We want to build a sustainable business that benefits the community at large. Sales of our seeds help support food growing programs in Vancouver's inner city. As we grow our focus will be on creating job opportunities for people living on disability and welfare.
Our goal is to give everyone the opportunity to create their own local, sustainable food resources. Whether this be through plots in community gardens, school yards, roof top gardens or a few containers on a balcony or patio, we want people to regain control over the food they eat. Please note that all our seeds are open-pollinated and non-GMO. We also promote organic gardening and all the gardening projects and the plants we grow are not treated with pesticides.
We are always on the lookout for local volunteers to work with children through community centres, daycares and schools. At this time we are working in Vancouver but eventually we would like to expand our programs to other cities.
We recently planted a 1993 Mazda pick-up truck with tomatoes, lettuce, miniature pumpkins, swiss chard, nasturtiums, chives and more. The truck is the first truck farm in Canada and a perfect mobile, small space, gardening demonstration. This project was made possible through a small grant from the City of Vancouver & the Vancouver Foundation as well as hands on repair help from the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and the Vancouver Community College automotive program.
We are also going to be test marketing a Truck Farm Seed Collection. We figure if we can grow food in the back of an old pick-up, people should be willing to give growing food on their patios a try.
Watch for the truck farm in parking lots throughout Vancouver.
Both the Urban Seed Project and the Truck Farm attend community events where we offer free information & small space growing demonstrations such as:
- seed germination tips & tricks
- edible hanging baskets
- edible window basket gardens
- how to make recycled newspaper pots
- how to make cold frames/mini green houses from recycled milk bottles