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Photo: Canim Lake BC, BEADS project participants

An article featured recently on City Farmer (a non-profit urban agriculture information source) is titled Community Gardens make comeback in BC First Nations Communities.”  The feature is linked by Michael Levenston.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“First Nations communities around B.C. are reclaiming their horticultural roots, thanks to a joint federal provincial funding program.

In the last five years, almost 40 communities have received grants through the Aboriginal Agriculture Initiative (AAI) to establish community and allotment gardens, build greenhouses and watering systems, and buy tools, bedding plants and seeds. The intention, according to Archie Deneault, chair of the AAI Advisory Committee, is to help Aboriginal people achieve self-sufficiency through participation in viable, diverse agri-food opportunities.” [See full article here.]

 

Photo: ABC News/ “Cheap Food in the City/Grow Your Own”

Excerpt from article by ALICE GOMSTYN
ABC News/Business 

“As food prices continue to rise, many urbanites are beginning to share Fairman’s reasoning. From Boston to Seattle, municipal officials and community organizers are finding an increased demand for plots in community gardens as more residents look to grow their own food.” [See full article here.]

Photo: urban gardener Justin Tilson on small plot of Kitsalano unused railway right of way

Excerpt from article in 24 Hours newspaper “Empty space an urban oasis” by Dharm Makwana:

“Where some see weeds, Justin Tilson sees sustenance. The 32-year-old grad student is Vancouver’s guerilla gardener who looks at every unclaimed space in the city as an opportunity to yield food and reconnect people with the earth.

“Really it’s great to be able to rehabilitate wasted space or space that’s been used and left to go bad,” Tilson said yesterday at a gathering in Kitsilano for urban gardeners who share his passion for locally grown food.”  [See full article here.]

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Photo: rice from Forbes magazine article “World’s Most Expensive Food”
Photographer: Yue Tong Law/Stockphoto

Photo: soybeans from same Forbes magazine article (link above)
Photographer: Mindy w.m. Chung/Shutterstock

The world’s most expensive food currently is not, as you might think, hippopotamus steaks or whale caviar, but staples like rice or soybeans. For both, prices have risen by more than 100 percent over the past year.


For those of us in prosperous countries like Canada, these price increases for staples might mean little more than inconvenience. But, in many countries round the world, price increases like this are a disaster. Thirty countries worldwide have experienced rioting over food shortages. In poorer countries when prices double, what food can be afforded is halved.

What will be the price of rice or soybeans by the time the planned North Shore organic food cooperative is up and running? I wonder.

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Photo: Certificate of Incorporation for Spring Crocus Community Market Co-Op

It’s official at last! The North Shore is “on the road” to having its very own organic food cooperative. Many thanks to “Adam” (of “Them Apples” fame) and all his savvy and determined  helpers.  Next step likely is inviting investors. Stay tuned!

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