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Urban Community Garden at Lansdowne Centre addresses food insecurity in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:25 PDT, Mon April 29, 2024

Last Updated: 2:25 PDT, Mon April 29, 2024

Since 2021, The Urban Community Garden at Lansdowne Centre has been growing fresh produce and donating it to the Richmond Food Bank Society and Urban Bounty, organizations that support families who are experiencing food insecurity. They in turn prepare fresh meals for local elementary schools.

“We are proud of the small impact we have made in the community to fight food insecurity. We have donated close to 2,500 lbs of produce to families in need in the past three years. We also host free, weekly workshops to help people learn to grow their own vegetables at home,” says Bronwyn Bailey, marketing manager at Lansdowne Centre.

This year, we are bringing the gardening and workshops inside the mall at Centre Court. Free workshops run every Thursday from May 2 until June 20 and gardeners of any skill level are welcome to join. The skill can be applied to the garden, patio, balcony, or indoor planting and experts are available to answer questions.

The Urban Community Garden will still be located in the southeast parking lot (near T&T Supermarket) while an Urban Garden Wall will be introduced in the Centre Court during May and early September where vegetables and flowers will be planted inside by the experts from Victory Gardens. 

Planting of seedlings in the Urban Garden Wall will take place on Tuesday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m. Species include lettuce, onions, kale, cabbage, arugula, spinach and more. All produce will be donated to the Richmond Food Bank Society and Urban Bounty.

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