radicle beets

The Curious Garden by radiclebeets

Sometimes I feel like what we’re doing is a lot of work, and that we are alone in what we do, and that maybe it doesn’t matter all that much anyway, especially as the toxic legacy we have inherited becomes more and more apparent. Then, a really beautiful human and a dog named Frank ring my doorbell to give me a children’s book and I cry four happy tears… Because this is what we are doing, and this story is a gift, and we are that boy.


DAYcamp! by radiclebeets
March 5, 2013, 9:42 pm
Filed under: Cultural Growography, Events, Food Forest, Uncategorized


Radicle Beets Garden Camp!

April 3rd-May 15th, 2013

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Join the Purple Thistle’s Radicle Beets every Wednesday from April 3rd to May 15th, to explore, garden and regenerate land in the city! Camp-goers will go on daily garden missions, learn about plants, water, soil, bugs, and honey bees! We will also be doing screen-printing and creating beautiful garden art. We will learn about our place in the food web as we eat yummy food, share stories, and explore our silly sides with garden games. Most importantly, we’ll get our hands really dirty and make lots of new friends!

**For youth ages 8-12**
$150 for 6 week camp*
Wednesdays: 10am-2pm. (starting April 3rd)
daycampers@purplethistle.ca  to sign up!
*Sliding scale/ bursaries are available . Please contact us

About Us



Starting in 2009, a group of idealistic guerrilla gardeners dreamed of reclaiming unused industrial land in Vancouver. We wanted to create green spaces of community and learning from dusty abandoned lots.  Now, the Radicle Beets garden crew has become a youth-led collective that seeks and shares knowledge in urban permaculture and land restoration, with careful intention to be accessible to all. Based out of the Purple Thistle Centre, we have three intensive permaculture gardens, three beehives, a herbal apothecary, a wetland restoration project, and a young food forest with approximately 70 fruit and nut trees.


Meet The Beets



Born on Coast Salish Territories, Kelsey Corbett likes to connect with strange earthlings as she practices permaculture gardening, foraging, and tries her best to learn from the interesting lives of fungi. Kelsey is a youth-worker, and currently works with young people with disabilities. She is also an athlete and a coach. In karate, she is a former national gold-medalist, and Pan-American silver-medalist. Most of the time in her 20’s she spent on quad roller skates playing and coaching roller derby for Vancouver and Montreal. Now, she spends most of her time playing in the dirt, and organizing to get more humans to play in the dirt. This is what she is in love with. Come play in the dirt with us!

Phanh Nguyen has been a member of the Purple Thistle gardens for 2 years, while doing her studies at SFU. She enjoys spending her time between learning about neurobiology of nematodes in the lab and tending various creatures in the gardens. Loving children’s curiosity, Phanh is looking forwards to playing and growing food with kids while helping to cultivate their sense of wonder about nature.

ArT by radiclebeets
May 8, 2012, 3:31 am
Filed under: Cultural Growography | Tags: ,

On a rainy evening in late april, two cultural growographers came together and made something fantartstic. Now we have inspiration to turn to and flyers to hand folk.  

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