British Columbia is famous as the birthplace of the 100-mile diet. But residents of downtown Vancouver might be enjoying a one-mile diet later this summer thanks to an urban farm sprouting up right next to BC Place.
Earlier this month, I started noticing empty wooden boxes – first hundreds, then thousands of them – neatly spread out on the parking lot next to the stadium. Then one day a mountain of top soil appeared at the site.
It turns out that the dusty old lot – which has been sitting empty since Expo 86 – is about to become Vancouver’s largest urban farm.
Forty varieties of organic fruits and vegetables are currently being planted on the two-acre site, everything from strawberries and melons to salad greens and daikon radishes, according to a recent Vancouver Sun article. The farm is is completely portable – with everything grown in above-ground containers – since the land is on a three-year lease from its owner.
Interested in sampling some of that tasty, hyper-local produce come harvest time?
New Organic Farm Sprouts Next to BC Place