Spring Gillard

The Culture Crawl

I went on the Eastside Culture Crawl yesterday. It’s the fourteenth year for this public art progressive. Over three days, artists on the east side of Vancouver open their homes and studios to the public. This year a diverse mix of three hundred artists participated showing paintings, woodwork, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and more. Although there […]

Left Hand Right Hand

A few years ago, a friend of mine was putting an extensive green roof on her house. She got all the necessary permits from the City without any problem. That is until she decided to put a railing on the roof so she could get up there and safely maintain the native plants. The City […]

The Courteous Curtis M.

I’m not technologically adept. I got a new digital camera from my parents for my birthday this year. They bought it at London Drugs in Penticton. As my last camera was the size of a microwave, I needed a little instruction before using it. I went in to my local London Drugs and that’s when […]

Leaf Snitch

I was on my way to the Kits Community Garden to drop off my foodwaste yesterday, when I hit the leaf jackpot: a half dozen, giant brown paper bags full of lovely, dry maple leaves sitting on the boulevard. I manage the compost bins at the garden and have been none too proud to announce […]


If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the […]

Wasting Away

Lately I have been immersed in waste. I had prepared a little presentation on waste for my recent SFU sustainability course and trip to the landfill. Shortly after, I found myself working on a couple of proposals for the City of Vancouver around composting initiatives. The City launched their residential curbside pick up of food […]

Corner Store Makeover

When I think of a corner store, I usually think milk, macaroni and junk food. In my mind, corner stores should not to be confused with green grocers, there are several excellent locations in my neighbourhood. But there is a corner store renaissance happening. A group of university students in San Francisco worked with a […]

Food Gardens for a Small Planet

I’m kicking off a talk series at Earthwise Farm tomorrow night. Note that you have to register for these talks.

Explore the meaning of sustainable food production, small space garden design solutions and the role of green technologies. This November, Earthwise Society is hosting a kitchen garden speaker series addressing these topics:

Nov 3rd – […]