Reflecting Vancouver

Urbanism and Life on the West Coast

Earnest Questions at Earnest Ice Cream


Earnest Ice Cream Vancouver

Looking for a cool treat to endure the heat wave? My guess is that Earnest Ice Cream’s newish location at 2nd and Quebec will have an especially long line throughout the weekend. Yesterday I tried Honey Chamomile and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, but I think my favourite so far has been Cedar Tips.

Some bourgeois speculations that arose during our visit: is organic gardening decadent in the same way as artisanal ice cream? At what point is money spent on garden supplies better spent on absurdly cheap produce at Persia Foods? Can urban farming truly be done for free, given the prerequisite of land? Can “urban crop failures”, such as our withering beets, be mitigated given the typically limited soil space?


Author: Chris

I'm the author of Reflecting Vancouver, a West Coast blog devoted to urbanism, culture, politics, philosophy, and everyday living in Vancouver.

4 thoughts on “Earnest Questions at Earnest Ice Cream

  1. I thought about it a bit more, and in some ways I see urban gardening as an art form. Art can be seen as wasteful, but in fact it fills a very useful space. Just like art, urban gardens make us think, question our values, and appreciate our surroundings. Does it really matter if one could just buy a squash for less time and money at a supermarket?

    • The difference is that you can’t eat art. There are many kinds of gardens other than edible ones. I can understand a kind of convergence between art and utility in urban farming, but surely its primary purpose is to feed us?

  2. Given the advances in mass manufacturing of produce we’ve now long had at our disposal, and they farmers in the U.S. are actively paid to destroy crops due to the vagaries of subsidies, it would seem that individual gardens are not needed for sheer quantity; neither are the heirloom varieties at farmer’s markets–but as far as biodiversity and Nonpesticide crops, yes, a niche is being filled that large monocultures usually don’t.

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