King of the Kohlrabi Jungle

To continue with last season’s ‘Kohlrabi Profiles’

Introducing Moochie

Coming soon, interns Galen (aka Gai lan) and Rosalind’s ‘Cats in the Garden’ blog, not to be confused with their rival.

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Harvest #3 – July 8, 2012

Apologies for the delay between postings…

Today’s harvest had a slow start thanks to Peter (& Katie!). The whole ICF crew was fortunate enough to attend Peter & Katie’s magical wedding. Unfortunately, we suffered 2 casualties: Claire, we hope you find your bike and are glad you got home in one piece; and Mills, we hope your golf game this afternoon did not suffer from your enthusiasm on the dance floor. Here’s a nice picture captured by Camil.

The lovely couple

And here are the veggies of the week. Of special note, the extraordinarily large Romaine lettuce.

Romaine, Conquistador
Kale, Redbor
Scallions, Kincho
Radishes, Ping Pong
Garlic Scapes
Fresh Mint

And one more harvest picture

Lady Scapes

Thanks again for helping with the post-wedding harvest.

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Urban farm visit in California

Urban Ag is going strong in the Bay Area, just as it is in so many cities across North America and, of course, the world. Most places around the world have never stopped growing food close to home, it’s nice to see a renewed understanding of the role of food in our lives in our region. This is another great connection facilitated by food, meeting new food denizens…

Many, many thanks to the Urban Adamah folk for putting us up over the past few days in Berkeley. We have had the fortune of spending nights and early mornings in the presence of some blessed veggies.

Many hands make light work.

Make hay while the sun is shining.

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First Harvest – June 17, 2012

Looked like a pretty smooth harvest with all of the helping hands. Things can still grow despite the cooler weather. Cool weather and lots of rain make for the best spring radishes and garlic scapes fill out any meal no matter how you incorporate them.

It begins…

Radishes. Up and down.

Mills in anticipation – tentative, thoughtful, with intention.
The new system makes for a nice photo
Any day now
And sprouts courtesy of M. Chris Thoreau et crew. Merci Chris!

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First CSA Box – Sunday, June 17th

We are putting together the first of many CSA boxes this Sunday. We do all the harvesting and packaging in the morning, providing our members with the freshest possible veggies (aside from their own gardens). Here are a few details:

Le Marche St George (corner of East 28th and St George)

2:30pm – 6pm


  • Please bring your own grocery bags in which to pack your food to take home. 
  • Feel free to stop by to talk shop with us even if you aren’t a shareholder. You can meet some urban farmers, sip some amazing coffee and eat extraordinary pastries.

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Cool Weather Crops

The hot weather a few weeks back was a bit of a teaser. If you have tomatoes in your garden, uncovered, I bet they look a little chagrin – we do too, with a tinge of anxiety that is commonly felt when one’s livelihood is tied to the weather.

But it’s not all bad, here are some shots of a few cool weather crops that are doing peachy.

Transplanting bok choi a couple weeks back
Not bad!
Kale (sigh)

Our first CSA box is still tentatively scheduled for June 17th. We will send out an email to all members with a week’s notice.

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L’Entrevue sur Radio Canada

Si vous parlez francais, vous pouvez entendre notre fermier Camil sur Radio Canada. Ma partie preferee, sauf quand il m’a appele ‘Guillaume’, etait l’expression “faire pousser des legumes“.

We are official vegetable pushers.

A la fin de l’entrevue, Pierre-Phillipe a invite Camil pour une autre session une fois que les petites fermes etaieint endormis. Restez a l’ecouter!

Bravo Camil!

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Vancouver Courier Article

Little known fact:

Garlic grows best when you think deep thoughts near its root zone. Now you know why our garlic is the way it is.

Here’s the article. Enjoy!

And to get you going on some contemplation (courtesy of J. Handy):

“Consider the daffodil. And while you’re doing that, I’ll be over here, looking through your stuff.

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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.

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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!

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