As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

The Art of Community Living in Vancouver 2: Community Gardens

For most city dwellers around the world- access to land for growing their own food is usually minimal to nil. However, in the city of Vancouver the government and the community refuse to be crippled by this reality. While visiting this beautiful Pacific coast city, I chanced upon the Milross Gardens on Main Street and was introduced to the world of Community Gardening. No land, no problem. Find the land and start a community garden. You not only shorten the distance from farm to fork but you also create a warm sense of community.

The City of Vancouver provides all the information and assistance needed to get interested locals planting.


Starting a Community Garden   
Image from the City of Vancouver website

Start a community garden or orchard
The City and Park Board supports you and your community group to develop new urban agriculture projects in parks and on City-owned land.

Is there an ideal piece of land in your neighbourhood that could become a community garden or orchard? Find out how to start your project.

Projects in City parks or other City-owned land
If you would like to start your project in a City park or on City-owned property, tell us your ideas! Fill out an Expression of Interest application. We review applications each fall.

Read more about starting a Community Garden in Vancouver
Check out this interactive map of Vancouver’s food-growing community gardens

 The MILROSS Community Garden
is one of the community gardens in Vancouver 


Milross Community Garden (bird’s eye view), Vancouver


Sign provides more info: MILROSS Community Garden-Pollinator Meadow-Apiary
The Garden is tended lovingly by Hives for Humanity and the Milross Gardeners


Milross Community Garden Plots ( up close)

I am really amazed with the Vancouver community’s desire and effort to have access to land for growing food. I know many of you are curious how it works. Here’s what I’ve learned…

Cost per plot is $20 per calendar year only payable via cheque for tool storage, water tank, fencing, 42″ x 47 1/2″ plot boxes, soil and water delivery. There is only one plot permitted per household.
Learn more on the Milross Community Garden website


Milross Community Gardens
42″ x 47 1/2″ plot boxes
Image from their website

Every city in the world should follow what Vancouver is doing -give city dwellers a chance to get their hands dirty and get connected to the earth again and grow food! Bravo Vancouver!

 “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Quote from good reads 


image for headerSo do… connect with the earth and other earth-loving individuals. Grow something at home or in a community garden!

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