Volunteers work thoughout the year on clean-up of public spaces and nurturing trees, flowers and vegetables
- To promote organic gardening methods; To foster inter-generational cooperation and community initiatives; To enhance the beauty of the neighbourhood and the city through the creation of a vibrant urban green space; To contribute to sustainability through urban food production.
Cypress Community Garden operates under a garden permit issued by the City of Vancouver.
Membership in the garden is open to Vancouver residents only. Visitors however are welcome and come from the lower mainland, the province and many are international visitors.
The garden is currently administered by a six member Coordinating Committee, along with two representatives for each of the five sections, and representatives for the common-area gardens at the east and west ends of the garden. Additional positions will be developed as the need arises. Each plot is approximately 3’ x 9’ (1 x 3 m).
An annual membership fee of $30 pays for maintenance of fences and the water system, tools, association membership(s) and other related expenses. Membership fees are due November 1st of each year or upon acceptance into the garden (for new memberships). Membership Guidelines and Rules must be signed each year by members to renew/obtain their plot. An Annual General Meeting is held each year to discuss general business and garden concerns. Smaller meetings through the season assess ongoing projects and improvements. Two general garden clean-up work parties in the spring and fall, as well as section work parties approximately every 2 weeks, are held each season to maintain the common areas of the garden. Members are expected to participate in four garden clean-up parties (two general, two section) each year. In addition, community garden members should be prepared to volunteer some extra time to the garden (e.g. being a section rep, taking minutes at meetings, doing additional garden maintenance or improvements, working on special projects, etc.).