When There is Housing Anxiety, Where is Home?

Written by Pendra Wilson Home is where I was today at Farmer’s on 57th. I was digging holes alone with a pickaxe and shovel. I have to admit I might also have been feeling sorry for myself. Farmer’s on 57th has been located on George Pearson land, which is a residency for the severely disabled. We’ve been there for 10 years. The farm’s original mandate was to integrate with the residents.   I’m not one of the 4 female founders. I was someone that joined one of the programs wanting to learn how to garden and provide more food security. My…

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Upcoming Dogwood & Willow Weaving Workshop!

Hey folks, we have an exciting community event coming up at the farm! A Dogwood and Willow Weaving Workshop! Community gardeners, students in the Grow Your Own Food Course, Pearson residents and staff, Market Gardeners, and neighbours of the centre are all welcome to come out and try their artistic side, no experience necessary. And don’t worry if you’re not sure how to weave, Sharon Kallis, an environmental artist and author of Common Thread will be there to facilitate.  All are welcome but please arrive early if you would like to participate in the construction of the cadenza as the artist,…

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SOIL SLINGIN’ SATURDAY OCTOBER 6, 1-4PM

Hey folks, we are building a farm! The existing market garden will be a construction site in Phase 1 of the Pearson Dogwood Development by ONNI. Help us complete the growing beds at our new site in the cool October sunshine. We be slingin’ soil to form permanent raised beds with the mighty shovel, rake & wheelbarrow. All equipment supplied, gardening gloves too if you don’t have your own. Just bring you, a water bottle, and a snack if you need something to sustain you through a 3 hour workout. Date: Saturday October 6th, 2018 Time: 1-4pm Location: On the…

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Therapeutic Gardening Workshop August 21st, 2018

Gardening can be a therapeutic activity for many people, including seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers. In partnership with George Pearson Centre, Farmers on 57th specializes in gardening and building communities with residents living with disabilities. Sarah from Farmers on 57th will introduce us to the benefits of therapeutic gardening, and how to make gardening accessible for those with limited mobility. Date: August 21st (Tuesday) Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Location: South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (6470 Victoria Dr.)

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Soil Slingin’ Evening Sessions July 12th & 26th 7-9pm

Hey folks, we are building a new farm this summer! Be a part of it. The existing market garden will be a construction site as of November 2019. To spread out the work and to be able to grow some winter crops, we are prepping our new garden beds right now. Help us complete the growing beds at our new main site in the cool summer evening hours. We be slingin’ soil to form permanent raised beds with the mighty shovel, rake & wheelbarrow. All equipment supplied, gardening gloves too if you don’t have your own. Just bring you, a…

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MAY 12TH, 2018 – JOIN OUR WEEKEND FARM BUILD!

Calling all weekend farm warriors: Mark your calendars! Saturday, May 12th 10am – 2pm Come to the George Pearson Centre for our Weekend Farm Build! Dress for rain or shine, and expect to get dirty as we build the new site for the Farmers on 57th Urban Farm. We’ll spend the day tackling a big mound of soil with our shovels and wheelbarrows and moving it to raise brand new farm beds for winter crops.         What to bring: Sunscreen & hat Water bottle Gardening gloves (if you have them – otherwise we have some extras) Sturdy…

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The Tarps are Down

As the redevelopment on the Pearson-Dogwood site begins to take shape, we farmers must relocate the market garden by the end of 2018. There are many phases of the redevelopment project, and the first phase builds where the existing market garden is currently located. The future permanent location of the farm will not be established for several years. So – we are building a transition farm! It will be tucked between Pearson residences and will deliver the same programs and same delicious organic veggies. There are many ways to build a farm where there is existing lawn. We decided we…

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FIRST ANNUAL WEED TAKEDOWN! PART TROIS

Sunday August 27th, 2017 10am-4pm Farmers on 57th Market Garden 650 West 57th Avenue Weeds happen every year, but this season we’re gonna win! This is part three of our Summer Weed Party Series. Come on out, get your hands in the soil, and help a farmer out. Please bring: Sunscreen Sunhat Water bottle Your own lunch/ snacks Gardening gloves (if you have them – we have some extras if you don’t) Kids welcome! Drop by anytime you like, even to visit.

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