Disability Alliance BC: CARMA
These fine folks originally gave support to the project, and played a vital role in the planning phase to make sure that the vision fit in nicely with the Pearson community. CARMA manages the financial overseeing of the project, and works to keep this project truly community-integrated through various communication channels: Pearson Resident Council, the DABC website, DABC newsletter, and good old fashioned conversation. www.disabilityalliancebc.org/farmers57.htm
This great organisation works to support people with physical disabilities. Their motto is “We believe it’s ability not disability that counts”. We are grateful for their ongoing financial support of our Garden Club program, since 2010. Thanks BC Rehab!
City of Vancouver
In our first year, the City donated some 70 yards of compost for the project (that’s THREE trailer and truck-fulls) and dropped off bark mulch on our doorstep. In 2011, they provided compost to help build our new Growing Eden garden. They have supported us financially through grants in both 2011 and 2012. We like them, very much.
DIGA (Disabled Independent Gardeners’ Association)
Betty from DIGA contacted us early on to set up a partnership. Now they are regular gardeners in our community gardens, and they hold lectures and workshops on gardening at Pearson for residents and the wider community of people with disabilities.
These fine folks approached us and said “As a company, we like to support worthwhile causes and projects each year. Can we send you a donation?” (!!!) Many thanks to them for their sense of leadership and citizenry. These things make our day. Our year.
Department of Land and Food systems at UBC: the AgSci 350 class
Part of our project vision is to offer Farmers on 57th as a teaching, learning and research site for issues of urban agriculture and food security. So we were very pleased to have the Agricultural Science 350 class take on our site as a community research project in the spring of 2009. Three teams of undergraduate students looked at two research topics: 1) they researched into how to connect the existing Pearson community kitchen with the new market gardens, and 2) they helped design the upcoming fruit tree orchards.
George Pearson Resident Council
This project takes place in their backyard. They gave their blessings and welcomed outsiders in. Thank you.
Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
The community centre is only a few blocks away, and they got right on the bus with our project. Their programming staff advertised and handled registration for our beginner’s gardening course, and they arranged for us to borrow a whack of City wheelbarrows and shovels in our first year of operations…invaluable for our super-sized inaugural work party.
Since 2011, Master Gardeners have been volunteering with our Garden Club program, coming each week to help residents gardeners with disabilities who need some extra help with planting, harvesting… It is great to have their expertise in the program, and brings so much to the garden and community.
Public Health Association of BC
This organisation is heading up an effort to get more fresh local food into our health care facilities. They have invited us to panel talks, and help spread the word on our programs, and are generally movers and shakers of the most fantastic variety.
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
This fine institutions supports us in so many ways. They bring friends and family for impromptu site tours, talk about our project on Sunday mornings, work and volunteer in our programs, and support us with donations (thank you Betty). Thank you!
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Annex
Six elementary school classes are gardening three plots and bringing their Kid Energy to Pearson. It’s fun to have them. They are just a few blocks away so it works well for everyone.
Vancouver Coastal Health
VCH owns this beautiful piece of land, and they kindly agreed to let this project go ahead. In 2012 we formalized the relationship with a contract between Farmers on 57th, overseen by the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, and VCH. This will help strengthen or relationship as we proceed with the upcoming transformations to the Cambie corridor.
Vancity Credit Union and TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Fund
These were our initial funders in 2009. It is a wonderful thing when a grant giving foundation believes in your vision & supports it.
United Way has generously provided a three year grant for our Growing Eden project. This is an amazing commitment to boosting food security and community development in South Vancouver. Thank you United Way!
University of British Columbia AMS Bike Co-op We have nothing but gratitude for these fine people. Kevin Cooper (originally part of the UBC AgSci 350 class) was also President of the AMS Bike Co-op at UBC in 2009, and he arranged all the logistics to make our market produce COMPLETELY PEDAL-POWERED.
Each week through our 2009 season, Kevin and Martin Gunst picked up our produce from Pearson, and transported them by bicycle & cart to market. Once there, they offered bike-home deliveries for shoppers, and encourage people get out of their cars and onto their bicycles. It’s an amazing service, and they did it all with a smile 🙂