Native Plant Fundraiser: NOW LIVE
EYA youth pour kindness, curiosity and love into growing thousands of native plants in our Downtown Eastside nursery each year – and now is the time to pass on the gifts our honoured plant teachers have shared with us!
EYA’s annual Native Plant Fundraiser is an opportunity to receive a bundle of youth-grown native plants while supporting our free land-based education programs, engaging hundreds of youth each year to become environmental stewards. Every plant you receive means another lovingly planted by our youth to support urban wildlife habitat and Indigenous foodscapes!
Donors can choose from:
- Garden Bundle options for full sun or shade (10 plants for a sliding scale donation of $50 – $100 or more*)
- Balcony Bundle (5 plants for a sliding scale donation of $25 – $50 or more*).
- *Tax receipts issued for any amount over the minimum sliding scale donation.
Click here to see the bundles available. Due to high demand, we’re limiting one bundle per person. Donors will collect their bundles from our nursery in Strathcona Community Gardens in early May.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I donate to reserve my plants?
A: At eya.ca/donate once the campaign is live on April 8th.
Q: Will I get a tax receipt?
A: Any amount donated over the minimum donation amount is tax-deductible. For example, if you donate $100 for a Garden Bundle, you’ll receive a tax receipt for $50. We will follow up by email to issue you your tax receipt.
Q: What plants will I get?
A: Click here for this years bundles (liable to change, depending on availability)
Q: How do I know if the plants are suitable for my garden/balcony?
A: Bundles are organized by how much sun they need. The bundle description indicates soil needs.
Q: Can I choose different plants?
A: Unfortunately due to limited capacity we’re unable to take requests for custom bundles.
Q: Can I receive more than one bundle?
A: As our nursery stock is limited, bundles are limited to one per person.
Q: How do I get my plants?
A: You can collect your bundle during pre-arranged time slots on Saturday 1 May, 10am-1pm, Tuesday 4 May, 4-6pm and Friday 7 May, 12-2pm.
Q: What about Japanese beetle?
A: Our nursery is located within the Japanese beetle restriction zone. We are in compliance with CFIA regulation to prevent spread. As a precaution we are required to record the address(es) of the final destination of each individual plant.
Q: What about COVID?
A: We request that you wear a mask to collect your plants and maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Q: Where will my donation go?
A: EYA engages over 600 children and youth facing barriers annually to become environmental stewards through free land-based education and paid employment training programs. Your donation will help us to cover the cost of running these programs. Click here to read more on our different programs.
Q: Why native plants?
A: Native plants are adapted to the local environment. As a result they often don’t need fertilizers and are adapted to wet winters and dryer summers. They also play an important role in providing food and shelter for local wildlife, and native pollinators rely on them as a food source.