Pumpkin Contest Is On!

Every year the residents at Pearson Centre Garden Club have a contest to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin! Last year, it was over 300 pounds! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin stews, soups, and baked goods still did not leave us short of pumpkin! Staff, volunteers, and residents each took some home, and it was a definite fall feature! This year, the contest is on again! We will be tracking the pumpkins over the next weeks. Check back on our blog for updates, photos and pumpkin recipes!

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Garden Club Update at the George Pearson Residence!

Next to our Market Garden where we grow and harvest local foods for CSA boxes, is Garden Club. Garden Club is a Therapeutic Garden for the residents at the George Pearson Centre. Raised planting beds filled with fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers are planted and cared for by the Pearson residents with the help of volunteers. Each week, Garden Club offers everyone a break from our daily routines, and time to be together outside. Each week we harvest whatever is ready to be picked, make smoothies together using our harvest, arrange beautiful bouquet’s of fresh flowers to share throughout Pearson Centre, and enjoy the most delicious cakes…

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Market Garden – Halfway Through our Summer Season Already!

Today marked our ‘half-way’ point through the summer season at the Market Garden already! As time passes, and weeks change from one to another, so does the harvest featured in our weekly CSA boxes.  Today we harvested lettuce, tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, onions, leeks, fennel, and carrots amongst some other crops. Volunteers picked and arranged beautiful bouquet’s of pink, purple, orange and white dahlias to include in our boxes! If you’re interested in eating healthy, locally grown food here in Vancouver, you can learn more about our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box options here or stop by the farm for a visit.…

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Therapeutic Benefits of Working at the Market Garden – A Volunteer’s Perspective

This morning I went to the farm alone. It was the first time I was totally alone here. Moving through this place I have come to know in the past moths, I see it as completely new – as I move through it now at this relaxed pace. In the past months I have spent here, I have come to know the market garden as a place of productivity. Time matters. Hours matter. Days matter. Minutes matter. Efficiency, planning, and mindfulness carefully keep the market garden in operation. Timing here is not only limited to how much a human can…

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