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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 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!

May 162012
 

Tyee students sell sprouts, local eggs and carrots at today’s pocket market to fund their school’s garden!

Back in school and I’m reminded that youth leadership is the driving force behind many successful social and environmental movements today.

Today I’m writing from Tyee Elementary, where students are leading a pocket market sale for their parents and teachers. This is part of a garden education program that we are partnering on with Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company. Students learn about the importance of our local food system and work together to create products for the market sale. Proceeds fund Tyee’s garden, which is underway with raised beds in their schoolyard.

Kids ages 7 to 12 lined the market tables today, beaming with smiles and proudly selling their products to parents and teachers, all the while becoming young social entrepreneurs in a movement towards a more local food system. What’s on sale today? Food in a jar, mason bee hives, potato kits, seed bombs, seed sprout kits and more!

We are facilitating leadership training in anti-discrimination and anti-racism for citizenU, a city-funded program. Our crew enjoyed the sun this weekend during training!

These students have demonstrated that you can never be too young to make positive change, or even lead a movement! All over the country, youth are turning their passion for local food into action, working with their communities to create more localized food systems. This isn’t just a movement; it’s a way of life!

I am sincerely inspired whenever I hear about a new initiative or read about a fellow young urban farmer in the newspaper. Emi Do (Yummy Yards), an urban farmer about my age, was recently featured in a front page article in the Vancouver Sun describing a push towards policy changes favorable to urban agriculture. Just yesterday, I stumbled upon an article about two young Americans filming a documentary about urban farms across the United States. And today, just a few minutes ago, I received a notice from an Environmental Youth Alliance coordinator regarding a group of teenage youth (GrassRoutes) who are cycling across Canada over the summer to empower thousands of youth about environmental leadership.

And The World In A Garden? Among other things, we’re partnering with citizenU, a city-funded program that provides high school aged youth with leadership training in anti-discrimination and anti-racism so that we can celebrate diversity and build more resilient communities in this beautiful city!

All across the world, the local food movement has taken root. Its popularity AND success are on the rise. Farm to Cafeteria programs in schools, youth-run gardens, young urban farmers, social entrepreneurs in the making, young filmmakers and more! So can young people change the world? You bet they can- they already are!

Apr 042012
 

Kids get their hands dirty this summer!

There’s no question about it; when we spend time outdoors with our hands in the dirt, nurturing other living things, we just plain feel better! The great thing about gardening is that anyone can do it, regardless of gender, race, size or age. Unfortunately, it is now commonplace for kids to be Facebook-ing, Tweeting, video-gaming, texting, watching TV, etc., at a young age, and with that, they begin to lose the age-old connection to the earth, to the soil under their feet. Let’s change that!

There’s nothing more rewarding than watching 8-year olds come into the garden, plant a few seeds, munch on some freshly picked kale and herbs, and then leave shouting, “I want to be a farmer!” Children still have an intuitive connection to the earth that flourishes when we give them the opportunity to experience it. Gardening offers an array of positive benefits and keeps children grounded, curious, active, socially engaged and connected. It helps them bloom into well-rounded individuals.

So get your kids in the garden! This summer, The World In A Garden is offering Passport to Permaculture, an interactive day camp where kids learn about food and ecology following the ethics of permaculture: care of the earth, care of all people and fair share. Throughout this weeklong camp, kids receive stamps in their “Passport to Permaculture” as they complete activities on the topics of nutrition, urban agriculture, biodiversity, local food, multiculturalism, ethical business and more! The camp features local guest speakers, hands-on activities in the garden and a pizza-making field trip to Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company. The weeklong camp culminates in a kid-run farm market at the gates of The World In A Garden!

Registration for the camp is now open. Click HERE to register. 

Questions? Contact Alicia Baddorf: abaddorf@jfsa.ca | 604-257-5151 ext. 1213.

Nov 082011
 

1.       You will be watching our feature film, Queen of the Sun, www.queenofthesun.com, a fascinating and award winning film!

2.       You will be supporting the work of 2 great organizations that make local food happen: www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca  and www.theworldinagarden.com

3.       Enjoy complimentary Artisan Gifts Bags full of local sustainable delicious goodies valued at over $50 AND it’s all in a really cool pollinator theme reusable Whole Foods Market gift bag!

 4.       Taste the goodness of fresh and local preparations from our generous sponsors: Whole Foods Markets, Terra Breads, Bee in Bloom Honey, Works Wonders, Urban Digs Farm, Nature’s Path, Blessed Bee CSA, and Terra Chips.

5.       Experience the flavours of our BEE-dependent liquids from: Namasthe Teas, Wellbrook Winery, Bremner Juices and Meadow Vista Honey Wines.

6.       There are Door Prizes to be won! Including a well thought out BEE basket.

7.       An entertaining live auction with Vancouver’s very own Jason McRobbie! We’re featuring items from a variety of BC wineries, My Garden Bag, Nature’s Path, Ethical Bean Coffee, and more!

8.       The first 200 people  to purchase tickets online will be entered to win 2 tickets to the 2012 Feast of Fields www.feastoffields.com ($170 value) and a $150 gift certificate for The World In A Garden’s Seed to Table Workshop series. We’re almost there so get online today to order yours at www.festivalcinemas.ca!

9.       Meet the people who make it happen from UBC Farm, Slow Food Vancouver, FarmFolk CityFolk, Environmental Youth Alliance, The World In A Garden, Works Wonders and Foodtree! All this for only $29 -  BEEcause it’s so much more than a Film Screening, it’s A Plan BEE Event!

Jul 062011
 

If you want to:

A. spend more time in the sun

B. learn more about urban agriculture

C. have more fun; or

D. all of the above

…then you should join us this summer at The World In A Garden! Why be a part of TWIAG? We offer rewarding experiences for people from all walks of life so that we can build community, grow multicultural awareness, and educate Vancouverites to make healthy & environmentally sound decisions. We believe that it is your small and valuable decisions that will make life in Vancouver & the world more sustainable!

Summer has brought lots of exciting events (new and returning) and volunteer opportunities to our garden, and we’d like to share some of those with you…

  • Passport to Permaculture: A Kids Camp (NEW)

Following the ethics of permaculture- care of the earth, care of all people and fair share- kids will explore the different aspects of urban agriculture- nutrition, local food, biodiversity and ethical business. Participants receive stamps in their “Passport to Permaculture” as they complete activities representing the 12 principles of permaculture. The camp features knowledgeable & engaging guest speakers, arts & crafts, hands-on activities, a field trip to Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company and a camper-run garden gate sale! Click on the “workshops & camps” tab for more information.

  • Seed to Table Workshop Series

We are very excited about our workshop series this summer! It includes interesting topics & knowledgeable guest speakers from our area who are committed to growing local, minimizing footprints and building a more sustainable community.

Coming up: Arts & Seed Starts (A Kids Workshop) & Backyard Chickensboth on JULY 20- double the fun!

  • Markets

This summer, TWIAG is happy to be part of three wonderful markets: Oak St. Farmer’s Market & Westside Pocket Market & Southlands Market. Check them out on our “where to find us” page. And remember to buy local :)

  • Native Edible Garden

In honor of First Nations culture and heritage, we are planting a native edible garden along the boulevard south of our garden. The garden will be blessed by Squamish Nation Minister, Eugene Harry, and planted with the help of Linaea Nurseries and the community that has supported us since our beginnings.

Mar 142011
 

It’s easy to make a healthy treat when you’re working in the garden! Join The World In A Garden this Sunday, March 20th for our 2nd Annual Potato Fusion. We’ll be fusing organic potatoes and lettuce in used burlap coffee sacs to promote a nutritious diet and support a good cause!With the help of our AMAZING sponsors ( Ethical Bean, Choices Market, My Garden Bag and Helmers Potatoes),  all of the proceeds will be donated to The World In A Garden & Project Somos, an eco-village for abandoned and orphaned children in Guatemala. There will be two sessions: 11am & 1pm. Feel free to join us aftewards for food and drinks. The cost is $20, which includes a potato fusion kit to take home. If you can’t make it to the workshop, these kits are also available upon request, for $15 each. To reserve your spot, please contact Alicia via phone 604.257.5151 ext. 213 or by e-mail abaddorf@jfsa.ca. See you there!

Feb 212011
 

What in the world is growin’ on at The World In A Garden?

Click on the images or visit our Events Page for more information!

On MARCH 6TH, we will be holding our first workshop of the season, focusing on INDOOR GARDENING. TWIAG will be joined by Ilana Labow of Fresh Roots Urban Farm. Ilana gained a great deal of knowledge working with Will Allen for several years on the urban farm project, Growing Power. She has some valuable information about soil fertility to share with us!

On MARCH 20TH, get back to the garden for our 2nd annual POTATO FUSION WORKSHOP. We will be teaming up with Project Somos as we fuse together potatoes & lettuce to create tasty and nutritious treats! Project Somos is establishing a sustainable eco-village in Guatemala for orphaned and abandoned children. All proceeds will be donated to TWIAG & Project Somos.

On APRIL 24TH, come celebrate EARTH DAY 2011 with TWIAG! We will be pairing with Growing City to discuss the importance of urban agriculture, do some digging in the garden, and feast in honor of Mother Earth!

These are just a few of MANY events that we will be hosting in the upcoming season. Keep your ears & eyes open for more information on The World In A Garden  2011 Workshop Series.  In the mean time, here are some fun facts about indoor gardening & potatoes!

  • Houseplants can remove harmful air toxins by absorbing them and emtting precious life-giving oxygen.
  • Houseplants also produce a more oxygen-rich environment by raising humidity. This is correlated with higher productivity in the workplace.
  • Houseplants filter allergens from the air.
  • You can grow plants all year long!
  • They beautify the home!

Potayto, potahto

  • With all those carbohydrates, potatoes are easy to digest and can actually facilitate digestion!
  • A single baked potato will also provide you with 11.7% of the daily value for fiber, but remember the fiber in potatoes is mostly in their skin. In addition there is a concentration of nutrients directly beneath the skin which is often peeled away!
  • The nutrients in potatoes (Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, potassium, magnesium, etc.) are great for the skin.
  • The nutrients found in potatoes also improve brain functioning.
  • The fiber in potatoes helps to lower cholesterol and improves the functioning of insulin in the body, ultimately lowering blood pressure.

We look forward to seeing you soon!!

Jan 122011
 

Special Thanks to Inspire Canada and Maximizer Software for their help with the garden!

Last Friday, the corporate team from Maximizer Software joined us at the garden to help tidy up in the midst of this cold winter. After days of rain, the sun gods blessed us with a beautiful day for working outdoors!

Michael Samson of Inspire Canada brought us the energetic team from Maximizer to clean up the garden and do some team building exercises. Tricia started things off with a brief tour of the garden and an explanation of the project. The volunteers then dove into the clean up work, which involved everything from pulling out the dead sunflowers to harvesting the beautiful carrots that survived the winter!

Michael then led the crew in a team building exercise, in which three different groups developed and performed original skits promoting The World in A Garden. As the judges, we had the task of deciding which one to post on the website. Along with having their efforts posted on the blog, the winning team received a wonderful gift basket from Seeds of Plenty. We will have the winning video up soon!

The crew got back to work again and finished clearing out the weeds from the garden. All of their hard work led to this incredible transformation.

We ended the day with a final session of team building in which we discussed our New Year’s resolutions and what we can do to follow through with them.

It was a beautiful day and truly rewarding to see everyone come together to support The World In A Garden project. Everyone enjoyed a break from the office to spend sometime outdoors contributing to the garden. What a fabulous job this small group did to improve the garden in a big way! The Maximizer team is much appreciated for coming out to lend a hand, as is Michael for bringing the team to us through Inspire Canada.

Aug 232010
 

Seriously delicious pizza.

Besides just having the best tasting pizza/ flatbread around, Rocky Mountain does a lot of things right. Suzanne and Dominic Fielden seemed to have mastered the art of developing community partnerships and friendships. They don’t just support organic local farms, they support local neighborhood gardens and urban agriculture projects like The World in a Garden. They have their own Education Society  and a school based program called Fed Up! that teaches school kids  about growing, harvesting and cooking food. You think they might be tired (and they probably are) but not too tired to offer a warm smile and even a hand at the garden when we need them. The World in a Garden is blessed to have such supporters and friends. Now this is the way we like to do business – with heart and passion! Thank you Suz and Dom and the amazing team at Rocky Mountain. www.rockymountainflatbread.ca