Our Story

 

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2006: $30,000 budget, one part-time staff, 20 volunteers, and 6 sq meters growing food. 
2016: $275,000, 3 full time and 5 part time positions, over 500 volunteers, over 3500 participants each year, and 5260 sq meters growing food.

Learn more about our model and our impact!

The North Shore Neighbourhood House (NSNH) is a registered charitable organization that has been providing accessible and affordable services and programs to all individuals in our community for over 75 years.  We believe working together to meet the grassroots needs of our neighbours, especially our most vulnerable residents, is essential to building a safe, healthy and strong community. At the NSNH, we value access to good fresh food and we are proud to be a regional leader in food security initiatives. We believe that everyone deserves access to good food with dignity, and to fall in love fresh picked produce.

In 2005 the Edible Garden Project was sparked after a Vancouver Coastal Health scan of “food security” activities on the North Shore identified a gap in access to fresh local produce. A group of people passionate about the potential for improving access to local food came together to create the Edible Garden Project (EGP) – including representatives from Vancouver Coastal Health, District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, the North Shore Recycling Program, the North Shore Neighbourhood House, and community agencies and volunteers. The City of North Vancouver played an instrumental role in securing funding – seed money through the Union of BC Municipalities – for the first year of the project, and has played an ongoing supportive role. The EGP also found a home early on at the North Shore Neighbourhood House, which provided office space and a phone – important tools for a budding organization!

Since 2005, the EGP has been powered and sustained by citizen energy, participation, and engagement. Now we are a program of the North Shore Neighbourhood House, have many education programs, participate in local policy initiatives, cultivate over an acre of gardens and farm, and provide an inspirational voice in our community.

A Brief Timeline

2005: The founding coalition was formed, the EGP was created!

2006: The first EGP Sharing Garden was established, and fresh food was grown for donation.

2007: We expanded to offer workshops, access to the Sharing Backyards map, and worked our way into the public school system.

2008: An exciting year! Ground broke on the Queen Mary Demonstration Garden, and the North Shore Community Garden Society was established to expand and support community garden initiatives.

2009: The Queen Mary Community Garden was built, the 24th St Orchard was planted, and the first Table Matters event brought the North Shore “food community” together.

2010: The Lillooet Community Garden, the first in the District, was built, and the EGP established two new Sharing Gardens.

2011: The “growth spurt” year! Broke ground on the first urban farm on the North Shore (Loutet Farm). The Charros Community Garden was built, and a new Sharing Garden established.

2012: New gardens in five childcare centres were built, the North Shore Community Food Charter was created, and our elementary school program expands.

2013: Two new large Sharing Gardens were established, a new relationship with the Food Bank created, and our Volunteer Farm Internship program launched.

2015: The Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden was established, and Loutet Farm met its revenue neutral financial goal

2016: The Hawekers Wharf Urban Farm project gets off the ground, along with a pilot to introduce fresh farm produce into the cafeteria at Sutherland Secondary School – a first in the region.

The Edible Garden Project receives financial and in-kind support from an incredibly diverse base – please check out our Community Partners & Sponsors!

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