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Our Community Needs a Garden

We were informed in April 2018 that the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) was planning to build affordable housing on the current location of the T-section of Cedar Cottage Community Garden. Our garden will remain on this site until the housing construction by VAHA begins sometime in the future.

As a result, in 2018 we applied to Parks Board to create a community garden within John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park. This initiative has received overwhelming support from the community and the neighbourhood. There is an urgent need to preserve space for gardening within our community, as it brings a multitude of benefits, from physical, mental, and social to environmental.

In late November 2021, Parks Board began the second phase of the public consultation on the Trout Lake Park Renewal Plan, which contained no community garden at all. We need your help to support creating a community garden in this neighbourhood. There are two ways to provide feedback to the current park plan:

  • Fill out the online survey at https://shapeyourcity.ca/jhp. This survey is open from Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 2021. There is no topic or question for community gardens in this survey, but question #33 is for general comments, where you can express your desire to see a community garden in this park.

  • Send an email to johnhendry@vancouver.ca, which will reach the park project team, expressing your support for a community garden in the park

If you'd like to help further in our efforts to relocate our community garden please send an email to relocate@cedarcottagegarden.org.

Please visit: http://www.cedarcottagegarden.org/relocation, or click on the Relocation tab above, for further information.

Join

The garden is now full for the 2021 season. If you'd like to be wait-listed for a plot at our garden please click here or on the 'Join' button above.

With over 100 garden plots and extensive common areas, Cedar Cottage Community Garden offers a variety of micro-climates and growing conditions to gardeners of all ages and abilities. We promote food security and provide space for growing in a city where green space is at a premium. This is a place where people welcome each other, look out for each other's plots, and learn from each other.

We are located at Victoria Drive and Hull Street in Vancouver, B.C. For more information, please send us an e-mail at Contact@CedarCottageGarden.org.

Some of our goals include:

  • to promote food security

  • to provide space for growing in the city where green space is at a premium

  • to create a sense of community and connections within the neighbourhood

  • to create a safe, welcoming space for neighbours to gather and spend time

  • to share knowledge about growing

Cedar Cottage Community Garden would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support and funding in the creation, nurturing, and growth of our garden:

Founding Organisations:

Vancouver Native Health Society
Vancouver Community Agriculture Network
Environmental Youth Alliance
Cedar Cottage Food Network
FarmFolk CityFolk

Supporting and Funding Organisations:

Heifer International Canada
Evergreen
TransLink
City Of Vancouver
Vancouver Coastal Health
Walmart
Greenest City Fund
Neighbourhood Small Grants

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With the current COVID restrictions in mind please note that we will not be supplying any refreshments. Also, we ask that you:

  • maintain social distancing

  • bring your own gloves

  • stay home if you are feeling sick

COVID-19

Members are reminded to follow the provincial guidelines:

In addition:

    • Bring your own gloves and, if possible, tools from home to avoid having to open the shed

    • If you open the shed wipe the lock and any tools used with alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR), available in the shed

    • If you use a hose wipe the tap and hose nozzle after use

    • If possible, bring the necessary supplies from home (ABHR, water, soap, towels, etc.) for cleaning your hands and any shared tools used

    • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds