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Hanging Baskets on East Hastings from PHS Community Services Society and Hastings Folk Garden Society in Vancouver DTES

June 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Hanging baskets with Robbie and the team: every year PHS Community Service Society and the Hastings Folk Garden Society re-plant the hanging baskets that line E. Hastings:
Soil delivery and loading:
Baskets taken down, lined, filled and ready for assembly:
Distributing the plants:
Hanging the baskets:
The last basket:

A new bee hive for Hastings Folk Garden in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

June 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The newest addition to Hastings Folk Garden is a brand new bee hive!

Downtown Eastside residents in the community garden program will have an exciting opportunity to learn about bee keeping.

Honey Bees bring so many benefits to our lives, flowers and vegetables including the sweet treat of delicious honey!

“Unique among all God’s creatures, only the honeybee improves the environment and preys not on any other species.” ~ Royden Brown

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live?” ~ Albert Einstein


Hastings Folk Garden at 117 East Hastings, right beside InSite in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Excited DTES residents prepare Hastings Folk Garden for new planting season!

Below is Jim speaking about prepping the soil, planting seeds and having events!


Our vision is: To create a welcoming, beautiful, safe place for community members to enjoy as a calm green space where they can engage in therepeutic activities; To link supportive programming from the Lifeskills Centre and greater PHS Community Service


In March come get involved in preparing the garden for the growing season: turn over the soil, get your hands dirty, help us build planter boxes, benches and vertical garden space out of recycled materials! Come ask at Lifeskills if you want to get involved: tel 604 678 8278

In April the garden will be open Noon – 3 Weekdays for community access!

Smudges are Ongoing!

Aboriginal Front Door cares for a Native Plant Garden within the space!

Past Events have included Sprouting Workshops and Outdoor Movies, look for these again in the summer!

DTES HONORING ELDERS POW WOW on Sat Oct 15 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

PHS (Portland Hotel Society) Community Services Society’s DTES Honoring Elder’s Pow Wow committee, invite you to share with us, a celebration to honor our elders who reside in the DTES with a traditional style pow wow.

Our elders come from all across ndn country, and rarely make it out to cultural events, so PHS Community Services Society pow wow committee want to bring a cultural celebration to them!

It will be held in the new park, protected by large tenting. Hope you can make it!

*The committee, respectfully invited our Tuesday night drums groups and dancers to participate.

Love Medicine
Indian Time
Sitting Still Thunder
Oceanside Dakota

HOST DRUM: Oceanside Dakota who have support DTES events, actions over the years.

*DANCERS: Who will share about their style of dance:
(confirmed thus far:)

Curtis Joe: Men’s Chicken Dance
Riannon Nahanee: Women’s Fancy
Will Visser: Men’s Fancy
Jr. Waskewitch: Men’s Grass

Invited: Unconfirmed:
Keith Nahanee: Men’s Traditional
Women’s Traditional: Gloria Nahanee
Robin Prince: Women’s Jingle

VENDORS INFO: This event an exhibition style Pow Wow, no commercial tables please, but local artists can bring their own blanket to display their arts and crafts


Emcee in Training: Ian Bee
Assisted by John Miller

Below are photos of hard working Downtown Eastside residents working on transforming the empty lot to a beautiful community gathering space.

The Portland Hotel Society is a non-profit organization that was created in 1993 to advocate, develop and implement creative and responsive services for persons living with concurrent disorders.

The Portland Hotel itself was initiated in 1991 by Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA). The Association converted a local hotel and named it after the US city of Portland, where Canadian organizers had been inspired by housing programs for homeless people. The facility was transferred to the Portland Hotel Society on its completion. The program moved to a new building (re-named the Portland Hotel) in the downtown eastside in 1999.

The program is funded by the British Columbia Housing and Mortgage Corporation (a provincial Crown corporation) and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

PHS Hastings Folk Garden And The Lifeskills Centre Present: Sprouting Workshops and Movies in the Garden In Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Home sprouting workshops with Chris Thoreau

Growing sprouts at home is easy, affordable, and a great way to
improve your health! In just minutes a day you can grow all the
vitamins and minerals you need! Join Chris Thoreau as he walks you
through the steps of home sprouting. In seven days or less you’ll have
tasty, nutritious sprouts to eat whenever you like!

Chris is an urban farmer in Vancouver who specializes in soil-grown
sprouts. He holds a degree in Agroecology from UBC where he
specialized in soil science. Chris is a former certified organic
farmer and an IOIA trained organic inspector. Read more about Chris
and his sprouts at!

Sprouting Workshop #1
Wednesday, August 3, 10am-12pm

Sprouting Workshop #2
Wednesday, August 17, 10am-12pm


Tuesday, August 9, 9pm
The Rock
W/ Nick Cage, Sean Connery, and Ed Harris

“Losers always complain about doing their best….Winners go home and
**** the prom queen”.

Tuesday, August 23, 9pm
Face Off
W/ Nick Cage and John Travolta

“I want to take his face…off”.

Capacity: 30 people
Popcorn and juice provided!

PHS 17 E. Hastings St. Beside Insite.

AHA MEDIA meets Rob, a Dutchman who wears Viking Horns on Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

August 16, 2009 Leave a comment
AHA MEDIA meets Rob, a Dutchman who wears Viking Horns on Hastings Street in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
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 In this video, Hendrik Beune, Director of AHA MEDIA speaks with Rob who claims he is the happiest man on Hastings Street.
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Rob who laughingly says his name is his job, usually hangs out by the Hastings Folk Garden in front of the old, empty Smiling Buddha cabaret.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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” Block Party” at Hastings Folk Garden in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on August 18 – 19, 2009

August 15, 2009 Leave a comment


Student volunteers are organizing the building of a garden shed out of compressed earth block (CEB).

Block party graphic

“We want to give people an opportunity to learn how they can build this way, and also to learn about the great advantages of building with earth. Folks who come out to volunteer with us on Tuesday Aug 18 and Wednesday Aug 19 will be guided through the blending, forming and curing processes of CEB, and can contribute to the Folk Garden by making some earth blocks for its new shed.

After the blocks have been cured for about a week, we will be having another work party to assemble the building…   there will be another announcement for that next week.

We are doing this project with the support of The Hastings Folk Garden Society and Building Opportunity for Business, in part as a way to investigate the possibility of developing this technology as a new branch of social enterprise in the Downtown Eastside.

We are doing this project with the support of The Hastings Folk Garden Society and Building Opportunity for Business, in part as a way to investigate the possibility of developing this technology as a new branch of social enterprise in the Downtown Eastside.

We are hoping to bring lots of people out for a couple of cheerful work party days in the garden.

Hope to see you there!