Garden Of Knowledge: Downtown Eastside Urban Farm by Erin Scarr

PTC’s Davey Calderon collaborates with local artists in a series of short videos featuring DTES Neighbourhood House’s Urban Farm. Artists find the poetry in ideas of food security, community, advocacy, growth, and the celebration of bounty that brings us together from all over the world. These ideas are ripe and ready for harvest.

“We couldn’t have done this project without Patrick and every single person who came out and dug, weeded, watered, harvested, constructed, trimmed tomatoes, tied tomatoes, ate tomatoes and all the other tasks that helped make this space centred around caring for the community. The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House Urban Farm project was a testament to how hard work and love for plants and people can grow an abundance of food. Nearly everything harvested from the ‘garden of eden’ was used in our food programs at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House. Radical change can be growing food, making connections to local plants and people while sharing what the Earth provides to us all. Thank you to Mother Earth and Patrick!”


Erin Scarr (she/they) has been living on the land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ and Skwxwú7mesh for almost her entire life. Erin grew up in East Van and she sees how much her creativity, weirdness and spontaneity is tied so much to her community. Erin is an amateur videographer, painter and wheatpaster, who is currently trying to make found art. She loves to get her hands in the dirt at the DTES Neighbourhood House Urban Farm. There is nothing better than veggies straight from the garden, put into the oven and shared with friends. Erin wishes to see a future where there are gardens and communal spaces on every corner of the city, where we can all share and create together.