Syrian Fundraiser Community Dinner

Food, Cooking, Garden Instructors Meet and Greet

Hastings learning garden planting party


2018 East vancouver Garden Tour

Sunday, June 17th! 

This year's East Vancouver Garden Tour will be on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17th. Like other year, this year's tour will be comfortably walkable for most people, and we have already lined up at least a dozen delightful gardens for your horticultural pleasure!

Our home base will be at Figaro's Garden (1896 Victoria Drive at 3rd Avenue). The area of the tour will be in an area a few blocks north of Figaro's. Check our East Vancouver Garden Tour blog for up-to-the-minute info!

Tickets are available starting May 1st, and there are THREE ways to get them:

  • Click on the  link here, to get your tickets online (note that there’s a small Eventbrite service charge on top of the $15 for each ticket)
  • Drop in to Figaro’s Garden to buy tickets (in person and cash only) … Tickets may not be available there until around May 8th
  • Order your tickets for the tour at Britannia Centre’s Info Centre, 1661 Napier, either in person or by phone at 604-718-5800.

We recommend that one way or another you sign up for the tour ahead of time to avoid disappointment. It’s very popular, and, although we always have a few cash-only tickets available at Figaro’s on the day of the tour, tickets are limited and we have sold out in recent years.

On the day of the tour, you start at Figaro’s, check in, pick up your tour map, enjoy coffee, juice, and goodies (by donation), and then head off to the gardens.

The tour runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but this is not an event you need to come to right on time. We often get a big rush of people right at 10:00, but there’s no need to hurry. You can come and go as you please. You’ll see exactly the same gardens if you get started at 11:00 or noon or 1:00 or even as late as 2:00! (Do, however, make sure you leave yourself enough time to see all the gardens! We don’t recommend starting the tour after 2:00.)

You could, for example, pick up your tour map at 11:00, go visit a few gardens, stroll over to Commercial Drive for a leisurely lunch, and then return to the tour to see the rest of the gardens. Do, however, plan on being done by 4:00! (Note that Car-Free Commercial Drive is on July 8th this year, not on the same day as the garden tour.)

Important Note: Sorry, but most gardens are not stroller- or wheelchair-accessible, children must be 12 years old or older or babes in arms, and pets are not allowed. Also, photos are not allowed unless you get the gardeners’ permission.

People who attend the tour will get a one-time 20% discount at Figaro’s starting on the day of the tour and running through July 1 (Canada Day).

Also, you may want to get on the Figaro’s e-mail list; if you do, they will alert you to special seasonal discounts and sales for their regular customers. To get on their list, just e-mail, and let them know.

Vancouver fruit tree project season kick off party

Hello VFTP volunteers, friends and supporters

We’re starting another season and we want to celebrate with you! Vancouver Fruit Tree Project is encouraging all previous and potential volunteers and supporters to join us at our 2018 Season Kickoff Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread on Main Street on Wednesday, June 6th!!

What: VFTP Season Kick-off Party
WhenWednesday, June 6th, 6:30pm
Where: Rocky Mountain Flatbreads, 4186 Main St.

We will welcome guests with appetizers, and are planning entertaining games, draws and speaches.

10% of the evenings sales will be donated to VFTP!
All are welcome and the resteraunt provides vegan, nut-free and gluten-wise options.
We can’t wait to see you there!


Greg Stone
Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Coordinator

Pandora Community Garden GoFundME for Stolen bee hives

This weekend I’m sad to say that our beloved Pandora Park Community Garden bees were stolen. The bees were a vibrant part of our garden community providing East Van with pollinators and the honey produced was sold to help support the bees for the next year. We currently do not have enough money in the bee fund to replace the stolen bees and equipment.

Environmental youth alliance pollinator citizen scientist

Farmers on 57th community shared agriculture (CSA) harvest box


Cedar cottage community garden spring fling

Il Giardino Community Garden Openings

Il Centro i
Il Centro is delighted to invite you to participate in the second season of the Community Garden located at    Beaconsfield Park, 1 block south of 3075 Slocan Street in Vancouver.

Our garden and programs strive to

  • Celebrate growing produce and eating it!
  • Explore our diverse cultural backgrounds and stories; promoting multi-cultural and intergenerational connection.
  • Connect and share the Italian Cultural heritage and tradition of growing and sharing food. • Foster civic pride.
  • Nourish a passion for gardening.
  • Inspire sharing, cooperation, and team work.
  • Promote sustainability, biodiversity and a healthy ecological system.
  • Develop skills and techniques to grow and cook healthy food.

 More Info


Grandview WoodLand Food COnnection BULK BUYING

Grandview Woodland Food Connection COMMUNITY KITCHEN

New Community Kitchen starting this January

Community kitchen poster

The hidden power of food: Finding value in what we eat – CBC Ideas

In Canada we waste about a third of the food we produce. And yet four million Canadians experience food insecurity. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, we hear from Dawn Morrison whose work focuses on Indigenous food sovereignty and Bryan Gilvesy, a long-horn cattle rancher who puts sustainability first. Part 2 of a 2-part series.

Listen to full episode




Nutrition counseling services by a certified holistic nutritionist will be available for under-served residents and open to all community members on a sliding scale basis – $0 – $50. This service is aimed at helping you navigate the food choices available in our area and choose the foods that are best suited for your health, taking into consideration any health issues or goals you may have. Improved eating habits can help boost your physical and mental health. This service also aims to help connect residents to affordable, accessible, healthy food programs and options.

Bonnie Chung is a registered holistic nutritionist with many years of experience working in the natural foods industry.  She is also working with Choices Markets.  She’s eager to share her nutrition knowledge with the community with a friendly approach.

Contact Bonnie Chung at 778-995-7299 or to book an appointment. More info:
Appointments at Britannia Community Centre
Supported by the Grandview Woodland Food Connection


VFTP_LOGO_CS3-167x300The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project is proud to present our new pruning social enterprise project for the 2014 season, “Fruit Tree Pruning with ISA arborist Todd Barisky”. Proceeds will go to support The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project.

The details, in brief:

A professional pruning service with competitive rates.
The better maintained your tree, the more bountiful your harvest!
Have our professional Arborist visit your fruit trees this season!

About Todd Barisky:

I have been a practicing Arborist since 2007. I received a diploma in Arboriculture Apprenticeship at Humber College in Toronto, and I am also certified with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

In my view, tree pruning is a form of art; Skilled arborists are equipped both with the knowledge of optimal tree health and the imagination to craft aesthetically pleasing and durable specimen. Every tree is unique and grows in response to its environmental conditions. Mindful pruning encourages trees to develop stronger branching, yield a hardy fruit crop, and help to minimize tree defects and diseases. This is the kind of pruning I use to guide trees to grow towards their optimum form.

Many trees in the urban landscape suffer from improper pruning. When a tree has been haphazardly pruned, the tree’s future health is at stake. It is possible in some cases to restore poorly pruned and damaged trees, however nothing compares to responsible and mindful tree care from the start of a tree’s life. To achieve best results, it is always advisable to seek assistance from a certified professional Arborist.

For more information visit:



Visit the Curbside Fresh Market:
City Heights
(115 E 37th at Main)
Friday 11am-2pm.
Everyone is welcome. Local produce and staples. Prices below market rate.




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