group started transforming a small plot of land in Kathmandu into a community space last spring and have already built a bamboo structure for vertical gardening, a mudbrick oven for cooking, a sunken pit for fires, and a stage for gatherings and film screenings (bicycle powered too!). They’ve also started planting native and edible plants, and hosting work days and workshops. Impressive!

A quick glimpse of the group in action

Here’s their indigogo page if you are interested in helping them reach their goal of raising $5000 to help keep them growing.

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Harvest #14 – October 7, 2012

This week is the last harvest for our CSA and it was a good size share to round out the season. Thanks to all of our shareholders for your support. The process of growing, harvesting and sharing produce is made that much better by knowing that the goods are going to feed amazing people. We feel blessed to be a part of your community.

Pics from the morning’s harvest:

Bunching carrots
Counting collards
A weird carrot (for Russia)

This week’s items:

  • Chesnok or Russian Red Garlic
  • Lemon Cukes
  • Green Beans
  • Chieftain Potatoes
  • Mixed Tomatoes
  • Collard Greens
  • Red Ace & Chioggia Beets
  • Scarlett Nantes Carrots
  • Redwing Onions
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
Rosemary
Thyme
Red Ace Beets
Collard Greens
Green Beans
Chieftains!
Redwing Onions, soil and all
Carrot close-ups
Cukes in October
Last of the spuds

And an enormous shouting THANKS to our incredible interns, who have now become official ICF associates and good friends. We are beyond fortunate and eternally grateful for your presence in the gardens this season.

Setting the bar pretty high!

There’s still lots of work left and we will continue to post our progress over the next couple of months. Please contact us (info@innercityfarms.com) if you are interested in purchasing any garlic (see previous post for available varieties, excluding the creoles) or getting on the 2013 CSA list (5 shares sold already!).

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Railway Moonshiner

Plans for Saturday evening? If you like cask beer, appreciate hand crafted woodwork and dig fine cuisine using Vancouver-grown veggies (ours), join us at the Railway Moonshiner!

This is a special collaboration put together by the fine folks of Butter on the Endive accompanied by the head brewer from R & B Brewing Company and located at Union Wood and Supply CO’s digs. For a glimpse of the woodworking artistry, check out this article from Scout magazine – pretty amazing. You can get a preview of Chef Owen Lightly’s menu for the evening here, but you have to be present on Saturday night to experience Todd Graham’s cask.

Hope to see y’all there!

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This Week’s Oppenheimer Harvest

Because a portion of the cost of each CSA share is earmarked for Oppenheimer Community Kitchen harvests, we like to keep y’all updated on what their share looks like.

Here’s this week’s harvest, featuring beautiful Copia tomatoes, Red Ace beets, Chesnok Red garlic, Redbor kale and sweet Sierra Blanca onions. These veggies will help make a beautiful, nutritious soup!

Thanks to all of our shareholders for helping make this harvest possible

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