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We’ve Been Named a Food Leader by Vancouver Real Estate Board

“Vancouver’s Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society has come up with a solution to the problem of accessing land for its market gardens. That solution is turning heads, filling bellies and educating communities.

It is particularly difficult to find parcels of a quarter acre or larger for growing food in the city, and since land access is a significant barrier to expanding urban agriculture in Vancouver – and other metropolitan areas – the Fresh Roots model is a welcome success.”

Read the full article.

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The Tyee made a Fresh Roots Video

The Tyee has put together a wonderful video on Fresh Roots!

“Gardens are increasingly common features of Canadian schoolyards. But Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society is taking the idea to the next level: bringing their produce to market.

Over the last two years, Fresh Roots has partnered with the Vancouver School Board and Vancity to build productive farms on school grounds. Fresh Roots sells the Vancouver School Board produce for use in school cafeterias and works with teachers to use their farms for hands-on learning and curriculum integration. This summer, they’ve opened a market stand at their Vancouver Technical Secondary School (Van Tech) location, selling their produce to the public — a program that is the first of its kind.”

Watch the video and read the full article here

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Fresh Roots featured in HuffPost BC

Vancouver Food Forest? Not Yet Says City Councillor

“Can Vancouver’s ambitious food strategy turn the “City of Glass” truly green?

In January, City Hall passed an aggressive plan focused on building sustainable food systems, prioritizing urban food production and improving accessibility to healthy, locally grown and made products. Metro Vancouver initiatives like SOLEFood, Urban Digs Farm, and Fresh Roots are behind a growing network of community gardens and commercial projects on city-leased land.”

Read the full article.

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Celebration! Site prepped for new schoolyard farm!

Let’s Grow A Schoolyard Farm!

Let us build a farm!
Changing one school at a time
Grow good food for all

Hello Everyone!

We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with Vancity, the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the Vancouver Foundation, the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver School Board (along with many other awesome partners and collaborators) we are excited to grow another schoolyard farm at David Thompson Secondary June 1-4.

Together we’ll grow healthy foods for the school community and engage students in experiential learning.  We’d love for you to come and join us in building this new farm!

When: June 1, 2, 3, 4
Where: David Thompson Secondary School (map)
Time: 9:30am – 1pm, 1:30pm – 5pm each day.
Please choose a time block you can commit to and fill out this form to send your RSVP!
What to wear: Clothes you can get dirty in! Long pants! Closed toed shoes! Gardening gloves, Rain-Gear: we’ll be working outside rain or shine.
What to bring: Water bottle, snacks, a willingness to have fun – at our farm events we work, laugh, eat, have a great time.

Please email all questions and RSVPs to volunteer@freshroots.ca.

If you cannot commit to a block of time, feel free to drop by and say hi.

With a fistful of fertile soil,

The Fresh Roots Farm Team

We Built a School Farm! We have a New Farmer!

Schoolyard Market Garden Established!

It’s true! So many exciting happenings with Fresh Roots these days…

Our Schoolyard Market Garden establishment at VanTech Secondary School was a great success and so much fun. Tons of people came out, shoveled and wheelbarrowed soil into place, celebrated the new project and shared what vegetables they aspire to be. We look forward to all the healthy new growth, sending you all updates, and inviting you to come and share in the harvests as soon as our schoolyard market stands start in June!

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Roots New Neighborhood Farmer!

We are so thrilled to introduce to you the newest member of our team, Scott Bell.

Hey there folks. My name is Scott Bell and I’m the most recent addition to the Fresh Roots team. I am coming on board as the Neighbourhood Farmer and will be doing my best to keep our school farms productive and beautiful. I’ve been farming for five years with the majority of my experience coming from the UBC Farm where I was one of the mentors for the Farm’s Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture.

This role allowed to me share the knowledge I gained from my degree in Agroecology through field-based educational activities. After finishing my time at the UBC Farm, I spent the 2012 growing season traveling around British Columbia working on a variety of farms. I’m now happy to be returning to Vancouver to put renewed energy towards agricultural education. I hold a strong belief that food is one of the most powerful ways to build community and I’m eager to see what we can accomplish together this growing season.

Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon

Co-Director Ilana was invited to speak at Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon and spoke to 650 people yesterday about urban farming! The crowd felt her passion and many people left excited about the potential of working with community to achieve our dreams.

It’s been a thrilling year so far and its only early April! We look forward to sharing many more exciting happenings, events, delicious, school-grown food with you this growing season!

The Fresh Roots Farm Team

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Metro: First Urban Farm in Canada

“Urban farm on Vancouver School Board property first of its kind in Canada

By next fall, Vancouver Technical Secondary School students will be able to eat fresh kale, arugula and turnips harvested from the school’s field.

The eastside high school is the first in the country to host a commercial urban farm on school board property, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society director Ilana Labow said as she and a team of student volunteers broke ground on the garden on Tuesday.”

Read the full article.

Fresh Roots School Farm Build March 23 and 24

Hello Friends of Fresh Roots!

We are establishing a school farm this month! It’s been in the works for over two years and the time is now upon us! The first of its kind in Canada! And we’d love for you to come out and join us!

In collaboration and generously supported by Vancity, The Real Estate Foundation of BC, Vancouver Foundation, the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver School Board (along with many other awesome partners and collaborators)…

March 23 & 24 Fresh Roots will be establishing a 1/4 acre Schoolyard Market Garden at Vancouver Technical Secondary.

The schoolyard market garden will serve as an outdoor classroom for students and teachers, and provide healthy, fresh produce to go into school cafeterias and sell into the neighborhood.

Students, neighborhood residents, and community members will be joining us March 23 through March 27 to help us wheelbarrow the soil into place so we can sow seeds and get growing!

And we are inviting you to join us as well!

When: March 23 & 24
Where: Vancouver Technical Secondary School map here
Time: 10am – 1pm, 1pm – 4pm each day.
Please choose a time block you can commit to and email your RSVP to volunteer@freshroots.ca
What to wear: Clothes you can get dirty in! Long pants! Closed toed shoes! Gardening gloves, Rain-Gear: we’ll be working outside rain and shine.
What to bring: Water bottle, snacks, A willingness to have fun – at our farm events we work, laugh, eat, have a great time.

Please email all questions and RSVPs to volunteer@freshroots.ca.

If you cannot commit to a block of time, feel free to drop by and say hi.

With a fistful of fertile soil,

The Fresh Roots Farm Team