Thursday, 3 August 2017

Cottonwood Community Garden Fire

Photo by Mary-Ann Charney

     On July 3rd we had a fire at our community garden (Cottonwood) in Vancouver.  Unfortunately the fire consumed our greenhouse and tool/beekeeping shed.  Arson is suspected.  We lost everything including ladders, pruners, construction tools, weed eater, irrigation supplies and all of our beekeeping equipment.  This includes our community honey extractor and honey harvesting equipment which we lent out to the public and the protective clothing we used for our free beekeeping classes.

Our honey extractor

     It is difficult to remain optimistic in the face of continuous vandalism and theft at the garden but it is a reality of gardening and beekeeping in a  public space.  It is important to remember that 99% of the folks that come to our garden love and appreciate it and we can't let the acts of a few dictate the future of our beautiful garden.  
Cottonwood Garden 25 years ago
Photo by Oliver Kellhammer

Cottonwood Garden today

     Built on a former dump site 25 years ago by a group of guerrilla gardeners this 4 acre oasis is a home to birds, bees, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, coyotes, frogs and over one hundred humans.  The city has proposed construction of a freeway through the middle of the garden (Cottonwood Community Garden: Oasis in Peril).  Friends of the garden have proposed alternative sites for the freeway (See - Save Cottonwood Community Garden).  The future of the garden is in jeopardy but we are hopeful.  This video was taken on the 20th anniversary.

Remembering the good times
Extracting honey in the bee shed

* We have started a fundraiser to rebuild and restock our greenhouse and tool/bee shed.  Any donation no matter how small is appreciated.  To donate go to "Cottonwood Fire".  You can receive a tax receipt with a donation of $25 or more.  Thanks. 

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