Having lived in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for over a decade I have seen a lot of money thrown at dealing with poverty, addiction and homelessness over the years. The fact is, money can’t fix everything.
All our collections come with a little something extra such as a recipe or instructions for a garden project. In fact we even included instructions for how to build your own truckfarm. Proceeds from sales of our unique collections of seeds help create new jobs in the Downtown Eastside as well as help develop sustainable food growing programs at Vancouver’s inner city schools, daycares and community centres. Job creation is focussed primarily on youth, single parents and people living on disability. You can find them all at http://www.strathcona1890.com or at the retailers listed listed on our site.
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Just saw this on PBS and made me so happy!
Proud of you. I am disabled and find gardening and seed collecting therapeutic.
Wish I were in CA. Gardening is harder in PA. But I still try!
Thank you for your contribution for a better Earth and society.
Thank you so much 🙂 I am very aware of how therapeutic gardening is, physical contact with the earth is so important. I wanted to build a garden for physically challenged people in Vancouver but I am afraid some significant life changes have delayed that. Best of luck to you.
Watching you on Create TV in the US now. You are doing a WORLD of good. Here in NYC it’s hard to garden, but we are a lot of immigrants from heavily agricultural places (Asia, Italy, Ireland, etc) and every thin strip of soil, roofs, fire escapes, tiny cement yards with buckets here is used for hardy veggies and herbs. It’s the highlight of our year, our tiny harvest. Keep on keeping on, you’re planting more than just seeds.
Wow! Thanks for the kudos. I don’t even know what Create TV is. I will have to look that up. I just hope I can live up to all this as time goes by. BTW we moved to a small acreage of bare land. This (among other things) has made for a busy year. Clearing, drilling a well, putting in septic, starting a garden (to be expanded), planting a small orchard and, best of all, moving a house from San Juan island to my land at 1800 feet up a mountain. Hoping to get some time to blog a little…
I saw this on PBS and was inspired by your beauty and energy. The drive you have teaching people a creative way to a healthy sustainable lifestyle is amazing. Thank you for sharing a glimpse inside your day to day life. If I was single and lived anywhere close to BC then I would ask you out. I think you are gorgeous and your energy is down to earth.
I’m not a weirdo either, just a 40 yr old hippy.
Keep doing what your doing. Thanks
Haha, you made my day.
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