Q&A with Modo member Quinn of Concrete Garden Mag
Quinn MacDonald is the owner of Victoria-based magazine Concrete Garden, and an avid supporter of carsharing on the island. We asked Quinn about her carsharing story and the start of her local magazine—and where you can pick up a copy!
Tell us about Concrete Garden—when did the magazine start?
Concrete Garden started as a class project at UVic in 2012. I’ve been running it as an independent business for the last two years. We cover stories on urban agriculture and sustainable living. Topics include food security, Indigenous food practices, local businesses, green architecture, and global ecological issues from a local perspective, with a mix of fun features, how-to guides, and in-depth reporting. Some of my favourite stories so far include: reviving Indigenous clam gardens in the Gulf Islands, B.C.’s raw milk laws—and those who work around them, the effects of drought on B.C. farmers, and how cities like Victoria can balance development with urban food production.
Like Modo, we at Concrete Garden want to find more cooperative and sustainable ways of making our society work. We focus on solutions and things that our readers can do what those in their community are already doing, to create a more sustainable and just food system. I think Modo members would be interested because they also care about their communities and want to know about the good things that are happening within them!
Where can member get a copy in Victoria?
You can find a copy at grocers like The Market stores, Whole Foods, and Country Grocer, and at many cafes and restaurants around Greater Victoria. We also do limited distribution Up Island and in Vancouver. You can find a full list on our website: concretegarden.ca/locations. Let us know if you’d like to see some magazines at a location near you!
You’re a Modo member. When do you use Modo and what’s your favourite Modo vehicle?
I use Modo mainly for magazine business—doing interviews, checking on distributors, meeting with advertisers—but I also use it when I need to do something like pick my partner up from the airport. My favourite Modo is the Toyota Prius on Burdett Avenue. It’s nearby, easy and fun to drive.
Your favourite Modo trip to date?
My favourite Modo trip is anytime I get to meet with people who are doing great work in the local food movement, whether they’re farmers, activists, or business owners. Whenever I have to go somewhere on the Saanich Peninsula, I always take West Saanich Road. I love the slower pace and driving by both farms and the Inlet. It’s a perfect drive on a sunny day.
Why do you choose to carshare?
I can’t really afford a car, but I’ve also found that I’m not remotely interested in owning one. I love living downtown and being able to walk basically everywhere. There’s no parking at my building anyway. I love knowing that there’s a vehicle nearby if I need it, but that I don’t need to worry about getting a parking ticket!