• Rooftop Montreal Greenhouse Uses Careful Energy Managment and Claims to Have Proven Concept is Financially Feasible in Canada

    June 22, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Lufa Farms stated publically yesterday that it 'broke even' earlier this year on its prototype energy-efficient rooftop greenhouse in Montreal, and that it's ready to move forward with its “ultimate goal” – to develop a turnkey urban greenhouse system that can be located in any North American city. Construction of Lufa’s first greenhouse in Antonio-Barbeau in Montreal began in July of 2010 (according to the company’s website), first by preparing the roof and creating the necessary structure and then by completing the framing and glass installation. The internal systems, heating, electrical, insulation shades, and other components were completed at the beginning of 2011.
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  • North Vancouver City Offers Unanimous Support for Food Charter

    June 21, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Already a leader in municipal urban agriculture initiatives, the City of North Vancouver is now taking a wider lens to the food system. On June 11, city council unanimously supported the creation of a food charter and a food policy advisory committee. Presenting to council was Heather Johnstone, coordinator of the Edible Garden Project, the group that runs Loutet Farm and a host of other urban agriculture projects on the North Shore.
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  • The Government of Canada Helps Farmers Improve Water Management Practices

    June 19, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Quebec City, Quebec, June 19, 2012 – Farmers are always looking for ways to improve their farming practices, increase their productivity and maintain the sustainability of the environment. The Centre Eau, Terre et Environnement of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique will receive an investment of more than $250,000 to improve an integrated computer model that examines the economic and environmental impacts of implementing beneficial management practices (BMPs) on the farm and on a broader landscape scale.
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  • Vancouver Technical School's Market Garden a Canadian First

    June 13, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    The Vancouver board of education has signed an agreement with an urban farm society to develop a market garden at Vancouver Technical secondary school. The deal, described as the first of its kind in Canada, envisions an educational space where students can learn about agriculture and gardening while growing Asian greens, salad greens, beets, carrots, garlic and other vegetables on a quarter-acre (1,000 square metres) plot on the school grounds on East Broadway Avenue.
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  • Farming Goes to Town as Crops Come to City

    June 11, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    MONTREAL - Gardening in the city used to be considered a leisure activity that beautified the areas around homes or buildings. Now it’s known as urban agriculture, and cities around the world are realizing the positive effects it can have on everything from building strong communities to fighting climate change to feeding hungry people. A new report by the city of Montreal has found agriculture is not practised only in the off-island farms of southern Quebec.
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  • Green Agriculture Research Gets Boost from Harper Government – Canada Hosts International Environmental Agriculture Conference

    June 08, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Ottawa, Ontario, June 5, 2012 – Producers will have the opportunity to increase their profits while mitigating their impact on the environment, thanks to a partnership between academia and the Harper Government. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today an investment of more than $3.4 million to the University of Saskatchewan to study how to reduce agricultural greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the areas of agroforestry, irrigation and nitrogen use. Minister Ritz made the announcement just as meetings of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases were commencing in Saskatoon.
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  • City Boosts Local Vegetable Patches

    June 07, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Vancouver, BC - Mayor Gregor Robertson rolled up his sleeves and got his hands dirty at the community garden nestled on City Hall’s north lawn Wednesday to celebrate the opening of new plots. Standing next to the Simon Fraser Elementary School students who help tend the garden, the mayor announced 11 additional plots would join the record 405 which sprang up across the city last year.
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  • OCPM Consultation Tour for Montréal Urban Agriculture File

    June 04, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    MONTREAL, June 4, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Tomorrow begins the tour of evening consultations organized by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal as part of the vast consultation on the state of urban agriculture in Montréal. Five meetings are scheduled for as many areas of Montréal. The meetings will allow citizens to hear borough representative present what they are doing in terms of urban agriculture, to ask questions, to exchange information, and to comment on all aspects of urban agriculture in their neighbourhood.
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  • A 30,000 Square-Foot Community Garden, in a Parking Garage

    May 31, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    When the organizers of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair imagined the future, they probably didn’t envision, among the jet packs and routine space travel, tomatoes growing on the roof of a parking garage. But 50 years later, that’s exactly what’s about to happen a few blocks from the Space Needle, where residents are building a 30,000-square-foot community garden atop a two-story structure once intended for fair visitors’ cars.
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  • Government of Canada Helps Grain Sector Develop Gluten-free Products

    May 30, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Kelowna, British Columbia, May 26, 2012 - The Harper Government is helping to boost the availability of gluten-free foods to meet growing market demand. Member of Parliament Ron Cannan (Kelowna-Lake Country), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of $245,000 to the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) to enhance existing food safety systems to include specific controls for gluten-free foods.
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