Community gardens do more
than provide healthful locally grown food. They promote the development of
community and help moderate the effects of climate change.
Maple Community Garden is
one of those gardens, founded 25 years ago as one of the pioneer community
gardens. With the assistance of the city, we have proven over the years to be
good stewards of the earth, pioneering organic urban food production, creating
soup kitchen garden beds and beekeepers and maintaining beautiful rest spots
for those who pass by to enjoy.
Now this garden and those
situated along the Arbutus Corridor are threatened. With less than a month's notice CP Rail has ordered that
they all be dismantled.
If you truly aspire to
achieving the World's Greenest City, we urge you to support community gardens
by entering into meaningful negotiations with Canadian Pacific to develop a
sustainable plan for maintaining this precious green space. CP has indicated
its willingness to engage in further discussion with the city and we respectfully
request that you take the initiative to begin this conversation before the
gardens along the corridor are destroyed.
We, as community gardeners,
respectfully request that Vancouver City Council move quickly to preserve the
Arbutus Corridor and the thriving community gardens that have afforded the neighborhood
so much delight over the past 25 years.