John Oughtred

‘Food eco district’ a first for Canada

the gardens are being used by the connected restaurants to grow herbs and vegetables

Victoria could soon see its own “food eco district,” the first of its kind in Canada, as gardening boxes pop up in a Blanshard Street courtyard.

Funded by neighbouring Oughtred Coffee, the gardens are being used by the connected restaurants to grow herbs and vegetables, while the rest of the courtyard is open with chairs and tables, provided by Fort Realty.

The first garden was set up in July and two more are planned to be ready this month.

Food Eco District Restaurant Society (FED) director Jill Doucette said that the courtyard is the first step in turning the set of downtown blocks into a destination for culinary tourism and sustainable dining.

FED is looking at ideas to round out its five-year vision, such as public planter boxes in front of every store and rooftop gardens.

FED is funded by its member businesses, of which there are currently eight, though Doucette said she expects more to come on board once they wrap up the courtyard.

“There’s been a lot of interest in it so far, but some businesses are waiting it out because its a new concept, and they want to see what it will look like first,” she said. “Now that our first project is almost finished, they can get an idea of what a food eco district looks like.”

Doucette said that FED is looking towards the cities of Portland, Ore., which began its own eco district projects in 2010, and Trail, which has implemented extensive planter boxes, for inspiration.

Just Posted

Police seek potential victims of bad ‘nanny’

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

Needles found at Goldstream campground in Langford

West Shore RCMP respond to several calls for service associated with homeless campers

Oak Bay firefighters help fund new Monterey playground

Sausage Fest cash handed over to Monterey PAC

Paving complete, lines coming to the Malahat this week

$34 million safety project is 95 per cent complete with hope to relieve traffic congestion between Victoria and Nanaimo

Only tent city residents allowed access at Goldstream Park campsites

Local RCMP point to reports of criminal activity and drug use in the area as cause for safety concerns

Neighbours fear impact of tent city residents on Goldstream Provincial Park

Langford residents opposed to campers voice concerns at campground gate

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Most Read