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The City of Vancouver is asking residents to send in expressions of interest to help identify potential new community garden sites. For instance, a potential site could be vacant land at the end of a block, land parallel to streets, areas of park, etc. The list of potential community garden sites will help prioritize community garden support for upcoming years.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest for new community gardens beginning in the spring is Nov. 30th! So the question is, would anyone in this neighbourhood be interested in getting a new community garden in Grandview-Woodland? Currently there is only a rather small one at McSpadden Park, so I think this neighbourhood is a good candidate for a community garden.
Because the City must make community garden arrangements with a Society, Village Vancouver is exploring the possibility of playing a facilitating role in the establishment of new community gardens, since we are already a registered Society. Although collaborative gardens (where several people work together on a common plot, sharing labour and produce) are not officially recognised by the city, there may be the possibility of several interested individuals getting together to garden collaboratively within the community garden as well.
The next question, if there is interest in establishing a new community garden in Grandview-Woodland, would be the proposal of possible sites. Does anyone have any ideas in this regard? This can include vacant land as well as parts of parks, and the land may even be privately owned as long as the owner agrees (although the persistence of the garden would be less secure). In my own reckoning the two potential locations that spring to mind are
a) A corner of Woodland Park (bounded by Woodland Dr, McLean Dr, Frances St and Adanac St;
b) A corner of Garden Park (bounded by Templeton Dr and Garden Dr, 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave). "Put the garden in Garden!"
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If anyone here is considering getting a plot in a community garden, or has a plot elsewhere and would like to move closer to home, please add your comments to this discussion as soon as possible! We don't have a whole lot of time before the deadline, and a basic proposal would need to be drafted by then.
Hi Jordan, I was just thinking of trying to find out where I could get a community garden plot! I didn't realize there were so few in our neighbourhood. I would definitely support starting a new one and would be happy to be involved in helping make that happen. Either of those sites sound great to me (why not BOTH, in fact?).
Hi Carolyn, thanks for your interest! I have also been in contact with the Grandview-Woodland Area Council, Britannia Neighbours and the Grandview-Woodland Food Connection and have been getting good interest from those directions as well. They would be willing to send out emails to their members to elicit interest and ideas as well. Ian Marcuse from GW Food Connection said they would especially support it at a site like Woodland Park which is in a bit of a poorer income neighbourhood, as their mission is supporting food equity. He says that they had looked into Garden Park once as a possible location for a community garden but figured that in the end it was not as suitable due to too many competing uses and small area.
I would certainly appreciate your help in gauging community interest, identifying a couple of candidate spots, and putting together an Expression of Interest proposal. Ian Marcuse recommends putting up some posters in the areas surrounding the potential spots to try elicit support and interest from those areas.
Do you have any gardening experience yourself, or have you gardened at a community garden before?
Anyways, we should stay in touch over the next couple of days about next steps. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.