Monday, 2 May 2016
Monday, May 2nd - Visits to Van Tech and Trillium Park
In the morning, we visited Van Tech Secondary School in East Vancouver. The school has an extensive gardening program with 1,000 square metres of garden space and sells the fresh produce on a market, with funds going back into the garden and the school. The garden operation is run by Fresh Roots, and benefits from endless volunteers helping out. We met agriculture students from several universities who are gaining valuable hands-on experience. The garden is used in the core curriculum for a variety of classes at the school, ranging from biology to home economics.
In the afternoon, we took public transit and headed for Trillium Park in the historical neighborhood of Strathcona, which is well known for its gardens. This park’s perennial plantings were chosen for significance in traditional hand technology by First Nations People in British Columbia.