Small Greenest Grants!

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We supported a number of community members in successful applications to the Vancouver Foundation Greenest City Small Grants program this season, and the projects are coming along very nicely. It’s truly incredible what a small grant can do to inspire community. It’s a fantastic program and easy to get involved with, check it out and apply next year for your own community idea!


Woodward’s Community Garden:
Community members wanted to be able to start their own veg from seed and beautify their space while providing forage for the bees. So they have built a cold frame greenhouse together and are creating a living wall out of recycled pallets and burlap sacks! We have been doing lots of work in the garden together, removing the ornamental roses that used to take up all the space and get infested with aphids every season, relocating them throughout the neighbourhood, and replacing them with food we’re growing! The joy of picking fresh lettuce and munching on it as we work together in the sun, of seeing little carrot leaves bursting up and feathering out, of sunflowers exploding upwards out of seemingly nowhere, and of seeing other residents enjoying the space! The greenhouse will help bring more fresh veg into the lives of the residents of the building, and the living wall will provide much needed early spring though late summer forage for the bees next year.

Hugh Bird Community Garden:
The residents at Hugh Bird applied for and received a small grant last year, and they transformed their back patio garbage collection area into a community garden. We brought in honey bees at the same time and have been tending them with the community ever since. This year we also installed a mason bee house through the Pollinator Corridor Project. This year the residents applied for funding to build a greenhouse, to help them start their own veg better, which we are now building! The garden, which was once, quite literally, a pile of old furniture, appliances, mattresses and scraps slated for the dump, is now a community space where folks enjoy dinners, spend time in the sun with their cats, grow food, keep bees, play guitar, and enjoy each other’s company.

DTES Seed Library: 
This project is working with the Carnegie Library to install a Seed Library beside the Bee Library. The Seed Library will contain pollinator friendly flowers, traditional and medicinal plants, and easy to grow vegetables.  There will be a sister Seed Library at the Hastings Urban Farm, and workshops around the community to engage folks in the project. The project was inspired by a community Seed Saving and Guerrilla Gardening workshop a few years back at the InterUrban Gallery, part of an ongoing Super Cool Tuesdays series put on by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the PHS Drug Users Resource Centre.