Friday, 22 July 2011
On July 15 we held our first visioning charrette with all members of the current garden/education team. Previous sessions have been held but this was a first for those of us directly working on the site this summer.
Challenging and important discussions were held on the potential for overlap between production and educational objectives. A five-year plan was sketched out with The Orchard Garden acting as an important resource for both UBC and the city of Vancouver. Professors and students gathered over beers and a salad from the garden, pouring over base maps and "guiding principles". Many decisions are yet to be made- not all of them easy to make as we acknowledge multiple agendas within our group.
Four hours into the session, only the students remained- wrapped in blankets against the rainy cold, hashing out ideas and proposals. The passion and commitment to this site and this project are electric.