Envisioning Spring Ridge Commons's Future

Students in Spring Ridge Commons

Fifteen years ago, Spring Ridge Commons, a permaculture garden near the Victoria downtown core, was an empty lot. Now, it is a lush space where neighbours can meet and anyone can pick food. However, it faces the challenge of how to continue operating sustainably, given that it runs on volunteer energy, which waxes and wanes and is informally organized. In two classes taught by Amy Zidulka, business students in the BBA and MBA programs are using Creative Problem Solving and Design Thinking to dive deeply into the nuances of this urban agricultural space, and offer insights and recommendations. Students have heard many perspectives, including those of neighbours, garden volunteers and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, so that they can best advise Lee Herrin, whose organization, the Fernwood NRG, holds the lease to the site.