Yard Conversions cont…

This is one of our larger sites, newly acquired this spring, and across the street from another site of similar proportions. In aggregation, these two plots amount to approximately 1/10th of an acre, which ain’t much in farmspeak, but a whole lot of food is destined to be coaxed from these productive spaces.

Here’s a brief glimpse of the transformation that has been occurring since early spring. We look forward to posting images of the bounty soon enough.

Breaking ground
Rolling sod
Crows love this stage – grub buffet!
Nice edging Drill. Please note the sod compost structure at the North end.
30 yards of goodness from Eco-Soil
Spread, tilled and level
Decreased entropy, for now

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Yard Conversions

The grunt work that is converting a yard to raised beds is coming to an end for us.

Our MO is as follows:
1. Remove sod or weed area
2. Add soil amendment
3. Roto-till (only once, we are mindful of soil structure and tilth)
4. Dig beds
5. Let sit for a week or two before planting

Here are a few process pics.

Alfalfa and Buttercup
Here comes the sun
Holy Horsetail!
Intern Claire dominates the equisetum
Weeded, amended, tilled.
Hot stuff!

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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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2012 CSA Shares Still Available

We still have a limited number of CSA shares available to the general public for this season.

Shareholders can expect to receive a wide variety of fresh produce from as-early-as-possible in June to late October (weather dependent of course!). Check out our website for more details on signing up and browse through our older blog posts to get an idea of what to expect each week.

Here are 3 of our showcase boxes from last season…mouthwatering, nutritious and sustainable…value you won’t find in a grocery store.

 Week 5
 Week 16
Thanksgiving Box 2011

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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.

Larvae

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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Trafalgars Greenest Restaurant Award

Congratulations to Trafalgars Bistro for receiving the Green Award 2012 from Vancouver Magazine!

Inner City Farms has partnered with Trafalgars to help manage their GG-50, an in-vessel composter that enables the 2 businesses (Trafalgars and Sweet Obsession) to manage their organic wastes on-site…all of it! No meat, bones, shells, cakes, table scraps or any other organic material goes to the landfill. And it’s all reincorporated into growing spaces within the city.

Here are some pics of the machine at work.

Will loading food waste from the restaurants
The view from the inside!
For more info, check out these three videos from CBC.
Cheers!
ICF

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Will Stroet Video – Full of Beans

Hi all,

Check out our friend (and CSA shareholder!) Will Stroet’s newest video Full of Beans. Will is a local children’s musician getting a lot of press for his fun, engaging and educational music. This song will get your kids loving all the veggies that will be coming out of the gardens, into the kitchen and onto their plates!

Go to Will’s website for more info about Will, his CDs and where to catch him live.

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Two Food Events with ICF

Howdy,

There are 2 food events coming up this week in which we are involved (short notice, apologies). Click on the links below for more info.

Projecting Change Film Festival
Film: Dive
Wednesday, April 18th at 9pm
ICF is part of the post-film panel discussion

Wheely Slow Cooking Tour
Thursday, April 19th at 7pm
We’re part of the panel here as well.

Hope to see y’all soon!
ICF

Mills has a gentle demeanor, even with old Bluebird.

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ICF Internships Full

Hi everyone,

A big Thank You to all of the applicants who have responded to our call for interns! It is encouraging to hear from so many like-minded individuals looking for ways to reconnect with food and community.

We currently have no more positions available for the 2012 season.

Happy growing!

Inner City Farms
info@innercityfarms.com

2011 ICF Employees of the Year!

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ICF Internship 2012

Inner City Farms is seeking applicants for urban farming internships. Interns will learn to farm and manage a network of small vegetable plots built in residential spaces throughout Vancouver.
Commitment
  • 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
This is a volunteer position at this time. There will be occasional workdays as of early April, full hours will start early/mid May. The season will last into October.
If interested, please send the following to info@innercityfarms.com
  • Resume
  • A paragraph outlining your qualifications, interests and why an urban farming internship is something that you would like to take on.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in market garden growing and distribution.
Inner City Farms will contact prospective interns for in-person interviews via email.

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