From maps for sharing backyards with neighbors to ways to connect with gardeners across the continent, Vancouver has a bumper crop of urban agricultural resources available year-round.

>> Local Folks

  • City Farmer ( – Since 1978, City Farmer has supported urban agriculture in Vancouver and beyond with workshops and resources.
  • Evergreen ( – Excellent workshop resources for school kids on school ground greening, urban stewardship, and native plant landscaping.
  • Farm Folk City Folk ( – A non-profit society that works with food communities to develop a local, sustainable food system in BC.
  • SPEC ( – Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) address food security and green space issues in BC.
  • UBC Farm ( – Vancouver’s only working farmland, UBC farm is a 24 hectacre teaching, research and community farm. Read their lively blog here.
  • Your Local Farmer’s Market Society ( – Support your local farmers on market days at The WISE hall at 1882 Adanac Street – even in Winter!
  • Edible Garden Project ( – A North-Shore based network based on growing, harvesting and sharing local food with those in need.
  • Urban Diggers Society ( – This Mount Pleasant-area group is a longtime advocate for affordable agriculture opportunities.


  • Lifecycles ( – Based in Victoria, BC, and dedicated to awareness and action around food, health and urban sustainability.
  • American Community Gardening Association ( – A comprehensive toolbox for gardeners that includes guides, best practices and innovative workshops.

>> Toolbox

  • Seeds ( – Get local, dependable organic seeds from West Coast Seeds. Check out their website for distributors in your area.
  • Free Compost – For community or school gardens, contact Vancouver Landfill at 604.257.8631.
  • Free Mulch – Contact City Arboriculture at 604.257.8631.
  • Free Woodchips – Contact the Parks Board, North Side 604.257.8573 and South Side 604.257.8631.

>> And Check Out …

  • Vancouver’s Pledge: 2010 Gardens for 2010
  • No Garden? Share a Vancouver neighbor’s backyard
  • Get Local: Fresh produce near you
  • Cook up a storm in a Community Kitchen near you
  • Click here to download our guide on starting a community garden.