Learning Resources

This section of the LifeCycles website came was developed in response to the dozens of telephone inquires we receive everyday asking questions like, "How should I take care of my apple tree?" and "How can I encourage native bees in my garden?"

These learning resources provide useful information that will help you to follow the principles of sustainable urban agriculture in your own backyard. (Regardless of the size of your backyard)

We have also included curriculum guides for teachers, general information on RoofTop Gardening, and waterwise gardening tips.

Urban Agriculture Hub

An online toolkit for those interested in backyard growing. www.urbanagriculturehub.ca

Resources for teachers

Program Manuals

Program Manuals were created to fully document the decade of development of community food security and youth programs that have been developed at LifeCycles. They can be used as a "how-to" for other organizations to set up their own programs.

Research Papers

  • Maintaining a Bee Average - A LifeCycles Project dedicated to helping Victoria's Native Bee Population find safe habitat in our communities.
  • Greening Rooftops in the Garden City - This paper examines the potential for increased urban agriculture in Victoria, British Columbia, known as the "Garden City." Specifically, it discusses the potential for rooftop gardens as an important part of the solution to food security issues on Vancouver Island.
  • IDRC Urban Agriculture and food Security Initiatives in Canada - Provides an overview of existing community based organizing efforts to create more just and sustainable food systems. This survey identifies the many organizations and their networks currently working to achieve this goal and seeks to identify areas where there is still need for further research, work and creativity

Fruit Tree and Bee Tips

Local Food Directory

The Island Farm Fresh Guide is your source to local and organically grown foods from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The directory includes everything from farm and product information to U-Picks and information about what's in season!

Another great tool is the The Vancouver Island Farms & Food Map. An interactive map to farms and fresh local produce on southern Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island that allows you to search based on region and what type of produce you are looking for!

The Pocket Market Toolkit

Your guide to establishing Pocket Markets

Launch the Pocket Market Toolkit




Territory Acknowledgement:

LifeCycles work focuses on health, healing and connecting people to the food they eat and where it comes from. We endeavour to honour the land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories*, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples. Many of our practices, including the seeds we plant, the ways we educate and our methods of growing food came to these lands through the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

* The term Coast Salish is used to encompass a number of Indigenous peoples, including Esquimalt, Hul’qumi’num, Klahoose, Lekwungen (Songhees), MALAXEt, Musqueam, OStlq’emeylem, Pentlatch, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Sliammon, Shishalh, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, Straits, Tsleil-Waututh, T’Sou-ke, W_SÁNEC (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum), and Xwemalhkwu.