This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!

It’s inevitable that I did a post on this. With so much about urban gardening and growing in the news, it’s a pretty awesome trend that I see contributing to our awareness of the importance of reacquainting ourselves with the earth and remembering not only what real food is, but that we can build cities that also reduce our carbon footprint.

Here are some local do-gooders that I’ve known or learned about recently:

  • Sky Harvest builds sustainable rooftop greenhouses.
  • Local Garden got buzz when the Mayor visited the first vertical urban farm on top of the Richards Street EasyPark in downtown.
  • Michael Ableman is the pioneer of urban gardens in the city with SOLEfood street farms, which have run the gardens at Concord Pacific and also on the Downtown Eastside on Hastings, among other locations. It’s a great way to interact with citizens in those communities as well.
  • Home Harvest Farms sells garden containers of all sizes for indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • On a smaller scale, Patch provides garden planters that you assemble yourself, made for smaller home spaces. Check out the workshop this Saturday happening in conjunction with the Projecting Change Film Festival.
  • I just learned about Evergreen BC last night, which revitalizes park space and replants trees in urban areas.

On the international level:

Sources: Springwise and GOOD

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