Wayfinding: Hurt Birch

The birch trees at the corner of Fraser and E5th Ave have had a hard time. To me, birch trees never seem completely at home in this place, as I imagine they do from the photos I’ve seen of the birch forests, and the descriptions of the huge, flawless sheets of bark that were once…

Wayfinding: Cedar

801 E 6th Ave Outside this apartment building are cedar trees; this land was probably covered with thickly buttressed old growth cedars and firs, home to species like flying squirrels (now extinct), and porcupines, I’ve read. The universe of gifts given by cedar trees is catalogued in Hilary Stewart’s book, Cedar: Tree of Life to…

Wayfinding: China Creek Ravine/MOP @ 6th & St.Catherines

This is the first stop of the Walking, Weaving and Wayfinding: The False Creek Fibreshed tour from Means of Production Garden to Trillium North Park. (above left: False Creek (near Clark Drive?) circa 1904, Archives, found on https://www.straight.com/news/698461/celia-brauer-revitalizing-false-creek-flats-more-paved-over-human-development-or-place above right: slough near Garry Point Park, Steveston, in 2018. Photo credit Rebecca Graham At the northern…

Multicultural Fair

“Its actually making me a little teary. It makes the kids see what’s good about their neighbourhood, because so often they’re told that it’s not.” This is what one of the teachers said as she stood before the table and looked at the map on the wall behind me, with the leaves that the kids…

Linen Fibre & Fun

EartHand Gleaners in partnership with The Whole Dyslexic Society is offering an opportunity for children ages 6 and up to learn how to grow flax, process the plant into linen fibre and spin it into yarn. Register for both sessions (8 classes total, $150); or either the spring or summer session (4 classes each, $95…

Order Fibre Flax Seed

If you want to grow a small plot of flax for linen, you can buy ‘Marilyn’ variety fibre flax seed from us. Email earthandgleaners@gmail.com with the number of packets you want, and we’ll set them aside for you — pick up at MOP on Saturday March 30 or Saturday April 6 — limited quantities! please…

February at Strathcona Community Centre

I’m still working on accounting for all the time it took me to come up with some notions of what to actually DO during this residency. My original thought was to lead walks where we pick up cool alley finds and plants and spend time in the studio playing. But when I held this idea…

January at Strathcona Community Centre

An art project is like a tree — for every visible branch, leaf or bud, there’s an entire non-visible underground network of roots and mycelium, soil and water that supports it. The spreading canopy that we see, feel and enjoy can’t exist without these prosaic mysteries. I have trouble admitting this and allowing myself the…

Mushroom Medicine

Mushroom medicine workshop with Bo Del Valle Garcia Vancouver BC February 23, 2019

Trillium & MOP Stewardship Sessions

Join EartHand’s Stewardship Coordinator Jaymie Johnson or Sharon and David for satisfying afternoons of hands-in-the-dirt activity keeping the gardens beautiful and great places in which to spend time. Build new pathways, weed the beds, weave fence repair, and possibly take home a little bouquet of herbs, flowers, willow, or other bountry related to the seasonal…