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Harvest Shakedown Party – Updates by radiclebeets

Oct 14, 2012 marked our 2nd Annual Harvest Shakedown Party. This year our main project was to install an irrigation system in our food forest. This was pretty ironic seeing as we woke up Sunday morning to pouring rain. So why were we so prompted to do this during such a funny, wet season? Well, we were advised that if for some reason there would be a dryer spell in the winter, the moisture would freeze around the roots of our trees. With the irrigation system, we will be able to prevent this from happening if necessary.

Considering the rain, the turn out was great! We would like to thank everyone who came out and got muddy with us!  We had 900 feet of irrigation to install (plus tedious prep time!) and we covered half of it. The second half will be much faster since we’ve finished cutting and gluing our piping attachments.

Inside, we had food prepared and hot tea served through out the day. We were able to warm up when we felt like it was a good time.

Seeing as the Food Forest is also threatened by the Malkin Connector, we decided to use this time to respond to the city. People wrote letters, made cards, and together we started our mural-sized drawing. The mural is a reflection of how people in the community are truly connected to their city. We mapped out Vancouver, and created little drawings of ourselves, or things that were important to us, and posted it on the map. The idea is to show that there are things in the city that connect us to each other far more efficiently and effectively than a super, concrete road; for example community gardens like Cottonwoods, Strathcona, and our Food Forest.

We were really excited to see so many different people come by to lend a hand. We gave many Thistle tours for first-timers, and we made a lot of new friends. It was nice to see so many different people from different worlds connecting, working together and sharing ideas. Thanks again everyone!


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