The journey of a flower farmer

Hello there! Thank you for being curious about what a flower farmer’s journey may be! My name is Thanu, and I am about to start my second flower growing season with Farmers on 57th and couldn’t be more excited to get the seedlings in the soil. In the last few years, I have met amazing individuals who grow flowers in Vancouver, and every single farmer has such a different story of how they got there. Ultimately it was the realization that growing flowers fed our soul in a way that is indescribable, yet so fulfilling, and this is my journey…

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2020 Urban Farming Volunteer Learning Program – Apply Now!

The Farmers on 57th market garden is seeking Learning Program volunteers for the 2020 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 1/2 acre market garden grows beautiful organic flowers and veggies for distribution through a CSA program. We operate on the grounds of George Pearson Centre, home to 100+ people living with disabilities. There…

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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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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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