Britannia School Urban Garden Project (BUG)

The Britannia School food gardens are responding to the enormous interest within the school and wider community in urban agriculture and food security.

 

The project goals include: 

1) Building student and community skills and food awareness that will help reconnect participants to the land and food they eat, support healthy food choices, and foster leadership development in the area of urban agriculture 

2) Improving student’s awareness of environmental and health issues as it pertains to growing food locally. 

3) Fostering stronger networks, partnerships, and linkages between Britannia School, the community centre, and the wider community.

4) Growing fresh produce for the school cafeteria

 

The project completed its design phase in the 2010/11 student year with the students working closely with a team of professional designers, planners, and UBC students in the creation of a garden master plan

 

Visit Flickr to see the collaborative design process

 

During the fall 2011, 3 build days were organized and students from 5 different classes help build the new Streefront garden. With our partners, the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA), The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), and the Evergreen Foundation we are now teaching food growing curriculum to 4 classes on an on-going basis.

 

On June 12, 2012, Sahplek Baker and Khelsilem Rivers both from the Squamish Nation, properly named and blessed the garden to commemorate the land and traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. The garden is named Nexways Wa lh7aynexw or Transformed Life.


Visit Flickr to see the Blessing

 

Congradulations Britannia Garden Club for winning Most Unique Project Overall for the BUG Project at the 2011 Earth Day celebrations!

 

BUG - Recreation Foundation of BC Final Report

 

Funding partners

 

Greenest City Grant, City of Vancouver

Britannia Community Centre

Real Estate Foundation

Simon Fraser University Public Interest Research Group (SF PIRG)

Recreation Foundation of BC

Environmental Youth Alliance

Vancouver Coastal Health - Community Food Action Initiative

UBC Think and Eat Green

Scotts Miracle Gro

Evergreen Foundation