Agriculture in the City - Burnaby
April 23-25, 2010
Metropolis at Metrotown - Grand Court
Agriculture in the City: Breaking New Ground
Agriculture in the City is a free, family oriented, urban festival that explores how agriculture is all around us, everyday. This year the Agriculture in the City coincides with Earth Day weekend and will focus on green innovations in agriculture, and make the link between a healthy environment and a competitive and profitable farm business. How do farmers work in new ways to address environmental issues and continue to provide Canadians with safe, high quality food?
- Explore our Green Greenhouse display and learn how bees and other winged wonders help grow beautiful tomatoes and reduce the need for pesticides.
- Mill your own wholegrain flour from Canadian wheat in our Farm to Fork display.
- Learn new recipes using BC and Canadian ingredients during our chef demos.
- Talk to the farming and food experts from our partner organizations.
Visit Agriculture in the City:
Friday, April 23 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm;
Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and
Sunday, April 25 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Sustainable Pest Control
It's a bug eat bug world out there and Agriculture in the City partners, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture in Langley are using this to benefit farmers and protect the environment. Researchers at AAFC and students at Kwantlen match beneficial insects with pests in order to reduce the amount of pesticides used in agriculture. In North America we have been using "nature" to help control pests since 1882. Using live organisms to control insects, weeds and plant diseases is referred to as "biocontrol" or "biological control".
As part of the greenhouse installation at Agriculture in the City visitors will have a chance to see the effects of these beneficial bugs first hand. All are commonly found on farms as well as in urban gardens. See if you can match the list of common pests and beneficial insects with what they eat (answers are below).
Common pests and beneficial insects:
- Flower flies
- Spined soldier bugs
- Cabbage loopers
- Cabbage loopers
- Flowers, fruit and vegetables
Answers: 1-c (beneficial), 2-d (pest), 3-a (beneficial), 4-b (pest).
Read more at:
- Kwantlen researcher named "Educator of the Year"
- Biocontrol - using nature to control agricultural pests
View photos from our 2009 event!
Our growing list of partners for 2010:
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- AAFC Science and Innovation
- Anita's Organic Grain & Flour Mill Ltd.
- BC 4-H
- BC Agriculture Council
- BC Agriculture in the Classroom
- BC Association of Farmers Markets
- BC Blueberry Council
- BC Dairy Foundation
- BC Food Processors Association
- BC Grain Producers Association
- BC Greenhouse Builders
- BC Greenhouse Growers' Association
- BC Milk Producers Association
- BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
- BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC)
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Catalyst Power
- Certified Organic Association of BC
- Chapters Indigo
- FarmFolk/CityFolk Society
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Master Gardeners Association of BC
- Metropolis at Metrotown
- Our Community Bikes
- Project chef
- Richmond Food Security Society
- Small Scale Food Processors Association
- The Flour Peddler
- UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
- Vancouver International Children's Festival