Community gardens in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.
Bear Cubs Pre-School
A small greenhouse was purchased and installed at the Bear Cubs Pre School in March 2010. Also purchased were soil, pots, seeds and gardening tools to support planting seeds of edible plants & vegetables by all the children at Bear Cubs.
Castle Rock Family Housing–Potato Boxes
The proposal for this project grew out of a previous potato growing workshop. Grant money was used to purchase lumber and soil for potato growing boxes modeled after the one made at the May 28th workshop. A community member built the boxes, which were distributed to participating families along with the soil.
The school moved to its permanent location in 2008. This required building new gardens and moving the pre-existing garden to its new home. Growing food continues to play a vital role at the school, providing students, teachers and parents with hands-on opportunities to produce healthy food.
Community Garden with the Douglas First Nation
The Lakes Communities.
The B.C. government is providing First Nation communities with better access to fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the provinces Produce Availability in Remote Communities initiative. Consequently, the Douglas First Nation received government and funding from previous donors for a greenhouse and community garden and garden tools such as hoes, wheelbarrows, hand tools, soil and seeds.Douglas youth were part of the project when the gardening started in the Spring of 2010.
Eagle Wind Housing Development
Barb Woodard, Recreation Facility Booking Clerk, District of Squamish
Village Greenway Squamish British ColumbiaCommunity garden plots operated by the District of Squamish are available for $50 at the Eagle Wind Housing Development. There are programs which will fund the plots for low income individuals.
Helping Hands Society — Community Garden Project
A community garden project began at the Squamish Emergency Shelter in the spring of 2009. Four raised beds were planted, maintained and harvested by shelter clients, staff and volunteers. This project was funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health SMART Fund.
Kid Kapers — Greenhouse Project
The Kinder groups have been closely involved in the selecting of the plants, their repotting and their watering. They become quite excited when they see the growth that is happening–despite our colder, darker weather so far. Even the children who vehemently claim to not like tomatoes are thrilled to see the fruits on our tomato plants.The older children helped us to install two rain barrels to assist with water conservation and, as a real bonus, the outdoor temperature, chlorine free water is excellent for plants.We have had seed donations to the point that we do not have the space to plant everything we were given and so we will be ahead of the game next year. Many parents have told us how much their children are talking about our greenhouse and plants at home. Quite a few of the children have asked to start growing food at their houses–which we are thrilled to hear.We are also growing wild flowers around the outside of our greenhouse to save the watering that a lawn would take an to provide food for bees, birds and butterflies.
Life Long Healthy Eating Habits Program at Pqusnalhew Child Care Services
The Life Long Healthy Eating Habits Program at Pqusnalhcw Child Care Services, Mount Currie with Stone Soup funding bought lumber to build four garden beds; one garden box for each of the four age groups at PCCS. The funding also helped purchase soil, seeds, four apple trees and garden tools.Though starting later in the season, they were able to plant and harvest rhubarb, strawberries, beans and tomatoes.Children were part of every stage of the project, learning about seeds, seedlings, small plants, etc. Adults in the community helped with the heavy work. Staff are also learning about growing food and healthy food options.
Newport House Garden
This vegetable garden provides more than food to the residents of Newport House. Challenged by physical and developmental disabilities, the residents of Newport House benefit from the opportunity to be out and connected with growing food and enjoying the fruits of their efforts.
Pemberton Community Garden
The Pemberton Community Garden Committee was formed in the spring of 2006 as a committee of the Village of Pemberton Council. Inspired by the possibility of a seed grant, the Pemberton Creek Community Garden Committee applied to the Stone Soup Project to fund a small lean-to type greenhouse. When it came time to purchase the small greenhouse, committee members realized that a larger, freestanding greenhouse would be better suited to their project. They applied to the Whistler-Blackcomb Environmental Fund (WBEF) for a larger greenhouse. Now, thanks to $3,500 from WBEF and $1000 from the Pemberton Comminty Garden, they have purchased a 12′ X 24′ freestanding greenhouse.The committee anticipates that the greenhouse will provide each family with a 1 by 4 foot plot to raise seedlings. By offering this to each gardener, we will increase our knowledge of growing, reduce our costs of buying plants and lead to a more sustainable growing environment.The annual garden plot fee is $50 per plot for new gardeners and $30 for returning gardeners and includes access to water and the greenhouse. The garden will allow only organic farming and each participant must supply his or her own soil amendments, seeds, and plants. The Compost System Research Project at the Pemberton Creek Community Garden’s objective is to find a composting system that does not attract animals, produces good quality compost and educates families about waste reduction and sustainable gardening practices. The five composting systems tested were built by the volunteers and include: Vermiculture (worm bins), rotating bins, 3-bin design, a pit system, and a compost tower. Contact the Pemberton Community Centre to book a plot
Food growing beds are available in a community garden at the south corner of Mamquam and Hwy 99. Anyone in the community can register for a space. This project was made possible through the local Rotary Club.
Skatin First Nation — Intergenerational Community Garden
The Intergenerational Community Garden with Skatin Nation in Skatin is a garden where plants are started from seed by children aged 4-6 and tended with support from a partnered elder.
The Squamish Gardeners
Squamish Nation has community garden boxes at Ay’as Lam Family Program House, Wai-Wa-Kum Reserve, Brackendale.
Squamish Youth Centre — Community Garden
The Squamish Youth Centre has a garden planted, maintained and harvested by youth and staff
Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health division
Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health division has a couple of garden plots at Valleycliffe House and Iris Place
Wai-Wa-Kum Reserve — Ay`as Lam Family Program — Community Garden Boxes
Stone Soup funding of $500 catalyzed the construction of ten garden boxes and the purchase of soil for the garden boxes. Matching funding of $500 was contributed by the Alas Men Men Child Services. A local mill contributed lumber for all the boxes along with cutting the lumber to size.The project mobilized many community members. Some of the members came forward at least three times to get the job done.Program highlights:“This funding has enabled us to move forward with our dreams to have a graden of herbes, food and fruits for our families here at Aya Lam` Family Program. “The funding has helped bring our young parents back to learning how to grow and gather food seasonally like our ancestors did in the past.” The rich garden soil was really satisfying to the children to be able to plant and watch the plants grow.“
“In having our little community garden has helped inspire the parents to be more part of learning to cook.”
Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) — community gardens
Program Manager Kari Mancer
Community members grow fresh organic vegetables 6 months of the year while engaging in a welcoming community environment. Community members rent a 2.5 by 8 foot garden space for $60 per year. The annual fee includes a WCSS Membership, a wide variety of organic seeds, fertilizer, water, a gardening course and lots of ongoing support. There is no charge for participants who are financially restricted. Ten percent of the crops harvested are donated to the Whistler Food Bank. Excess produce is sold to a local grocery store and at the local Farmers Market.Today there are four 20 by 40 foot greenhouses; two at the Spruce Grove Field House, one at Myrtle Philip Community School and one at Alpha Lake Park. Each greenhouse contains eighteen garden boxes. The beds are rigged with heating cables to give seeds the proper germination temperatures and with an in–group irrigation system to minimize water consumption.After building and running 4 organic community greenhouses in Whistler for the past 6 years, Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) has a pretty good idea of how to do it. WCSS offers support such as budgets, supplier lists, etc. to other organizations and groups interested in starting a community greenhouse