I just want to grow Flowers

We asked him if he wanted to grow carrots. NO. Beets, NO. Peas, beans, zucchini, no no no…parsley, tomatoes…the list went on. To each he shook his head, almost imperceptibly – but definitely a no. We begin Garden Club each year with a seed starting gathering at the end of March. We try to figure out what each Pearson resident gardener wants to grow from the vegetable and flower seeds that we have. Having exhausted our list of vegetables, I went through the flower options: Calendula, Cosmos, Sweet Peas…and here, the brightly coloured pictures of the promised flowers appeared to…

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Sharing Salad at Growing Eden

The last two Wednesdays I was immersed in the Growing Eden program, surrounded by the laughter of children and their mothers, and a lush thriving garden. We hunted for peas – secret green treasures hidden among green leaves. I held the plant steady while small hands pulled determinedly, until the pea pod popped free. Then we carefully placed each pea into the basket, and the hunt continued. Meanwhile, a cluster of mothers gathered kale and edible flowers. ‘You can eat flowers?’ led to a discussion about all the lesser known edible parts of the garden. We also harvested about a…

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Pea Salad Soup Recipe & Cooking Demo by Brigitte Gemme

We had a wonderful cooking demonstration at the market garden Tuesday. Our very own CSA member, Brigitte Gemme of Smart Vegan Kitchen shared some recipes to help use up the greens in the weekly harvest box. She whipped up some samples under the Norway Maple tree and us lucky farmers & CSA members lapped them up! The all-things-green Pesto used blanched carrot tops, was super smooth and lemony from the purslane, and had chopped walnuts sprinkled atop to preserve the crunch. The Pea Salad Soup was delicious, and who knew you could cook salad greens? Super useful in what has been an…

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Urban Farming Volunteer Learning Program 2017 – Apply Now

Apply now! Urban Farming Learning Program with Farmers on 57th The Farmers on 57th market garden is seeking Learning Program volunteers for the 2017 season! This full season learning experience will immerse you into the world of ecological farming. It is a practical hands-on experience where you exchange your labour and commitment for our instruction, supervision and mutual commitment. Farmers on 57th is an urban farm on Vancouver Coastal Health land on 57th Avenue near Cambie Street, in Vancouver, BC. The market garden grows beautiful organic veggies for distribution through a CSA program. We also grow and market cut flower bouquets. We operate on…

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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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