A Q&A with Victory Gardens Co-op
Victory Gardens is a Vancouver based worker cooperative that helps people grow food in their space for their consumption. They build gardens, teach people how to grow food in their gardens and grow food for those who may not have the time, but are motivated to use their yard productively. They’ve been Modo business members in Vancouver since 2014.
Tell us about Victory Gardens. How did it get started and how does it work?
Victory Gardens was started in 2012 by a group of friends and gardeners who saw an opportunity to teach people how to grow food. We’re fundamentally motivated to transform private and public space to become productive and bountiful, to decrease the reliance on the global food system, to promote consumption of organic fruits and vegetables, to empower individuals with the knowledge of food production and to inspire people to be outside, connecting with the earth. The first year, we boot-strapped and fundraised, holding onto our jobs, until we determined whether the model had legs. Once we knew more, we flushed out the ideas, model and organizational structure to GROW!
If you want food in your space but don’t know where to start, we can help! Depending on the customer’s needs, we generally start with a consultation to see the space and get a sense of how we can best help them meet their food growing goals and from that point, proceed with designing and building a garden, developing a garden map and planting guide or booking a series of coaching or veggie garden maintenance session. We do it all (even bring the seeds)!
How did Modo help you grow your business?
As a small business, we were limited by capital constraints, and could not take on the expense of multiple vehicles to service all of our clients. Modo generously collaborated with Victory Gardens and donated some driving credits. These kms helped us serve more customers and help more people have food in their space. In recent years, Modo has also been active in celebrating other co-ops which inevitably helps us grow.
Carsharing is a great way to meet our needs as a small business that relies on vehicular transportation to get around, however has concerns about environmental impact and needs to be very conscious of how we manage expenses.
What’s your favourite Modo?
Depends on what our needs are. For consultations, we love the hybrid/low impact options and for anything related to installations or heavy lifting, we love having access to trucks!
What are some of your favourite co-ops in the city?
Woodshop Coop, Food Peddlers, East End Food Coop, Shift Delivery, Vancity, MEC and Modo!
Where can Modo members learn more about Victory Gardens?
Check out our website to learn more.
Check out Victory Garden’s recent project with Modo’s CEO, Patrick Nangle on Instagram.