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Shifting Growth Community Gardens

  • April 7, 2014


Shifting Growth is a Vancouver, BC based registered Charity with a mission to create temporary community gardens and growing spaces on vacant land. To date, Shifting Growth has created over 500 community garden beds throughout the lower mainland. The gardens are open to the public, with community members allocated a bed to grow food and flowers.

Using our innovative, mobile garden bed model, and our ability to coordinate the interests of multiple stakeholders, we act a broker between landowners with unused space, and community members who want to garden, but have no space. Our successfully proven, streamlined approach eliminates all of the steps that make it difficult for ad hoc community groups to establish their own gardens on public land. We build, maintain, and remove gardens when the time comes, and coordinate garden programming, leaving gardeners free to do what is important -- get to know each other, learn, and grow food.

Important objectives for every one of our gardens are to engage, educate and give back to the surrounding community. New gardens reduce social isolation, allowing community members to come together and share experiences, increasing a sense of belonging in their communities. A goal in each garden is to empower isolated individuals and expose the community to their skills and abilities. Creating spaces where individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experience can connect with their neighbours, and create meaningful sustainable micro-networks creates experiences of inclusion.
Educational events and demonstrations are intended to maximize the advantages of participating in a shared space.

The gardens create new community connections through food and outdoor activity. We use RYOBI tools to create and maintain the temporary, mobile community garden beds.

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Shifting Growth Community Gardens

by shiftinggrowth
Apr 07, 2014

Shifting Growth is a Vancouver, BC based registered Charity with a mission to create temporary community gardens and growing spaces on vacant land. To date, Shifting Growth has created over 500 community garden beds throughout the lower mainland. The gardens are open to the public, with community members allocated a bed to grow food and flowers. Using our innovative, mobile garden bed model, and our ability to coordinate the interests of multiple stakeholders, we act a broker between landowners with unused space, and community members who want to garden, but have no space. Our successfully proven, streamlined approach eliminates all of the steps that make it difficult for ad hoc community groups to establish their own gardens on public land. We build, maintain, and remove gardens when the time comes, and coordinate garden programming, leaving gardeners free to do what is important -- get to know each other, learn, and grow food. Important objectives for every one of our gardens are to engage, educate and give back to the surrounding community. New gardens reduce social isolation, allowing community members to come together and share experiences, increasing a sense of belonging in their communities. A goal in each garden is to empower isolated individuals and expose the community to their skills and abilities. Creating spaces where individuals from diverse backgrounds and life experience can connect with their neighbours, and create meaningful sustainable micro-networks creates experiences of inclusion. Educational events and demonstrations are intended to maximize the advantages of participating in a shared space. The gardens create new community connections through food and outdoor activity. We use RYOBI tools to create and maintain the temporary, mobile community garden beds.