Sophos Vancouver Rooftop Community Garden – just beginning
by Patricia Tribolet
A wild notion I had to convert the existing flower/dead bush beds on the rooftop of the Sophos Vancouver building into a Vegetable Community Garden shared by anyone at Sophos willing to keep it.
We have aproximately 300 people working in this building as a part of Sophos.
The reason why I started this was because I wanted to grow veggies… I started with small pots on the windows next to my desk on the 5th floor with herbs, tomatoes and peppers.
It was such a success (3 large tall windows) that I proposed this to management and they gave me a$ $200 dollar budget.
I have only really spent about 10 dollars though, the whole point is for this to be sustainable and I will try to keep it this way.
I’m saving it for the organic seeds
I will definitely plant veggies and will encourage that. I cannot make it a veggie garden yet only because winter is coming and I need to see how much this will actually work. In February I will re-assess the plots and re-organize the garden if needed.
Ahead in the future (if this works) is adding proper beds for veggies on the rest of the rooftop, I already have permission from management to expand to the remaining free space on the roof.
Also in the future is composting, we have a kitchen where we have complimentary fruit and other fresh food we would definitely be able to use.