The web offers an endless network of sites dedicated to every aspect of gardens and gardening. We’ve focused on sites and links that are directly helpful to the local community and to coastal organic gardeners, as well as a few favourites that shouldn’t be missed. Hungry for more? Most of these sites have their own links into the wider web – the perfect pastime for the rainiest days in Vancouver.
City Farmer: A hard-working resource group and pioneer of “urban agriculture,” City Farmer also offers worm composters, rain barrels, skills workshops and other essentials for the green revolution. This site hosts the most comprehensive listing of Vancouver community gardens. http://www.cityfarmer.org
Society Farm Folk/City Folk : Reconnecting people to the food they eat is the focus of this local non-profit. Their “Bringing Food Home” project strongly supports urban and community gardens. http://www.ffcf.bc.ca
SmartGrowthBC : A registered charitable organization that works with people across the province to enhance and protect the livability of communities. http://www.smartgrowth.bc.ca/index.cfm?GroupID=3407
West Coast Gardening
American Community Gardening Association: Features an incredible list of worldwide (including Canadian) links on everything from community garden studies to gardening with children. http://www.communitygarden.org
GVRD Composting : Complete resources for composting your waste – from food scraps to Christmas trees – in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/recycling-and-garbage/composting.htm
Composting Council of Canada : A great list of printable fact sheets on eco-friendly gardening and composting, as well as links to composting councils around the world (who knew?). http://www.compost.org