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AHA MEDIA is proud to present ” It takes a community to raise a garden” by the Green Inner-city Cluster of Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

October 27, 2009 1 comment

On October 31st at 10:00 AM, volunteers are gathering at 700 East Hastings and Hawks Avenue in Strathcona to create the raised bed garden boxes necessary to convert five empty asphalt covered lots into an urban garden that will provide food, employment, and training opportunities for inner-city residents.

If you are interested in contributing to the greening of Vancouver’s inner-city we need volunteers and tools and materials, contact Seann Dory of United We Can for the latest list of what we need. Part of this project involves a mural which will include permanent recognition of the groups that made SOLEfood a reality.

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This garden raising represents the culmination of months of work by a dedicated subset of the Green Inner-city Cluster. The property belongs to the owner of the Astoria Hotel who is letting us convert it to a garden in exchange for paying the taxes for the next couple years. We need to begin the conversion this month in order to be eligible for lower taxes.

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Save Our Living Environment is a sister organization to United We Can which was selected to be the lead organization for our first grant application. From there we got the name SOLEfood for our first urban agriculture project. Today’s coverage in the Metro and on Projects In Place’s blog neglected to mention the financial and organizational support of a number of key partners:

Come out and help us make Vancouver the Greenest City in the World, starting with Hawks and Hastings.

 With thanks to Andrew “Muskie” McKay
Industry Initiatives Coordinator
Building Opportunities with Business (BOB)

http://greeningtheinnercity.ca/2009/10/26/it-takes-a-community-to-raise-a-garden/

Photos of Vancouver Seed Bank in Strathcona neighborhood, Vancouver

AHA MEDIA was given a tour of the Vancouver Seed Bank’s beautiful backyard and GREEN space.

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Located at 872 East Hastings St,
Vancouver, BC, Canada

THE VANCOUVER SEED BANK is proud to present a growing selection of seeds from medicinal, edible, psychoactive and otherwise useful plants from around the world.

We are offering seeds for dozens of different entheogens and medicinal herbs, plus edible herbs and vegetables including dozens of special varieties of heirloom tomatoes, lettuces, beans and other heritage garden plants.

Check our shipping policies for details about making a purchase online.

http://www.vancouverseedbank.ca/catalog/

Our retail store and garden lounge
is open to the public
every day from 11am – 7pm PST.
Call us at 778 329 1930.

Adults only. 18+.

. The  lounge includes a trippy Movie and Gaming Room, an Internet Cafe, and a stunning outdoor garden,  while you enjoy a smoothie or an espresso.vsb-1

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A beautiful water fountain and pool forms a rare oasis setting in Strathcona.

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Comfortable chairs to sit and chat with your neigbours :)

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In the next photo, the  mesh screens hanging above the garden pool will be soon filled with flowers, moss and vines to create living art! :)

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Photos of the Astoria Hotel in Strathcona Neighborhood in Vancouver

AHA MEDIA coming from another event in Strathcona, decided to take some photos of the historical  Astoria Hotel at the corner of Hastings and Hawks streets in Vancouver

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In the next photo, Astoria Manager Ed Willmore watches us from inside his window .

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In the next photo, the Astoria Boxing Gym lists its time of operation for those interested in a REAL workout! AHA MEDIA has engaged in its classes before and it is a traditional heavy hitting experience!

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The following two photos illustrate one of the main attractions to the Astoria Hotel – the Cold Beer and Wine Store!

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The following photo shows the Astoria Hotel has ample Parking available but only for its customers only.

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The next photo shows, Astoria Manager Ed Willmore smiling - a Ex-Vietnam Veteran and Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) man experienced in all ways of life and cultures.

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The following photos show the Astoria Cold Beer and Wine store and its customers.

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Astoria Manager Ed Willmore checks into the busy Cold Beer and Wine Store and makes sure everything is going well :)

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