Category Archives: community gardens

Growing Community: It begins

Garden preparation started in mid-February after months of anticipatory planning. This year I would get a jump on things by being ready to plant at the first possible moment. The first bona fide gardening act of the season was to … Continue reading

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Growing Community: I am an urban homesteader

What does it mean to be an urban homesteader? The notion of the homestead is far from new. The Oxford Canadian Dictionary (Second Edition) defines “homestead” as: “n. 1 an area of public land…granted to a settler in exchange for … Continue reading

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Growing Community: To die for

“I would kill for a community garden plot,” is a common sentiment in Vancouver, at least among the apartment-dwelling locavore crowd. Demand for garden space is extremely high, with wait-lists several years long—if the wait-lists aren’t already closed. If you’re … Continue reading

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Growing Community

I began this year by setting out some goals for myself. These are goals about food— growing it, preserving it, and saving it from waste. Goal 1 was to grow more food, and I thought I might accomplish this goal … Continue reading

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Urban food gardening, part 2: the reclaimant gardener

Choosing a site for a vegetable garden is dependent on several very practical things. Exposure is critical, so a south-facing site with plenty of east and west exposure will allow needed hours of sun to reach hungry leaves. Water is … Continue reading

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Urban food gardening, part 1: the land challenge

You can’t get more local than growing vegetables in your own backyard—or front yard, patio, or rooftop, for that matter. But when your condo is north-facing and heavily shaded, there’s no accessible ground on the property, and you suspect your … Continue reading

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