Ned Hamson
Community gardens growing at record pace across the City of Vancouver — City Farmer News -
Mayor Robertson provided an update on Vancouver’s work to increase access to community gardens. Some of the information released today included: Vancouver has added 995 new plots over the past three years, including 405 in 2011, the highest ever for one year; With a goal of reaching 5,000 garden plots by 2020, there are currently 3,700 in Vancouver; Of the cities that keep track of the overall number of gardens, Vancouver is ahead of the curve: with 85 community gardens in Vancouver, we exceed Seattle (76) and Portland (43); Local food production got a boost from the City’s approval last year of growing food in traffic circles through the Greenstreets program – which has resulted in 500 additional garden plots. The City Hall community garden, which currently has 36 plots, is operated in partnership with Evergreen. The garden includes plots that are wheelchair accessible, designated for schools and the Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood House, as well as a plot dedicated to the cultivation - Ned Hamson