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The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust supports Urban Agriculture

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has been established to honour Her Majesty The Queen for a lifetime of service. The Trust is open to donations from individuals, groups and organisations – from the UK, the Commonwealth and the wider world – for the duration of the Jubilee Year.

Our “Urban food theme” will encourage urban communities to grow vegetables both to consume themselves and to sell for income.

Excerpt from their site:

We will work with city authorities to encourage them to make space available to allow city dwellers to have access to land for food gardens. This can be a range of different spaces including balconies, rooftops, kerb sides and even containers such as rubbish skips, enabling people to feed themselves, earn an income and improve their diets.

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Growing food in Vancouver’s overlooked nooks

Victory Garden founders (left to right) Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips specialize in transforming marginalized urban spaces into land for food production. Photograph by Jennilee Marigomen.

“The act of growing food has a pretty powerful way of changing people’s perspective on how they consume.”

By Lena Sin
The Province
July 26, 2012


Travelling through Vancouver’s back alleys and narrow nooks, Lisa Giroday sees land that’s ripe for food production in places that most people would easily dismiss.

As the urban agriculture movement continues to take hold, Giroday wants to challenge the limits of where people think food can be grown.

Got a patch of grass in front of your townhouse? A strip of greenery straddling the sidewalk and road? An apartment building with a perimeter of hedges? All those “marginalized” spaces where people might think to do no more than plant a bush or some flowers can be used for edible gardening, she says.

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