Some ICF media videos

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 Vancouvergreat 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…

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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).

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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.


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

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A Visit From The Suzuki Diaries

Sarika Cullis-Suzuki dug in and helped us with one of our Inner City Farm harvests for a segment of CBC’s The Nature of Things called Suzuki Diaries: Future City Inner City Farms.

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Will – photo by: Adam Blasberg
Camil – photo by: Adam Blasberg

“…they [the land owners] just not that interested in maintaining a lawn. They are interested in what we’re doing and feel like they are participating in a movement.” ~ Will Valley  

“Instead of putting gas into your lawn mower, dig in with your pitch fork and get Swiss Chard.” ~ Camil Dumont

We always enjoy talking about our food, farms and urban agriculture. (Come visit us – we schedule bike tours of our farms so that our Community Supported Agriculture members can get to know their farmers and see how their food is grown.  

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Inner City Farms and CBC News Vancouver

We received some local airtime last week on CBC News. The story highlights our collaboration with Trafalgars restaurant, Green Good Compost, and our friend Dr Peter Stovell, a local vermicomposting expert.

Check out the three part series about closing the loop here!

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