Spring Gillard

Go Go to the VanDu Do

There’s nothing that says spring to me more than the annual VanDusen Plant Sale. Every year, ten thousand gardeners roll up with their wheelbarrows and then run through the gates of the beautiful botanical garden. They run because they want the pick of the best on offer, some of them are rare finds. There are […]

Inspiration Garden

In honor of compost awareness week (May 1-8), I’m returning to my roots, so to speak. I’ll be digging around in some compost bins at the Inspiration Garden in Coquitlam. If you live in the area and you’re interested in learning how to compost, come on by this weekend or next. We’ll be raffling off […]

Fair Basket

A few weeks ago, I was given eleven chocolate bars as a thank you gift from friends. Not just two or three, no, eleven large chocolate bars. The friends had a good laugh, knowing well my oft’ unchecked penchant for chocolate. In an effort to show some restraint, I gave the flavoured ones away, goodbye […]

Joy of Feeding

Now this sounds like a positively yummy event. UBC Farm is inviting us to celebrate and enjoy comfort foods created and cooked from the heart at the Joy of Feeding. Fifteen Canadian moms of various heritages will share their cuisines, stories and cultures at this community cooking event organized by (moms) Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s […]

Heralding a Hero

In the early 1970s, we were losing nearly 6,000 hectares of farmland a year. To protect the dwindling supply of agricultural land, the provincial government of the day (New Democrats) introduced BC’s Land Commission Act on April 18, 1973 and appointed the Agricultural Land Commission. A special land use zone was established and called the […]

Torn Between Two Gardens

Finally, after being on numerous waiting lists for a couple of years, I now have my own plot in a community garden. The Pine Street Community Garden is one of the gardens along the railway tracks in Kitsilano. It has a community orchard as well. I selected my plot last Sunday. A little work to […]

Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

I was speaking at a food networking event in the West End of Vancouver yesterday. As I rode into the seaside neighbourhood, I was struck by its vibrant and unique character, a lovely mix of green grocers, small shops, funky cafés and eateries. It’s on the doorstep of the seawall, a walking/cycling path that wends […]

We Love Veggies

Doctors at REACH Community Health Centre in Vancouver are prescribing fresh vegetables to patients. The program, called We Love Veggies, is based on one created by Connecticut-based Wholesome Wave, which is running in Maine and Massachusetts in an effort to fight obesity. A non-profit society, REACH cares for an ethnically diverse neighbourhood, many of the […]

Desiring a Streetcar

Translink, our regional transportation authority, is in the second phase of community consultations for the UBC Rapid Transit Line. If you didn’t participate in the first round, now’s your chance. It looks like Translink is entertaining seven possibilities ranging from more express buses along Broadway to the University of BC (UBC), to several versions of […]