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Homes for Bees

Chelsea Trous­dell, one of our reg­u­lar vol­un­teers at the Lab brought some untreat­ed fir to make homes for mason bees. If you aren’t famil­iar with mason bees, they are a dark metal­lic blue/green colour and resem­ble black flies. They are soli­tary insects that nest near each oth­er but do not share a nest or hive. Females seek out holes in wood to use as a nest. Once the eggs are laid they will plug up the holes using mud, hence the name mason bee. These active pol­li­na­tors are great for veg­etable gar­dens and they are non-aggressive.


Upcoming Workshop: Sunday July 24th

Please join Dun­can Mar­tin and his chick­ens from Dun­can’s Back­yard Hen­hous­es for an after­noon at the Bulk­head Lab. Dun­can will be lead­ing infor­mal demon­stra­tions and dis­cus­sions on the basics of prop­er care and keep­ing of small urban flocks of hens. This inter­ac­tive ses­sion will invite par­tic­i­pants to dis­cov­er best prac­tices for keep­ing small flocks of hens in their own backyards.


Seed Bomb Making at the Bulkhead Lab

Join us for some seed bomb mak­ing at the Bulk­head Lab. We will form clay, com­post and seeds into small “bombs” to be lobbed at The Games are Open, a large-scale sculp­ture of a bull­dozer cre­ated by Berlin-based artists Köb­ber­ling and Kalt­wasser. Con­structed out of wheat board this sculp­ture is intend­ed to slow­ly decom­pose over time, even­tu­ally becom­ing a plant nurs­ery. The seed bombs will con­tribute to this bur­geon­ing ecosystem.


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.


Upcoming Third Grow Workshop

Join artist Hol­ly Schmidt, Van­cou­ver Design Nerds, Ocean Dionne and Ali­cia Med­i­na Ladda­ga and a team of mas­ter gar­den­ers for a work­shop explor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties for grow­ing food in the urban envi­ron­ment. Through obser­va­tion, dis­cus­sion and hands-on pro­to­type build­ing you will cre­ate and share new ways to grow food in the city. Small pock­et gar­dens will be plant­ed at Creek­side and then sus­pend­ed on chain link fences near the Grow project site. Take a minia­ture gar­den of your own to add some green to your neighbourhood.


Grow | Vancouver Design Nerds Jam

The Design Nerds are team­ing up with Oth­er Sights for Artist’s Projects to bring you this amaz­ing jam. Grow, is focused on cre­at­ing an urban agri­cul­ture lab in South East False Creek. Join us at the Creek­side Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre to explore poten­tial plat­forms for grow­ing in post-indus­tri­al urban space.


Making and Gardening at First Grow Workshop

The first Grow work­shop at Creek­side Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre, was co-facil­i­tat­ed by Mas­ter Gar­den­ers (Chris­tine and Joanne) and Van­cou­ver Design Nerds (Ali­cia and Ocean). We kicked off the work­shop by look­ing at some inspir­ing exam­ples of urban gar­den­ing from art, archi­tec­ture, design and also gueril­la gar­den­ing. Some of our favourite exam­ples include the String Gar­den and work of artist Lois Weinberger.


Upcoming Second Workshop May 28th, 2011

Join artist Hol­ly Schmidt, Van­cou­ver Design Nerds, Ocean Dionne, archi­tects, Stephanie Doerk­sen, Anne Mais­soneuve and artist-gar­den­er Lois Klassen for a work­shop explor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties for grow­ing food in the urban environment.


Grow Launch

Grow: May 1 – Novem­ber 30 2011

Lead Artist: Hol­ly Schmidt

Oth­er Sights for Artist’s Projects is pleased to present Grow, a pub­lic art project that acts as a pub­lic forum, teach­ing tool and cre­ative lab­o­ra­to­ry for eco­log­i­cal and social sus­tain­abil­i­ty prac­tices in South East False Creek (SEFC), Van­cou­ver, Canada.

Locat­ed in Vancouver’s “green­est devel­op­ment”, the Olympic Vil­lage, Grow explores sus­tain­abil­i­ty issues through a series of walks, work­shops and cre­ative exper­i­ments in urban agri­cul­ture. Walks led by artist, Hol­ly Schmidt and invit­ed guests from archi­tec­ture; design and the human­i­ties focus on the chal­lenges faced by rapid­ly grow­ing and chang­ing cities. Work­shops invite peo­ple to imag­ine new pos­si­bil­i­ties for agri­cul­ture in the city through inven­tive pro­to­type build­ing to sup­port the pro­duc­tion of food in the urban environment.