The Community Gardens

The 16th & Pine Community Garden 
Here is our story…

A conversation between two people in the summer of 2007, lead to a partnership with our community and Fairview Baptist Church, and on March 24th, 2008, the first meeting to establish a community garden on the church grounds took place.

Initial invitations to participate with us went to neighbourhood organizations that offered meal programs on the West Side, and we were able to welcome aboard MPA Society. Another plot holder donates food to Out of the Cold, and in another plot the Fairview Baptist Church Sunday School children are learning about growing their own food. The remaining plots were offered to our neighbours through sharingbackyards.com, where we have been grateful for the generous response and maintain a waiting list for plot stewardship.

Frames were built for the plots in the fall of 2008, and on April 25, 2009 with wonderful support from the community we got the beds ready for all the tomato seedlings we had lovingly nurtured.  May 31st, 2009 was another glorious day to actually plant our tomatoes, then radishes, onions, beans, carrots, pumpkins, squash, and herbs.

In 2010, we were able to expand the number of beds to 11 plots, welcoming more of our neighbours into the joy of urban farming!

And in 2013, the Vancouver Foundation generously funded an expansion of 8 beds through their Greenest City Fund

Moving from season to season we continue to grow in our relationships with each other, along with our joy in seeing another successful harvest come to life.

If you are interested in finding out more about this garden or want to get on the waiting list, please email: 16thpinecommunitygarden@gmail.com

The Gathering Garden

In 2021 we received a grant from the Regent Exchange Project to build a new growing space with the intent to invite more of the community to engage our space. Built on the northwest corner of the property, formerly known as ‘The Swamp”, the garden features 4 accessible garden boxes for community gardeners, a blueberry & squash patch, a pollinator garden box and one garden box used for growing food to give away. In the centre of the garden is a picnic table that welcomes anyone to come and rest. It is our hope that folks from the community will see this space as a place of welcome and respite.

We are currently taking names for a waiting list, email: info@kitschurch.com if you interested.