Regenerative Landscapes at Evergreen Brick Works
Take part in the joy of being outdoors in greenspace and growing good food through the Regenerative Landscapes program at Evergreen Brick Works.
Regenerative landscapes aim to restore the ecological integrity of an area, encourage biodiversity and contribute to the sustainability of the land itself.
Regenerative Landscapes focuses on transforming underutilized space at Evergreen Brick Works into inclusive and welcoming green space for all through rebuilding and Indigenizing areas on site. The approach aims to restore the environment, support long-term sustainability and exemplify climate change resilience.
Three pillars to this program include:
- Education and Stewardship
- Ceremony and Celebration
- Capital improvements to the site
The transformed spaces at the Brick Works will serve as demonstration sites for long-term ecological sustainability, climate-resilient design, and placekeeping principles. Education and stewardship activities are already underway with volunteers will returning to the Brick Works this spring to practice land stewardship via the group Garden Circle.
These gardens showcase innovative food-growing techniques that can be copied and applied anywhere. They include trellising, plant training, balcony gardens, permaculture, companion planting and more. Our different garden themes involve everything from organic and heirloom vegetables, fruits, grains and culinary herbs to edible native plants and flowers. A dedicated group of volunteers assists in planning, developing and maintaining these gardens throughout the season.
The Guild Garden, located in the Children’s Garden, is designed to provide children and families of all ages a space to explore, experience and play with nature, while encountering native plants and taking part in stewardship opportunities. This new garden, created in partnership with Foresters Financial, provides access to nutritious food, support pollinating insects and other wildlife, and foster a regenerative ecosystem.
The demonstration plant beds, located along the entrance and alleyway to the Children’s Garden and on the west side of the site, contain groundnut, wild strawberry, and several trees including paw paws, cedar, apple, pear, American persimmon, mulberry and plum. Together, these plants speak to the potential diversity of a regenerative landscape while providing a source of nutritious food, both for pollinators and people. The containers for the native plant beds were designed by Délı̨nę First Nations artist and printmaker Laura Grier. Developed through a partnership with Foresters Financial, these new plant beds will be a key component of Evergreen’s educational and camp programming. They will provide participants in the Visiting Schools Program and weekly programs with Indigenous youth an opportunity to acquire new skills and knowledge around growing food and caring for the land.
The Greenhouse features raised-bed food gardening, various organic agricultural techniques and window farms to showcase a “full circle” approach to seasonal food-growing in urban areas.
Take part in the joy of being outdoors in greenspace and growing good food through the urban agriculture program at Evergreen Brick Works.