Hello and welcome to a walking reflection.
Vancouver, British Columbia has over 100 community gardens and orchards located in city parks, on schoolyards and on private property. Today, I am heading to the community garden at Vancouver City Hall on Cambie and West 12th Avenue.
The Vancouver Food Strategy is a plan to create a just and sustainable food system for the city, which is designed to meet social, environmental, economic, and health goals. That means having more opportunities to grow our own food.
These past months have reminded us that food production is vital to the health and wellbeing of a society. How we produce, access, prepare, eat, and dispose of food is directly linked to the sustainability of our neighbourhoods and cities. Food is a celebration that brings us together. We are united in sustaining life for our family and friends. Making nutritious and locally produced food easily accessible is a hallmark of an inclusive community
Vancouver has many food-friendly neighbourhoods, which are known for their community and collective gardens, farmers and community markets, food storage facilities and community composting facilities.
Community gardens are found all over the world and have names such as victory gardens, allotment gardens, urban gardens, and market gardens. Whatever they are called, they are a commemoration of food and togetherness.