Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on an Urban Farm

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Farmers on 57th in 2020 were multiple: loss of reliable access to washrooms, indoor storage and programming space and increases in the cost of agricultural inputs, while at the same time, a growth in CSA membership.

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Changes on the Horizon: The Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment and Farmers on 57th, Part 2 of 3

The Pearson Dogwood redevelopment will dramatically change the landscape as the site becomes dominated by luxury condos and high-end retail. When considering this transition, I was particularly interested in how the integration of the proposed 1-acre urban farm contributes to this pattern of change and its potential to alter relationships to place through processes of “green gentrification.”

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Changes on the Horizon: The Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment and Farmers on 57th, Part 1 of 3

In this 3-part blog series, I want to spark dialogue about how the Pearson Dogwood redevelopment contributes to “green gentrification”, explore Fo57’s part in this complex process and encourage Fo57, Onni, Vancouver Coastal Health, City of Vancouver and Parks Board to reflect on the potential negative impacts of their work as they determine the future of the farm.

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Pandemic pivoting

It has been awhile since we’ve reported from the Garden Club at the George Pearson Centre the long term care facility site, home to 114 residents with disabilities (and abilities, such as green thumbs!) As we all know, 2020 was a very different year, after about mid March. It was tough. We at Farmers on 57th were poised to run another glorious season of therapeutic gardening in partnership with Pearson….when everything stopped. Pearson was locked down to outsiders that weren’t considered essential. At first, family and friends could only visit their loved one through the window. In the end, despite…

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Love from Farmers on 57th amidst COVID 19

Well, what a predicament we all find ourselves in. Our hearts are deeply pained for all the people suffering, those who are unwell or worried for their loved ones. You are foremost in our thoughts. Top of mind are the residents of George Pearson Centre, many of them fellow gardeners, who live in the long-term residential care facility on whose grounds we farm. All precautions are being taken to protect this community of people who are so appreciative and supportive of the little farm outside their bedroom windows, and who are an important part of our farm community. We are…

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Accessible Pathway Renewal Complete!

Hello! Sarah here, reporting from the Therapeutic Gardens at GPC. I’m pleased to share that the pathways around the gardens here have been renovated so they are once again smooth. Farmers on 57th built these gardens in 2009, and the pathways were last renewed in 2015. In 2019 we noticed they were getting reallllly bumpy, and some residents felt uncomfortable and unsafe when going around the gardens in their wheelchairs. It wasn’t exactly an easy job, with our accessible surface being heavy rubber mats that don’t shift when wheelchairs grip them. They were all lifted up, the ground re-leveled, and…

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When There is Housing Anxiety, Where is Home?

Written by Pendra Wilson Home is where I was today at Farmers 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. Farmers on 57th has been located on George Pearson land, which is a residence for the severely disabled. We’ve been there for 10 years. One of the farm’s mandates is 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.…

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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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