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Getting used to a Guerilla Garden

Many of the uniquely well-integrated and well-used urban gardens we’ve explored this year sit on public land: Spring Ridge Common, Canada’s oldest public food forest; the Compost Education Centre demonstration site; and the Vic High learning farm, cultivated in partnership with Mason Street Farm, are all located on local School Division property. Sometimes the arrangements …

Summer in the City

I spent a good part of the summer break eavesdropping. I call it a break, but it wasn’t the sand-in-your hair-and-a-magazine beach day kind of break; it was the sweat-in-your-eyes-and-stained-fingers farm day kind of break. The good kind. (And I call it eavesdropping, but it wasn’t the ear-pressed-against-a-cup-on-the-wall kind of eavesdropping, either, it was – …

Fierce and free

Something we’ve done consistently through the year as a class is to visit and learn from growers who produce at varying scales, employ different operational focuses, and use distinctly individual methods to steer their farming. There’s value in seeing first-hand the points of commonality – in practice and philosophy – that guide the farm businesses, …

Share the surplus

Permaculture’s third ethical principle instructs us to “share the surplus”. This can feel like a tricky ask in the sometimes precarious day-to-day of small-scale farming: what is properly considered a surplus? How much can be sensibly shared now if future production is uncertain? The question takes an epistemic form as well. Critiques of permaculture have …

Urban Permaculture

Pedalling through the Saanich Peninsula, to the north of Victoria, can sometimes bring the feeling one’s been pitched into a verdant dream. Now in its wet winter, lazy rolling slopes are transformed into blankets of fern; trees bowing overhead possess an air of the ancients, lichen dripping from their boughs; protruding rock faces are moss-kissed …