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Food for Thought Community Garden
Food for Thought Community Garden
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24 Ave 156 Street, White Rock, BC, CA
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Anthony Cook Sarah Fricker
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Food for Thought Community Garden

Project Type

Urban, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Re-design of land and urban spaces for a community garden. Main users: elder and people with disabilities and accessibility challenges. The garden was designed in October 2013 but still has areas in need (for which I am the main designer): these areas will include a gazebo and sitting/eating/meeting protected place with a cob oven, an edible wall, a pollinator corridor and a small, portable food forest and a mural

Project Description

The “Food for Thought” community garden started as one of the projects under the Surrey/White Rock Food Action Coalition in which board I work. The garden consist on a leased land from BC Ambulance and adjacent to the South Surrey Food Bank. The plan was to convert the three adjacent areas in “edible landscapes” for local people and those accessing the food bank.

I became the garden coordinator in October 2013 and had since run a few informal workshops on composting, companion planting, mulching, introduction to Permaculture and food preservation. We built 24 plots, four of them wheelchair accessible, 10 fully dedicated to produce fresh vegetables for the food bank, 2 for the local persons with disabilities society and 12 for people living in the area. With a few exceptions, most gardeners are mature and some may need adjustments so their plots are made more accessible.

The next steps of the project are to transform the empty corners into living spaces for people to relax, cook, eat and share skills as well as to erect an edible wall to achieve both beauty and privacy.

The final project should become the first Permaculture demonstration site.


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