Archive for August, 2011

SWARM12

Plate of tomatoes

Join us at the Bulk­head Lab for SWARM #12.

1 metre to 100 mile organ­ic food sam­ples pre­pared by Alexan­der McNaughton will be served.

Grow is a pub­lic art project sit­u­at­ed on the periph­ery of the Olympic Vil­lage in South East False Creek, Vancouver.


Mason Bees at the Bulkhead

Mason Bees are a native pol­li­na­tor to BC. Unlike hon­ey bees they are soli­tary so they don’t live in hives and pro­duce hon­ey. To nest they seek out holes in wood where they can lay their eggs. Typ­i­cally a Mason Bee would find holes pro­duced by wood­peck­ers, but this form of habi­tat can be cre­ated to attract Mason Bees to cer­tain areas for increased pollination.


Green Graffiti with EYA

Kristi­na Parusel from the Envi­ron­men­tal Youth Alliance met with me on Fri­day to help build a small-scale liv­ing wall at the Bulk­head. The liv­ing walls are part of the EYA Green Graf­fiti pro­gram which takes urban agri­cul­ture ver­ti­cal. Using an alu­minum unit that con­tains 24, 6″ x 6″ cubes, fruit, veg­eta­bles and herbs can be grown. I was sur­prised when Kristi­na told me that they’ve suc­cess­fully grown toma­toes, beets and cab­bages in these small 6″ x 6″ cubes.


Ladybug’s Lunch with Maria Keating

Bulk­head Urban Agri­cul­ture Lab (adja­cent to Habi­tat Island in the Olympic Village)

Bring your lunch to the Bulk­head Lab and explore the macro world of our back­yard ecosys­tems with Maria Keat­ing. Learn about our pol­li­na­tors, proces­sors, native preda­tors and com­pan­ion plant­i­ng, the nat­ur­al approach to pest con­trol for the home gardener.


Grow Workshop: August 13th, 2011

Please join Chloe Ben­nett, a stu­dent of Land­scape Archi­tec­ture at UBC for a live­ly dis­cus­sion about mason bee habi­tat. Mason bees are small blue coloured bees that are impor­tant gar­den pol­li­na­tors. They have spe­cific needs for nest­ing and Chloe will be able to guide you in the prop­er meth­ods of build­ing a mason bee home. She will also share her expe­ri­ence in cre­at­ing the Van­cou­ver round­about project Bees Please.


Upcoming Tour: August 6th, 2011

Please join lead artist, Hol­ly Schmidt on a walk through Bulk­head Urban Agri­cul­ture Lab; locat­ed on the periph­ery of the Olympic Vil­lage. The Grow project has made a light inter­ven­tion into this remain­ing sec­tion of unde­vel­oped sea­wall, pos­ing dif­fer­ent solu­tions for grow­ing in the post-industrial land­scape while cre­at­ing an infor­mal space for shar­ing knowl­edge and ideas. Hol­ly will share the process of cre­at­ing the project while dis­cussing what is grow­ing on site.


Canopy/Water Collection

Over the past cou­ple of weeks Kim Coop­er and I have been cre­at­ing a canopy that can also func­tion to col­lect rain water. We ini­tially met and looked over the site to see how we could take advan­tage of the nat­ural slope and the dif­fer­ent posts and poles already present.

We sketched out some ideas on how to use some of the remain­ing vinyl mate­r­ial from Eric Deis’s pho­to mur­al “Last Chance” to cap­ture and fun­nel the water.


The Vancooper Hen House at the Lab

Dun­can Mar­tin from Back­yard Boun­ty joined us on July 24th to give an infor­mal work­shop on rais­ing hens in your back­yard. He makes these tidy coops out of cedar and wire mesh. They are made to the para­me­ters set out by City of Van­cou­ver bylaws.

The “Van­cooper” was installed at the Lab on the Fri­day before the workshop.