Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (JAFSCD)

JAFSCD “is the world’s only peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal focused solely on food and farming-related community development. JAFSCD uses a double-blind peer review process, with expert reviewers who include researchers, scholars, and food systems professionals in the field”. Below are links to a few of their recent articles. To sign up for email notifications about new articles and other news go to their website.

Community gardens are the highest and best use of of land in the city

What do local foods consumers want? Luckily they leave a paper trail.

Rising food insecurity and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on emergency food assistance in Michigan

Red Cedar Posts for Garden Boxes- For Sale, Discounted Price or Custom Built

Ash, a gardener in Kitsilano as well as a long time Green Streets volunteer, shared the following:

Over the past few years, my partner Henry and I have worked on a number of projects for our community, focussed on gardening and small-scale food production. 

This spring, we’re reaching out to community gardens in town to offer locally-milled true red cedar posts (4” W x 4” H x 8’ L) in case any of your garden planters may need replacement this season.  We have this cedar left over from a recent project, so we’re offering it to community gardens at below market cost.  We also have full access to a wood shop and can also offer to make custom planter boxes, if that would be preferred.  

Images of the cedar below

Please contact Ash at 604-445-3713 for more details

Cycling Connection Improvement-Arbutus Greenway and Seaside Greenway

A message from the Bike Upgrades Team , Engineering Services, City of Vancouver:

The City of Vancouver is working to improve cycling connections between the Arbutus Greenway and the Seaside Greenway. As two of Vancouver’s most popular bike routes, located near each other but not connected, this is a significant gap in the City’s active transportation network.

The Pine St and W 1st Ave Link intends to address that gap.

A series of on-street changes are proposed for Pine St between W 6th Ave and W 1st Ave, and on W 1st Ave from Pine St to Creekside Dr. Our aim is to make a connection that is safe and comfortable for all ages and abilities (AAA) while accommodating access and loading arrangements for nearby businesses and residents. Implementation is anticipated to occur in summer 2022 using interim materials.

More information and details for upcoming information sessions can be found here

Cuba Gardens Tour

Cuba1tours will once again be offering Garden/cultural tours to Cuba.  Now that travel is safely opening and many of the restrictions are being lifted they have begun to register people for both Garden tours.  The first one will be to the Eastern part of Cuba and will begin October 21 and end October 31, 2022.  The second tour will be to the Central/ West, including Havana, from February 25 to March 7, 2023.  Some people have signed for both tours, but plenty of space remains.  All tour details can be found by visiting

SPEC March Newsletter

SPEC puts together a monthly newsletter. Check out the SPEC website to subscribe and to see newsletter archives. Highlights for this month include:

  • Welcome SPEC’s New Executive Director – Jennifer Henry
  • Earth Day 50/50 Raffle
  • Run for SPEC – Scotiabank Half Marathon
  • Workshop – Small Farm Sessions
  • Community Events 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Monthly Team Meetings