Since 2011, we have built, managed and removed temporary community gardens for community growers and private landowners.
Shifting Growth builds, maintains and manages temporary community gardens on private, vacant property. Shifting Growth currently manages over $25m of urban commercial property as temporary community gardens throughout the Lower Mainland, BC, Canada. To date, Shifting Growth has constructed over 1000 community garden beds throughout the lower mainland. Each garden bed brings together gardeners and community members, with thousands of local community members impacted through the shared, accessible activity of growing food. Shifting Growth has created gardens on vacant commercial and residential property, front & backyards, rooftop parking garages, condo balconies and even inside the Vancouver Convention Center.
Shifting Growth’s mission is to transform vacant spaces into temporary community gardens and growing spaces.
Through increasing the exposure of urban food growing and creating an accessible outlet for gardeners – Shifting Growth attempts to build lasting food growing experiences through temporary urban gardens.
Over two thousand individual community members have been directly impacted from Shifting Growth’s temporary community gardens. Access to growing space is a first step in creating green communities and providing community members an opportunity to grow their own food and teach families about food security.
Shifting Growth creates a platform for other purpose-based non-profit and community organizations to become more involved in the activity of growing local food. Shifting Growth has completed projects with: UBC Farm, posAbilities/Can You Dig It, Tradeworks, YMCA, Take A Hike Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, Rotary Club and many other local non-profit organizations & schools using Shifting Growth’s temporary gardens for new food-growing programs.
What We've Achieved
- Finalist 2013 - Real Estate Foundation Land Award Finalist in the Non-Profit Sector.
- Finalist 2014, Shell’s Fuelling Change national contest.
- In May 2014, Chris Reid (co-founder) was a nominee in the inaugural City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence for the Greenest City Leadership category.
- Recipient - 2014 Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub (CCS Hub) Accelerator Award for their contributions to the CSS iHub social venture incubator housed at the ISIS Research Centre at the Sauder School of Business, UBC.
- In September 2014, Chris Reid (co-founder) presented at the 2014 FRED Forum hosted by the FRED Leadership Incubator.