Victory Gardens is a Vancouver-based worker cooperative founded in 2012. Our motivation for starting the cooperative was to serve as a platform to unite communities and promote food sovereignty for a new kind of Victory. As a social enterprise, we strive to promote stewardship of the land we are a part of.
We gratefully acknowledge that our work takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) Nations.
Sam (she/her) co-founded Victory Gardens in 2012 and has been helping folks grow food ever since. A lifelong food grower with a visual arts degree from Emily Carr, Sam brings her creativity and expertise to every garden she visits. As our lead coach, Sam works with clients to build their skills and confidence in growing food, from planting seeds to a bountiful harvest. She will also help design your dream garden and turn your space into a healthy, thriving ecosystem for people and pollinators alike.
Jenna Jaski (she/her) joined Victory Gardens as a volunteer in 2014, before becoming a team member in 2016 and a co-owner in 2018. She has a BSc in Environmental Science from Simon Fraser University. Jenna brings her passion for nature and learning to her role as a garden coach, as well as The Classroom Gardener program coordinator and lead facilitator. Working with students, teachers, and workshop participants, Jenna is a beloved facilitator who is perfectly suited to share her knowledge and skills to support novice and experienced gardeners across the region.
Maxim Winther (he/him) joined Victory Gardens in 2014 with a background in farming, social policy, and activism. Maxim has embedded himself into all aspects of the co-op, from garden maintenance and installations to design, carpentry, operations, and business administration. With his keen eye for detail, Maxim is our lead carpenter and resident problem solver, managing the team on installs and keeping things running smoothly on our back end.