Norquay Community Food Forest

2732 Horley St. Vancouver, BC

WHAT IS IT?  The Community Food Forest was conceived as a learning space by local residents and neighbourhood associations that would demonstrate regenerative, organic and innovative growing methods.  It is a native plant food forest that integrates permaculture design, and the traditional ecological knowledge of Indigenous communities. Over the summer of 2021, the Indigenous Foodlands team at RCFJ have been working to integrate more Indigenous medicines among the food plants. Aditionally, we reintroduced Camas to the ecosystem, built a community seed library, and erected a mural painted by community members in Joyce Collingwood. We hope to one day expand the Food Forest into a connected Foodlands Corridor through East Vancouver.

 

 

WHO IS IT FOR?  The Food Forest is open for all to enjoy. We especially support Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour to access, take medicines, seeds, and foods from the space.

We host many events including our stewardship session, workshops, and in 2018, facilitated a permaculture & ethnobotany design certificate course.

Check out our calendar of events for more information.

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WHY HERE?  A stream once ran through this site and into Still Creek until it was put into a underground pipe decades ago.  Because the site cannot be developed, the City of Vancouver approached RCFJ to help turn the site into a community garden.  After several community consultations, neighbours, and community members decided the site would be an ideal place for a demonstration food forest and gathering space

berries of the orchard
Thimbleberry, blueberry, salmonberry.

WHAT’S PLANTED HERE?

Prior to its transformation into the Community Food Forest, a cherry tree, two plum trees, a blackberry bush and a laurel tree were on site.  Currently there is a plethora of native fruit, nut and berries, along with many wild edible and medicinal plants including:

  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Labrador Tea
  • Camas
  • Salmon Berries
  • Thimble Berries
  • Pawpaw tree
  • Blue Berries
  • Blue & Red Elderberry
  • Hazelnuts
  • Asian Pear Tree
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Nootka Rose
  • Sword Fern
  • Mulberry Tree
  • Snow Berry
  • Yarrow
  • Goldenrod