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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.
Sep 132013

Experiencing Nutrition at The World In A Gardens Summer Camp for Kids

Here’s an article written by our founder, Tricia Sedgwick,about how food growing makes us “healthy by default”

As a nutritionist my relationship to food continually evolves. Over time, as I work with the land, visit farmers, grow food with children and prepare fresh meals from the garden, my connection to the land and the source of food deepens.

Admittedly the world of nutrition and food science has been known to entice me. I can find myself excited about words such as “bio-availability” and “enzyme inhibitors” and I like knowing what foods are high in trace minerals and which are alkalizing. Intuitively though, I have always felt that there is more to food then the science behind it.

It was early on in my path as a nutritionist that I noticed that telling children and people to eat green food and all things healthy was not the most effective. Yes, I was passionate about health food, about all things sprouted and fermented, but how could I get others to feel the same sense of loyalty to it?

That was when I started growing food with people. I let the growing process of food help others be inspired through the miracle of a sprouting seed and the creative process that brings food to their plate.

It is through the growing process that I have seen people get excited about fresh foods and make the shift towards a healthier lifestyle. In fact, it seems that regardless of age people are proud to eat what they grow, they prove curious about how it tastes and they learn to appreciate the fresh new flavors of the seasons.

My experience with food gardening has shown me that people are getting healthy by default. It makes sense that when we eat fresh plucked kale that the benefit of adequate calcium intake is just a natural consequence.

My research on food and traditions has also proved that for centuries people across cultures have had an intuitive connection with their food. The Mayans knew, for example, to add lime to the corn and when lime is added the vitamin B6 comes available for cellular absorption. In India, Africa and across Asia, grains and legumes were fermented, increasing the nutrient profile and absorbability of the food. These people were also connected to the process that brought food to their mouths.

The intimate process of working with people, the land and soil to produce highly nutritious food has children telling me that they love kale and parents reporting with excitement that they make kale smoothies – daily! It tells me something is going right.

When I looked up the definition of nutrition this is what I found: The process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues.

Hmmm… How interesting it is that our process has become so disconnected. How has our “process” become one where most of us drive to a grocery store to buy processed, boxed and packaged foods? Where we may or may not read labels to decide if it is healthy or not. And how has it become where we don’t even consider where the food originated, how it was grown or the process that got our food to store shelves,?

It seems strange to me that our process has become one where foods are mass – produced through mono-crop farming and chemically and mechanically intensified methods of growing “fresh” food that may just be genetically engineered. It’s perplexing that this same food is shipped to processing plants where food is often altered from its original state with the goal to have a long shelf life. Most of these edible products are then shipped a few thousand miles away to an assortment of grocery stores.

Often when I harvest from my garden to eat I am amazed at how such a simple thing like food has become so complex.

If nutrition is the process of being nourished, doesn’t it make sense to be a part of that process, to understand that intimate process of creating real food? Maybe we won’t all start growing 100% of our own food but we can get more involved in the process.

Whether we talk to the farmers at the market or we grow our own herbs and make conscious decisions about where our food is coming from, it’s a step in a more ethical and nutritious direction.

My process of nourishing my own body has not always looked this way;  where I grow food year round, support local farmers, teach about nutrition gardens and support businesses like Urban Diggs. Rather nutrition has evolved into an “experience” for me, an experience that connects me to my community and nourishes my spirit as much as it nourishes my body.

I think the definition of nutrition - The process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues – invites a good question to ask ourselves, such as,   “What is my own process of being nourished”?

Tricia Sedgwick is a Holistic Nutritionist and the founder of The World In A Garden, an educational urban farm & garden project. She is currently working with local schools to integrate urban food gardens and nutrition education and focused on food and water conservation with The Rain Barrel Project –  www.theworldinagarden.com




Nov 212012

Dear Friends,

The World in a Garden is spreading its limbs into new and exciting arenas. We’re preparing for winter, introducing our new Harvest Box Program, building a new site and expanding our garden education program with local schools. I too am preparing for a new chapter as I say goodbye to Vancouver after 2 1/2 years and head back to the U.S. to work on a farm to learn more about running a full-scale farming business. I cannot express how grateful I am for my experience with TWIAG and how rewarding it has been working and laughing with all of you amazing individuals along the way. Without intending to sound cliché, I must say that this has been one of the greatest growing experiences of my life on many levels.

With that said, Tricia is moving the project forward with innovation and passion, assisted by three interns this winter! They bring diverse backgrounds to the table and will be sure to continue building an impactful project. Over the holidays we will be offering our Farm to Table Baskets, and as an added bonus, our delicious garden honey is still available!

If you’d like to keep in touch, please send me an e-mail or follow me on Twitter @aliciabaddorf

Thank you and remember that whenever you grow your own food or support a local farmer, you are making a difference!


Alicia, Garden Project Coordinator


Oct 292012


9 Great Reasons to be at A Farm to Cart Event! …Thurs Nov 1 @ The Ridge!

1. You will be supporting the work of 2 great organizations that make local food happen: farmfolkcityfolk.ca and theworldinagarden.com

2. The first 100 people to purchase online tickets will be entered to win 2 tickets to Feast of Fields 2013 ($170 value) … Buy your tickets today at www.festivalcinemas.ca

3. Taste the goodness of fresh and local preparations from our generous food folks: Urban Digs Farm, Happy Planet Soups and our Vancouver food trucks: Re-Up BBQ and Pazza Rella Pizza

4. Sip some liquids from Wellbrook Winery, Happy Planet, Tealeaves and Fresh Apple Juice.  We’ll be pressing up some apples and with the folks from Homesteader’s Emporium!

5. There will be prizes for you to win… door prizes and raffle prizes! Come for a chance to win a gift box of certified organic deliciousness from Nature’s Path, Re-Up BBQ, Choices Markets, Ethical Bean, and Tealeaves.

6. Experience our live auction with the infamous Jason McRobbie. Auction items by from SPUD Organics, Edible Canada, FarmFolk CityFolk, LUSH Handmade Cosmetics and a thoughtfully put together A Farm to Cart Event basket full of local delectable goodness!

7. You’ll see our inspiring and award winning feature film, The Apple Pushers, view the trailer at www.applepushers.com.

8. Take home a complementary, local and apple themed gift bag donated by Vancity, Bernardin, Terra Breads, Happy Planet, Choices Markets, Nature’s Path, Discovery Organics, Strathcona 1890, Tealeaves, Klipper’s Organic Acres and Re-Up BBQ.

9. Meet the people who make it happen from the Truck Farm, Vancouver Urban Farming Society, Patch Planters, Young Agrarians, FarmFolk CityFolk and The World In A Garden…And it’s all this for only $29 – because it’s so much more than a film screening, it’s A Farm to Cart Event!  (Must be 19+ to attend)

Oct 182012

Art, music, dance and food…what more could you ask for?

This year our harvest celebration is taking on a twist. In the past year, hundreds of youth from around Vancouver have come together to participate in citizenU, a city-funded program that addresses bullying, discrimination and racism. As an organization that celebrates multiculturalism, we, at The World in a Garden, got involved in citizenU as a host organization, providing training to a group of youth from David Thompson Secondary School. They are just a few of the group of citizenU youth that have spent the past few months organizing an event that will address issues of discrimination through dance, food, garden activities and art. Now, after undergoing anti-discrimination training and participating in city-wide events that celebrate diversity, this group is putting on what’s shaping up to be a fun-filled event: The Big One!

So join us this Saturday, October 20th, from 12-5pm, for a free event for people of all ages and all walks of life. The Big One will be held at our garden on W. 57th & East Blvd., and in St. Faith’s Church, just one street over on Cypress.

What’s going on at The Big One?

  • Hip Hop & Salsa Dance Workshops
  • Garden BINGO / Scavenger Hunts for Kids
  • Mural Art
  • Delicious food from Loving Hut
  • Raffles
  • Tie-dye at 1pm & 2pm ($10 includes Passport to Permaculture t-shirt)
  • Garden Gate Sale – with fresh produce straight from our garden!
  • …and more!

Follow on Twitter @TheBig1CitizenU

You’re Invited! Join the Facebook Event.

Sep 132012

Eat More Kale with The World In A Garden


Join us next week to kick off our autumn workshop series  -Harvest in the City

On Wednesday, Sept. 19.12 at 7 pm to celebrate kale with recipes, tastings, tips  &         The Book of Kale from our very own Chef Katie Lysakowski & Nutritionist, Tricia Sedgwick, at Whole Foods Market Cambie!

To find out more about our workshop series or to register, click here

There's so many reasons to love kale - come learn why!

There’s so many reasons to love kale – come learn why!

Aug 302012

School is just around the corner, but who says kids have to be in the classroom to learn?

We are happy to announce Passport to Permaculture Fall Workshops for Kids! If you missed our summer camp, don’t fret- kids can join us for after school workshops this fall, Sept 25th & Oct 2nd at The World in a Garden. Activities include: planting with recycled materials, making a garden salad-to-go, getting creative with garden art and much more!

REGISTER HERE or e-mail Alicia for more details: alicia@theworldinagarden.com


Read a testimonial from one of our camper’s parents from Passport to Permaculture Summer Camp 2012:

“Our daughter attended the Passport to Permaculture and said it was her best summer camp ever,  every day she came home excited to tell me what she had experienced.  She loved that she could touch everything in the garden and I appreciated that she could explore all the elements of growing, maintaining and learning about a garden.  She became aware of the importance of Bees from a bee keeper, the cycle of the chicken and the egg while the kids could hold the chicken and putting together a market to sell the produce that they had harvested from the garden.  I enjoyed seeing her and the other children engaged and taking ownership of the garden, identifying plants, enjoying the fresh produce and learning that vegetables don’t grow in the back of a store.”

Aug 232012

There are a handful of lucky people who get to experience the local farmers market from behind the table, and we are happy to be some of those people! You can find us [and our locally-grown produce] at the Kerrisdale Farmers Market this season on select Saturdays, 10am-2pm. We are grateful to have the opportunity to get chummy with the other vendors, meet our neighbours and proudly distribute our produce that is grown just down the road from the market! It doesn’t get more local than that!

Find us at the market on the following dates in 2012:

Aug 25, Sep 1, Sep 15 & Sep 29

What’s on sale at our table this Sat, Aug 25th?

Blackberries, Gourmet Lettuce blend, Salt Spring garlic, beautiful beets and more!

Jul 232012

Local Food by Local Kids!

Our campers are planning an awesome farm market for Friday afternoon! Come by our garden at West 57th & East Blvd to support our youth education programs!

Join us this Friday to taste the fruits of our labour during Passport to Permaculture Kids Camp week!

Jun 182012

…At The World In A Garden’s Summer Camp for Kids!


 1. Learn the 3 Ethics of Permaculture

Come out and practice the 3 ethics: Care of the Earth, Care of All People & Fair Share and learn their importance in the production of local and sustainable food

2. Grow your own food!

From raspberries and carrots to kale, we’ll be planting, tending, harvesting and eating fresh food from the garden. Using creative recipes for yummy tastings we’ll have your kids joining in our mission to “Eat More Kale.”

3. Meet the chickens

Ok, wait, chickens in the city? Yes! Passport to Permaculture campers will learn about our feathery friends and how they provide for us AND the garden!

4. Play in the Dirt!

Embark on a “Soil Safari.” We’ll get up close and personal with the living organisms that make up a thriving ecosystem and find out why good soil is our lifeline. In fact, it’s proven that a good bacterium in soil improves our mood and increases serotonin in the brain.

5. Build your own garden pizza Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company

Our campers will head out on a pizza-making excursion to Rocky Mountain where local ingredients are the norm. They’ll also get a “taste” of the value of ethical business and social entrepreneurship.

6. Get to know our buzzing garden bees!

Spend a BEE-themed day in the garden learning about our buzzing friends and making bee-utiful arts and crafts! You’ll see how these pollinating friends play a pertinent role in food production as well as the benefits of raw, local honey.

7. Travel the World in Our Garden

Our campers learn about the cultural importance of different food plants, traditional recipes and harvest celebrations from our culturally themed gardens – it’s a multicultural affair!

8. Learn to work in harmony with the nature.

It’s an opportunity for kids to observe nature while they collect stamps on their passport! We’ll learn to create a happily functioning ecosystem that requires minimal inputs with the yummiest of outputs!

9. Run a farm market with your very own handmade garden products!

Kids make products to sell at a kid-run farm market at the gates of The World In A Garden! On the last day of camp we’ll put our new knowledge and love of local food to work, because really, are you ever too young to make change and start an ethical business?

DISCLAIMER: If your child attends this camp they may have frequent cravings for fresh food and start growing food in your yard, on your balcony, or even in your home!

Jun 122012

Last week we attended the Vancouver Urban Farming Society AGM, reconnecting with a handful of local urban farmers to kick off the society’s mission: promoting urban farming and growing its viability in the city of Vancouver. I often get caught up in the excitement of working with such a passionate group and have to remind myself that there ARE people who don’t even know that this network of people exists; that don’t know their farmers or where their food comes from!

It got me thinking how easy it is to be disconnected from something as crucial as FOOD. It’s important to pause and peel back the layers of the complex systems of which we’re a part!

Yesterday I was in the garden, working furiously to keep up with kale going to seed, meticulously picking the bad leaves off of our plants and planting more lettuce to ensure we have a crop for our upcoming farmers markets. It wasn’t until I slowed down to take a closer look at what was happening that I was reminded what a miracle a growing, producing garden is.

Bees are important pollinators for our food supply!

Bees were rampant around our berry bushes yesterday, playing multiple, important functions in the garden. Thanks to our buzzing friends, many plants are pollinated and can thus reproduce! In fact, one third of food plants depend on the services of pollinators. Bees account for 80% of all insect pollination contributing to the human diet! Plus, the local honey that they produce can even be used to treat allergies! But they’re not the only ones working hard to help us produce our food…

Ladybugs are another amazing beneficial insect. These speckled beauties are actually predatory beetles and chow down on harmful bugs like aphids, preventing those pests from destroying our crops. Fact: Some ladybugs will eat up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime! I say bon appetit my friends!

Ladybugs play multiple roles that enhance the functionality of the garden.

As urban farmers who are sometimes appreciated but often overlooked, we are grateful to have the opportunity to educate our community about our other friends working hard in the garden. This summer, we’ll be teaching kids about bees, ladybugs, worms and more at our urban agriculture camp, Passport to Permaculture. Campers spend the week outdoors, exploring the multifunctional relationships that create a thriving ecosystem in the garden, from a soil safari to a session all about bees! Click here for registration information.

So take the time to lean in and have a closer look at the plants growing in your garden. There’s a lot more going on than you might expect!