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urban farm & garden project

The World In A Garden educates community and youth about the nutritional, cultural and environmental aspects of growing and eating food.
Jul 192011

Last week at The World In A Garden, we invited our friend & First Nations Squamish Minister, Eugene Harry, to bless our new native edible garden. As a result of the moving ceremony, we were reminded why we do what we do. We are all connected to and sustained by the earth; we must therefore respect Mother Earth and strengthen our ties through meaningful education and community engagement.

Living in B.C., we should be aware of and engaged in the land’s cultural heritage. The First Nations have lived off of this land for hundreds of years, respecting its natural beauty, showing thanks for its bounty, and honoring its sanctity. We can help preserve B.C.’s history and heritage by growing native edible plants and educating our community about the culture that has shaped our home.

Eugene Harry blesses the native garden

In our new garden we are planting wild strawberries, huckleberries, blueberries, choke cherries and much more. These berries are some of the highest sources of antioxidants and Vitamin C- in short, they do good for your body!

This Sunday, visit our new garden and join us for a workshop on Native Edible Plants. Read below for more information & a brief intro :


Sunday, August 7, 11am-1pm

West 57th & East Blvd.

Redefine local with an exploration of edible plants native to beautiful British Columbia. Patrick Wilson of Linnaea Nurseries will guide participants through the identification, uses and benefits of native edible plants, speaking specifically about the cultural significance of First Nation heritage on our food. Participants have the opportunity to learn from First Nations culture and our own native edible garden! As a thank you from The World In A Garden and their community partners, participants take home a native starter plant and a copy of Organic Gardening magazine. Now we’re talking local!

This workshop is $20/person. All proceeds benefit The World In A Garden. To register, contact Alicia Baddorf: 604-257-5151 ext. 213 | abaddorf@jfsa.ca

This workshop is held outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Snacks and coffee will be provided. Native Edible Plants is part of the Seed to Table Workshop Series.


An Introduction to Native Plants:

What are native plants? Native plants are those that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region, adapting to the climatic and geographic conditions of that region.

Why grow native plants?

  • Native plants have evolved with other plants, so a community of native plants provides a haven for a variety of native (and beneficial) wildlife species such as birds, bees, ladybugs and butterflies.
  • Native gardens require little maintenance- they are more resistant to diseases and pests than non-natives. The leaves that they drop actually act as both a fertilizer and a weed suppressor, meaning that you can avoid using harmful pesticides and fertilizers in your garden.
  • Incorporating natives into your garden conserves water. Native plants are accustomed to the seasonal rainfall patterns that occurs in their area, so you only need to give them some extra water to get them started.
Jul 132011

We’ve felt the benefits of getting down into the soil since we were kids…kids gravitate towards dirt, it’s instinct.

Because Dirt Makes You Happy

And then things change, along the path we are conditioned to keeping clean, to not  ruin our clothes or get our hands dirty. As an adult working in the garden and growing good food with children I feel grateful to have rediscovered dirt and appreciate good soil. Sometimes hours pass at the garden when it seems like minutes and my mind has fallen into a meditative groove.

My Grandmother used to tell me that everyone should eat a pound of dirt a year to be healthy and it seems she was referring to the good organic, dark mineral rich soil she grew up with. The kind of earth that  smells sweet, is ladden with healthy bacteria and other living organisms.

I know all this but the other day my sweet friend Gin reminded me with an article I read a while back. It proves what kids inherently know and adults often forget. It’s why we do what we do at  The World in a Garden and it’s why we love it. Read the article below that looks at the science behind the “happy hormones” induced by soil.

Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

And if you want to get happier join us at one of our workshops or visit our get involved page so you can do better for you and your community.

 Happy diggin’

Jul 062011

If you want to:

A. spend more time in the sun

B. learn more about urban agriculture

C. have more fun; or

D. all of the above

…then you should join us this summer at The World In A Garden! Why be a part of TWIAG? We offer rewarding experiences for people from all walks of life so that we can build community, grow multicultural awareness, and educate Vancouverites to make healthy & environmentally sound decisions. We believe that it is your small and valuable decisions that will make life in Vancouver & the world more sustainable!

Summer has brought lots of exciting events (new and returning) and volunteer opportunities to our garden, and we’d like to share some of those with you…

  • Passport to Permaculture: A Kids Camp (NEW)

Following the ethics of permaculture- care of the earth, care of all people and fair share- kids will explore the different aspects of urban agriculture- nutrition, local food, biodiversity and ethical business. Participants receive stamps in their “Passport to Permaculture” as they complete activities representing the 12 principles of permaculture. The camp features knowledgeable & engaging guest speakers, arts & crafts, hands-on activities, a field trip to Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company and a camper-run garden gate sale! Click on the “workshops & camps” tab for more information.

  • Seed to Table Workshop Series

We are very excited about our workshop series this summer! It includes interesting topics & knowledgeable guest speakers from our area who are committed to growing local, minimizing footprints and building a more sustainable community.

Coming up: Arts & Seed Starts (A Kids Workshop) & Backyard Chickensboth on JULY 20- double the fun!

  • Markets

This summer, TWIAG is happy to be part of three wonderful markets: Oak St. Farmer’s Market & Westside Pocket Market & Southlands Market. Check them out on our “where to find us” page. And remember to buy local :)

  • Native Edible Garden

In honor of First Nations culture and heritage, we are planting a native edible garden along the boulevard south of our garden. The garden will be blessed by Squamish Nation Minister, Eugene Harry, and planted with the help of Linaea Nurseries and the community that has supported us since our beginnings.