Anya Rueter (Urban Forestry)

Supervisor at Grocery Checkout in Vancouver, Canada

This summer I am working at Grocery Checkout Vancouver Fresh Market to gain a better understanding about sustainability in urban food systems. While learning about the disconnect between food sources and consumers I have started looking for ways to improve education about food which has led to the development of my herb garden project. I am currently running an experiment using test plants of three different types of herbs to assess growing conditions and the amount of resources needed for an herb garden. I am also designing planters to fit on the side of the store’s staircase and a master plan including planting, maintenance, and harvesting of herbs. By growing herbs in-store for retail and food production, I hope to create a good example of how self-sustainability can be integrated into urban food systems.

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