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As our Garden Coordinator Hannah wraps up her 6-month contract and heads back to UBC Farm full-time, the garden is taking shape and our programming is being planned for the summer; so we are looking to find a new addition to our team!
We are looking to hire a Riley Park Community Outreach Coordinator on contract from June to October 2017 to oversee the marketing, community engagement and outreach for our activities in Riley Park. This includes the Riley Park Community Garden, the Fieldhouse education plan, community events and celebrations. This position will take on a leadership role in outreach: contacting and engaging groups and residents to work in the garden and for them to offer workshops and activities in the fieldhouse. The Coordinator is the main contact person for our activities in Riley Park.
For more information, including how to apply, please see the contract description here or click the image below.
We are excited to be able to share the schedule for work parties in the coming weeks. With beds to shape and plants to put in the ground, there's lots to do; come join us! More information and RSVP on our garden events page here.
We want to extend our gratitude to Home Depot on Cambie for their generous support of the garden! Their donations enabled us to secure important tools (shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and more) necessary to build the Riley Park Community Garden. Thank you to George Paterson-Taylor, Assistant Store Manager, and the whole Home Depot team for all their support!
Get your hands dirty: upcoming work parties
After a big turnout at our first ever work party last weekend, we're back with weekly opportunities to get your hands dirty in the garden. If you belong to an organization, community group, or class that would like to organize a work party please contact us at email@example.com, we'd love to host you for a visit! Or you can join us for our weekly public workparties.
- Who: All work parties are open to the public and all ages, skill levels, and abilities are welcome. Bring friends and family!
- What to bring: Come dressed for the weather to stay warm and dry; conditions in the garden are currently muddy and wet. If you have your own gardening gloves or tools (especially shovels and rakes) please bring them, but we will have some on hand.
- Where: At Riley Park. We will meet at the garden site on the southeast corner of E 30th Avenue and Ontario Street.
- How: Please RSVP for any work parties you hope to attend so we can reach you in case inclement weather or site conditions force us to reschedule.
Sunday February 26th, 12:00-2:00PM: Garden Ground Preparation
Join us as we prepare the ground in the Riley Park Community Garden! RSVP here or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday March 5th, 12:00-2:00PM: Soil Preparation
Come help out as we build up the garden's top soil and shape out the growing areas of the Riley Park Community Garden! We will be moving soil that has been delivered into the growing areas of the garden to form the beds. RSVP here or to email@example.com.
More work party dates will be added very soon. To see an updated list of garden events at any time, visit our Garden Calendar!
Share your voice: upcoming meetings
Our meetings are open to the public and all are welcome! Please review past meeting minutes here to ensure you are up to speed on our discussions. If you have any items you wish to add any upcoming meeting agendas, or if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Green Team Meeting: Thursday March 2nd, 7:00-9:00PM at Hillcrest Centre room 320. The Green Team meets specifically to talk about the garden's design, planning, building and maintenance. The agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.
- General Garden Committee Meeting: Thursday March 9th, 7:00-9:00PM at Hillcrest Centre room 320. Hear updates about the garden, shed project, fieldhouse, and more! Participate in discussions about the garden. See the agenda for this meeting here.
- Green Team Meeting: Thursday April 6th, 7:00-9:00PM at Hillcrest Centre room 320. The Green Team meets specifically to talk about the garden's design, planning, building and maintenance. The agenda for this meeting will be circulated in mid-March.
Riley Park Fieldhouse Opening March 2nd
As we prepare to take over part of the Riley Park Fieldhouse for the community garden, workshops, education, skill development and art programming, we are excited to share this opening event with our neighbours that we share the fieldhouse with, Merakos Collective. Our initiatives are part of the City of Vancouver's Fieldhouse Activation Program.
Come out to the fieldhouse opening party on Thursday March 2nd, 5:00-9:00PM to see the designs for our Serviceable Shed project created at our recent charette, gather ideas on the education and workshops you want to see, and learn about the garden's shared beds and ways to get involved! The fieldhouse is located at 92 E 32nd Avenue, at the Eastern end of Riley Park.
Come by for the opening party and then head across the street to Hillcrest Centre at 7PM to join for our Green Team meeting!
Our most recent newsletter is out and can be seen here, including information about upcoming work parties and meetings and updates from recent meetings. You can join the newsletter by signing up here!
Upcoming work parties are open to all and are scheduled on February 19th, Februry 26th, and March 5th. Find out more information and RSVP from our Garden Calendar here!
Saturday February 11
The Serviceable Shed (in the Community Garden)
Join us to Design & Brainstorm on Sourcing repurposed, recycled, eco-friendly materials.
1:00-4:00PM at Hillcrest Community Centre Room 328
The Shed will represent the cultural mosaic in our community, art, a solar panel, portable cooking, stained glass, cob, sun path and trellis.
February 19 - 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM - Tamara
Volunteers to help prepare the ground for soil delivery.
Bring garden gloves, pick axes, ensure layout is clear, signage is up.
February 24 - Open time
February 26 - 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
Volunteers to help spread soil to garden beds
Bring Garden Gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows if you have, but tools are supplied.
March 5 - 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM - Tamara
Volunteers to help spread soil to garden beds
Bring Garden Gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows if you have, but tools are supplied
Saturday June 24th - Opening Day of Riley Park and the New Farmers Market in the Park. Join our celebration and garden activities.
This is a reminder that our upcoming Riley Park Garden Committee meeting is this Thursday January 19th, 6:30PM at Hillcrest Centre room 320. All are welcome to join! If this is your first meeting, we invite you to review the minutes from our past meetings here first to get up to speed. The meeting agenda is included in that list as well.
Out next general meeting is coming up on Thursday January 19th at 6:30PM. Stay tuned for a location!
On November 22nd 2016 we held an open meeting at Hillcrest Centre to discuss the progress and next steps for the garden. Our agenda focused mainly on discussing the updated design, planting, a timeline for activities over the next six months, membership, and budgeting. Community members met the newly-hired Garden Coordinator who is on a six-month contract to support the garden building.
Materials from the meeting (minutes and a work plan for the next six months) are below; click the thumbnail to read the documents in full!
SHED Design Session. Join us on Saturday, February 11. (Design and Brainstorming on Sourcing Materials)
1:00-4:00PM at Hillcrest Community Centre Room 328
Come prepared to share ideas on where we will source repurposed, recycled and eco-friendly materials. The Shed will showcase Zero Waste and Greenest City Action Strategies. It includes a medicine wheel, art, solar and wind panels, portable cooking, stained glass, cob construction, sun path, trellis, alignment NSEW directions.
Discussion included: Including natural plants, bees like thistles. Len has a construction background so can work on the CAD drawing and building. Becky Till is our current VPB Garden liaison. shrubs and some things to get on site before the frost. put in space holders. need action plans and timeline
identify the priority pieces. Fall is the time to plant trees.
The Riley Park Garden Coordinator is responsible for the development and coordination of Phase 1 of the Little Community Garden (30th and Ontario). The Coordinator will ensure the construction and planting of the garden based on the approved garden design in collaboration with and reporting to the representative from the Garden Committee.Read More
Varouj explained that the group has been invited to participate in the Mural Event next Sunday, August 20. Consideration has been given to following up on our Speakers Corner Project that was initiated at Salon 1 that we tried at Car Free Day in June.Read More
We started by discussing ‘who we are’, ‘what we are trying to do’ and ‘how can we get there’. The important part was the big picture, the visioning possibilities, dreaming and imagination, the potential spirit, and ideal purpose. Each person introduced themselves and shared their skills. We reviewed the first salon. Ten people showed up; there was interaction, dialogue and networking. Ideas, energy and sharing food was an very important element during the program.Read More
Lydia Martens wants her community in North Central to know they can grow their own food. That's why the Regina woman is growing an abundance of vegetables and herbs. "This time of the year my hands are never clean," Martens said, as she stood in her front yard on the 800 block of Garnet Street. She's taken a twist on the traditional gardening by using a method called micro-gardening.
Rows upon rows of produce are growing at the side of her house and in her backyard. She sowed individual plants in milk jugs which she then stacked on shelves.Read More