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Community garden at Waterview Apartments in Victoria, BC, for formerly homeless and at risk residents

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Waterview Community Garden Project

Report to Investors Group, Victoria Branch
Pacifica Housing Advisory Association
Report compiled by David Stott, Project Coordinator
December 14, 2010

The following report outlines the progress of the Waterview Community Garden Project, which took place between February and November, 2010. The project was dedicated to the creation of a community garden at Waterview Apartments in Victoria, a 49 unit residence whose tenants are formerly homeless and at risk Victoria residents.

What the project achieved

A total of 12 tenants began taking part in Waterview community garden project in February of this year. Each tenant had a different challenge or disability including various types of mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or chronic depression-physical disabilities such as 10% vision;

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December 15, 2010   1 Comment

Lantzville, BC, shuts down Dirk Becker’s urban farm

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Dirk Becker will fight a Lantzville bylaw that threatens to shut down his urban farm.

Local food advocate shocked by district’s orders to stop growing produce on his property

By Derek Spalding,
Nanaimo Daily News
November 20, 2010

Excerpt:

Well-known urban farmer and local food production advocate Dirk Becker has been ordered to shut down his 2.5-acre Lantzville farm because of a home business bylaw that does not include agriculture in its regulations.

People can grow food for personal consumption, but they cannot sell the food for profit, according to the district’s bylaws.

Becker and his partner, Nicole Shaw, spent five years transforming their property into a rich urban farm that produces an abundance of fresh food.

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November 21, 2010   12 Comments

Community gardens taking root – Richmond, BC

maryMary Gazetas of the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Program stands at Terra Nova rural park, where farming classes are held. She says there’s ‘a renaissance’ of people wanting to connect with the land again.
Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG, Vancouver Sun

Budding farmers can learn from the ground up at Richmond farm school

By Kelly Sinoski,
Vancouver Sun
April 14, 2010

Excerpt:

Most of its farmland was paved over decades ago, but the City of Richmond has found new ground to support a growing resurgence of the community gardener.

The city this week finalized a three-year agreement with the Richmond Food Security Society, giving the group a one-time $15,000 grant to run the city’s four community gardens as well as the $8,000 it collects annually from the gardens.

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April 14, 2010   Comments Off