City Farmer: Edible Walls in Vancouver

City Farmer: Edible Walls in Vancouver

Michelle Chin
Jul 26, 2011

Vertical gardens are pretty popular around these parts, but what about vertical farming? I'm not talking about those upside down tomato plants from the infomercials. I'm talking about the ingenious work of an urban agriculture collective in Vancouver, BC.

City Farmer has worked for the past 33 years to bring permaculture to urban dwellers of all walks of life. From rooftops to backyards to, now, any vertical space.

Made of metal wall units and super reinforced upright stands, custom built to withstand the great weight of the wall units, the wall pictured above is part of the "Green Graffiti" by the Environmental Youth Alliance. It created not only something beautiful to behold with the eyes, but a source of healthy food in an unexpected urban environment. It also drew insect wildlife in the form of ladybugs and monarch butterflies.

(Images: Michael Levenston /

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