This weekend involved a fun little adventure to learn about SPIN (Small Plot INtensive) farming in Kelowna. One of my awesome coworkers had spoken to an urban farmer at the Kelowna Farmers’ Market and arranged for us to go visit their operation in downtown Kelowna, called Green City Acres.
It is super cool thing that they do! They have acquired six smallish plots of land (reclaiming people’s lawns into vegetable-growing havens, basically) that they farm pretty intensively, sans pesticides, chemical fertilizers or any of that nasty stuff. AND all the transportation of produce, tools, and equipment is done by bicycle! How radical, right?
I am not being sarcastic in any way. Visiting these plots (by bike, of course) actually made me so so so happy. Even though the plots aren’t huge, they are growing such a variety of wonderful things, including but not limited to:
-herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, etc)
-millet (we didn’t see this particular plot is it was a bit far from their downtown ones)
YEAH. It was definitely inspiring and made me quite certain that I want to become involved in SPIN farming (I’m sure such organizations exist in Toronto). It’s not just about growing awesome, healthy food – it also is a huge part of community-building and urban sustainability! I love it!
Okay. Enough praise and exclamation marks: time for some photos!
Garden gnomes remind of Amelie 🙂
Lawns to vegetable plots!
Look at those zucchini plants! Large. In charge.
I have many more shots, but first! A funny-shaped potato photoshoot before market on Friday:
A benevloent shepherd and his two sheep-ducks?
Even potatoes can use a tan once in a while!