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Community Gardening

Build community, reconnect with the ground, capture carbon, and grow something beautiful and edible in a small green space. There is lots to recommend here. Be a part of it. Part of the VV Neighbourhood Food Network. Join VV to join this group.

If you're interested in participating in a VV community or collaborative garden, including our plots at Cottonwood Community Garden located just outside the Fieldhouse, or at one of our gardens in Kits or W. Pt. Grey, or are interested in a, new gardening project please contact or



Location: Vancouver, BC
Members: 78
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2017

Gardening Guides

First off, we live in a rain forest. Of course the forest is gone in the Lower Mainland--and so is our once deep, rich, and healthy topsoil--so we have to deal with the challenge of hydrology, aka retaining water for our food gardens and controlling run-off to protect everything from our neighbour's property to our stream and ocean water quality and biodiversity.

A great PDF how-to guide on creating a "rain garden"--which was written for our bioregion--is too large at 14 megaBytes to post on this site's server, so it is being hosted on a VV Director's Cloud account, and can be downloaded by clicking on this hyperlink.  If this link does not work, send us an email by clicking here and we can email it out in sections.

Kits Village has a gardening collaborative group, with members gardening in the Kits Village Collaborative Garden (now in our 8th year), a Green Space, in our Permaculture in Planters project and also a couple small Permaculture Food Forests. New members are welcome. We helped helped start and participated in the Westside Collaborative Garden (2010-12), and members helped start and participate in the Kits Community Centre Collaborative Garden. We also have 3 seed libraries, dinner groups, a recycling depot, host drop-in spaghetti nights, etc.

At Cottonwood Community Garden (just outside our Fieldhouse),Village has Permaculture, Herb Spiral, Inner City Village and DTES Neighbourhood House plots. Village also sponsors Woodland Community Garden.

At Abethau, we garden weekly at our Collaborative Permaculture Garden in the Community Eco-Art Garden.

If you're interested in participating in a VV community or collaborative garden or new gardening project please contact or

Interested in Seed Saving and Seed Sharing? Check out our Village Vancouver Seed Savers Group and Cedar Cottage Seed Savers Collective to learn how and to take advantage of nature's bounty.  Will you take on this task for your neighbourhood, and be the plant saviour for another corner of the earth? Currently, other Village seed saving efforts include Main Street Neighbourhood Seed Library and Kits Village Seed Savers/Kits Seed Library.
Another great Vancouver group, the Vancouver Plant & Seed Exchange Network, has started an amazing plant and seed sharing web resource, leveraging the power of nature and of the internet to expand our food choices for a 100-foot diet. Just click on this link.

Discussion Forum

Community Garden Spots in Burnaby

Started by Theresa Voorsluys Apr 26, 2017. 0 Replies

We have a small community garden in Burnaby on a sunny plot on ALR farmland. We have a few spots open this season…Continue

New Collaborative Garden at Kits Community Centre -- 1st community meeting Monday, July 21, 2014 7-9 pm

Started by Ross Moster Jul 20, 2014. 0 Replies

Monday, July 21 7-9 pmKits Community Centre                                                                                          2690 Larch, VancouverJoin a new collaborative garden in…Continue

New VV Permacuture garden plot at Cottonwood Community Garden - looking for a couple gardeners

Started by Ross Moster. Last reply by Ross Moster Jun 3, 2014. 1 Reply

Village has a new Permaculture focused garden plot at Cottonwood Community Garden in Strathcona, and we're looking for one or two additional Villagers to garden collaboratively. Cost is $5/year…Continue

*VV Backyard Chickens 101 Workshop @ Homesteader's Emporium

Started by Ross Moster Aug 2, 2012. 0 Replies

Time: August 3, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm Location: Vancouver Homesteader's Emporium Street: 649 East Hastings StreetCity/Town: Vancouver, BC V6A 1R2 CanadaOrganized By: Ross Moster, Duncan Martin, VV…Continue

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Comment by Cylia on January 28, 2011 at 8:48pm

Wondering if there is any interest in going to "Dirt The Movie" and "Fresh" (followed by a Sustainable Agriculture Panel meeting) at the World Community Film Festival at Langara College Feb.12th. Then we could go out for dinner somewhere close by and chat about the movies, etc.

Let me know before Feb.7th.  Thanks.  Cylia

To learn more about this festival go to: 

Comment by Cylia on January 26, 2011 at 7:48pm

Hi everyone,

At Dan Jason's talk last night (Friday), Emily brought up the CETA agreement which could mean the end of farmer's rights to save. Here's some more information:


Arzeena Hamir MSc. P.Ag.


Richmond Food Security Society

Comment by Randy Chatterjee on November 8, 2010 at 7:09pm
Just a heads up. Get out your rakes and COLLECT EVERY LEAF YOU CAN FIND. There are lots, and City storm water managers need you to keep these leaves away from drains during this our rainiest month. Leaves are of course one of the very best compost materials, they are plentiful, and they are usually right where they are needed exactly when they are needed.

There are few unintentional coincidences in Nature.
Comment by Vicky on June 14, 2010 at 12:58pm
Hi Janaki,
If Cambie and 10th isn't too far, we have a communal garden with SPEC that meets every Sunday from 11-1. Let me know if you're interested and I can give you more details!
Comment by Mike Kaweski on March 17, 2010 at 2:37pm

We have a 3yr old semi-dwarf (15-20ft mature height) Italian plum tree that was planted in our back yard last year (current height 5ft) that we've decided won't work for our space. If you are interested send me an email.

I also have valerian, lemon balm, comfrey and perennial Welsh onion divisions.

I'm interested in lettuce and other early season seedlings.

Mike Kaweski
Comment by Ann Pacey on March 11, 2010 at 10:32am
Just came across this article out of Cleveland.

Really exciting use for malls, as giant greenhouses. The article also talks about expanding their use into other more community oriented activity centers, transforming them from commercial, consumer oriented space to true community space.

May the idea spread.
Comment by Mary Bennett on March 3, 2010 at 7:49pm
Hi, I got some lovely lettuce and chard seeds in exchange for some oregano, marjoram and (not edible) vinca major--variegated.

I've put out some other plants in front of 2605 West Fifth - grape hyacinths; marjoram; oregano; lemon balm; vinca major (periwinkle - but large and variegated).

I also have some other things - including a small hydrangea bush, lambs ears; creeping jenny; sedum (large and small, but pretty ordinary). If you need some extra plants, send me a note and we can arrange something.

Most are sun loving as we face south.
Comment by Arzeena Hamir on February 11, 2010 at 6:01pm
I'll be there till 4. Come on over!!
Comment by Randy Chatterjee on February 11, 2010 at 5:54pm
Mary and Arzeena, I am hosting a Saturday morning edible garden planning workshop, but could get to SPEC anytime in the afternoon. I made a productive trip to West Coast Seeds, and could share some seeds in exchange for herb cuttings.
Comment by Arzeena Hamir on February 11, 2010 at 4:57pm
I'd love some marjoram & oregano. If you're in Kits at all this Sat, I'll be working at City Farmer (Maple & 6th). Come by & see the garden. Otherwise let me know how to get it from you. I have chives & french sorrel if you (or anyone else) wants some.

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