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  • From Garden City to Farm City

    April 29, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Imagine Vancouver in the not-toodistant future. There are food gardens everywhere. Mini-farms. On rooftops. In parks. Next to gas stations. Filling empty lots. And there are fruit and vegetable kiosks dotted here and there, selling fresh, organically grown produce that has been picked only a few hours earlier.
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  • Montreal Urban Agriculture Blossoms Despite Red Tape

    April 28, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    After two months of round-the-clock care, the first batch of vegetables at Lufa Farms is ready to be harvested. The eggplants and tomatoes that have been growing since February will soon be picked by a small staff of roughly ten people. Meanwhile, the cucumbers and bell peppers just a few rows over will continue to ripen in Lufa’s massive rooftop greenhouse, which sits on top of a two storey commercial building in Ahuntsic-Cartierville.
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  • Saskatchewan Gardeners May Face Seed Shortage

    April 27, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    People with green thumbs, beware- if you're looking to put a certain heirloom tomato, or a particular kind of cucumber in your garden- you may have trouble finding the seeds this year. A poor growing season last year has created a shortage in seeds for some vegetables. Host of News Talk Radio's Garden Talk, Rick Van Duyvendyk says North American suppliers have actually been coming up short the last two years. He advises gardeners to get their seeds now, and then plant them in a few weeks.
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  • Canada's Latest Gardening Trends

    April 26, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Most Canadian gardeners spend about half the year tending their gardens and the other half planning for next year. Unlike the home fashion industry, where new fabrics and colours are rolled out every year and touted as the latest style, gardening trends evolve over several years.
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  • Community Gardens Flourish in Calgary

    April 25, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Growing your own vegetables is a healthy and economical option for many as food prices escalate and agricultural sustainability becomes more important. But gardening can be a challenge for people who live in apartments and other multi-family housing in densely populated urban areas lacking green space.
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  • Easter Gardeners Reminded of Legionnaires' Risk

    April 25, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Gardeners are being reminded of the dangers of potting mix and compost when gardening this Easter weekend. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says Easter is a popular time to get the last of that autumn planting and weeding done before winter sets in.
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  • Online Community Created for Gardeners into Open-Pollinated Seeds

    April 20, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    For years now the Internet has provided us with a global marketplace. This has been true for gardeners, too; if we cannot access something in our own neighbourhoods, it’s easy to switch on our computers and find what we’re looking for online.
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  • Vancouver IGE Cancelled

    April 18, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    In keeping with their commitment to providing the best possible venues and return of investment for their exhibitors, Maximum Yield has made the decision to cancel the upcoming Vancouver Expo scheduled for May 14 & 15, 2011.
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  • Terra Nova Schoolyard Project in Richmond BC

    April 18, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Students in Richmond are learning about food production and sustainability, but it’s not in a conventional classroom. The Terra Nova Schoolyard Project was founded in 2006 by Chef Ian Lai, an instructor at the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver. Frustrated by his students’ lack of knowledge about how the food cycle works, he embarked on a quest to introduce children to where their food comes from.
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  • Eastern Iowa Students Getting Back to the Earth with Gardening Programs

    April 18, 2011 | Posted by Ed .

    Nine-year-old Damon Rector rattles off the garden seeds he’s planting this spring: peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe and cucumbers. “Of course I would,” the Cedar Rapids Taylor Elementary third-grader replies, when asked if he will eat the fruits of his labor. “I’ll eat anything.”
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