For those that don’t know… I’m going to have a baby!
With having a baby comes maternity leave and since I like to stay busy I was looking for ways to occupy my time this summer (besides looking after a new baby!). It seemed like the perfect time to start a project that I have been dreaming about for the last year or two….
Starting an urban food growing haven that would provide a demonstration site of how to grow food, contribute to the food revolution by helping us test out a new way of land sharing in a small peri-urban community that will have a positive ecological outcome, build community relationships, teach and learn about gardening and food security, grow the local food movement, help bees to regain their habitats, and provide food to the community.
This project will also provide an urban farming opportunity for one of many new organic farmers that are searching for a piece of land to ‘test out their farming skills’ and practice growing a small farming business.
Last year we bought a half acre peri-urban property. This year the real work begins!
We are planning to build an annual vegetable garden, a permaculture food forest, a chicken coop, a herb and medicinal garden, and a ‘bees, birds, and butterfly’ garden.
We are going to turn this…
Once the garden is established, we are going to start running workshops on how to grow food in an urban area; how to garden organically; and how to apply permaculture principles to your property.
Ways You Can Help
Donate – you can donate to our project here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/learn-to-grow-your-own-food/x/3689735 . Even a small amount helps. Seedlings are about $4, a berry bush is $35, and a tree is $60-100! We will buy one in your name!
Apply for the urban farmer position – we are accepting applications for the urban farming opportunity until 15 March 2014. More information can be found here http://foodwork.ca/job=23074
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