Victory Gardens plants roots in New West

The three-women team from Victory Gardens is once again helping things grow at River Market in New West.
Last year, the urban farmers-for-hire, who specialize in transforming all types of urban space for food production, put some fertile ground at the market to good use, and they'll be back to work their magic again this spring.  
Founded by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips, the company helps city dwellers grow healthy organic food, decrease their impact on the environment and participate in the movement towards new and sustainable food systems within our community.
Along with River Market's edible garden plots, the trio recently transformed Hootsuite's office rooftop in downtown Vancouver into a vegetable garden space for its employees. They also work with residential clients who want to boost their growing power.
Victory Gardens provides the infrastructure and maintenance to transform often under-utilized urban spaces for food production – including front and back yards, apartment patios and rooftop gardens. They also specialize in education, including custom planting guides, workshops and coaching, according to a press release.
The Victory Gardens name was inspired by First and Second World War-era campaigns that encouraged the public to utilize residential space around them for food production. A sense of camaraderie prevailed among residents who participated in the movement, instilling a sense of pride and contribution towards their community. The philosophy remains as important today to the team at Victory Gardens as it was back then.

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