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City of Vancouver Approves Urban Stream’s Latest Micro-farm

Though Urban Stream is leaning much more towards our composting technology these days, we have a microfarming project on the go with Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company. Rocky Mountain bought our Urban Microfarm container a little over a year ago. And a little less than a year ago, the City of Vancouver issued a stop work order on that project due to a neighbour’s complaint.

Despite the city issuing the stop work order, they were really eager to get us up and running. We worked closely with the city to get the unit up to the city’s code. Because the City of Vancouver had never seen a project like our Microfarm, so we had to work with them to figure out which building codes we have to abide by. Ultimately, we had to change the roof on the micro-farm, upgrade the electrical and seismically anchor the shipping container to ensure that if a big earthquake hits, the container won’t budge.

This week, after the container was inspected by the engineer and our friendly-neighbourhood building inspector, the retrofits were approved! We are so happy to have gotten to this point after almost a year of retrofitting and working with the city. Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company has been so wonderfully patient with us and the city, and we couldn’t be happier to have them as a flagship customer.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be outfitting the micro-farm with our second generation worm composter and Lifespace Projects’ self-watering planter boxes and in no time at all you’ll be able to enjoy Urban Stream’s fresh greens on Rocky Mountain’s delicious flatbread pizzas.

To learn more about how this all came about, listen to Urban Stream founder, Nick Hermes, on CBC’s The Early Edition and Spark with Nora Young.

A November to Remember – Crowdfund Campaign, Urban Farming Forum and More (oh my)!

Hydroponic prototype- Arugula and BasilNow that November is in the history books we’ve had a moment to reflect and WHAT A MONTH it has been. Urban Stream raised over $7,000 in our first crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and we can’t thank all of you who pitched in enough. We look forward to giving back to all of you soon, canapes, bubbly, mountains of fresh micro-greens and for one lucky contributor an autographed piece of petrified corn stalk signed by Canadian Prime Minister Tommy Douglas. Everything except that last thing is true.

November also saw Urban Stream participate in the 3rd annual Vancouver Urban Farming Society’s yearly Forum. This year held (once again) at Simon Fraser University’s Downtown Campus. It was another big year with over 120 participants and several workshops, discussion sessions and guest speakers. Urban Stream’s Wes Regan, a founding Director of the VUFS, led a workshopping session with Karen Ageson of Farmers on 57th examining the new Mission and Vision Statements of the Society. Nick and he also attended numerous workshops and had a great time as always. The yearly forum is awesome for networking, hearing about new projects, how everyone’s projects or companies are progressing and just having fun. For more information on the Vancouver Urban Farming Society visit their site here. We’re proud to be a member and encourage you to join too whether you’re a grower or supporter of urban farming.

We’re also excited to say that a second restaurant has been approved financing to purchase one of our Micro-Farm units and that with the recent media exposure Urban Stream has received in Canada and the United States that we are starting to field inquiries from all over. Chicago, New York, Victoria, Alberta and even Singapore. For now though we are clearly focusing on our immediate region and a little in Alberta too. More on that soon. We’ll also have more info on the restaurant as soon as we’ve finalized the deal. So stay tuned.

Things aren’t going to be slowing down any time soon for USI as we’ve got two units in the works now thanks to our successful crowdfunding campaign and second purchase. More progress updates on the way!

 

A November to Remember – Crowdfund Campaign, Urban Farming Forum and More (oh my)!

Hydroponic prototype- Arugula and BasilNow that November is in the history books we’ve had a moment to reflect and WHAT A MONTH it has been. Urban Stream raised over $7,000 in our first crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and we can’t thank all of you who pitched in enough. We look forward to giving back to all of you soon, canapes, bubbly, mountains of fresh micro-greens and for one lucky contributor an autographed piece of petrified corn stalk signed by Canadian Prime Minister Tommy Douglas. Everything except that last thing is true.

November also saw Urban Stream participate in the 3rd annual Vancouver Urban Farming Society’s yearly Forum. This year held (once again) at Simon Fraser University’s Downtown Campus. It was another big year with over 120 participants and several workshops, discussion sessions and guest speakers. Urban Stream’s Wes Regan, a founding Director of the VUFS, led a workshopping session with Karen Ageson of Farmers on 57th examining the new Mission and Vision Statements of the Society. Nick and he also attended numerous workshops and had a great time as always. The yearly forum is awesome for networking, hearing about new projects, how everyone’s projects or companies are progressing and just having fun. For more information on the Vancouver Urban Farming Society visit their site here. We’re proud to be a member and encourage you to join too whether you’re a grower or supporter of urban farming.

We’re also excited to say that a second restaurant has been approved financing to purchase one of our Micro-Farm units and that with the recent media exposure Urban Stream has received in Canada and the United States that we are starting to field inquiries from all over. Chicago, New York, Victoria, Alberta and even Singapore. For now though we are clearly focusing on our immediate region and a little in Alberta too. More on that soon. We’ll also have more info on the restaurant as soon as we’ve finalized the deal. So stay tuned.

Things aren’t going to be slowing down any time soon for USI as we’ve got two units in the works now thanks to our successful crowdfunding campaign and second purchase. More progress updates on the way!