Garden members who wish to contact the board or a committee, please see the Contact page in the Members Area.
Common Areas: This large group is the muscle of the garden. They oversee the planting, maintenance, and harvest of our copious common ground: flower beds, triangle perimeter, and those little in-between spaces that are good for growing extra food or other plants. These areas provide food for local charities as well as crops for garden members to share. This group is most active from spring through fall.
Compost: The life force of the garden, our compost system is a marvel. From our and our neighbours' food scraps and leaves, we create a nutrient and micro-nutrient-rich compost that will boost your garden plot productivity. There are some guidelines to creating good compost but this committee has that part figured out. Our 5 bin turning system is laborious but the results are worth it. Volunteers are needed to regularly turn the piles and move them into the next bin as compost is used and material breaks down, more often in the warm weather months. No need for a gym, get your exercise here!
Events: Over the years, the Garden has hosted events such as poetry readings, theatre performances and special events including a fund-raising harvest dinner prepared by a garden member who was also a professional chef. Going forward, this committee can organize a variety of events including our Spring Fling! which has live music, a bake sale, a plant and seedling sale, a book sale, art and craft vendors, local business vendors, small prize raffles, poetry contest, master gardener information booth, garden tours, snacks, and drinks.
Food Forest: This group plants and maintains our "food forest" permaculture area at the west end of the garden throughout the year. Permaculture involves shifting traditional garden practices to integrate principles and cycles observed in natural ecosystems. The goal is to create productive, self-sustaining systems that use water efficiently, build healthy soil and provide food for people, pollinators and wildlife. Using a consensus-based decision making model and group learning methods, the team collaboratively decides what projects to move forward with, working together to learn and grow. This group welcomes those interested in ecological gardening (including those new to gardening), and hands-on learning in a group setting.
Meal Program: This group tends specific plots that grow food that is donated to local charities. These members plant, maintain, and harvest this food and deliver it to Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House or other specified programs and places. Some of the field is used for this purpose.
Member Engagement: The members of this committee work closely with the Membership team to offer garden orientations, recruit leads for work parties, ensure work parties are well organized and fun, encourage compliance with the Member contract by inspecting plots and volunteer hours and connecting with members who need encouragement.
Operations and Maintenance: This group keeps our structures sound, our grounds clean and working tools in the shed. Every year there are plots that need to be repaired and hoses that need replacing. There is always garbage to be picked up and our garbage and green waste bins to be put to the side of the road for collection. As tools wear out, this group will see that they get replaced. Construction or "fix-it" experience is a definite asset in this group.
Orchard and Fruit: This group cares for our fruit trees (located throughout the garden) and soft fruit (located primarily within and along the perimeter of the T-section). They are responsible for pruning, thinning, watering, harvesting, etc. There is opportunity to organize workshops for garden members in pruning and plant care. Gardening or horticulture experience is an asset but training is also available for this job.
Pollinator: This group works to actively increase the number and health of pollinators within the garden. This might include such activities as creating pollinator friendly habitats, maintaining bee houses for native bees, and helping to look after European honeybees.
Relocation: This group is working to ensure that the garden retains its current capacity after our current site is developed for social and affordable housing. We're currently engaged with the John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park master plan, to champion the creation of a community garden within the park.
Seed-Saving: This group maintains plots specifically for growing plants for seed. There is opportunity to organize workshops for garden members in seed starts and seed-saving. There is usually a table at the Spring Fling to showcase what we are growing and to sell seedlings from this committee.
Board of Directors: Necessary to every non-profit society, the Board of Directors oversees the management of the garden, completes required paperwork to keep us in good standing with the landowners (in our case City of Vancouver, Translink, and BC Hydro) and to comply with regulations for our garden liability insurance, manages the budget and the finances of the garden and coordinates activities with the committees. We also have a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, as required by our by-laws. Any garden member is welcome at Board meetings.