Archive for June, 2011

The Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab

the bulkhead site

The Grow project has tak­en up the tran­si­tional state of the Bulk­head site, installing a series of pro­vi­sional plat­forms for grow­ing herbs, veg­eta­bles, fruit and mush­rooms. Many plat­forms have been installed and new ones are being added as the Lab grows and expands over the summer.


Stuffed Pallet

Today, we put togeth­er a ver­ti­cal pal­let to grow straw­ber­ries.  We lined the inside of the pal­let with a weed block fab­ric and sealed it with addi­tion­al boards from anoth­er pallet.


Planting

After a trip to the nurs­ery, we spent the day plant­i­ng. When we got on site, we dis­cov­ered that our friend from the Vil­lage had giv­en us a head start and plant­ed some seeds…radishes, let­tuce, chard and carrots.


Roots and Herbs

Today we added the palette plat­forms for the pota­toes. We lined cof­fee sacks donat­ed by Ori­gins Cof­fee Com­pa­ny with land­scape fab­ric to help hold in mois­ture and block out light. We hope this method will allow is to get a good har­vest of pota­toes. We have five sacs pre­pared for planting.


Tomatoes Passed On

At the end of the day, after we fin­ished fill­ing the super sacs with soil, a neigh­bour from the senior’s com­plex in the Vil­lage came by to ask if we would like some toma­toes.  She went home and col­lect­ed a hand­ful of seedlings and gave us a quick demon­stra­tion on trans­plant­i­ng.  We didn’t have access to water set up just yet so we end­ed up fill­ing a con­tain­er at a near­by water foun­tain. We man­aged to get them wet enough for over night.


Bit by Bit

After get­ting the walk­way and demo stage put togeth­er. We moved on to build­ing the pal­let plat­forms to sup­port the super sacs. We filled each sac with about 2 feet of soil. The rim of the sacs will pro­vide some pro­tec­tion from the elements.


Yardworks Donates 8 Cubic Yards of Soil

We are very grate­ful to Yard­works for their dona­tion of soil to the Grow project. It’s an excel­lent blend that will pro­vide good nutri­tion for our plants.


Gargantuan Rosemary Finds Home

Lam­oureux Archi­tect is in the process of remod­el­ing their offices and Brad Lam­oureux and Anne Maison­neuve kind­ly offered their rose­mary plant to the Grow project. It was a long jour­ney for this large rosemary.


Cleaning around the edges and under the mound

It was a rare sun­ny after­noon for our site clean-up. We approached the clean up with a light touch in some places and in others…it took a lot of cut­ting, pulling and thrashing.


The Bulkhead Lab is taking shape

Today, thanks to a kind dona­tion from Yard­works we received 8 cubic yards for rain­for­est mix soil.


The fence is complete..for now

The third Grow work­shop took place last Sat­ur­day. We man­aged to plant and hang the last of the pock­et gar­dens on the chain link fence. Many of them are sprout­ing and fill­ing out.


Carlos, AKA The Pallet Guy

Many thanks to Car­los also known as The Pal­let Guy for deliv­er­ing (and unload­ing) 75 pal­lets for the Grow project.


Design Nerds Jam 5.6 Grow

The Grow Design Jam 5.6 brought the Design Nerds and the Grow project togeth­er for some cre­ative, col­lec­tive brain­storm­ing around grow­ing food, col­lect­ing water and com­post­ing at the Bulk­head Lab. Ocean and Ali­cia and I intro­duced the Jam with some infor­ma­tion about the Design Nerds, Grow and a look at some inno­v­a­tive art, design, and archi­tec­ture projects that use liv­ing materials.


Rajdeep Singh Gill and Fabiola Nabil Naguib

Please join cura­tor and schol­ar Rajdeep Singh Gill and artist, writer, and activist Fabi­o­la Nabil Naguib for this talk, dis­cus­sion and walk­ing jour­ney in expand­ing notions of sustainability. 


Roaming the Village for the Second Workshop

The sun final­ly came out dur­ing our sec­ond work­shop so we end­ed up roam­ing a lit­tle far­ther to look for infra­struc­ture that could be used as sup­port for grow­ing. Heather came up with some inter­est­ing designs for float­ing gar­dens, might not be best for salt water but then pos­si­bly it would work in a water feature?


X Garden Box: an Avant Gardening Project

Van­cou­ver artist, Lois Klassen joined us for our sec­ond work­shop at Creek­side. She brought along a book doc­u­ment­ing her 2008 project X Gar­den Box. She was kind enough to share the PDF of the book which includes instruc­tions for cre­at­ing a grow­ing con­tain­er out of a card­board box and chick­en wire.