Riley Park “Potting Studio” Education Plan






Project Summary

The Riley Park Community Garden, a project of the Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network, needs to develop an Education Plan based on our access to the ‘Potting Studio’ in the Riley Park fieldhouse and using the space in the park, Ed’s Garden and the new Community Garden. As part of our agreement to use the fieldhouse, we need a plan for 300 hours of education and programming each year. The students would be working with our volunteers on our Education Working Group. This project is especially relevant for students in the global resource systems program, or majoring in food and the environment or food nutrition and health, and/or interested in learning more about community gardens, educational programming, and building community capacity. This project builds on past UBC student projects.

Organization Information


Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network (LM-RP NFN)


LM-RP NFN is sponsored by Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Visit for more information on the role and mission of NH’s.
The Little Mountain Riley Park (LM-RP) Neighbourhood Food Network works with community members, businesses, and organizations to ensure that all our residents have access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and nutritious food. Together, we are growing the community – one connection at a time. Growing food, eating together, sharing around the table connects us to each other and to our community.
LM-RP NFN is a member of the VNFN (Vancouver Neighbourhoood Food Network). NFN’s are part of the Greenest City action plan as a strategy to increase access to local food.
We have three priorities: the RP-LM Community Garden Project, the Food Asset Map and increasing community awareness around our work and food security issues.

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Project Description

The Education Working Group has identified six Education Related Themes for the Education Plan. These themes have emerged based on our Social Café gatherings and working with the book, Make Light Work in Groups

The themes identified at this time are:

  1. Sharing Garden: Ideas Related to Dialogue, Democracy, Facilitation
  2. Community Based Learning- Caring: Engaging Citizens-Citizenship. Mapping Assets
  3. Ecological Place-Based Education: Imaginative Ecological Place-Based Education, First Nations Knowledge, Wisdom – Watershed and Geological ‘Time Travel’
  4. Creating and Growing a Garden: Healthy Soil, Water Sunlight and Needs, Year Round Care, Harvesting, Composting, Building a Tool Shed, Seed
  5. Food Preservation: Drying, Canning
  6. Arts-Based Projects: (also to imagine ways to link art to all to the above...and to link all of the above)


  • An education calendar starting March 1, 2017, that is online at on the fieldhouse landing page
  • A contact list for partners and people to offer workshops or sessions aligned with our themes

Skills Preferred

  • Knowledge of community groups or individuals who can offer educational programs.
  • Outgoing and capacity to make phone calls, setup meetings and gather information from community members and existing fieldhouse activation projects
  • Capacity for research to learn and apply best practices education programs.

Skills to Be Developed

  • Research of models, processes, systems, best practices as it relates to the project
  • Community capacity building
  • Community engagement, dialogues and outreach

Project Location

Project will take place in Little Mountain Riley Park with great public access and bike paths (NH is at 24th and Main St). Some work is done on the phone and email.

Preferred Days of Week and Hours

Some evening meetings and weekend. The project scope should fit the hours for the course.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Coordinate a Donation Station at the Nat Bailey Farmers Market with distribution to designated agency partners.
  • Assist in organizing events including the Chipper Station; and the Tribute to Ed’s Garden.
  • Outreach to local businesses and faith based organizations with information on the Neighbourhood Small Grant program.

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of community organizations offering food, garden and education programs
  • Community engagement that includes a broad based gathering, working with stakeholders and partners
  • The steps and process to get a community garden up and running.

Organizational Outcomes

  • Directory of workshops, education and food skills to be taught throughout the year.
  • Strengthening relationships in the community around our food security issues and strategies.