A big goal for the New Year is to create as many new community gardens in the city as possible! There is SO much demand, and the new Parks Board seems like it's on board. I do volunteer work as the community gardens coordinator with the Vancouver Public Space Network, and we're working hard with community groups across the city to get people planting.
City Farmer has made this map/list of those who are both looking for space to garden, and those offering garden space. If you don’t see a suitable partner, add yourself to the list and wait for a call. Keep checking back to see if a match turns up. Well done!
"Seed Balls are one half inch diameter models of the living world. They can contain all the seeds for a complete habitat, for a wild or domestic garden. In a holographic way, each ball can contain the whole plant potential of the entire ecosystem. They require a fraction of the cost of planting or drilling and are hundreds of times faster. They can be made by anyone anywhere in the world where there is clay, soil, seed and water. Seed balls work on all scales, small to large, and can be air dropped over broad areas! Hundreds of kinds of mixed seeds, soil humus and dry powdered red brown clay, form the solid components of seed balls. When mixed with water and rolled into balls, they become little Adobe Gardens."
I am creating a business that will collect food waste from businesses that want to be more sustainable and stop dumping food waste into landfills.
I am looking for businesses (and people) interested on changing this so if anyone wants more information on how this would work contact BlackGold Food Waste & Compost Services at email@example.com -
Treating food as garbage is one of the reasons we have to import food and create space to dump more garbage. Landfill usage promotes anaerobic decomposition of the material we put there. In the case of organic material, even food waste that is easily compostable takes years if not decades to decompose using valuable land space that could be used for truly unusable materials.
I just read a post on this site by Sunflower, who wants to green her home. I love this idea, and I hope people know about the Learn section we have on this site, we have a section all about how to green your home.
I especially love the living roof idea, if anybody out there has tips or DIY instructions for how to make a living roof or container gardening (for those of us in apartments) Please post them to this site and I will add them to the Learn section!
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I think I know the spot Duncan is talking about. It was an eye sore for a long time and it's now a totally productive garden.
China Creek Co-op did something very similar. A slope right at the base of Vancouver Community College was once a live stream (which is still running underground) but became a landfill. I think about 10 years ago the China Creek Housing Co-op turned the landfill into a garden. Those who turnover their soil today still find reminants of it but it's an absolutely incredible garden area now.