Our Mission

EartHand Gleaners Society uses a community-engaged model for creating environmental art projects with opportunities for research, skill development and skill sharing. Our projects foster multicultural, interdisciplinary collaboration among community members and professionals in the fields of education, sciences and the arts. We model how to “Be a Producer without first being a Consumer”: to be…

#TreasuringStrathcona: Garden Trails

Janey and Jay hosted an afternoon of activities for the kids at the Strathcona childcare centre on the pro-d day on April 29. Both these artists are really connected with the wild, and the ideas that seem to have resonated most strongly with them in this project are of how the land and waters looked…

#TreasuringStrathcona Fibre & Dye Walks: May 10, June 22, July 20

Part of my vision for #TreasuringStrathcona has been to have a diverse team of artists, people who are all fierce in overlapping ways — fiercely intellectual, fiercely protective, fiercely inuitive, fiercely activist. With Anna Heywood-Jones and Jennifer Brant, their fierceness is under cover of ‘mild-mannered’. They’re thoughtful and attentive and don’t really draw too much…

Wayfinding: Lookout Place/ Trillium North Park

Trillium North Park, Thornton St at Malkin Technically, the lookout place is not here, where the mural-painted shipping containers and the garden beds lie near the rows of cherry trees, but slightly up the hill from us along Atlantic; there, in the long ago, the promontory was the perfect spot to camp and be able…

Wayfinding: Transition Place

Station Street to National Avenue Once the land was made solid by the filling in the estuary, Pacific Central Station was built. Amazing to think of the vision and certitude that raised a grand stone building in the midst of what was once a teeming wetland. One of our walk participants said that she heard…

Wayfinding: New Paths

Western Street to Northern, Station to Terminal In the long ago, the canoes would have threaded their way through the Separated Points and glided across the relatively warm, shallow and extremely rich waters of the calm estuary here. Flocks of water fowl lingered at the edges, and one could look down through glass waters into…

Wayfinding: An Ancient Path

Main St. In the long ago, this place was a thin arm of land that reached out and almost grasped the hand of the arm on the other side of the water; together, they almost formed a land bridge across the waters of the estuary. These arms of land seemed, to the settlers, to be…

Wayfinding: Nature Hiding in Plain Sight

East First Avenue, from Thornton St to Main St We descend into what was surely the water of the estuary, in the long ago, with the tule and cattail, mud banks and sand bars — perhaps there were also cottonwood trees here then, as there are now. There are still empty lots here, but not…

Wayfinding: Wildflower Meadow @ ECUAD

The face of this land has been changed many times since the last ice age (when it was under water), and since Europeans and others began to displace the First Nations in the 19th Century. Was this spot lower than it is now, at the shoreline of the estuary? did it get more fill than…

Wayfinding: View of the Sisters/ St.George Rainway

Behind St.Francis Xavier church, across from 440 East 5th Ave Vancouver If the day is clear, you’ll be able to look out from this spot and see the North Shore Mountains. Near the western side are two prominent knobs of rock that have been named “The Lions” on many maps made by the newcomers in…