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Marpole Neighbourhood Food Network started in Spring 2013 and is co-sponsored by Mapole Place Neighnbourhood House and Village Vancouver. We've held workshops, tabled at community fairs, given away seeds, engaged in community gardening, etc. This was our 1st potluck.
Marpole Neighbourhood Food Network, Saturday October 19th
First Group Gathering, @ Marpole Neighbourhood House
Partners: Village Vancouver, Marpole Neighbourhood House + the People
Michael Peterson, MAA Design, ECUAD, interested in food security, public art, community and social engagement with growers. Linking producers and people.
Cindy, Director of Neighbourhood House, Family Place. Developing food programs that are bundled together at the Neighbourhood House. Cooking, Growing, Teaching, Learning, Community Meals. i.e. Canning workshop, cost was 5$ and 4 people attended. Programs are usually free. A full kitchen is 10 people.
Recent Events: Connect Event on Saturday 18th offered a meal, take home goods, blankets, health services to 90 people who are experiencing homelessness. Included foot care, and haircuts. Part of Homelessness Action Week by the City on Van.
RENT BANK is and organization that prevents homelessness through offering support in the form of small loans for rent. Creates support systems.
DEMOSTRATION GARDENS. Jenn @ Village Vancouver (Internship? SFU) How to build a demo garden. Discovery of small spaces. Worm composting. Balcony gardening. Goal: Incorporate food grown in garden into community meals.
BOULEVARD AREAS, FREE CYCLE, WOMENS CENTRE
Dunbar Height United Church is interested in participation
DIVERSITY AND KNOWLEDGE OF PARTICIPANTS:
Rhiannon, Sustainable Environmental Issues. Seed Saving. 15 years experience.
Dianne, living in Marpole. Concerned about GMO’s in community gardens.
NO GMO’s in community gardens or VICTORY GARDENS. Community Planning.
Jackie- Mom of Rhiannon. Family converted backyard in to food growing area.
Jackie & Rhiannon live in Marpole. Visit their garden? Expressing concerns for privacy and security in terms of allowing people into their space
Concerns for person safety, security and privacy in regard to garden tours.
GARDENS ALONG THE TRACKS.
Q: What would you like to accomplish?
PALATE GARDENING, GROWING IN SMALL SPACES, AROUND PHYSICAL STRUCTURES.
ECUAD: LITTLE LIBRARIES, SIGNAGE, TOWER, BOOKS, placed outside MNH.
e.g. CITY REPAIR is a group in Portland that brings kids and adults together, builds seed stock, developing a currency. Transformation of generic city intersections. Breaking patterns of behavior and beginning to act locally in the Neighbourhood.
ART PROJECT>>> Emily Carr University, Graduate Students, Participatory
GO TO THE VILLAGE VANCOUVER EVENTS PAGE.
ISSUE- Traffic on Hudson is higher due to construction. Is there a way to slow down the traffic during the construction period? Q: COULD AN ART PROJECT REMEDY THIS?
Forest Gardens on a wide Boulevard, Dianne advocate, educate, organize
Temporary Projects, Permaculture design, education, development, food forest.
e.g. CYCLES, Grant Watson, Gourmet Gardens.
e.g. Hastings Community Centre.
Michael from ECUAD is offering to facilitate a structured brainstorming session with the group/food network community that involves a creative aspect.
Apartments have a cultural difference, immigrant population. Advocate!
Intent: container gardens. Some landlords restrict access to land to grow.
RESEARCH ON LANDLORD AND TENANT STANDARD AGREEMENTS, USING FRONT LAWNS, ETC
Q:Art as a way of experiencing the unlimited imagination?
Q: What are the ways that art could be applied in this context?
Q: What would you like to accomplish?
Teaching People. Signage on boulevard. Stories of WHY and WHO is doing it.
GREEN STREETS, Plant at intersections. GUERIILA GARDENING. Marpole Meet-Up
Book of thank you’s for volunteers. LABOUR. ACCESS. FOLLOW THROUGH.
SUZANNE, ‘where do we start and how do we get people involved? “ Activation of people who live in apartments. Advocating for food growing rights with landlords.
KITS VILLAGE AS FORM AND STRUCTURAL EXAMPLE. SEED LIBRARY, ECO & FOOD JUSTICE, INCLUSIVE, WORKSHOPS, CANNING, OUTREACH, SEED SAVING.
ROSS: Sustainable Food Systems Grants. Streams of funding, part-time coordinator positions budget is usually $7000 ($1000 for project, $6000 salary)
Q: What is a food network?
Members can apply for a Project through the Neighbourhood Small Grants program.
ROSS MOSTER, Village Vancouver, Food Policy Council, Kits Village does a dozen activities a month. Collaborative garden at the Legion Hall. 75 different plants. Brings people inside.
Introduce neighbours, start a food cycle, food scrap drop off spot. Low cost, low energy. Shared meals, meet other people, connect and empower, access whole cycle.
BIGGER PICTURE. Kits village is led by the PEOPLE’S INTERESTS>>>
CLIMATE CHANGE. Road side orchards. CITY STUDIO STUDENTS>>>
Lots of agencies. We only grow 1% of our own food. FOOD SYSTEM must become GRASSROOTS, organic/ people/ oriented/ structures/ of engagement.
POLICY: CITY OF VANCOUVER, Vancouver Food Strategy. Documents available online. Parks Board, land and food growing. ACCESS. ‘Clouds of Change’ document.
Report: ‘Sustainability on the Table’. Overview. UBC: Masters on Food Network.
WENDY- Boulevard in her sideyard, across from the community centre, parks board, eager to initiate, wants information, resources, connections support to take care.
START A VIRUS of food awareness and bring together community growers.
Property owners, apartments and food production. Creating a context, Connection.
Boulevard without sidewalks, Need approval from each family on the street. MUST HAVE BUY IN FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD>>>Billy Bishop, Legion Hall example.
Perennials, Fruit Trees. Vancouver fruit tree project. Community Orchards.
e.g. Kits Village has a collaborative garden. Rules for distribution need to be amongst the sponsoring agency and people involved. Process is cautionary. There are many diseased trees and some maintenance of the orchard. Train people and have workshops.
IDEA: Embed it into the commons and schools. Centre to build groups and plan grants.
CITY REPAIR- Village building conference, 10 days of place making and re-humanizing places/spaces training.
Q: What are the terms of reference for this group?
Q: What are the agreements among the two organizations?
Re-purposing things for growth. Place for the Imagination of Artists.
Courses in ‘Extreme Frugality’. Workshops at MNFN. Assist Elderly People back home with materials. GROW CONNECTIONS. SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES. BUY IN. POP UP GROUPS.
Access to composting food scraps. 2hrs a week. POP UP ‘Recycling Alternative’. Monthly recycling depot. Look to West End and to KITS for systems building.
COMMUNITY NEEDS AND WANTS. WALK AND TALK WITH THE PEOPLE.
BUY SELL SHARE. FLEXIBILITY. PURPOSEFUL
Teaching people how to grow food, prepare fresh food, share food and gather knowledge about the local food system.
STATEMENT OF INTENT
1. To develop a network
2. To identify food resources in the community
3. To share resources
4. Grow food and land resources
5. Contribute to the Community
6. Grow Trust and work together, also with other groups
7. Engage and Empower Community
8. Teach people how to grow food and also about the food system
9. Teach sustainable and equitable food systems
10. Inclusive, low income, children, immigrants
11. Tool shed and sharing
12. Facilitation of people to share resources
13. Congregate through food sharing potlucks
14. Getting to know your neighbours
15. Waste reduction and food scrap collection
15. Composting and repurposing, recycling and re-using
16. Small-Doable projects, allowing things to happen
17. Working with BIA and chART: Public Art Marpole
18. Publishing calendar and events listings, vehicle to post information
19. Accessible to a lot of people in the area
20. Wheelchair access and welcoming to elderly citizens
21. Bulletin Board. Different Languages. Translation.
22. Accessible, inclusive and diverse workshops
23. Labour, scheduled activities, community diners
24. Monthly potlucks with workshops
25. Flexible and open to new things
26. Tools for evaluation and assessment
27. Identifying what works, establish and fill those community needs
28. Engage neighbours and ask them what they want
29. Co-Creative Mapping Process.
30. Something to engage with and work with.
31. Distribution list, Community Plan
32. Build food security into Community Plan
33. What does it look like? A visioning session.
34. Documenting cultural shifts