Posts Tagged ‘Other Sights’

Seeds From Grow

The Grow Seed Exchange brought about some seed shar­ing at the Creek­side Com­muntiy Cen­tre. If you hap­pen to be the hap­py recip­i­ent of one of the Grow seed pack­ages but don’t know a lot about plant­i­ng and grow­ing the seeds look for details below.


Grow Walk

Please join Jason Pack­er, sus­tain­abil­i­ty con­sul­tant with Rec­ol­lec­tive for a live­ly walk through the Olympic Vil­lage. Jason will dis­cuss the green fea­tures of the devel­op­ment and how the­se inno­va­tions reflect the chang­ing land­scape of sus­tain­able design. How can sus­tain­abil­i­ty be built into our urban envi­ron­ments and enact­ed in every­day life will be explored in this walk­ing dia­logue.


Potatoes and Tomatoes

It’s har­vest time at the Bulk­head Lab. While many peo­ple have been help­ing them­selves to the boun­ty there’s still ample amounts of pro­duce to col­lect. This past Sat­ur­day Nigel and I dug around in the cof­fee sacks and were very sur­prised.


Swarming

The evening of the Swarm 12 event was pret­ty spec­tac­u­lar. The weath­er was beau­ti­ful and the sun­set on the water incred­i­ble.

Alexan­der McNaughton local urban farmer, wild for­ager and cat about town pre­pared and served some fresh sam­ples of organ­ic food from the local food­shed.


Grow Seed Exchange

The nights are get­ting dark­er, the days crisper and the leaves are start­ing to turn. As fall is now here, we want­ed to take a moment to acknowl­edge the hard work and effort of all the peo­ple that con­tributed to Grow with a spe­cial event called the Seed Exchange.


The Bug Lady

Maria Keat­ing, an ento­mol­o­gist with City Farmer came by for lunch on Fri­day. She brought a bas­ket of car­niv­o­rous plants and her exten­sive knowl­edge about plant/insect/human rela­tions.


The Straight: Two Urban Agriculture Projects

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with oth­er groups and indi­vid­u­als, Grow cul­ti­vates a wide array of veg­eta­bles, herbs, and edi­ble flow­ers in reclaimed and repur­posed con­tain­ers, all sit­ting on recy­cled wood­en ship­ping pal­lets. At the same time, it spon­sors walks and work­shops, and—against a back­drop of high-end con­dos and the non­con­sul­ta­tive hideosi­ty that is B.C. Place—promotes dia­logue around issues of “sus­tain­abil­i­ty, food secu­ri­ty, and col­lec­tive ini­tia­tives in urban areas,” — excerpt from Robin Lau­rence arti­cle Two urban agri­cul­ture projects bring art to Vancouver’s gar­dens, Van­cou­ver Straight 


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.


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.


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.


Kale Chips

O.k, so I prob­a­bly plant­ed way too much kale. I was excit­ed about grow­ing it and had no idea just how pro­lific it would be. I was try­ing to get cre­ative about ways to cook and share the kale and I hit upon kale chips. If you haven’t tried them before, I high­ly rec­om­mend this tasty and healthy snack.


Green Wall/Bird Feeder

Elisa Yon dis­cov­ered an inter­est­ing project by a Mona Hatoum called The Hang­ing Gar­den. For this project Hatoum filled 770 jute sacks with seeds to cre­ate a 10 metre wall. The­se sacks sprout­ed trans­form­ing this impos­ing bar­ri­cade.


Bombs Away

We spent this week­end cre­at­ing some seed bombs. If you haven’t made your own bombs before. It’s quite sim­ple, you can use this recipe pro­vided by Andrea Bel­lamy on her blog Heavy Petal or check out this video by UK gueril­la gar­dener, Richard Reynolds. The basic ingre­di­ents are clay, seeds and com­post.


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.