Growing Food in Orphaned Spaces
BDes Graduation Project
Launched: 2013
Launched in 2013, Cultivate Projects aimed to help grow the connection between community building and food by creating opportunities for sharing gardens on a neighbourhood scale. We brought communities together to build skills and friendships and promote a healthy lifestyle by inspiring people to make more informed decisions about food. To do this, we transformed orphaned or underused spaces into engaging and sustainable gardens to foster the building and growth of a strong community.

Our first project was the Queensbury Sharing Garden, and through this initiative we were able to give back to the community by donating fresh organic produce to a local social venture called The Harvest Project︎︎︎.

Our second garden, a partnership with the Blueridge Neighbourhood Association was an even larger effort, bringing out hundreds of volunteers to transform an overgrown vacant lot into a thriving space now well used and cared for by the community of Blueridge, North Vancouver.

Jesi Carson
Emily Neufeld
Theunis Snyman
Sam Jiang

Click here to watch︎︎︎ a short video that I produced and narrated about our unique process for building sharing gardens in orphaned spaces.

Click here to view︎︎︎ my process book for Cultivate as part of my graduation project for Emily Carr University.

Click here to read︎︎︎ "The Garden That Queensbury Built", a publication that outlines the steps involved in building our first sharing garden.


Jesi Carson Creative 2024
Unceded territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam First Nations
[aka] Vancouver, BC, Canada