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Kitsilano Transition Village


Kitsilano Transition Village

Neighbours sharing interest in community, sustainability and resiliency. Collaborative gardening, permaculture, workshops, Westside Food Festival, fruit orchard, block parties, community arts, seed libraries, collaborations w/other community groups, Organic Gardening Open House, recycling depot, Neighbourhood Small Grants, slow food/slow everything day, Folk Fest, Celebration of Light, Thanksgiving, Westside Neighbourhood Food Network, participation in Westside Food Collaborative, Westside Community Food Market, Khatsahlano, other community events, Salon d'Elan Vital, less consuming, more fun! COMMUNITY RESILIENCE.


Please contact Ross at for more info.

Collaboration We collaborate w/many local community groups, inc. Kits VPL, Kits Community Centre, Kits Neighbourhood House, SPEC, Billy Bishop Legion Hall, KCC Collaborative Garden, Society Le Village, LocoMotoArt, Westside Food Collaborative, and Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society, as well as MLA David Eby's Office, Vancouver Park Board, and the City of Vancouver.

Potlucks We do potlucks on Thanksgiving and Slow Food/Slow Everything Day (Terra Madre Day.) 2017 SF/SE: Saturday, Dec. 2nd. We also sometimes potluck after garden work parties and at other times.

Permaculture We maintain a small food forest on a private lot (and are looking for new projects).

Workshops We hold workshops at our gardens, Kits Library, and elsewhere.

Salon d'Elan Vital Occasional discussions/potlucks.

Collaborative Garden Weekly gardening, typically from Mar-Nov. Now in our 7th year, we also maintain several fruit trees. We sometimes have openings for new members.

Green Streets Garden We maintain a GS Garden. We're looking for a couple more gardeners.

McBride Park Community Garden New VV Community Garden starting in McBride Park. Contact us if you'd like to get involved.

Westside Food Festival The 1st festival took place July 18-31, 2017, featuring 40 activities (all free) @a dozen locations, inc. several workshops/ events in Kits. The next festival takes place in July 2018.

Plastics Recycling Depot Monthly depots on the Thursday before the 3rd Friday of the month at Kits CC. Free from Apr-Nov; by donation Dec-Mar. Now in our 6th year, new volunteers welcome.

Organic Gardening Open House We help organize this every April at Kits Library.

Neighbourhood Small Grants Need info on how to apply? We can help!

Drop in "Spaghetti" Nights Neighbours cooking meals for other neighbours. We've done around 40 of these over the years. No nights are currently scheduled, but get in touch if you'd like to hold/see one in your neighbourhood.

Monthly Dinner Groups We've had a couple groups in the past. If there's interest, let's start a new one.

Seed Library/Seed Savers Club We maintain 4 seed libraries - one at Kits Library, one at MLA David Eby's office, one for KV Collaborative Garden, and a roving one for street fairs, etc. Free seeds, seed swapping, donations, and occasional seed packet parties and Seed Saver Clubs

Westside Food Collaborative We're a longtime member of WFC.

Westside Community Food Market We have a booth (in June, July, part of Aug and Sept) at the weekly market, which is organized by SPEC and Kits House.

Seasonal Gatherings The Celebration of Light fireworks and Folk Fest in the summer, plus our Thanksgiving Potluck and Slow Food, Slow Everything Day.

Location: Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory. Please contact Ross (
Members: 172
Latest Activity: Sep 29, 2017

Discussion Forum

Gift Economy - Mathom party?

Started by Mary Bennett Mar 15, 2016. 0 Replies

Hello, I have been known to invite "mathoms" (Hobbits' recycled gifts) at my own birthday Free Stores and Gift Exchanges. Our potlucks and many of our other activities are good opportunities to engage in free stores/gift exchanges, seed…Continue

Kits Village June Plastic Recycling Depot

Started by Ross Moster Jun 10, 2015. 0 Replies

Thursday, June 18 from 6-7 pmFREEKits, near beach. RSVP for address on event post or to your clean…Continue

Two Van Folk Fest weekend passes available

Started by Ross Moster Jul 16, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi Kits Villagers,I always buy a bunch of folk fest tickets thru my Rogue Folk Music Club membership for friends and fellow music lovers. I have two weekend passes left at my cost -- $130/ticket, on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. (Currently, they're…Continue

A Walk RoundAbout Kits: Community Art, Bees, and Gardens w/Mary Bennett

Started by Ross Moster. Last reply by Angela Squires Aug 23, 2013. 1 Reply

This Sunday. Click here for details.Part of the Earthwalks Vancouver series co-sponsored by False Creek Watershed…Continue

*Kits Village July plastic recycling is at the Westside Community Food (pocket) Market @ 8th and Vine

Started by Ross Moster Jul 17, 2013. 0 Replies

From Malin Hansen:On Thursday July 18 from 3 to 6pm Kits Village Vancouver will collect plastics for FREE at the  Westside Community Food (Pocket) Market at 8th and Vine. Please come by to pick up some fresh veggies, swap some seeds at our seed…Continue

Volunteers Needed for Keep Vancouver Spectacular: May 17-27 - more help still needed!

Started by Ross Moster May 22, 2013. 0 Replies

Beryl Lamb, Kits Point co-ordinator again this year for Keep Vancouver Spectacular, is looking for volunteers for the cleaning up our neighbourhood streets and alleys.“We receive lots of positive feedback from volunteers plus it feels good,” says…Continue

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Comment by Angela Squires on December 26, 2010 at 4:59pm
Just ran into Pia on Dec 26th - she seems to think the potluck/movie night at her house is tomorrow 27th yet the advertising says Dec 29th which is Wednesday - I don't have Pia's phone No and she's not on the Kits Village list.
Comment by Angela Squires on December 9, 2010 at 11:44pm

January Potluck Sunday, Jan 9th, at the Billy Bishop Legion, 1407 Laburnum Street, 5pm onwards. 604 738 4142. No minors please - 19 years or older.

The theme and surprises are still being pulled together but we are hoping to celebrate Plough Sunday with the Vancouver Morris Men for whom the pub is their 'village church' in Canada.

Comment by Angela Squires on November 15, 2010 at 7:04pm
Dinner at the Naam was awesome last night, Nov 14th. I had such a good time with so much constructive and positive chat. Thanks people!
Comment by Ross Moster on October 21, 2010 at 11:12am
Welcome to Kits Village, Marnie! You're our 50th member.

Caitlin is also a VV member (Main Street Neighbouhood village) -- small world!

This sounds great.

Comment by Marnie on October 21, 2010 at 11:03am
Hi Kitsilano folk,

Although I've worked here for a while, I've just moved to Kits, so am happy to join this group. I also work for SPEC which shares many of the goals and values of VV. I am holding a canning and preserving workshop at SPEC this Saturday October 23rd with SPEC board member Caitlin Dorward. We plan to make jam and pickled beans and discuss different canning and preserving methods.

This hands-on workshop will run 1-3pm at SPEC. Participants will come away with a jar of preserves and instructions to help them get started.

If you have little canning experience and would like to attend please register at If you are an experienced canner and would like to help support the budding folk, do feel free to join us!

Thank you!

Marnie Newell

PS Kits Neighbourhood house is also holding their fall fair nearby the same day. So visit them that morning before heading over.
Comment by Angela Squires on June 14, 2010 at 2:40pm
Many thanks to Mary for hosting our June potluck and her yummy chili. Your lemon balm and fennel tea was delicious.
Comment by Angela Squires on June 6, 2010 at 9:54pm
Hi Mary:

Second Sunday, June 13th, sounds good to me - at 6pm right? For June we'd better figure on your common room!
Comment by Mary Bennett on June 2, 2010 at 7:58pm
Potlucks on the 2nd Sunday of each month? Ross and I were talking (emailing actually) about the benefits of having a regular date for a Kits Transition Village potluck - so we can get to know each other on a regular basis. I'm checking with my housing co-op to make sure no one has something else booked, but I can probably offer our common room for June, July and/or August. We're at 5th and Trafalgar. One or more of the events could be to meet up here and take a picnic down to the beach at the foot of Trafalgar (or stay here if it rains or such). Your thoughts - post here or send me a note to
Comment by Angela Squires on May 14, 2010 at 10:10pm
Hi Henry:
Sorry to hear things are bad in Prague. I have never been there but have seen it in several movies. Do they have pollution prevention standards for vehicles? It sounds like there are none, hence the smell.
I've always wondered why the west did not do more to help with advice on governance when Communism collapsed; we just left you guys to sort it out yourselves and expected you to transition to democracy as if that was somehow a natural state. We are still barely out of the jungle on an evolutionary time scale and can't expect people to be nice and fair to each other without a big carrot!
Comment by Henry Gordon-Smith on May 13, 2010 at 1:53pm
I am in Prague, Czech Republic this week and had some thoughts that I wanted to share. I love this city, its beautiful architecture and culture. It is my home but I must say that I miss Vancouver, and especially Kits more than I ever imagined I would have. Traffic is extremely congested here and the air has this frequent polluted smell to it. Today I went to the beautiful park next to our home to exercise and there were so many potholes that I couldn't run without really hurting my knees and ankles. The city is really suffering as a result of the economic collapse, corruption and post-communism social disfunction.

The point is that we are so lucky to have Kitsilano. I truly do miss it and can't wait to come back in the Fall and work with all of you to make it even better!

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Interested in participating in a VV garden? We have collaborative gardens/garden spaces in 5 neighbourhoods. Contact us at Gardening resumes in February/March

Kits Village Recycling Depot (2nd or 3rd Thursdays Kits Community Centre) Next depot: Thursday, December 17th (if COVID protocols allow)

Main St. Village monthly gatherings (1st Tuesdays Little Mountain Neighbourhood House) Currently on hold due to COVID

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