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urban farm & garden project

The World In A Garden educates community and youth about the nutritional, cultural and environmental aspects of growing and eating food.
Jun 182012
 

…At The World In A Garden’s Summer Camp for Kids!

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 1. Learn the 3 Ethics of Permaculture

Come out and practice the 3 ethics: Care of the Earth, Care of All People & Fair Share and learn their importance in the production of local and sustainable food

2. Grow your own food!

From raspberries and carrots to kale, we’ll be planting, tending, harvesting and eating fresh food from the garden. Using creative recipes for yummy tastings we’ll have your kids joining in our mission to “Eat More Kale.”

3. Meet the chickens

Ok, wait, chickens in the city? Yes! Passport to Permaculture campers will learn about our feathery friends and how they provide for us AND the garden!

4. Play in the Dirt!

Embark on a “Soil Safari.” We’ll get up close and personal with the living organisms that make up a thriving ecosystem and find out why good soil is our lifeline. In fact, it’s proven that a good bacterium in soil improves our mood and increases serotonin in the brain.

5. Build your own garden pizza Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company

Our campers will head out on a pizza-making excursion to Rocky Mountain where local ingredients are the norm. They’ll also get a “taste” of the value of ethical business and social entrepreneurship.

6. Get to know our buzzing garden bees!

Spend a BEE-themed day in the garden learning about our buzzing friends and making bee-utiful arts and crafts! You’ll see how these pollinating friends play a pertinent role in food production as well as the benefits of raw, local honey.

7. Travel the World in Our Garden

Our campers learn about the cultural importance of different food plants, traditional recipes and harvest celebrations from our culturally themed gardens – it’s a multicultural affair!

8. Learn to work in harmony with the nature.

It’s an opportunity for kids to observe nature while they collect stamps on their passport! We’ll learn to create a happily functioning ecosystem that requires minimal inputs with the yummiest of outputs!

9. Run a farm market with your very own handmade garden products!

Kids make products to sell at a kid-run farm market at the gates of The World In A Garden! On the last day of camp we’ll put our new knowledge and love of local food to work, because really, are you ever too young to make change and start an ethical business?

DISCLAIMER: If your child attends this camp they may have frequent cravings for fresh food and start growing food in your yard, on your balcony, or even in your home!

Jun 122012
 

Last week we attended the Vancouver Urban Farming Society AGM, reconnecting with a handful of local urban farmers to kick off the society’s mission: promoting urban farming and growing its viability in the city of Vancouver. I often get caught up in the excitement of working with such a passionate group and have to remind myself that there ARE people who don’t even know that this network of people exists; that don’t know their farmers or where their food comes from!

It got me thinking how easy it is to be disconnected from something as crucial as FOOD. It’s important to pause and peel back the layers of the complex systems of which we’re a part!

Yesterday I was in the garden, working furiously to keep up with kale going to seed, meticulously picking the bad leaves off of our plants and planting more lettuce to ensure we have a crop for our upcoming farmers markets. It wasn’t until I slowed down to take a closer look at what was happening that I was reminded what a miracle a growing, producing garden is.

Bees are important pollinators for our food supply!

Bees were rampant around our berry bushes yesterday, playing multiple, important functions in the garden. Thanks to our buzzing friends, many plants are pollinated and can thus reproduce! In fact, one third of food plants depend on the services of pollinators. Bees account for 80% of all insect pollination contributing to the human diet! Plus, the local honey that they produce can even be used to treat allergies! But they’re not the only ones working hard to help us produce our food…

Ladybugs are another amazing beneficial insect. These speckled beauties are actually predatory beetles and chow down on harmful bugs like aphids, preventing those pests from destroying our crops. Fact: Some ladybugs will eat up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime! I say bon appetit my friends!

Ladybugs play multiple roles that enhance the functionality of the garden.

As urban farmers who are sometimes appreciated but often overlooked, we are grateful to have the opportunity to educate our community about our other friends working hard in the garden. This summer, we’ll be teaching kids about bees, ladybugs, worms and more at our urban agriculture camp, Passport to Permaculture. Campers spend the week outdoors, exploring the multifunctional relationships that create a thriving ecosystem in the garden, from a soil safari to a session all about bees! Click here for registration information.

So take the time to lean in and have a closer look at the plants growing in your garden. There’s a lot more going on than you might expect!