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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.
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!

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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!

Feb 212011
 

What in the world is growin’ on at The World In A Garden?

Click on the images or visit our Events Page for more information!

On MARCH 6TH, we will be holding our first workshop of the season, focusing on INDOOR GARDENING. TWIAG will be joined by Ilana Labow of Fresh Roots Urban Farm. Ilana gained a great deal of knowledge working with Will Allen for several years on the urban farm project, Growing Power. She has some valuable information about soil fertility to share with us!

On MARCH 20TH, get back to the garden for our 2nd annual POTATO FUSION WORKSHOP. We will be teaming up with Project Somos as we fuse together potatoes & lettuce to create tasty and nutritious treats! Project Somos is establishing a sustainable eco-village in Guatemala for orphaned and abandoned children. All proceeds will be donated to TWIAG & Project Somos.

On APRIL 24TH, come celebrate EARTH DAY 2011 with TWIAG! We will be pairing with Growing City to discuss the importance of urban agriculture, do some digging in the garden, and feast in honor of Mother Earth!

These are just a few of MANY events that we will be hosting in the upcoming season. Keep your ears & eyes open for more information on The World In A Garden  2011 Workshop Series.  In the mean time, here are some fun facts about indoor gardening & potatoes!

  • Houseplants can remove harmful air toxins by absorbing them and emtting precious life-giving oxygen.
  • Houseplants also produce a more oxygen-rich environment by raising humidity. This is correlated with higher productivity in the workplace.
  • Houseplants filter allergens from the air.
  • You can grow plants all year long!
  • They beautify the home!

Potayto, potahto

  • With all those carbohydrates, potatoes are easy to digest and can actually facilitate digestion!
  • A single baked potato will also provide you with 11.7% of the daily value for fiber, but remember the fiber in potatoes is mostly in their skin. In addition there is a concentration of nutrients directly beneath the skin which is often peeled away!
  • The nutrients in potatoes (Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, potassium, magnesium, etc.) are great for the skin.
  • The nutrients found in potatoes also improve brain functioning.
  • The fiber in potatoes helps to lower cholesterol and improves the functioning of insulin in the body, ultimately lowering blood pressure.

We look forward to seeing you soon!!

Oct 282009
 

The idea of The World in a Garden was seeded with a small thought that I (Tricia Sedgwick) had while travelling in Central America, 10 years ago, where I observed the cultural and environmental consequences of unsustainable development fueled by American influence. I would see compilations of imported plastic wrappers, bottles, bags and containers washed up on otherwise beautiful shores as well as scattered throughout the streets. As a young student I thought, what right do we have to sell them wasteful commercial products when they don’t have the infrastructure to rid of it? Forget about recycling – general waste removal is not an option for the majority of locals without the financial or educational resources to deal with the waste. The garbage generated is burned, thrown in rivers or scattered in the streets, which made me ask: Is the answer to malaria and water born disease really about pharmaceuticals or are we avoiding the work that would come with looking at the root cause, such as cleaning up contaminated and stagnant water sources? Clearly we are running from the responsibility of a mess we helped create or at least worsen.

As time went on, I became more discouraged about what I was observing and exceedingly disgusted with my excessive lifestyle back home, unconsciously focused on “more”, and material consumption. Perhaps, one of my most memorable epiphanies of my travels was trading in my $100 uncomfortable, name brand sandals to buy a pair of $1 flip flops that I wore day in and day out for 3 months, regardless of the outfit (I think my mom still has those flip flops).

Returning home, to beautiful Vancouver, from my 3 month tour was somewhat overwhelming, the trendy coffee shops looked so elaborate and my shoe collection…how did I find the time to wear all those shoes? And how did I manage for 3 months with only one large back pack when I had a large overfilled closet of clothes calling my name? I had lived simply for 3 months, with concrete floors, room temperature showers, no TV, no lattes and I was happy, rather joyful, actually.

My resentment for the western society in which I was born into and live in remained throughout my university studies until I discovered a place of harmony, where conscious consumerism exists. It is a harmony that stems from understanding that creating change with the tools and assets available in the western world is a valuable gift.

We can share our resources, our knowledge and we can help developing countries do it better then we have as we honor their heritage and their right to abundance and sustainable development. My western reality offers philanthropy based business models that utilizes money as an investment to empower others to build on who they are as a people and as individuals.

Alternatively, I found through my travels to Africa and Central America that the local people offer me a richness unrelated to money, a richness of culture, tradition and community. They offer me roots. These roots are the result of tradition, and they keep us grounded.

This idea, to work with communities on a cultural level, that honors where we come from and who we are, individually and as a whole, became my quest. I wanted to start a project that could bring it all together, without being the “westernized hypocrite” who advises the locals of developing countries and communities not to do what we have done all long. The solution is one that celebrates the earth while fostering the expansion of communities through sustainable business models that are built on who we are as human beings. And who we are depends on the existence of clean air, food and water.

I strongly believe and experience that we can build from the principle of sufficiency rather than the outdated and overrated model of consumption, the one that has brought us to the current place of economic and environmental crisis. It’s my vision to help the communities of developing countries to grow ethically, in alignment with and respect to mother earth.

And so, as a result of my travels, a new seed was planted and I started to brainstorm. I started asking what I was passionate about and how could I build a business based on who I was as an individual while utilizing the resources of my community? As a nutritionist and a lover of food, earth and community I came up with the concept of The World in a Garden. A garden that nourishes us on all levels, inviting culture, community, prosperity and food all into one space. As the garden grows, so do I and the intention is for all involved, including mother earth, to grow (sustainably) as well.

Children of Nicaragua

Playing in the Fishing Boat - Ometepe Island