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Entries in Green City Acres (2)

Saturday
Sep082012

Meet Your Urban Farmer: Curtis Stone, Green City Acres, Kelowna

Curtis Stone, owner / urban farmer at his Green City Acres, is a very successful urban farmer in Kelowna, British Columbia. He's defied the critics ("you can't farm in cities and make money!) and is now in his third year of urban farming on borrowed residential front and back yards in downtown Kelowna.

I met him in his very first year of SPIN farming in downtown Kelowna (the interview is in the "Vancouver" chapter of the book). Since then, he's become an in-demand speaker with his SPIN farming seminars, and even as a TED talk speaker.

Here's a brand new video featuring Curtis. It's part of the excellent "Meet Your Urban Farmer" -- a short film series that introduces us to 18 urban farmers in and around the metro Vancouver area by Fire and Light Media Group.

Meet your Urban Farmer - Green City Acres (extended version) from Fire and Light Media Group on Vimeo.

Monday
Sep132010

Green City Acres Urban Farm in Kelowna, British Columbia

Curtis Stone, urban farmer and food activist, Kelowna, BCYesterday, I drove to Kelowna to interview a 30-year-old musician-turned-urban farmer, Curtis Stone. He had spent the past 10 years in the Montreal indie music scene but walked away from that life to become an urban farmer back in his hometown. He's a fired up activist who sees his role as an urban food producer as a highly political act. He also runs his food production and edible landscape business entirely from his bicycle, which includes collecting kitchen scraps from restaurants, delivering his greens to clients and to the two farmers' markets he sells at in Kelowna, and dragging his 300-pound rototiller around.

Until he decided to throw himself into urban food production, Stone had never farmed, let alone even grew a window herb garden. But he's a self-admitted maniac when it comes to throwing himself into his work and many years as a tree planter have obviously set him up for the grueling 80-hour work week, most of which is physical labor.

I'll be transcribing my interview tapes this week, but I thought I'd just post these few photos and a few links for now.

Check out the blog that he wrote while creating the various farming sites in Kelowna here at http://greencityacres.blogspot.com/ as well as his business web pages at http://www.greencityacres.com/

Mustard greens taste like Dijon prepared mustard, in leaf form

Curtis talks with visiting Erika, a member of the Young Urban Farmers group out of Toronto

A fortune of market greens growing in an urban farm yard in downtown Kelowna, BC