My World in a Garden - Sister Walls

May 13, 2013

2,500 Opportunities... For KIDS!

Ray-Cam Community Cooperative My World My Garden
Ray-Cam Community Cooperative My World My Garden

We've been making Progress

Our second Vertical Food Wall at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre is built and we are busy getting ready to get the plants in the wall containers for our official launch of the wall set for 10:00am June 5, 2013.


There is a new garden in the Vancouver, DTES community!  “Warren’s Wall” is a unique vertical vegetable garden, built by My Arms Wide Open® (MAWO), to support the food program at Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  Like its “sister food walls” in South Africa, Warren’s Wall will bring focus to community, food security and family.  It will provide a special learning opportunity for the children and youth at Ray-Cam to work side-by-side with the Centre’s seniors to plant, maintain and harvest the vertical garden. Other members of the Ray-Cam community will not only benefit from the garden’s harvests but will take joy in watching it grow. A portion of each harvest during the growing season will be canned or frozen for use in the Fall and Winter.


Our garden has room for 2,500 individual plants and we need your help to make it grow and flourish.

Be a member of the Carrot ClubFor as little as $15 every 3 months, you can adopt one plant.  Or, you can adopt several!  You can also choose a one-time donation in any amount you wish, or you may wish to become a special “Warren’s Wall Founding Patron” for $1,000.  

Visiting the wall: You can visit the wall in Vancouver by checking in with the staff at the Ray-Cam (920 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6A 3T1) who will be happy to show you around.

To set up your quartely recurring donation or make a new donation please visit:

Quarterly donations on-line will repeat on an ongoing basis.  You will receive a tax receipt for the total amount of your donations in the previous year in February of the year following.  You may cancel at any time.

Each donor will also be credited with a plant in MAWO’s other vertical food walls in Bergnek and Cradock, two tiny rural communities in Eastern Cape, South Africa.  The gross proceeds from your donation will be split evenly between Ray-Cam and MAWO for ongoing support of the vertical food walls.

A Special 'Thank you!' to our Vancouver Community Partners

Our newest Wall at the Ray-Cam Community Cooperative could not have been possible without the tremendous support of our Vancouver Community partners including: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the City of Vancouver/Vancouver Foundation, Strathcona 1890: Urban Seed Project, Twin Lions Contracting, In-Form Engineering, Reliable Electric, UBC Civil Engineering and Craig Yates, a young structural fabricator, who did all the welding of the wall for us.

Let's Keep the Walls Growing!

Please keep spreading the word and if you can sponsor one or more of the plants in the walls on a quarterly basis. The quarterly donations keep the walls growing and new projects budding in each of the Ray-Cam and Bergnek Communities. To set up your quartely recurring donation or make a new donation please visit:

Thank you for your continued support!

Breaking Ground
Breaking Ground
Breaking Ground 2
Breaking Ground 2


Feb 6, 2013

My World In A Garden - Sister Walls - Feb 2013

The Children of Bergnek, South Africa
The Children of Bergnek, South Africa

My Arms Wide Open, My World My Garden, Vancouver

Good News!! The next My World My Garden vertical vegetable garden wall is about to take shape.

In conjunction with the support and funding we have received from you, our wonderful donors, we also took the step to apply for a grant from the Vancouver Foundation up in Vancouver, British Columbia, to keep the project moving and 'growing'.

The good news is that in December 2012 we were awarded $10,000 towards building the Sister Wall to our My World In a Garden, Bergnek community vertical vegetable garden that we completed in October 2012 and talked about in our last report.

Planning Stages

Right now we are in the planning stages of the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre vertical vegetable garden and will have the specific location on the Ray-Cam site selected by February 15th. We will then be finalizing the construction schedule working with the Ray-Cam staff, youth and their families and are looking forward to brining you our next update as we progress and the Vancouver Sister Wall is completed.

Let's keep our My World My Garden Sister Walls moving and GROWING

The funding we have to date has certainly allowed us to move forward, however we still need your support. Please pass the word around, get friends involved, and get involved directly if you choose to, as a volunteer and experience it for yourself.

Please forward this message and join our mailing list to stay updated.

'Maria' and her brother, who inspired us to act
First new growth in Bergnek
First new growth in Bergnek


Nov 7, 2012

My World In a Garden, Bergnek

My World In a Garden Bergnek - Almost there
My World In a Garden Bergnek - Almost there

My World In a Garden, Bergnek is built!

We have just returned from our trip to Bergnek, Limpopo in South Africa to build the first of a series of My World In a Garden vertical vegetable gardens. 

Thanks to each of you and your contributions, donations and support! This was a really fast turn around with only 9 days on the ground to get it all done. The GREAT news is, WE DID IT! We are attaching some pictures for you all to see and will also have a slide show available for you shortly.

Through huge rainstorms, a hailstorm with hail the size of silver dollars and power out for nearly three days, the community and our team worked tirelessly to get the garden done. The last 48 hours where sleepless and it was SO worth it.

Next Steps

On November 15th we are in Vancouver to complete a final interview for a grant to build the sister wall in Vancouver in March 2013.

The funding we potentially will get will certainly help and we still need your support. Please pass the word around, get friends involved, and get involved directly if you choose to, as a volunteer and experience it for yourself.

Please forward this message and join our mailing list to stay updated.

My World In a Garden Bergnek - All seeded
My World In a Garden Bergnek - All seeded
The Children of Bergnek who
The Children of Bergnek who'll benefit from it
Aug 10, 2012

First steps...

We have made good progress and although we haven't achieved everything we wanted in the time frame we had set for ourselves, we have made great progress and are now ready to get the first wall actually built and installed in the rural community of Bergnek in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

This October we will be travelling with our friends and partners from Arizona State University to build the first wall and make the SAFESipp PureRolls we have told you about previously. The exciting part about it all is that we will not only be able to transport CLEAN and SAFE water to the My World In A Garden Vertical Food Wall to water and nourish the plants, we are also turning the manufacture of the PureRoll's into a community based business for the Bergnek community. 

Why this is so important is that in doing this we are one step ahead when we build the My World In A Garden Vertical Food Wall's in other communities because the PureRoll water systems will already be available and in place.

This is an exciting and important project overall and we are grateful for all you have already done and for your continued support.

Please help us by forwarding this update to friends, family and people you believe could help using e-mail or social media. Every message and action helps the communities we serve with your support to create the future they want for themselves and their families.

Open your Heart - Be a Part of the Solution


May 21, 2012

Will you help us create a better tomorrow?

The children of Bergnek
The children of Bergnek

The "My World In A Garden" vertical food garden project is getting support from a whole host of areas; some of them quite unexpected and most welcome indeed. We still need your help though and from what you will see below, your support dollars are going further, thanks to innovation and support from organizations willing to donate their time and materials. You will see and update to the project page reflecting how money is spent soon as we update the project cost.

As we have put the word out to supporters and worked with the student community at Arizona State University we have received offers of help to support building the walls. We have architects offer and agree to produce the architectural drawings we need, construction companies offer to pour the foundations and others offer to weld the frames for us. Support has come from organizations locally in the US and Canada as well as South Africa and will dramatically reduce the cost of the walls, especially in North American cities, like Phoenix and Vancouver. The wall in Bergnek will be ‘sistered’ with a wall in Phoenix and as you know the wall in Vancouver will be ‘sistered’ with the wall in Cradock.

At our Annual Board meeting in April we added two new members to the board who have been instrumental in garnering new support. We still need more and that's where you come in. 

We need your support in putting the word out on Social Media for My Arms Wide Open to gain a broader audience for the initiatives. Here's what we are asking you to do: Please go to our Facebook page and "Like" us and forward the page to your friends telling them why you think this is an important project. You can also visit our Twitter profile and follow @MyArmsWideOpen and re-tweet the links we post about the projects. We have provide the links for each of these below.

With gratitude and thanks,


Brother and Sister in Bergnek
Brother and Sister in Bergnek


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My Arms Wide Open

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Warren Te Brugge

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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