Other Commons/Permaculture Gardens/Food Forests

Spring Ridge Commons has inspired other smaller scale commons  or neighborhood-supported public food gardens/food forests on public land in Victoria, where all may harvest.  The basic idea of permaculture design and collective stewardship is a common thread in each of these commons.  Unlike Spring Ridge Common, each of these newer commons are on publicly owned land (parks or boulevards) with the exception of  The People’s Apothecary  and so have had to negotiate with the City of Victoria in order to exist.

Spring Ridge Commons has also inspired innovative food forests such as Labyrinthine Food Forest

Banfield Commons  (VicWest):


Banfield Commons is a permaculture food forest in Banfield Park, located between the tennis courts and the parking lot. This under-utilized piece of parkland was transformed in 2006 to a garden filled with fruit trees/shrubs, perennial and self-sowing annual food plants, and medicinal and culinary herbs. The garden is open to the public for harvest.

Haultain Commons  (Fernwood):

Haultain Commons

Guerrilla gardeners Rainey Hopewell (photo top) and Margot Johnston (photo right) are claiming common ground to use for the common good. With a nod from their city agencies, they’ve planted vegetables in the parking strip in front of their house and offer them free for the taking. The Haultain Common, as they say, is a “neighborhood-supported public food garden on public land, where all may harvest.”

The are now Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines passed through City of Victoria council and on the City of Victoria’s website!  Link is below:

Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines


Wark St. Commons (Quadra Village):

Wark Street Commons

 In 2006, together with the help of 200 community members, the Wark Street Commons Garden (a demonstration community food garden that has become a forum for learning about organic growing and harvesting) was created.

The Wark Street Commons, on the corner of Wark and Kings roads, was formed after years of lobbying the city for space. Unlike an allotment garden, the food grown is free for the picking by anyone who wants.  “Everything at the commons has some edible part to it,” said Robson. “It might be the leaves are edible or the fruit is edible. or some medicinal quality.”

The People’s Apothecary Garden  (Quadra Village):

The People's Herb Garden

The People’s Apothecary is a project that brings together a community in the process of creating a sustainable herb garden commons.

The project encompasses community mobilization, the active creation of this garden, its ongoing maintenance and development, and a diverse series of workshops, skill-shares and learning opportunities.

All herbs grown in the space will be available to use by members of the community, You!

This project is facilitated by the Green Tongue Collective on the grounds of the Vancouver Island School of Art, on unceeded Lekwungen Territory.

Meeting with Geoff Johnson at the People’s Apothecary


Fairfield Community Garden   (Fairfield):

Fairfield Community Garden

Community Garden Initiative for Porter Park

Phase 1 of the Food Forest has been planted! Come by Porter Park and see what our hard working Garden Committee has been up to. Click the links for more info.

Fairfield Community Garden Proposal 2012
Map of Porter Park with proposed commons location
Community Garden Design
Garden Timeline


Labyrinthine Food Forest

Labyrinthine Food Forest

Art and Food merge to create a modern day sacred site full of superfoods. This Food Forest is designed to nourish the body and center the mind.

Apples, pears, plums, figs, apricots, hazelnuts, mulberries, almonds, walnuts, sea buckthorn, autumn olives, honeyberry, goumi, huckleberries, currants (red, white & black), strawberries (alpine & everbearing), lavender, lupines, good king henry, sage, sweetgrass, nodding & welsh onion, rosemary, chard, garlic chives, and so much more… Beautiful and delicious! Drip irrigated with onsite pond water

For more information, please visit  http://www.ediblelivinglandscapes.com/




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