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April 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Green Infrastructure Could Save Cities Billions

Okay - so not local, but a good sharing story.

Compared to canvas grocery bags or CFL light bulbs or even solar panels, larger "green infrastructure" projects such as roof gardens or permeable streets can be hugely expensive. It turns out, however, that they're actually not that expensive when compared to the costs of building more traditional infrastructure, and can even save money. According to a new study, governments are wasting billions of dollars a year by not going…


Added by Beth Carruthers on April 24, 2012 at 4:28pm — No Comments

The 2012 Gathering of the BC Food Systems Network: Call for Proposals

Planning is now underway for the B.C. Food Systems Network Gathering that is taking place from July 5th through the 8th, 2012. In preparation for the event, the Gathering Committee is putting out a request for:

proposals, workshops, roundtables and discussion topics;

potential sources for funding; and

ideas for making the gathering a meaningful and enriching experience for all.

This will be the 14th Annual Gathering of the BC Food Systems Network and we hope you will…


Added by Beth Carruthers on April 23, 2012 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Cool Blog for the Beacon Food Forest project

Our goal is to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem.

A Food Forest is a gardening technique or land management system that mimics a woodland ecosystem but substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees are the upper level, while below are berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals. Companions or beneficial plants are included to…


Added by Beth Carruthers on April 19, 2012 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Farm-in-a-truck teaches kids about sustainability

Nice example.

"Compass Green is a mobile greenhouse built into a truck, which runs on vegetable oil (natch). Handsome hipsters Nick Runkle and Justin Cutter retooled the truck, which was already fitted with Plexiglas display panels, to turn it into a biofuel-powered educational farm on wheels."

read more:…


Added by Beth Carruthers on April 13, 2012 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Water is Life Event - what healthy water means to us all

Water is Life Event 

Are you interested in hearing about current water issues in Vancouver and what you can do about them?


Please join us on Saturday May 19th at the Roundhouse Community Centre from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM as we spend an afternoon with like-minded people to discuss what healthy water means to us all!

Confirmed speakers are:


Celia Brauer- False Creek Watershed Society - sewers, runoff, beach health, our special events,…


Added by Celia Brauer on April 12, 2012 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Slow Food International: Recipe for a Successful Community Garden Senegal - 05 Apr 12

As we pass the half way mark on Slow Food’s ambitious project, to create 1000 food gardens in Africa (580 and counting!) we look at what it takes to create a successful community or school garden. From the experience and expertise of those working on the ground in Thousand Gardens in Africa project, ten steps for a flourishing good, clean and fair garden that can be put into action anywhere…


Added by Beth Carruthers on April 12, 2012 at 4:03pm — No Comments

November 2012 ER331 Urban Restoration and Sustainable Agriculture @ UVic

A good looking course coming up at UVic this fall, taught by Val Schaefer, co-founder of the Institute for Urban Ecology at Douglas College and longtime partner on our SongBird project urban habitat program:

Added by Beth Carruthers on April 12, 2012 at 2:33pm — No Comments

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