Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Gathering
We are a member of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network, making connections to community members, businesses, and organizations to ensure that all our residents have access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and nutritious food. Together, we are growing the community – one connection at a time. Growing food, eating together, sharing around the table connects us to each other and to our community. To learn more and to get involved contact Joanne
Little Mountain Riley Park Community Garden
Planting Starts February, 2017. Sign up to join a work party.
For more information on the Riley Park Community Garden, visit our website.
Funding for the Garden
We are approaching the developers in our community and local businesses to financially support Phase 1 of the Garden.
Join our Riley Park Community Garden Sponsors
Ask me how!
- Strand Development
- Coromandel Oakridge
- Neighbourhood Matching Funds
- Bartlett Tree Experts
- Super Soil
- Sherwin Williams Paint
- Vancouver Farmers Market Society
- Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Why did Strand Development contribute?
Mike Mackay, President, says: “The team from the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society did an excellent job planning The Riley Park Community Garden and upon completion, it will be an invaluable asset to the community where the neighbourhood can gather, learn and socialize. Realizing the importance of organization, planning and leadership in the success of volunteer initiatives, Strand is proud to be the supporters of what will be an invaluable community asset. We look forward to visiting the garden upon completion and we hope that it can be used as a model to influence the completion of similar projects elsewhere in Vancouver in the future.”
Email Joanne. to volunteer with sponsorship, marketing and special event organizing.
This garden will be community based; build on our existing gardens: be accessible and inclusive for residents of LM-RP. At this time, we agree that the food grown in the garden will be used to support the food programs and fresh food baskets for those in our community who are food insecure; to teach food literacy and skills; and for the volunteers who do the work in the garden. The philosophy for the garden is not to have private, individual plots. We want to be providing food to feed our community.
The membership will be based on a Commons Design Principles (common pool resources) as developed by Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom. For background on the Commons – read the paper Barron-term_paper_GEOG6003 from Jennie Barron, PhD student at Carlton working to apply the Commons Principles to Orchards and community gardens.
We need help on the fundraising and sponsorship. We have a 1st round construction budget of close to $25,000 that includes hiring a part-time coordinator.
send an email to Joanne to get involved
Partnerships that Feed Our Community
Nourish Our Neighbourhood – October
Nourish Our Neighbourhood is our annual fundraising campaign. One hundred percent of proceeds from this campaign will go to support community-based food initiatives in your community. 50% of net proceeds will be given in your neighbourhood and 50% will fund the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, our umbrella organization.
We need your support! All throughout the month of October
Join local businesses to fundraise for the Riley Park Community Garden.
Community Shredding Day held on Saturday, June 4.
Thank you Vancity Foundation, Vancity Branches on Main and Cambie Street – and staff, Little Mountain Community Fund, Urban Impact, Vancouver Parks Board and volunteers Anh Le, varouj gumuchian, Susan Coleman, Norm Dooley, Joanne Swanson for your support and help. A by-donation event to raise funds for our Community Garden.
Farmers Market Donation Station
Thank you! The Vancouver Farmers Market Society donation station operated at the Winter Market at Nat Bailey. The Food Network gave the produce to the food programs in Little Mountain Riley Park that include:
- Cityview Baptist Church (28th/Ontario) a weekly hot lunch for 60 residents and food distribution for 75
- Little Mountain Neighbourhood House newcomers community kitchen and Friday night community meal.
A big shout out to all the farmers and shoppers who generously donated to our food programs. Stay tuned. We plan to be at the Trout Lake Market starting in June.
GRAIN donated 2,000 lbs of chickpeas to the Little Mountain Neighbourhood Food Network. Thank you to Kiwassa Neighbourhood house for providing the staff and volunteers to bag the chickpeas; the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society for picking them up and distributing to Agencies throughout Vancouver. Chickpea Week!
More Garden News:
Community Garden Meeting Minutes: All minutes can be viewed by clicking here.
- Garden Meeting Minutes March 1, 2016: 2016_03_RP Comm GardenMinutes
- Meeting Minutes January 10, 2016: _2016_01_10_Minutes 2016_
- 2015_12_10_meeting status – We’ve had a lot of discussion on the garden design and are guided by the philosophy to create the commons in the community garden’.
- June 8, 2015 2015_06_08_Minutes_Garden Meeting.4
- May 23, 2015 Charette – Garden Design Session Minutes and Powerpoint presentation showing pictures of DIGS and Brewery Creek Gardens.
- May 14, 2015 2015_05_14_Minutes Garden Meeting
- April 22, 2015 2015_04_22_MINUTES_LMRP Garden and
- March 11 Garden Working Group Meeting: 2015_03_11_LMRP CG mtg.
Community Based Food Systems and Food Security Research
- The UBC Community Engagement Librarian produced a bibliography on Commons Gardens that includes: Definitions, Models, Lessons Learned and Processes. Click here to read the bibliography.
- 2015 SWOT Analysis Report on Growing Food on School Land-Student Research UBC LFS 350
- 2015 Final Report on Riley Park Community Garden Planning and Recommendations UBC APSC 461
- 2014 Executive Summary Report on Community Food Systems and Asset Mapping in Little Mountain-Riley Park_UBC LFS 350
Our Neighbourhood Food Security Steering Committee has identified three key projects:
- Little Mountain Riley Park Community Garden – possession Fall 2016 – winter garden, fundraiser, shed building, garlic planting.
- Food In Our Community: Food asset map – online and on paper. A map of community kitchens, low cost and free meals, food distribution, seniors discount days, food delivery. Let’s keep it current and relevant to our community.
- Awareness of our work, what we do and making sure we are connecting the dots in our neighbourhood. Together, we will build a resilient, healthy, food secure community.
Little Mountain-Riley Park Food Assets Map
Map Feedback/Update Request:
If you have any questions regarding the assets map, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources and Links
- “What Feeds Us: How Food Fuels Vancouver” www.vancouver.ca/foodpolicy
- 2014 UBC Geography Students findings on the Riley Park Resident Perceptions of Urban Agriculture. Click here to read their final report