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Sustainably-grown vegetables harvested at Vancouver golf courses

September 22 2014

Fraserview Golf Course garden

It's harvest time for the peppers, arugula, chives, kale, and other vegetables growing in abundance at the Vancouver Park Board's three golf course gardens.

The vegetables are grown using sustainable gardening practices and used to enhance dining menus in the golf course clubhouses. The clubhouses eventually hope to design garden-to-plate menus.

The garden at Fraserview was created two years ago, while Langara and McCleery were planted this spring.

Eight new and expanded gardens in parks this year

Although vegetable gardens are a relatively new venture at our golf courses, many gardens already exist on Park Board and City land throughout Vancouver. The first garden was planted in Strathcona in 1985.

So far in 2014, the Park Board approved eight new and expanded gardens with about 180 plots, bringing the total number of gardens on park land to 29.

All gardens are run by non-profit partners and, increasingly, managed collaboratively by gardening groups or tied into community centre programming.

Gardens are strongly rooted to many City initiatives

Gardens support Vancouver's goal to become the greenest city in the world and to increase citywide and neighbourhood food assets by at least 50 per cent over 2010 levels by 2020.

A stronger local food system reduces the size of our ecological footprint by reducing fossil fuel use and protecting food-producing lands and their related biodiversity.

Local food contributes to human health and is considered by the Vancouver Economic Commission as a growing sector of a strong green economy.

Gardens also support the Healthy City Strategy, Vancouver Food Strategy, and the Park Board’s Local Food Action Plan.

Learn more about our sustainability and food initiatives

Where to garden in Vancouver

Community Gardens in Vancouver are available for you to use

Community gardens

Joining a community garden is a great way to enjoy locally grown food, connect with nature, meet your neighbours, and be healthy. Find a current or proposed garden near you, and plan a new garden in your neighbourhood.

Visit our golf courses and clubhouses

Fraserview Golf Course

Fraserview Golf Course

Offering an old course feeling in a West Coast setting. This course features majestic, tree-lined fairways overlooking the Fraser River.

Langara Golf Course

Langara Golf Course

A traditional-style course that features unique large, rolling greens appealing to players of all levels. Accessible by the Canada Line.

McCleery Golf Course

McCleery Golf Course

This course is challenging with narrow fairways and strategically placed ponds. Also, features a renovated practice range.