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Carlos, AKA The Pallet Guy

Many thanks to Car­los also known as The Pal­let Guy for deliv­er­ing (and unload­ing) 75 pal­lets for the Grow project.


Design Nerds Jam 5.6 Grow

The Grow Design Jam 5.6 brought the Design Nerds and the Grow project togeth­er for some cre­ative, col­lec­tive brain­storm­ing around grow­ing food, col­lect­ing water and com­post­ing at the Bulk­head Lab. Ocean and Ali­cia and I intro­duced the Jam with some infor­ma­tion about the Design Nerds, Grow and a look at some inno­v­a­tive art, design, and archi­tec­ture projects that use liv­ing materials.


Roaming the Village for the Second Workshop

The sun final­ly came out dur­ing our sec­ond work­shop so we end­ed up roam­ing a lit­tle far­ther to look for infra­struc­ture that could be used as sup­port for grow­ing. Heather came up with some inter­est­ing designs for float­ing gar­dens, might not be best for salt water but then pos­si­bly it would work in a water feature?


X Garden Box: an Avant Gardening Project

Van­cou­ver artist, Lois Klassen joined us for our sec­ond work­shop at Creek­side. She brought along a book doc­u­ment­ing her 2008 project X Gar­den Box. She was kind enough to share the PDF of the book which includes instruc­tions for cre­at­ing a grow­ing con­tain­er out of a card­board box and chick­en wire.


Making and Gardening at First Grow Workshop

The first Grow work­shop at Creek­side Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre, was co-facilitated by Mas­ter Gar­den­ers (Chris­tine and Joanne) and Van­cou­ver Design Nerds (Ali­cia and Ocean). We kicked off the work­shop by look­ing at some inspir­ing exam­ples of urban gar­den­ing from art, archi­tec­ture, design and also gueril­la gar­den­ing. Some of our favourite exam­ples include the String Gar­den and work of artist Lois Weinberger.


Micro Gardens for Chain Link Fences

The Grow Work­shops are com­ing up…first one is this Sat­ur­day, May 21st. In prepa­ra­tion, Elisa, cura­to­r­i­al assis­tant with Oth­er Sights, orga­nized a work bee at my stu­dio. She taught us how to cre­ate this easy (rel­a­tive­ly) to fold pock­ets that can be sim­ply attached to a chain link fence and used for growing.


Grow and Jane’s Walks: Considering the Bulkhead

On Sat­ur­day May 7th, Duane Elverum and I led a Jane’s Walk through South East False Creek in Van­cou­ver.  This is the home of the recent­ly devel­oped Olympic Vil­lage.  It’s intend­ed to be a mod­el sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and will even­tu­al­ly house 16,000 peo­ple.  In this con­text Duane and I felt it was impor­tant to ask a num­ber of ques­tions about the chal­lenges that face our grow­ing and chang­ing cities.