The Grow Op – an urban gardening experiment

Community Supported Agriculture
May 10, 2009, 5:39 pm
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I decided to research CSAs after watching this video of a talk with Author Michael Pollan at google(incredibly fascinating, but long):

How nerdy are all the google employees??!?(Thanks to Homegrown Evolution for another tip – you guys are a major inspiration for The Grow Op!)
I discovered that there are quite a few operating all over the Lower Mainland of B.C.! The ones that i have found available in Kits (delivery or pickup) are:

Farm House Farms
Kitsilano Farms
Glorious Organics at Fraser Common Farm
Location: Aldergrove
Contact: David @ 604 857 9057 or

Drop off locations in East Vancouver and Kitsilano. Certified Organic.

Glorious doesnt have a website that i could find with a not-so-energetic search, but they replied with info right away when emailed. All three are cost-effective ($20-30 a week for 20 weeks), and either deliver or have a pickup nearby.

I found a pretty comprehensive list of all of these at Farm Folk/City Folk.

This is a fantastic way to get fresh produce, and helps support local farming!all of these vegetables are grown less than 100 km away, and you can shake the hand of the individual who grew them.

I will let you know when and if I get a membership – Kitsilano Farms is already full!


Why Start a Blog?
April 15, 2009, 9:29 pm
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I am a 27 year old guy who lives in an apartment in the heart of Vancouver, BC. For some time now I have been disappointed in the price vs. quality of the fresh food found in the average grocery store in the city.  Combine this with a passion for cooking, and an appreciation of fresh produce, and my situation is ripe for dilemma.

Enter Urban Homesteading.

Over the last few months I have been hearing a lot about the effectiveness and reward of gardening in the city, or “urban homesteading.” No matter where you find yourself, there are ways to grow your own food. “But how do I begin,” you ask?  “Where do I plant,” you cry? I also bemoaned my living situation – but slowly, a plan came to me. And that is what this blog is about!

I plan to document my exploits in apartment gardening – mistakes, successes, tears of pain and joy. This won’t be easy, and it won’t be pretty. So if you are interested in urban homesteading,  just want an avenue to fresher, cheaper food – or even if you just want to laugh at my expense, please stay tuned to The Grow Op.

I will also do my best to post reference material and interesting information pertaining to city gardening in general!