The contest features three categories: nature, places and people. There’s also a special category strictly for youth entries (up to 18 years).
The contest judges are Vancouver-based wildlife photographer, National Geographic Explorer and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Paul Colangelo; Juno-award winner Ben Worcester of Said the Whale; and entrepreneur and award-winning blogger Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss 604).
Ten years ago, a small group of volunteers from the West End Residents Association and the Mole Hill Community Housing Society sacrificed their weekends and evenings to transform the Mole Hill lane way from a typical bleak paved alleyway throughout much of the West End into an oasis of greenery.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Mole Hill Community Garden, a joint venture between WERA and MHCHS. The first food growing allotment community garden in the West End, it has since been joined by gardens at Davie and Burrard, in Nelson Park, in Stanley Park and on the rooftop of St. Paul’s Hospital.
For a look back in photos at the growth of the garden, click here.
A plot in the Mole Hill Community Garden (which was built and jointly managed by the West End Residents Association) is a finalist in the “David Suzuki Digs My Garden” organic garden contest. The plot belongs to former WERA directors Terry and Sharon.
The Mole Hill Community Garden was created in the winter of 2001-2002 by volunteers from WERA and the Mole Hill Community Housing Society. It consists of more than 60 3×6 feet plots in the Mole Hill laneway, occupying land reclaimed from parking spaces.
Terry and Sharon’s plot is entry 6D in the “Starting Over” category. If it wins, the publicity for the Mole Hill Community Garden and for activists reclaiming streets for green spaces would be great.
We've set aside Saturday, July 21st from 4pm – 6pm (cooler time if a sunny day), as a work party for those of you who are able to participate! Access to the large garden tools, compost bins and garbage area will be available at that time.
We're hoping to focus on the common beds and the pathways that need a clean up, but if you need assistance with something in your garden- this would be a good time to show up and recruit some willing gardeners! If you can't make the work party, please take some time and put in some work when it's convenient for you – the common beds always need weeding and pruning and there is always some area of the pathway that is not being tended to …….
The West End Residents Association and the Mole Hill Community Housing Society formally dedicated the laneway artpiece, “LOOK”, by nicole may, on June 16, 2007. The dedication was followed by cake and stiltwalkers. Click here for photos.
WERA president Brent Granby said it was a fabulous community event that brought the West End and Mole Hill communities together.
Finally, we have some consecutive days of sunshine and more to come!
As we have permission to allow some gardeners on the waiting list to garden in the vacant lot area for this season, we have scheduled a work party for May 19th from 1pm to 5pm. The primary reason for the work party is to prepare this lot for garden plots. However if any of you have repairs to make on your box, want to help with communal bed weeding or just want to stop by and see what needs to be done- come on out – there always seems to be something to be done and it's fun when you're working with another gardener! This is also a great time to share excess seeds you might have or any other excess gardening materials you might have….Access to the large tools and the compost will be available at that time.
We are also in the process of soliciting donations from companies for materials for the garden- our main one being wood to replace/repair boxes. We've decided to put together a wish list of sorts and see what we get. Any ideas pass them on to the garden committee.
Who's on the garden committee? The following people have volunteered their time to help facilitate the activities of our community garden:
Katherine Barkley, Adam Flint, Darrell Michaud, Lisa Mighton, Benoit Richard, Richard Smith, Jill Weiss, Cathy Burton and of course Jim Mitchell and myself.
The committee is an open committee, anyone who wants to help out is welcome, just let us know.
All for now, see you on Saturday, May 19th, or out in the garden!