A Time for Crop Rotation

As you know, fall is around the corner. That means for us at our Market Garden, crop rotation time! We are slowly emptying out the farm beds of our summery, warm veggies like cucumbers and zucchinis and planting seeds for the return of cooler crops. Expect to see things like lettuce, greens, kale, collards, carrots, beans and beets! Learn more about our CSA veggie boxes!

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Ephemeral Art at Growing Eden this Week

This week at Growing Eden, kids, moms, coordinators and volunteers created beautiful, ephemeral art using flower pedals, leaves, grass and branches we foraged for on site. Farmer’s on 57th Market Garden also donated a bunch of farm fresh flowers for our art and for families to take home. As the summer is heating up, it was a nice break from the sun. We sat together in the shaded walkway, decorating the pathway for ourselves and passers by to enjoy. We also had a delicious lunch today of quinoa veggie stew and broiled peached with vanilla ice cream! One of our weekly attending families…

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Pumpkin Contest Is On!

Every year the residents at Pearson Centre Garden Club have a contest to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin! Last year, it was over 300 pounds! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin stews, soups, and baked goods still did not leave us short of pumpkin! Staff, volunteers, and residents each took some home, and it was a definite fall feature! This year, the contest is on again! We will be tracking the pumpkins over the next weeks. Check back on our blog for updates, photos and pumpkin recipes!

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Garden Club Update at the George Pearson Residence!

Next to our Market Garden where we grow and harvest local foods for CSA boxes, is Garden Club. Garden Club is a Therapeutic Garden for the residents at the George Pearson Centre. Raised planting beds filled with fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers are planted and cared for by the Pearson residents with the help of volunteers. Each week, Garden Club offers everyone a break from our daily routines, and time to be together outside. Each week we harvest whatever is ready to be picked, make smoothies together using our harvest, arrange beautiful bouquet’s of fresh flowers to share throughout Pearson Centre, and enjoy the most delicious cakes…

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Market Garden – Halfway Through our Summer Season Already!

Today marked our ‘half-way’ point through the summer season at the Market Garden already! As time passes, and weeks change from one to another, so does the harvest featured in our weekly CSA boxes.  Today we harvested lettuce, tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, onions, leeks, fennel, and carrots amongst some other crops. Volunteers picked and arranged beautiful bouquet’s of pink, purple, orange and white dahlias to include in our boxes! If you’re interested in eating healthy, locally grown food here in Vancouver, you can learn more about our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box options here or stop by the farm for a visit.…

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Therapeutic Benefits of Working at the Market Garden – A Volunteer’s Perspective

This morning I went to the farm alone. It was the first time I was totally alone here. Moving through this place I have come to know in the past moths, I see it as completely new – as I move through it now at this relaxed pace. In the past months I have spent here, I have come to know the market garden as a place of productivity. Time matters. Hours matter. Days matter. Minutes matter. Efficiency, planning, and mindfulness carefully keep the market garden in operation. Timing here is not only limited to how much a human can…

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A bit about Growing Eden

Like the Market Garden and Garden Club at the Pearson Hospital, Growing Eden is very special and unique in its own way. This is a place primarily for children and their families to be together in the garden. Connected to Family Place, an ‘Early Years’ family support and parenting centre, a non-profit organization offering programs and services to families with children. Family Place  is similar to a drop-in preschool, where children are accompanied by their parents and participate in storey telling, arts and crafts, singing, snacks and other creative endeavours. (Learn more here) In the old parking lot of Family Place…

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Green Monster & Fruit Punch Season at Garden Club

The gardens are in full swing at George Pearson Centre. This week during Garden Club, in the Pearson Resident’s therapeutic gardens, we harvested multiple heirloom varieties of apples, beans, peas, mint, kale, zucchinis, and carrots. We tested out two new harvest smoothie recipes: Green Monster and Fruit Punch. Green Monster won best colour. Fruit Punch? Best taste, hands down! See recipes below. Pearson residents have flowers blooming everywhere in the garden here, from sweet peas to verbena, roses, cosmos, double cosmos, and many more! It’s a joy every Tuesday 1-3pm throughout the growing & harvest season making bouquets, sipping smoothies, and…

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Growing Eden: Painting with Beets

This Thursday was a blast in our South Vancouver Growing Eden garden. The kids picked beets and we made beet paint. Paint got everywhere: the ground, our hands and faces, basically anything in sight. Through it all the kids learned about growing beets, ate beets, and made the most brilliant colours you ever did see. Moms cleaned up the garlic harvest and prepared baskets of groceries to take home. Everyone went home with fully bellies of barbecued veggie and chicken skewers, potato salad and garden salad that we ate together under the dappled shade of the trees. Find out more about…

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Hi there, my name is Jaclyn – this years summer student

Hi! My name Jaclyn Kaloczi and I am the Farmers on 57th Summer Student this season. I wanted to introduce myself as over the summer, I will be working with the 3 programs Farmers on 57th leads – The Market Garden at Cambie and 57th selling CSA boxes, the Garden Club at the George Pearson Centre, and with Growing Eden, a food garden for kids and families partnered with the South Vancouver Family Place. As a non-farmer, and someone with little experience working with food, farming and gardening, but a strong passion for it, I will be sharing my personal…

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