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  • Save the Date! Pollinators and People in the City Event on March 10

    You’re invited! Tickets are available online at https://pollinatorsandpeople.eventbrite.comPHS_H4H_inthecity_posterJPG

  • Woven Flax Pollinator Markers

    EartHand Gleaners Society facilitated a workshop at our Bee Space on Monday as part of their Terroir Project, and it was magic. We’ve been building this partnership for the past year and half, and this workshop felt like a whole bunch of work really paying off in community engagement, ownership and pride.

    Sharon Kalis, community based artist, has been growing flax and milkweed in partnership with community organizations including ours for the past year. The flax was harvested and spun using traditional hand methods, dyed with natural materials like marigold petals, and then waxed with our DTES beeswax. The yarn is now being knit into skeps (traditional bee hive) that will hang along East Hastings, marking places where pollinator friendly things are happening in the community, as part of our Pollinator Corridor Project.

    There was quiet and focus in the room, soft conversations as we waxed the flax yarn and knit up the skeps, and the joy of being part of this full circle of creativity, from the earth into our hands and into community, it was tangible.

    The project will be hanging these markers and giving a tour of the pollinator places on June 6th … more info to come on that.

  • Bee Library and DTES Seed Library Launch

    In partnership with the Carnegie Branch Vancouver Public Library we launched two small libraries on August 6th: The Bee Library and The DTES Seed Library!

    The Bee Library is dedicated to the memory of Neil Benson, a community gardener who cared for the bees and the people of the gardens he tended, a defender of habitat, a poet and a friend. Neil passed away July 28th 2014 and is deeply missed. There is a maple tree planted in his honour at the Hastings Folk Garden for anyone wishing to pause and say a few words.

    The Bee Library is a growing collection of books on bees and other pollinators that are available to borrow from the Carnegie Library. The Carnegie is beautiful, for anyone who hasn’t visited before, it’s Vancouver’s oldest Public Library, and the staircase winds up the floors past stained glass windows of authors and poets.

    Mark Winston of SFU Woodward’s Centre for Dialogue read three pieces from his upcoming book Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive sharing 1) his first experience of beekeeping, falling in love with the feel of little bee claws climbing your arm and bee tongues licking your skin; 2) his experience of the way that community builds around a bee hive, bringing folks together around gardens, bees and honey; and 3) the sense of belonging, so important to human health, that the bees create.

    After the readings we enjoyed honey and fried bread and meeting all the folks who came out to the launch! It was a great night and we are very proud of the collaborative community work that has produced these libraries.

    The DTES Seed Library was the inspiration of Jim McLeod (read more about Jim over at Beekeepers&Gardeners). Jim attended a talk on seed bombing, guerrilla gardening and seed saving a few years back that was hosted by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement as part of their Super Cool Tuesday Series (super cool, contemporary artist talks at the InterUrban Gallery). When the opportunity came up to apply for a Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant this year, Jim thought: DTES Seed Library! Teaming up with Andrea Creamer from SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Carnegie VPL, after a successful Vancouver Foundation Greenest City Small Neighbourhood Grant application, with support from Hives for Humanity, with art from Richard Tetrault on the way, and with a whole lot of seed saving still to go, the DTES Seed Library is now open!

    When you are browsing the Bee Library you can also look through our seed collection and borrow seeds for all kinds of pollinator friendly flowers, veg and herbs! All of the seeds are collected and saved by volunteers, donated by community members, gardeners, friends and families. You can bring your seeds to the Hastings Urban Farm and we will catalogue them and add them into the collection!



  • Exciting new projects abound!

    We have new projects bubbling with bees and community!

    More stories will be coming soon but for now, in brief, here’s what we’re working on:

    1) Amacon’s Milross Gardens on Main We are thrilled to be working with this community garden to build a beautiful pollinator meadow in and amongst the community plots! We will be bringing in honey bees, growing pollinator friendly plants, hosting open workshops, celebrating and beautifying, and involving the community in the space! We had our first meeting with the community gardeners today and it was a lovely experience meeting all the green thumbs brought together by this space and gathering their input for what they’d like to see in their community!

    2) Terroir Urban Cloth at the Hastings Urban Farm The Earthand Gleaners Society will be growing flax from seed alongside community members, harvesting and processing it into linen, using natural dyes form plants grown in the garden and wax from our bees to finish it, and then weaving it into beautiful pollinator medallions to hand in our city’s pollinator friendly spaces!

    3) Flipside Give A Day We were chosen for Flipside’s Give a Day Which means we get 24hrs of their time invested into our project, helping us to better convey what we do!

    4) Bee Library at the Carnegie Branch We have been helping to choose books to bring to the library, and encouraging our folks to go read ’em! We are also working on a seed library, which would go hand in hand with the Bee Library!

    5) City of Vancouver Pollinator Project We’ve partnered up with the City ov Vancouver Parks Board to help spread the buzz about pollinators and how we can support them! We got involved through our own Pollinator Corridor Project, which you can read more about at pollinator


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