Victory Gardens is a new urban farming business by 01 Magazine contributor Lisa Giroday, Sam Philips and Sandra Lopuch. With varying backgrounds and interests in food production, sustainable development and environmental activism, Victory Gardens embodies many of the principles in which they were born, but with a fresh perspective. The team at Victory Gardens looks forward to working with the community; transforming front yards for food production, facilitating dynamic workshops, such as: “Grow Your Own Pizza”, providing education and planning tools for the new urban farmer to grow what they eat and much more.
The term Victory Gardens speaks to WWI and WWII era campaigns instigated by American, Canadian, German and British governments intending to reduce the pressure on public food supply. However; more than that, Victory Gardens served as symbols of camaraderie and support, unifying the masses to promote sustainability, efficient land use, innovative economic models and to unite families in a passive war effort for victory. British Columbia and Vancouver were no exception to this push for city farming, and in early 1943, The Vancouver News Herald reported, “If all the Victory Gardens in British Columbia were lumped together, they would occupy a space approximately three times the size of Vancouver’s great Stanley Park.” At that time, the paper said, there were 1425 gardens on city-owned lots.” (http://www.cityfarmer.org/victgarB58.html)
Victory Gardens is pleased to announce the launch of their first growing season with a silent auction and fundraiser, featuring generous donations from a host of the community’s finest, including:Nelson the Seagull, Omer Arbel, Collage Collage, Raincity Chronicles, Pickershack, Gravity Pope, Lark, Regional Assembly of Text, Beth Richards, Heartbreaker Salon, Rocklore, Dace, Back-yard Buzz, Humble Roots Wellness, Community Vintage, Window, Ystava and more.
Victory Gardens Launch Party and Silent Auction
Friday, March 2nd, 7 – 11pm
At Nelson the Seagull, 315 Carall Street, Gastown
Grow What You Eat!
With a number of years of growing food under her belt and as coordinator of the 230 Garden Collective, Lisa Giroday is excited to share her experience in Environmental Studies, sustainable product development, and work-shop and market facilitating with Victory Gardens and our community.
An avid vegetable gardener, member of the 230 Garden Collective, and member of the Master Gardeners Association of BC, Sam is excited to work with others in transforming our neighborhoods into sustainable food systems!
Sandra didn’t know she liked tomatoes until having one in Spain; this is where her interest in food began. She is an original member of the 230 Garden Collective and hopes to one day live on a farm. With a background in industrial design, a plethora of small business experience, Sandra aims to help people eat better.