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.
**Update June 15th, 2022: We have a volunteer position available for harvest Tuesdays, 9am-3pm.** The Farmers on 57th market garden is seeking Learning Program volunteers for the 2022 season! This full season learning experience will immerse you into the world of ecological farming. It is a practical hands-on experience where you exchange your labour and commitment for our instruction, supervision and mutual commitment. We follow COVID-19 protocols to keep the market garden a place of health and well-being for all. Farmers on 57th is an urban farm on Vancouver Coastal Health land, 57th Avenue near Cambie Street, in Vancouver, BC. The 1/2 acre…
At the Pearson’s residents Garden Club we have a robust thicket of raspberries which brings us great berry joy. One day whilst picking we heard a ‘pip, pip’ bird sound from the bush. Turns out it was the parent bird trying to draw our attention away from its nest, which was balanced in the bushes, about chest height. Such pretty coloured eggs. It is a white-crowned sparrow nest. We all gathered round, and showed pictures and videos to those who couldn’t see the nest from their wheelchair. Sharing such discoveries make them even more special!