I signed up for a community Garden plot. Hide your herbs, hide your Yup, I’m going to need to get messy. I bike and preach the Vancouver Greenest City 2020 goals, I thought it would be only fair to start growing some of my own food on a larger scale than my previously posted Patch Planter. Word to the wise, many of the gardening ladies say it’s really hard to mess up Kale. KALE IT IS!
Big thanks to David Crompton for the image below, he’s been documenting the entire building of the garden on his site under the title Here We Grow.
I recently attended a talk at the Lululemon Lab by Alex Mazerolle and Jian Pablico from Distrikt Movement. You might remember Alex from her talk at the Starting Out event that I captured last year. They told their story about what it’s like to go from napkin concept to full fledged gym/yoga/studio owners. It was very much a non-sugar coated talk and really refreshing to see local entrepreneurs out there grinding to make things happen, making mistakes along the way, and sticking to the values they established from the beginning (I sound like I’m pitching this to Hollywood…).
Distrikt was formed to combine and sustain both of their passions for working with youth, Alex runs Girlvana Yoga and Jian runs the Varsity Initiative. Distrikt runs a whole slew of Yoga/Crossfit/Fitness Classes so that they can make youth classes as accessible as possible, they’re definitely worth checking out. I know I want to try out the Crush Hush class, sounds awesome!
So, like last Christmas in lieu of presents I’m finding ways I can give back to the Community by “Creating Memories, Not Garbage“. I was recently able to volunteer for Free Portrait Vancouver on the Post Production Team (along with my stalwart ex-classmate Jamie Mann). Free Portrait Vancouver is a Non-Profit started by Jonathan Cruz Photography that gives the opportunity for anyone to come in and get dolled up by a professional Hair/Makeup Artist and then a professional portrait sitting then pickup a free 8″x10″ print at the end of the day. A very cool concept that allows families and individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford Professional Photography a means to document them every year. The lineup went out the door all day and we ended up processing 700 portraits!
Thanks to Free Portrait Vancouver and Moses Gabriel for the images from the day below!