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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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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2019 Veggie & Flower Shares – Sign up now

Wowza! Time is just flying by. We have been in the field for 2 months now turning in our cover crops and seeding the season of eating’s crops. We eat all year of course, but eating straight from the garden, the food we’ve grown ourselves, the food we grow for our community? So delicious. So fresh. The season of eating! It’s been a whirlwind of a start, setting up a new farm site on the western lawns of George Pearson Centre. Last year, we had to move from our old farmsite of 9 years, to make way for the bulldozers.…

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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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