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Green City Acres is a small urban farming/edible landscaping company dedicated to sustainable food production. We utilize back yards and urban spaces to grow organic produce (non-certified) for local distribution. Our mission is to foster social and environmental change through the production of local organic food and to help, teach, and empower people to start growing their own.
At Green City Acres we use a method of farming called SPIN (Small Plot INtensive) to grow a variety of different crops to be sold to restaurants, farmers markets, and eventually directly to consumers through a CSA (community supported agriculture) box program. We also want to help you build a garden and start growing your own food. We have the equipment and expertise to tear up your lawn and reclaim it for food.
Food for Everyone! Weekly farmers market, restaurant sales, and a downtown vegetable stand.
We should have some things from the garden available as soon as mid April. With all this great weather we've been having, it's given us a huge jump start to the season. When harvesting begins, we will be at the Kelowna farmers market on Springfield every Saturday, and sometimes Wednesday. Our produce will also be available to select restaurants, plus there will be a simple stand set up outside of the Ethel street farm on Thursday early evenings for anyone in the neighbourhood who'd like to grab some greens. Stay tuned for the exact time of that.
More about SPIN farming.
SPIN farms are comprised of small plots, most often front and back yards, donated by home owners. People who would rather see a garden grow on their property instead of a lawn, donate their land for the farmer to use. In exchange for the use of their land, once a week, the farmer delivers a box of freshly harvested vegetables. The box would be a mix of all the various crops the farmer grows.
Interested in having a farmer on you land?
If you think you have a space you'd like us to farm, let us know and we'd love to hear from you. Generally at least 1000 square feet is needed in order to be efficient for our farming operations, but we are always willing to come and take a look. It must be located in the central Kelowna area, and get at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If we can't use your garden, please check out sharingbackyards.com. It's a networking site designed to bring together people who would like to share their garden spaces with others who would like a place to garden.
Installing a garden at your home.
With the use of a powerful commercial rototiller, we come in and tear up your lawn, reclaiming the space for food production. Typically, the process of breaking up a lawn is done over the course of 40 days with 3 separate visits. Some plots may require more work depending on how weedy or overgrown they are.
On the first visit, the grass is broken through with the tiller, this is usually the hardest part. Once we have cleared an area, it'll sit for a couple weeks to let the elements kill and thin out the remaining grass. Upon the second visit, the ground is tilled again, it's a lot easier to work this time and now rocks and other debris are removed. On the third visit, we till the space again, but this time, adding organic amendments to build soil fertility, things such as lime, greensand, alfalfa meal, and compost. Once we're finished, all you need is the seeds, and you'll be well on your way to growing your own veggies. Call or email for an estimate.
Contact us for any questions regarding our farming or edible landscaping services.
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Here are some pictures of todays work. The front beds have been set and some fall rye has been planted. The fall rye will help fix nitrogen in the soil, and then I'll till it into the soil in the spring. It's an organic practice called Green Manuring.