Winter Market Adventure

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The SOYL year started early with a trip to the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market.

That’s right folks, Vancouver has a WINTER market!

Located at the Nat Bailey Stadium (Main & 30th), the winter market is the largest of the Vancouver Farmer’s markets. At the market there are tons of vendors selling everything from fresh greens, root vegetables, honey, cheese, ginger beer, you name it! There are also food trucks, musical acts, and just all around good vibes that are sure to make you Saturday mornings fun in the winter. Who knew our local food scene could be so vibrant in the winter?!

What did we get up to at the Market?

In fact, one of our very own SOYL employees, Tamara, works at the market and put together a scavenger hunt. We thought a scavenger hunt would be a fun, interactive way for the interns to familiarize themselves with the market. Here’s an example:

Visit the farmers who have CSA shares. What’s a CSA? If you were to get one of the boxes for your family, which would you choose and why?

In case you don’t know…

Community Supported Agriculture, often shortened to CSA, is a prepaid subscription to a farm’s produce for the season. Most CSAs give shareholders a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruits and sometimes even eggs and meat. You know it’s fresh and you get to meet the farm and people who grew your food! The prepaid CSA arrangements also makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Some CSAs also incorporate farm workdays for shareholders. Pickup days vary by farm and some offer pickups at a VFM (Vancouver Farmers Market) location. (retrieved from: http://eatlocal.org/category/markets/winter-market/#csa-share-fair-jan-17)

It’s really incredible (and quite rare) to interact with the people who grow our food, and for the growers to talk directly to their customers!

After the scavenger hunt, the interns received a challenge.

The challenge: to prepare a snack for the group to share on a budget of $40

Here’s what the interns purchased:

2 loaves of bread
Creamed clover honey
Goat cheese
Apples (Ambrosia, Granny Smith, Pink Lady)
Smoked salmon
Mmmmmmm, it was a delicious snack indeed!

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Salad Box Program Accepting Members

Our Salad Box Program provides participants with a weekly supply of fresh Schoolyard Grown veggies perfect for preparing salads, smoothies, and other tasty dishes. Every box includes leafy greens like spinach, kale and lettuce, salad toppings like beets, carrots and radishes, and garnishes like parsley, cilantro and dill. Being part of the Salad Box Program means you’ll be eating some of the most local food in town, grown on community farms you can explore anytime. By joining this program, you are directly supporting the success of our Schoolyard Market Gardens, allowing us to provide learning opportunities and hands-on training for youth and neighbours. The program also gives you the opportunity to get to know your farmer, who is happy to talk about how the veggies are grown and what you can create with them.

Get the details and join today!

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Schoolyard Farm Intern Application

Looking to take your first steps into the world of urban agriculture?

This volunteer opportunity allows participants to take part in growing and harvesting food on a community engaged farm. Our innovative Schoolyard Farms, the first of their kind in Canada, provide an opportunity to interact with a diversity of individuals through food. Interns will gain hands-on experience in harvesting produce, field preparation, and crop maintenance under the supervision of our Farm Manager. As interns become skilled they will be empowered to act as leaders for volunteers and students on the farm.

We are seeking four Schoolyard Farm Interns to join our team for the 2015 growing season.

Learning Opportunities

  • Harvest, process, and package produce for a variety of distribution channels
  • Crop maintenance: transplant, thin, weed, and manage pests
  • Field preparation: bed amendment, bed creation, and season extension
  • Engage and lead community members, students, and drop-in volunteers

Application Deadline: February 22, 2015

Download the position and application details