2016: Richmond Pollinator Pasture


EartHand is thrilled to join the happenings created through the work of Cameron Cartiere, local community participants and the City of Richmond in creating the pollinator pasture at Bridgeport Industrial Park. During the Summer of 2016, Sharon Kallis will be leading  blackberry fibre harvests and rope making circles, working towards the creation of pollinator net inspired sculptures for the  park.

Bridgeport Industrial Park

12048 Vickers Way, Richmond

Join in our social work circles to make rope from blackberry vine for the creation of sculptural butterfly nets to hang in the pine trees alongside the pollinator pasture. Musicians welcome to come and play, some musical guests are planned. Picnic dinners encouraged. We are working outdoors, wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a camping chair if you  wish.

Sat 11am-3pm June 4 Celebration of blooms in the pasture

Wed 5.30-8.30pm June 29 blackberry fibre harvest

Wed to Fri 5.30-8.30pm  July 27,28,29 rope making work-circles

Sat 10am-1pm July 30 rope making work-circle

Mon to Thurs 5.30-8.30pm August 8-11 rope making work-circles

Sat 1-4pm August 13 Final Celebration

Take a look here to see what the park looked like before as well as photos of the transformation.

What are Pollinator Collection Nets?

Above are pollinator nets ‘in action’ at an Environmental Youth Alliance citizen science training session. The nets are used for capture and release, to identify what species of bees are present.

 Guests for Rope-Making Circles

Weekdays from 5.30-8.30pm, Saturday session is 10am-1pm,

These outdoor events are open–air and so weather dependent, check the forecast and if in doubt, call 604-363-0220 to confirm.  Bring sunhats, sunscreen or wind breakers as required.

Wed. July 27: guest Brian Jones. Born and raised on the Welsh border, Brian will share traditional folk music from the British Isles on the accordion.

Thurs. July 28: guest Erin Udal from Environmental Youth Alliance will conduct bee surveys on site and explain how local Citizen Science projects are helping us understand the pollinators that live among us.

Fri. July 29: guests Rebecca and Joshua Lin, flautist and violinist. Rebecca was awarded The Most Promising Senior Woodwind scholarship by the Richmond Music Festival Society and Joshua received the Gifted Youth Scholarship from the Vancouver Academy of Music in 2015.

Sat. July 30: guest Keyvan Emami will share traditional Persian and Spanish songs he sings and plays on the guitar.

Mon. Aug. 8: guest Jamie Macdonald has a wide repertoire of songs sure to entertain as he sings and plays the ukulele.

Tues. Aug. 9: guests Cameron Cartiere and Brian Campbell. Cameron will talk about creating the Pollinator Pasture and Brian will share his experiences of being a beekeeper.

Wed. Aug. 10: guest Brian Jones is back! Brian will share traditional folk music from the British Isles on the accordion.

Thurs. Aug. 11: guest artist Lori Weidenhammer works extensively with bees and has just published a book Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees, her stories are always entertaining and informative of what we can do at homes for local pollinators.

Final Celebration

Saturday August 13 1-4pm

Join us for iced nettle tea, and other light refreshments in the pasture under  the crochet tea tent and see the final sculpture installed! Featuring musical duet by Mr. Fire-Man playing a hand-made wooden horn and Jamie Macdonald on ukulele.

For more information visit earthand.com or call 604-363-0220 after 6pm or weekends

Getting There:

By Transit:  An 8 minute bus trip from Aberdeen Skytrain station. Take the #410 22nd St. Station bus to Cambie Community Centre. The bus stop located on # 3 Road directly under the Skytrain line.

By Car: Park at the Cambie Community Centre located at 12800 Cambie Road.

From Cambie Community Centre:

Cross Cambie Street at the pedestrian crossing and the footpath for Bath Slough is straight ahead, take the path on the right of the slough, and walk 10-15 minutes. Turn left when the path ends, cross the little bridge and you are in the pasture. We will meet and work near the Apiary located at this end of the pasture.

Site Information:

There is no water access or washroom on site. Please bring drinking water, and use the facilities at the Community Centre before coming to join us. The centre is open while we are on site should you need to use the restroom.