In the kitchen... Grow Your Own
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Concerned about what do in the winter?

Can or freeze everything!  Buy raspberries from a farm in Langley, divide them up with your buddies and have fodder for smoothies all winter long!  Have a canning party on a rainy day!  For more info on canning, check out

Grow your own!

Lettuce and other salad greens grow wonderfully in pots on shady balconies, as do cherry tomatoes for the south facing dwellers.  Balcony or not, fresh herbs are an easy one to grow with little space (and so much cheaper than buying those tiny packages at the store).  Besides, everybody is doing it!  According to City Farmer, 44% of people in Greater Vancouver live in households that produce some of their own food.


Community gardens

Gardens on City owned lands:

Arbutus Victory Gardens: (41 plots spread from 50th - 68th along East Blvd.)

China Creek (30 plots - E. 8th & Keith Streets)

Cypress Community Garden (65 plots - 6th between Cypress & Burrard)

Kitsilano Community Garden (55 plots, 6th & Arbutus)

Maple Community Garden (80 plots, 6th between Maple & Cypress)

Mole Hill Community Garden ( 70 plots, lane parallel to Pendrell & Comox Streets, between Thurlow & Bute)

**La Cosecha (SW corner Clarke & Broadway)

** Youth Seed to Table Project (57th & East Blvd.)

Pine Community Garden (6th from Fir to Burrard)


Gardens on Park Board owned lands:


Gardens on "other" owned lands:

Grandview Community Garden ( 24 plots - Grandview & Woodland, in school yard)

Queen Elizabeth Elementary School - SE corner Clarke & Broadway

* My Own Backyard (MOBY) Community Garden - 45 plots, east of Commercial at 11th, under skytrain guideway

* Collingwood Food Security Community Garden, NE corner of Vanness & Joyce, under skytrain guideway


* new in 2006

** new in 2007


City Farmer also has a list of gardens -


Not a green thumb? Not a problem!

Contact City Farmer (604.736.2250) or just show up at the demonstration garden (2150 Maple Street, Vancouver).  Since 1981 they have been showing people how to grow vegetables and fruit organically on a small city lot.

The Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm.  Visit for more details.

Urban Veggie Garden Glamour Story

Success stories of fellow city slickers and their beautiful and bountiful backyards!   Read the article and feel the “lure of the urban veggie garden”! 
 “Lure of the Urban Veggie Garden: Digging for Love, Money, Fame, and Sex Appeal” – The Tyee

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