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For most folks Great Northern Way is just a quick connector between East Van and the westside. Unbeknownst to most there are some great (pun definitely intended) things taking place along this stretch of road – the Centre for Digital Media, the Equinox Gallery and my new favourite: The Great Northern Way Urban Orchard. Tucked amongst artists space, construction vehicles and a large pile of hay – the Urban Orchard is 10,000 square feet multi-use fruit and nut orchard that focuses on innovative food production.
We found a variety of fruits including apples and tomatoes in the various large planters. These large planters allow the orchard to be moved with a forklift – an experiment on the viability of a mobile urban orchard. We loved exploring every planter and finding out what was growing in them. Sadie found great delight in being able to pick a tomato or apple of her choosing – something us apartment dwellers and non-green thumbs don’t get to do often.