2018 Inner City Farms Urban Farming Internship

We are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 urban farming season! Apply! Join us!!

 

Inner City Farms is looking to build another amazing farm team for the 2018 season. If you want to farm our city, do consider the experience. We want to get our team sorted in good time so please apply soon!

ICF front yard farm

 

It’s a volunteer position that requires a season-long commitment. We work hard and we have a lot of fun. And we eat well. Successful applicants will farm alongside our Head Farmer (me!) Camil one day a week (minimum requirement). Our work days are about 8 hours, we start early and we end mid-afternoon. We run from May 1 to Dec 1 (roughly). All of our farm sites are in the City of Vancouver.

Farmer Suho with interns Grace, Noa, Olivia & Taylor, of the 2017 farm team, also: cabbages!

 

Our farm is nearly 10 years old and we have been running the internship since 2012. We are a non-profit society with goals of gently and constructively resisting the damage caused by our dominant, industrial food system. We have built a network of front and backyard “farms” throughout Vancouver that we aim to farm sustainably. We grow beautiful food. We run a CSA program and supply some of the best chefs in town with our produce. We collaborate with all sorts of other interesting people running interesting projects. It’s a sustainability and community-building project grounded in local food growing, sound good?

Former ICF intern Ross, proud of Garlic, 2013

 

All levels of farm experience are considered. Note: If you are a UBC student, you may be able to earn academic credit for the internship through our affiliation with the Faculty Land and Food Systems (please mention any interest in this in your application & I will provide more info).

Mahin, ICF intern 2014, raspberries.

 

To apply: Please send a cover letter (no more than one page) that outlines why you think a season-long farming internship at ICF would be right for you and why you would be right for the farm as well. Please attach your resume. Send applications by email to: info@innercityfarms.com

 

Thanks,

Camil Dumont, Head Farmer

 

Me (Camil) amongst Vegetables

 

 

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Spring 2015 CSA & Internship

Inner City Farms 2015!

Good Things are Happening!!

Our Website is getting a makeover. Please forgive our rudimentary online styles.

CSA News:

Our vegetable shares are now available for purchase! Please check out our Facebook Page or email us at:

info@innercityfarms.com

for more information and to sign up!!

Internship opportunities:

Mhin at Rons

ICF is now accepting applicants for our 2015 Vancouver Urban Farming Internship!

Please email us at:

info@innercityfarms.com

for instructions on how to apply and information on what the position is all about.

Happy Spring!!

Rons in Full Force

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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

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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!

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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



 Here’s how it works: Firms sponsor an urban farm harvest share that will be distributed through ICF’s partnerships with community kitchens and non-profit organizations that provide meals for under-served populations in Vancouver. Inner City Farms provides, through Real Food for Change, an opportunity for the business community to improve the health of our city by increasing access to locally grown food to diverse communities in the city.

At ICF we consider “health” to be multi-dimensional: personal, familial, community and ecological spheres all need to be considered in our definition of a healthy city. One valid and recurring critique of the local food movement is that “local-sustainable” is seldom accessible to residents and families of all income levels. We grow food in Vancouver and strive to be sustainable. We rely on the classic three-tiered definition of sustainability: ecological, social and economical. It is our view that working toward equitable distribution and increasing access to healthy, Vancouver-grown food to everyone who shares our city, regardless of income, background, status, or postal code, is a responsibility and a goal; it’s an attempt at addressing the social dimensions of sustainability and bringing Vancouver closer to a holistic definition of healthy.
Riveting Radishes
Simply, we want the benefits of the food we grow to be available and accessible to as many residents of our city as possible. Our hope is to engage diverse organizations and individuals to ruminate on this a bit. We believe that equal access to the highest quality food for all moves us all closer to socially, environmentally just and healthy communities. We like that movement, and we have a desire to work for it. We know we share that with many others too, and we are actively engaging anyone with similar values and interests into the conversation. All ideas and all connections are welcome.
Businesses or organizations that get involved and invest in a harvest share sponsorship are invited to take part in customized, interactive, teambuilding workshops and participatory experiences in our urban farms. The Inner City Farms team will structure and facilitate these events and mentor workshop participants. Employees will gain hands-on experience on how to grow their own food while cultivating and harvesting the vegetables going to the organization their company has sponsored.
Teamwork in the garden

If you’re interested in learning more, or participating in Real Food for Change, please get in touch at info@innercityfarms.com, and stay tuned!

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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!

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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

American Gothic #1: Mills and Galen
American Gothic #2: Mills and Galen
The Spread
Red Ace Beets
Bok Choi
Sweet Onions
Leningrad Garlic
Mixed Bouquet: Lacinato, Winterbor, Rainbow Chard & Collards
Purple Top Turnips

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October 13th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are a few images from our holiday harvest…

In the gardens:

Jen, Melinda, carrots, flowers, October sunshine

Pollan-esque: Who knows what lies in the heart of a Swiss Chard?

Modeling hyper-local wedding bouquets

The Chalkboard and Product Shots

More artists at the Marche
Sage, Bay & Rosemary

Garlic, Yugoslavian variety

Rainbow Chard & Kale ensemble

Sweet fall Carrots

Carson with flecks of Dragon Tongue

Pictures of the Help

Drill & Mills

Little Ms Cora Mills

Happy hens!

 Looks like our last harvest will be next Sunday, October 20th. We’ll re-assess while in the gardens and let shareholders know at pick-up. Cheers!

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October 6th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

The contents of this week’s box will help you become a culinary legend by making the best mashed potatoes ever. Invite friends over to share, it’s the type of dish that they will tell their grandchildren about.

  • First, roast the Leningrad garlic (it may still remain spicy, but that’s fine, our solution will be dilution).
  • Next, make some mashed potatoes with the Chieftains and Fingerlings (don’t peel, leave the red flecks to stimulate the visual cortex). 
  • Sautee the Collard Greens a la Martha, but chop them quite thinly – tiny little strips. Very thin.
  • Then, chop up the fall scallions.
  • Mix it all together – roasted garlic, mashed potatoes, collards and scallions.
  • Serve and humbly receive accolades. 
  • (Roasted beets on the side – olive oil, salt & pepper – would be a nice touch too)
El pizarron

Leningrad

Mixed spuds

Red Ace Beets

Fall Scallions

Killer collards

Pick up!

We will have a harvest next week as well. See y’all then.

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September 29th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

Over heard in the gardens today:

“How do you pick-up your vegetables from the CSA?”
“You just have to turnip.”

Rain makes everything funnier (that’s a Vancouverism, as of now).

Tokyo Whites: delicious and pun-tastic.

Today’s items:
– Rosemary
– Turnips, Tokyo Whites and Purple Tops
– Beans, Carson Yellas
– Kale, Winterbor
– Radishes, mixed varieties
– Asian Pears, aka Apple-pears

It’s cold and flu season. If you are not planning on cooking with your fresh rosemary and you feel a sore throat coming on, boil a kettle of water, throw a sprig or two of rosemary in a teapot, let steep for 10 minutes and enjoy. Rosemary (like most herbs in the Apiaceae (mint) family – thyme, sage, basil, mint) is antiviral, antimicrobial and a vasodilator. So it helps keep the cold and flu bugs at bay and increases the flow of oxygen to the brain….win-win (#plantsmakelifebetter).

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Mills in the beans
Pete’s radishes
Nicole and Ann’s Winterbor bouquets
Asian Pears from Pete’s parents tree (magical harvesting wand courtesy of Peter)

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