Bird’s nest in the raspberries

At the Pearson’s residents Garden Club we have a robust thicket of raspberries which brings us great berry joy. One day whilst picking we heard a ‘pip, pip’ bird sound from the bush. Turns out it was the parent bird trying to draw our attention away from its nest, which was balanced in the bushes, about chest height. Such pretty coloured eggs. It is a white-crowned sparrow nest. We all gathered round, and showed pictures and videos to those who couldn’t see the nest from their wheelchair. Sharing such discoveries make them even more special!

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We’re Hiring! Canada Summer Jobs

Hey folks, we have the pleasure and privilege to offer part-time urban farming assistant jobs again this summer, thanks to the federally-funded Canada Summer Jobs program. Candidates must be 30 years and under and meet other Canada Summer Jobs eligibility criteria. Do you enjoy working in the outdoors and want the opportunity to grow your passion for fresh grown veggies and urban farming? Do you want to develop skills working in the fields of outdoor education and communications, nurturing people’s connection to food, soil and each other? We are currently recruiting for 2 positions: Assistant Urban Farmer & Education Program…

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Garden Club grows again

After the unfortunate hiatus in 2020, where Garden Club was fenced off and COVID-19 protocols forced our first break from running the Pearson resident’s gardening program – we resumed in 2021 and the resident gardens are thriving once again. Thankfully the gardens only had a single year of wild growth – not long enough for the blackberries to take over, but certainly long enough for some strange and giant brassicas to have emerged! The below kale plant was planted in 2019 but then skipped going to seed in 2020 for reasons only known to itself. It carried on growing arms…

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The Value of a CSA Share: 2020 Member Survey Results

Just like that, another growing season at Farmers on 57th is here. Amidst all the turmoil of last spring came the delightful pivot to sign up more Harvest Box CSA Members than ever before to eat hand-grown food straight from the farm. After receiving harvest boxes for 20 weeks filled with fresh veggies and herbs, 56% of our members participated in a survey to share their experiences. 100% of the CSA members who filled out the survey felt that being a CSA member was beneficial to them, and here are a few of the reasons why:  Affordable Farm Fresh Vegetables…

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Cargo Bicycle Delivery Now Available

Wonderful partnerships form when people connect! A CSA member reached out to offer bicycle delivery service to fellow members. Rob figured he’d be biking anyways, why not drop off some other folks’ veggies & flowers along the way? (See catchment area below). He’s working out some cargo delivery logistics for future endeavors, and what a great trial run. He’s got folks to call on if he has to miss a week, so, reliable. And folks who can’t make the trip to the farm can access our same-day harvested produce. Winning, all round. So glad you reached out Rob. Here’s Rob’s…

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Grow Your Own Food Course is back!

We are so happy to announce that the Grow Your Own Food Course is back for the 2021 growing season. We had to cancel last year during the onset of the pandemic. Growing on the grounds of a long-term health care facility, and the oh-so-uncertain times that were March 2020, fences had to go up around a newly designated COVID recovery ward and we lost access to 35 instructional and community garden plots. We were so sad to lose growing grounds when people most needed access to the outdoors, and to connect with what nourishes us: food, nature & community.…

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