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Vancouver community gardens growing at record pace across city


Staff writers
June 14, 2012 — 2011 was a record year for community gardens across Vancouver -- a total of 405 new garden plots were created, pushing the city well on its way towards their goal of 5,000 garden plots by 2020.


Three community plots that are being used in innovative and important ways are: The School Garden, Sharing Garden, and Healing Garden
Three community plots that are being used in innovative and important ways are: The School Garden, Sharing Garden, and Healing Garden

This year has been no different. Vancouver, along with Evergreen and students from Simon Fraser Elementary School, have announced that they will be creating 11 new garden plots to the City Hall community garden, due in part to the growing demand. 

"It's home to a number of garden plots which are cultivated by local community members who come down here and grow their own vegetables and flowers." said Helen Beynon, Community Development Coordinator of Evergreen BC about the new plots. "It's really a space for a number of community groups to come together and share and learn from one another". 

Mayor Gregor Robertson also recognizes the growing interest for garden plots around his city and couldn't be happier with the city's new initiatives. 

"I'm pleased we're partnering with Evergreen to expand the City Hall garden," Robertson said in a press release. " [I] look forward to seeing many more garden plots spring up in neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver in the years to come." 

Though there is still quite a few years left until Vancouver reaches its goal, Beynon hopes the new project can inspire people to think globally and grow locally. 

"It's really about creating opportunities for people to grow their own food, to learn about where their food comes from, and why its so important to grow organically.

The 1,100-square-foot garden accommodates 30 individual plots, including three designed to be wheelchair accessible and three designed for people with limited mobility. 

Vancouver currently has 3,700 individual plots in 85 gardens located on private, public and park land across the city.

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