What Happened at the Willow & Dogwood Weaving Workshop?

Hey guys! Remember that weaving workshop we had at the end of June? Maybe you weren’t able to make it out, but here’s the down low of what happened at our super fun Willow & Dogwood Weaving Workshop! First of all, there was an amazing turn out!! Thank you to everyone who came and joined in! The arch looks beautiful! As eco-artist, Sharon Kallis, arrived, we introduced ourselves and began the process by stripping Willow branches of their leaves and organizing them in similar-sized piles. Excitement and anticipation built as members of the neighbourhood, Farmers on 57th, and residents and…

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Hiring Summer Horticulturalist

Farmers on 57th|Assistant Urban Farmer & Horticultural Therapy Program Coordinator Vancouver, BC Name of Facility: Farmers on 57th: A Community Integrated Urban Farm Location: Main location at 57th @ Cambie Street; second satellite location at 7710 Nanaimo Street Start Date: Flexible start date, 8 weeks of full time employment (30 hours/ week). Start by July 1, 2019. Hours offered: 30 hrs/week Compensation: $13.85/hour. This is a 30 hour/week position for 8 weeks. This is a Canada Summer job posting, so the successful applicant must: be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment be a…

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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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Reflections on Eating More Veggies – Summer Student Guest Post #2

Hello again! My name is Angeli and I am one of this year’s summer students at Farmers on 57th. As promised in my previous blog post, here are more reflections about personal benefits of eating more veggies through a CSA. Eating more veggies is healthy AND fun The updated Canada Food Guide was released earlier this year and it looks pretty different than the old rainbow model. I like the visual guide of half your plate being fruits and vegetables. It also reminds us to be mindful of our eating habits, cook more often, enjoy our food, eat meals with…

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Reflections on Food and Ecology – Summer Student Guest Post

Hello! My name is Angeli and I am one of this year’s summer students at Farmers on 57th. I am in my 4th year of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I volunteered at Farmers on 57th in 2017 and 2018, and am currently doing my internship there as a farm assistant. In this blog post, I want to share some reflections on how Farmers on 57th is a great example of agroecology, and how we contribute to a more sustainable food system by reducing our fossil fuel footprint. I hope this is…

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Urban Farming Volunteer Learning Program – 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 2019 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, 57th Avenue near Cambie Street, in Vancouver, BC. The market garden grows beautiful organic flowers and veggies for distribution through a CSA program. We operate on the grounds of George Pearson Centre,…

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Grow Your Own Food Course Registration Open

Wanna Grow Your Own Food? Our ever popular Grow Your Own Food course begins in just 3 weeks, Thursday March 29th! Sign up now, space is going fast. $300 and you get your own 4′ x 6′ instructional plot, access to all the tools and supplies you’ll need and 12 instructional sessions every 2nd Thursday, 6:30-8pm. Urban farmers Karen & Jess guide you through every step of the season from soil prep, seed starting to crop maintenance and harvest. Eat what you grow! Find more details at www.farmerson57th.ca. What People Say: “It is a good family activity. We learnt the basic knowledge…

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Urban Farming Volunteer Learning Program – 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 2018 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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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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