Veggies from Vancouver’s Urban Farms Coming to a Market Near You

Photo credit: Lisa Parker | Flickr

Photo credit: Lisa Parker | Flickr

Would you buy hyper-local fresh veggies out of a retrofitted shipping container?

That’s the plan proposed by Vancouver’s best known urban farm, Sole Food.  Over the past five years, the unique “street farm” initiative has transformed nearly 5 acres of vacant lots around Vancouver into thriving agricultural land. Now Sole Food is set to kick off a fundraising campaign to open its first retail locations.

The plan is to raise $100,000 to purchase and equip a metal shipping container to serve as a produce stand, according to an article by the Vancouver Sun’s Randy Shore.  The container would sit on a Sole Food farm at Main Street and Terminal Avenue, one of the busiest intersections in the city.  The funds would also be used to open a retail outlet inside the popular Granville Island Public Market.

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Veggies from Vancouver’s Urban Farms Coming to a Market Near You

New Organic Farm Sprouts Next to BC Place

British Columbia is famous as the birthplace of the 100-mile diet.  But residents of downtown Vancouver might be enjoying a one-mile diet later this summer thanks to an urban farm sprouting up right next to BC Place.

Earlier this month, I started noticing empty wooden boxes – first hundreds, then thousands of them – neatly spread out on the parking lot next to the stadium.  Then one day a mountain of top soil appeared at the site.

It turns out that the dusty old lot – which has been sitting empty since Expo 86 – is about to become Vancouver’s largest urban farm.

Forty varieties of organic fruits and vegetables are currently being planted on the two-acre site, everything from strawberries and melons to salad greens and daikon radishes, according to a recent Vancouver Sun article.  The farm is is completely portable – with everything grown in above-ground containers – since the land is on a three-year lease from its owner.

Interested in sampling some of that tasty, hyper-local produce come harvest time?

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New Organic Farm Sprouts Next to BC Place

Got chickens? Classes for Urban Farmers in Vancouver

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A whole lot of squawking ensued when Vancouver city council debated the subject of backyard chicken coops two years ago.  But the reality is that urban farming has become part of the fabric of the city, with gardens springing up on spare lots and rooftops all over.

Want to get in on the action?  The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation is holding an Urban Farmer Field School this April at the downtown YWCA on Hornby Street.  The school offers a crash course on the art of farming in and around the city, with 14 separate classes on topics ranging from organic pest control to managing a small scale farm and raising urban chickens.

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Got chickens? Classes for Urban Farmers in Vancouver