Means of Production (MOP) Garden- Native plant section and annual residency bed: Corner of E. 6th and St. Catherines
Historically a tidal mudflat; an active marine and fresh water ecosystem, abundant creeks and wildlife such as salmon, sturgeon, perch, waterfowl, deer and elk on which the local Coast Salish people subsisted. Now, MOP is a public art “living sculpture”; wedged between fruit crops and invasive species this verdant area is overgrown with invasive volunteers and a variety of established native bushes perfect for investigating traditional gathering principals in a wild urban location. This will be the first time the Native plant section at MOP is thoroughly investigated for art and creative research purposes. At the top of the hill rests the annual residency bed, this year the home of milkweed plants for fibre exploration.
Regular plant tending and foraging will take place at MOP
Trillium North Park:
This post-industrial land sits on the south edge of Strathcona neighbourhood at the corner of Malkin and Thornton Streets. For millennia three Coast Salish First Nations: the XwMuthkwium (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-waututh exercised overlapping traditional rights to the land on which the new Trillium North Park is situated. The park’s perennial plantings were chosen for significance in traditional hand technology by First Nations People from across the province of British Columbia. Purpose-designed areas assist in processing plant materials including: a fibre retting pond, covered harvest table, shipping containers for indoor work, fenced outdoor storage and open-air performance space. Opening spring of 2014, Trillium North makes its public debut with the activations instigated by Terroir: Urban Cloth. The plantings are as yet too young for use, but a small bed dividing the roadway from sidewalk will be transformed to a flax bed and the encroaching invasives on the border of the park will provide both volunteer indigenous plantings as well as invasive volunteers for fibre research. The secured outdoor storage bays shall be put to use for fall and spring retting of flax crops and the final performative actions of weaving our social cloth will unfold here in spring of 2015.
Hastings Urban Farm:
Located at 58 E Hastings Street, Hastings Urban Farm (HUF) is a horticultural therapy and social enterprise project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The converted half-acre derelict lot grows produce; and one bed will be for flax for linen and milkweed grown with assistance from HUF farmers and other local community. The neighbouring beds of pollinator plants that feed the roof top hives shall turn into dye plants at season’s end and the bees from the nearby hives shall provide the wax for waxing our linen in preparation for small pollinator crocheted markings made from the ‘pollinator cloth’ grown on site.