Hello! We are a 1 acre not-for-profit neighbourhood farm growing vegetables since 2009 on the grounds of George Pearson Centre, a long-term residential health care facility in Marpole, Vancouver, BC. We offer a weekly CSA Harvest Box Program for people wanting to revolutionize their relationship with vegetables, and with the people who grow them. Each Tuesday morning, starting Tuesday May 31st, our staff and urban farming learning program volunteers harvest a selection of choice vegetables grown for their diversity and suitability to our growing region. CSA Harvest Box members pick-up their share of the harvest in the afternoon. Weekly flower…
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Farmers on 57th in 2020 were multiple: loss of reliable access to washrooms, indoor storage and programming space and increases in the cost of agricultural inputs, while at the same time, a growth in CSA membership.
As one farm volunteer so aptly pointed out, where do you put the pile of compost in a multimillion-dollar development? Farming is a messy practice and only time will tell whether this aligns with Onni’s vision for Cambie Gardens.
The Pearson Dogwood redevelopment will dramatically change the landscape as the site becomes dominated by luxury condos and high-end retail. When considering this transition, I was particularly interested in how the integration of the proposed 1-acre urban farm contributes to this pattern of change and its potential to alter relationships to place through processes of “green gentrification.”
In this 3-part blog series, I want to spark dialogue about how the Pearson Dogwood redevelopment contributes to “green gentrification”, explore Fo57’s part in this complex process and encourage Fo57, Onni, Vancouver Coastal Health, City of Vancouver and Parks Board to reflect on the potential negative impacts of their work as they determine the future of the farm.