Featured City Commons Projects: Cob Oven and UFARM

As you may have heard, the Vancouver Tool Library is taking do-it-yourself to a whole new level from July 11-14 with City Commons, an interactive event that will bring Vancouverites together to repair, transform, and make shared places.

By day, participants will collaborate on placemaking projects that will help foster neighbourly connections. In the evening, everyone is invited to gather for workshops, music, and outdoor activities that celebrate the importance of placemaking in creating dynamic communities. No registration for the events is necessary! Drop in to whichever project sounds most interesting and give as much time as you have.

In the days leading up to City Commons, we will feature the placemaking projects that participants can work on during the event.

Cascadia North Cooperative Cob Oven

Image from ilovecob.com

Location: Kamloops Nisga’a Nation Office at St. David’s Church, 2475 Franklin Street
Description: Break bread with us! Cob building is a natural building technique which combines sand, clay, straw, and water. These materials bind and can last for an incredibly long time! This cob oven will be a great community food asset where fresh baked goods can be made and shared outside. Although there will be a fence around the site to contain the oven, anyone interested in using it is encouraged to do so. A garden will either be added before or during City Commons and that will also be open to anyone who wants to use it.
When to drop in: from 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm on Thursday July 11 – Sunday July 14. Every day will be a different part of the oven!


Mushboo UFARM Farm Raising
5670 Blenheim Street (at 41st Avenue)
Description: Mushboo is a Vancouver company which combines the unique composting properties of mushrooms and the sustainability of bamboo to create a hybrid garden system. UFARM stands for Urban Farming Art Research and Mycorenewal Center and is being developed in partnership with local universities, businesses, and urban farmers. This particular site is a vacant lot that will be converted into community garden plots, urban farming research plots, bioremediation research and a seed/knowledge exchange hub! If you’re interested in learning more about urban farming, composting techniques, and seed saving, this is your place!
When to drop in: Thursday July 11 from 9am-12pm, Friday July 12 from 9am-4pm, Saturday July 13 from 9am-12pm, and Sunday July 14 from 9am-4pm. Once again, each day will involve a different component of the farm.

For more information on all of our sites and evening events, see our full program guide and Facebook page.