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A Night tour of Local Garden in Vancouver

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment
Sustainably growing the City’s freshest source of healthy local greens, Vancouver’s Local Garden is North America’s first Verticrop™ farm.

Our mission is to sustainably grow the freshest, healthiest, best-tasting local produce without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides.

Sustainably growing Vancouver’s freshest source of healthy local greens, Local Garden is North America’s original Verticrop™ farm located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Handpicked at the peak of freshness and delivered the same day to local restaurants and grocers, means the freshest tasting produce available without the loss of any vitamins, minerals or nutrients.

Please vote for Strathcona Community Micro-Gardens – Creating a Green Zone from the Aviva Community Fund

December 2, 2010 1 comment

Strathcona Community Micro-Gardens

We Need Your Support

We want to win a $90000 grant to turn Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside into a Garden City!

We need you to vote for us. 10 Times (once a day for 10 days). Between Dec 2 and 15. And we’ll give you prizes.

Sign up for daily voting reminders at You must be signed up to win prizes. If you’ve already signed up – You are awesome.

Thank you!

The Strathcona BIA has applied for a $90,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund to help us build 20-30 microgardens in Strathcona, part of Vancouver’s inner city. The grant winners are determined through an online voting contest. We’ve already made it through the first round, so now we need you to vote for our idea 10 times (once per day) between December 2 and December 15 as we compete in the semi-final round against 29 other projects across Canada.

Please vote below:


The Strathcona Neighbourhood The Strathcona neighbourhood is Vancouver’s oldest residential community and also has one of Canada’s lowest socioeconomic levels. 2006 statistics state the average household income is $27,139 compared to $63,889 for Vancouver overall.

Strathcona residents also have lower education levels than the average for all of Vancouver. 32% of residents have an education level less than Grade 9 as compared to 9% in Vancouver and only 40% of people 20 years of age or older have some form of post secondary education compared to 69% in Vancouver overall.

While the neighbourhood has beautiful heritage buildings and a rich artistic community, it is also characterized by homelessness, open drug use and dealing, prostitution, and graffiti.

Our Idea We propose to create 20 to 30 community micro-gardens throughout Strathcona. The gardens would be installed on private properties adjacent to public spaces in highly visible, underutilized areas.

How it would work Depending on the nature and size of each location, the gardeners and the property owners would decide whether the plot should be a community garden, single-owner garden, or a living wall. Vegetation would consist of native perennials and edible plants.

The gardens would be installed by qualified landscapers of Mission Possible Enterprises, a local non-profit which provides employment opportunities for individuals with job readiness barriers and assists in breaking the cycles of poverty, homelessness, and addiction. Local youth would also be employed as partners with the landscapers to learn valuable food production and community development skills.

Benefits of this project

  • Edible plants would provide new opportunities for local food production. Using native plants would reduce the resources required for their maintenance thus minimizing the ecological footprint of each garden.
  • The BIA has received many comments from residents and businesses regarding the need for more green spaces – they want the Strathcona Green Zone to literally become greener. By creating micro gardens, more green space would be accessible throughout the neighbourhood.
  • This project would also reduce spaces available for criminal activity through the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). A public place that lacks significant ownership interest is often perceived by some as places where criminal activity is supported. By converting underutilized spaces into gardens, the BIA would help reduce areas that encourage crime.
  • The most profound benefit of this project would be the generation of green jobs for individuals with job readiness barriers and inner city youth. The youth will gain tangible job experience and skills.
  • There will also be opportunities for intergenerational interactions with Mission Possible’s employees and youth in a safe environment. Many of the landscapers will be able to teach the youth some of their consequences of their decisions in their lives in the hopes that the youth would not follow the same path.

An Inclusive Approach The Strathcona Community Micro-Gardens would provide an inclusive approach to addressing many of the problems affecting this community. We are counting on your support!

For more information on the Strathcona Green Zone, visit us at Twitter: SBIA_GreenZone

About the Strathcona Business Improvement Association The Strathcona BIA (SBIA) is a member driven non-profit business organization in Strathcona, a sub-community of east Vancouver. It represents over 850 commercial property owners, business tenants, and 7,000+ employees. The area is a broad mix of industrial, commercial, retail, and residential zoning – many who have been in the area for over 40 years.

The SBIA conducts a variety of programs to facilitate the revitalization of Strathcona including street beautification through banners, flower baskets and murals; street micro cleaning; and graffiti removal. One of its core initiatives is the Strathcona Green Zone, an initiative to promote green practices among its membership and eventually make the area a sustainable district. Programs include waste audits and a resource exchange whereby businesses find other businesses to repurpose unneeded materials to divert them from the landfill.

Besides business development, the SBIA is involved with community events, sponsoring the Powell Street Festival, the largest Japanese Canadian festival in Canada; the Eastside Culture Crawl, a three day event drawing over 10,000 people to artists’ studios in east Vancouver; and children’s programming at the Strathcona Community Centre.


Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants in Vancouver

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The Vancouver Foundation has partnered with the City of Vancouver (Social Planning Division) to fund Neighbourhood Small Grant projects focused on “urban food” with various Neighbourhood Houses.

This pilot project is called the “Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants”.

The timeline for this pilot initiative with the City is from July to
October 31, 2010. This means that we would need to have the projects
funded to take place by end of October.

“Urban Food Projects” which City would like to support include any NSG
Projects that have a “food” focus.  This means the projects may cover
building food gardens or garden plots, educational workshops (i.e.
canning, cooking) or workbooks  cookbooks or manuals related to food.

Check out our website and click the sidebar “ad” which will take you
to the application form at

Deadline is August 1, 2010 at 5 p.m. and you will be notified on or
before August 9, 2010.

Application forms can also be found at RayCam, Strathcona, or Carnegie
Community Centres.

AHA MEDIA is writing, producing and performing a Shadow Theatre Play at DTES CAN Art Space on Saturday Feb 27, 2010 at Lux Hotel on East Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is writing, producing and performing a Shadow Theatre Play at DTES CAN Art Space on Saturday Feb 27, 2010 at Lux Hotel on East Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Inspired by the bright light illumination and our Large Store Front Windows of our temp DTES CAN Art space, we decided to do Shadow Play – Improv Theatre for all of our neighbors and friends on East Hastings street in Vancouver.

AHA MEDIA believes in positive community engagement and we wanted to help everyone remember us through visual and performing arts before we leave our temp DTES CAN Art Space as our last day is Sunday Feb 28, 2010


Here are some photos and videos of us experimenting with a small lamp from within our DTES CAN Art space to using the Red and Blue Blinking Flashers of a parked Vancouver Police Car on East Hastings street

Below is a photo of Mike McNeeley of AHA MEDIA performing – He has studied with Terry Hunter and Savannah Walling of Vancouver Moving Theatre in a Shadow Theatre play


Below is a photo of Alvin Clayton, Montana King and Mike McNeeley performing


In this video, Richard Czaban laughs as he films Mike McNeeley and Montana King of AHA MEDIA doing Shadow Theatre Improv at DTES CAN Art space at Lux Hotel on Hastings and Columbia in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This video was filmed by Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or


In this video, Richard Czaban, Mike McNeeley and Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA do a Shadow Theatre play at DTES CAN Art space at Lux Hotel on Hastings and Columbia in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or


Below is a photo of Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA taking a bow while Montana King poses in the DTES CAN Art Space Window


Below is a photo of Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA and friends who were happy to see some of our Shadow Improv Theatre at DTES CAN Art Space


Below is a photo of  Hank Bull – Executive Director of Centre A watching our Shadow Theatre videos


Below is a photo of  Makiko Hara – Curator of Centre A watching our Shadow Theatre Videos


Below is a photo of Mike McNeeley, Richard Czaban, Alvin Clayton and Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA all helping to write our new Shadow Theatre Play about “How some of us end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside”

We aim to perform our new Shadow Theatre play at the DTES CAN art space at Lux Hotel this Saturday Feb 27, 2010 for all of us to enjoy!

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.

700 East Hastings

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.

Artist Rendering Artist Rendering

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)