About City Farmer Shoemakers, fashion models, computer geeks, politicians, lawyers, teachers, chefs … all city dwellers … all can grow food at home after work in back yards, community gardens or on flat roofs. For the past 36 years, City Farmer has encouraged urban dwellers to pull up a patch of lawn and plant some vegetables, kitchen herbs and fruit. Our message is the same today as it was in 1978 and will be relevant far into the future. This website is a collection of stories about our work at City Farmer here in Vancouver, Canada, and about urban farmers from around the world. The site is maintained by City Farmer executive director, Michael Levenston. Beautiful Covered Terrace Ideas To enjoy your outdoors even during autumn, the focus is on a covered terrace, which will protect you from cooler temperatures. For more inspiration, discover 10 outstanding ideas for covered terraces that will make you love your outdoors in autumn as much as in spring. To enjoy the view of the pool while being protected, you can opt for a roof that will cover part of the pool.
Propagating Rosemary Caroline and I have a dream of a rosemary hedge. It’s a long-term dream, because our growing season isn’t quiet long enough to make it happen very quickly. So we’ve taken the long view, and plotted out a five year plan to reach our goal. This is year one, the year for growing lots of rosemary in pots. Piecing Together a Guild of Your Own Photo: Panorama (Courtesy of hardworkinghippy) In the scheme of permaculture food production, harnessing the most out of nature whilst using its own attributes, creating plant guilds ranks pretty high up there. Most of us know them in simplified forms such as the three sisters—corn, beans and squash—or companion plantings like carrots and onions or tomatoes and basil. While these combinations are great things to be familiar with, the larger lesson is learning to create more systemic guilds on our own.
AGRITECTURE - Vertical Farm Concepts Roundup: Recently we stumbled upon some not-so-new vertical farm designs worth considering. We are firm believers that skyscraper style farms are not the most sensible direction for dense urban farming because we predict the costs will remain prohibitively expensive for most urban centers . However, the systems within these concepts: hydroponic, water use, community integration, solar thermal design, etc. are always interesting to consider as their applications are often widespread for other Agritecture solutions. Also, the images are pretty awesome! Ruwan Fernando:
Vincent Callebaut Architecte DRAGONFLY The world of fast-food and frozen food is over! The urban keen interest of the beginning of our Century turns toward the garden flat bringing back the countryside in our overcrowded cities fighting from now on for a community urban agriculture able to contribute to the durability of the city and to rethink the food production. On the roofs, terraces, balconies, in the hollow of the non-built public spaces, in the interior yards and the suspended greenhouses, the eco-warrior aspires to escape from its competitive and consumeristic universe imposed by the laws of the market.
Springy Decorative Ideas to Revive Your Garden Decoration The spring is finally here! In this flowery season, we usually have a huge need to enjoy our gardens and our outdoors after long months of hiding inside our interiors from the cold winter! If your garden, your terrace or your backyard needs to be redecorated, don’t hesitate to revive it to feel the freshness of spring & summer. Top 24 Incredibly Clever Gardening Tricks For Your Garden It’s gardening season! Are you ready? Here are some of my favorite hacks for your garden that I hadn’t heard of before. For example: use a lemon or egg shells as a perfect minimalist medium of growing seedlings; make a strawberry planter out of a single wooden pallet; prevent animals from getting into your garden by placing plastic forks in the soil… How fun are these ideas with full TUTORIALS! I thought they were all pretty clever, but then again, I’m still a rookie at this soil and seed stuff! 1.make a strawberry planter out of a single wooden pallet:
How to Build a Worm Tower A few years back we put this short video clip up on YouTube with Permaculture Schools Gardening expert Leonie Shanahan talking about her worm tower. Well the idea seems to have caught on as little colourful worm towers are now springing up everywhere in the Permaculture landscape. While filming a segment with Geoff Lawton recently in his “Soils” DVD we saw an interesting variation that was built into a tank garden laden with vegetables. Some people are worried about using PVC pipes and the one we filmed was made of a heavy concrete pipe construction. It was laden with thousands of Compost Worms and the vegetables grown were bursting at the seams with goodness. So how do you do it?
Vincent Callebaut Architecte LILYPAD PROGRAM : Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees / Mixing Uses LOCATION : Oceans SURFACE AREA : 500.000 m² PERSPECTIVES : Philippe Steels / www.pixelab.be Further to the anthropogenic activity, the climate warms up and the ocean level increases. According to the principle of Archimedes and contrary to preconceived notions, the melting of the arctic ice-floe will not change the rising of the water exactly as an ice cube melting in a glass of water does not make its level rise.
re:farm the city I will share here a low cost solution for the recycling of organic waste, appropriate for apartments and urban housing that do not have a piece of land or an outdoor area. This construction is inspired by the Cadico earthworms nice project. The photos are from the composter I made here at home : ) It’s called a Vermi composter because we use worms in the process, uhuuuuu big thanks to the worms, they deserve! To make this kind of composter, it is important to use stackable supports to separate the different stages of composting. In this case, I used 3 buckets of margarine 15L reused.
Tree Houses for the child within… Just for fun! If the idea of a tree house doesn’t stir your imagination, you might want to check that your heart is still beating The great news is that there are lots of inspired adults around the world determined to fulfil their childhood desires! Lots of inspired adults around the world determined to fulfill their childhood desires! Of course, you may have to fight the kids for possession, but as you can see from some of these, a tree-house can be big enough for everyone. BTW, have you ever wondered why tree-houses don’t end up all bent and twisted as the trees grow?