The flagship TOPSOIL Growspace
at 395 Harbour Road
For the third year in a row, we’ve partnered with Dockside Green, who have provided a portion of their undeveloped site for us to grow amazing fresh produce.
In 2018 TOPSOIL is back with an expanded operation transforming 20,000 square feet of the Dockside Green Waterfront Precinct alongside the Galloping Goose Trail, adjacent to the Bay Street Bridge. This season TOPSOIL will be supplying the produce grown at Dockside Green to 6 local partner restaurants.
With TOPSOIL at Dockside Green centrally located to the downtown core, we can easily and conveniently deliver produce by bike and foot to partner restaurants downtown or with our electric vehicle to partners who are further away, as well as showcase our triple bottom line operation to the people who walk and cycle past Dockside Green.
20,000 sq ft
of growing space
12+ crop varieties
200+ servings of produce
delivered every week
What we’re growing
+ Unique varieties
Last year we transformed 14,000 sq ft of vacant land at Dockside Green into a thriving urban agriculture hub.
We also ran a weekly market on site and hosted a gourmet outdoor dining event.
This year we’re going even bigger with 20,000 sq ft and more events – stay tuned!
2017 season summary
TOPSOIL at Dockside Green had a great 2017 season
Huge thanks to everyone who helped make our growing season a success!
14,000 sq ft growspace
For the 2017 growing season TOPSOIL transformed 14,000 sq ft of undeveloped land at Dockside Green into a lush and productive urban garden.
2.7 metric tons of produce
TOPSOIL grew a total of 6,033 lbs or 2.7 metric tons of produce in the 2017 season. That’s 188 lbs each week!
12 Crop Varieties
Gourmet greens including arugula and kale, plus fresh herbs, cucumber, squash, radishes and even turnips!
1.5 tons of CO2 offset
By delivering produce to restaurants by bicycle, we pedalled over 400 km during the season and offset a whopping 1.5 tons of CO2!
9 Educational Tours Hosted
We shared our journey, values and experiences through hosting educational tours to student groups ranging from Grade 6 through to university level.
Raised awareness to 100,000 people
TOPSOIL at Dockside Green exposed the concept of urban agriculture and raised food supply awareness to over 90,000 cyclists and 10,000 pedestrians who passed by the site.
8 media features
In 2017 TOPSOIL continued to be featured in local and national media including CFAX, French CBC, Concrete Garden magazine and the popular TV series Moose Meat and Marmalade.
2 New Partnerships
We helped Songhees Wellness Centre set up their own rooftop garden, and TOPSOIL at Dockside Green hosted the first Long Table Series gourmet dining event.
1 Market Launched
We launched our popular Saturday On-Site Market where everyone is invited to come check out what we’re doing and buy fresh-picked produce cut to order.
“Dockside Green is committed to creating a sustainable neighbourhood reflecting the local community and the City of Victoria as a whole. TOPSOIL’s innovative and authentic approach to local food production is a perfect match with Dockside Green’s values.
Dockside Green is proud to be working with TOPSOIL in growing our local food system and creating Victoria’s very first Agrihood.”
Ally Dewji – Director of Development, Dockside Green