Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Home Grown Photography Contest & Planting Journal

Brian Harris is a Vancouver photographer working with FarmFolk/CityFolk and the Museum of Vancouver on a photography contest and a 4 month exhibition called "Home Grown."

Home Grown Photography Contest website is here.

The winner of the photo contest has their image in the exhibition and at the same time they take home $500 worth of Vancouver Farmers Market produce and products. Below is some information on the exhibition and attached is a contest promotion.

Please pass this on to other garden members and your community network.


FarmFolk/CityFolk Society and The Museum of Vancouver open the 4 month photography exhibition, Home Grown! on August 26, 2010. For the past 3 years international award-winning photographer Brian Harris has focused his camera on local sustainable farming and Vancouver’s urban agriculture scene. The 40 images on display in Home Grown! portray our local farms, farmers and urban growers with Brian’s characteristic hopeful and intimate cultural style of portraiture. The photographs act as a spring board for an in depth exploration of many critical issues related to sustainable farming and the exploding phenomena of urban food production. Come and be inspired and engaged by what many local farmers, urban growers and localvores are doing to return our society to a more sustainable and healthy relationship with our earth and food.

Brian Harris
FarmFolk/CityFolk Society
1661 Duranleau Street, 2nd Floor
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6H 3S3

Brian home/office 604-877-0022

Planting Journal

This week our usual Wednesday evening Rooftop Garden work party was moved to Tuesday (this Wednesday evening will be our annual volunteer recognition event). We noted seedlings for "Easter egg" radishes, mixed Asian greens, spinach, corn salad, arugula, and lettuces (so far we have planted "Freckles" and "Merlot" lettuce varieties).

We did lots of weeding, harvested some plump overwintered scallions, and planted parsnips (Gladiator variety), carrots (West Coast Seeds' "Rainbow Blend"), radishes (French breakfast and watermelon varieties), and scallions.

Parsnips and carrots are both slow to germinate. An old gardeners' trick that maximizes small garden spaces and marks your planting rows is to plant radishes and carrots/parsnips in the same row. Several radish varieties are ready to harvest within 20-25 days of planting--by which time your carrots are just making themselves known.

Interplanting alliums (such as onions, leeks, or scallions) with carrots is said to deter carrot fly. We'll keep an eye out through the season to see if this companion planting principle holds true on the Rooftop Garden!

We continue to meet from 5pm-7pm every other Wednesday evening. Here are the upcoming dates:

Wednesday April 28

Wednesday May 12

Wednesday May 26

Wednesday June 9

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