Veratec donated Rainforest premium garden soil to this community garden at City Hall. There are 30 plots in the community garden, which is one of some 45 community gardens across the city. Each gardener has to pay a small fee to lease the plot from the city, but they can grow vegetables — often within walking distance of their own house.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the decision to convert part of the park north of city hall into fertile ground would stand as a symbol for Vancouverites to grow their own food.
“Community gardens are a big part of being a green city,” said Robertson. “We need to grow more food locally, because it will help with food security.There are so many reasons to look into growing your own food,” he said, adding that the move at city hall and around the world “really validates what we have worked so hard for.”
Veratec donated our premium blend Rainforest soil for this urban agriculture project in Vancouver. Artist Holly Schmidt, Vancouver Design Nerds, Ocean Dionne and Alicia Medina Laddaga and a team of master gardeners explore the possibilities for growing food in the urban environment.
For more information on the GROW Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab visit: http://grow-urbanagricultureproject.ca/
Veratec is fully supportive of projects such as the community garden near the Neighbourhood Energy Utility in South False Creek. For this project we donated our premium blend Rainforest soil to the Creek Community Gardeners. and their project.
“A community garden at the Neighbourhood Energy Utility site creates an opportunity for residents in South False Creek/Fairview to take the lead in growing their own food and decreasing their carbon footprints. Community gardening is a great way to build a sense of community, local spirit and pride. It encourages teamwork and cooperation, provides a healthy means of getting exercise while meeting neighbours. When an individual participates in caring for the soil, tending plants, harvesting crops and cooking them, the necessity of a connection between sustaining ourselves and caring for the earth is undeniable.”
The Creek Community Gardeners