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Neighbourhood Food Networks

VV's been very active around food resiliency over the past 6 years through our Neighbourhood Food Networks. Focusing on 4 areas: Action,  Education, Planning (the Community Food Resiliency component of our Energy Descent Action Plan,  in conjunction with the Vancouver Food Policy Council, with support from the Museum of Vancouver), and Collaboration. As a Transition Town Hub and Initiative,  WE CULTIVATE COMMUNITY, WE GROW FOOD, WE HELP BUILD A MORE RESILIENT, JUST, AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM.

Members: 292
Latest Activity: Nov 12

Activities, Projects, Affiliations: Our Neighbourhood Food Networks (NFN's), Food Working Group, "Reskilling School" Urban Ag workshops, Food Energy Descent Action Plan, and more. FOR DISCUSSIONS and COMMENTS, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

ACTION, EDUCATION, PLANNING, COLLABORATING and HAVING FUN -- HOW DO WE TRANSITION TO A SUSTAINABLE, RESILIENT and JUST FOOD SYSTEM?

This page includes an overview of VV`s Neighbourhood Food Networks, specific interest food groups (bees, chickens, community gardening, seed saving, etc., and our other food related activities. For additional Food and food related groups, please visit Projects (Demo Village, FED-AP (Food Energy Descent Action Plan), Permaculture Design, etc.) and Zero Waste.

Other pages with food related content include: Food Forum, Events (all), Food Events/Workshops, Gardening Events/Workshops, Workshops, Potlucks, Blogs, and Neighbourhood Villages.

For activities, please visit VV's events page. 

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 VV Network of Neighbourhood Food Networks (VVNFN's) VVers are active in every neighbourhood in Vancouver and elsewhere, and virtually every member of Village Vancouver has some interest around food. Among other things, VV functions as one big network of neighbourhood food networks, with each village and neighbourhood constituting a more localized network within the larger body - and  thousands of people have participated in organized VV food networking related activities in over most neighbourhoods in Vancouver, and in Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, and Surrey. The Network helps us identify our interests, engages in community food resiliency planning and asset mapping, and helps start new communities of interest, and new NFN's, both within and outside of VV.


There are currently several neighbourhood Villages/Food Networks with VV food activities or one sort or another in most neighbourhoods in Vancouver, including Cedar Cottage, Douglas Park, Dunbar, Fairview, False Creek,  Grandview Woodland, Hastings Sunrise, Kitsilano, Main Street (encompassing Riley Park, Mt. Pleasant and South Cambie),  Marpole, Oakridge, Strathcona, South Vancouver (Sunset, Victoria, etc.), UBC, West End, Yaletown, etc.  

Our Network of Networks also includes several communities of interest including beekeeping, backyeard chickens, seed savers, etc.


Networking, collaborating, dialoging, and growing, sharing, and celebrating - coming together around food in all ways possible in neighbourhoods and neighbourhood transition villages. Strengthening our local food webs, networks, and urban agriculture initiatives through collaboration, respect, and mutual support. Working towards food resiliency and sustainability on a very local level, and then working with other neighbourhood transition villages and initiatives and other neighbourhood food networks to do the same on a city and bioregional level. Join Village Vancouver, and then join the Neighbourhood Food Network on this page.

We're doing some people focused asset mapping around food and food resiliency in each neighbourhood, so we encourage you to indicate (on your personal page) your interests around food, and what skills and resources around food you can offer in your community. (For example, "can offer gardening space" or "have a fruit tree, can offer or swap fruit" or "have a truck, can haul straw." You can also indicate things you would like to learn or would like to have access to, etc. (For example, "looking for gardening space" or "would like to learn how to prune" or "would like to join a dinner co-op" or ???) We would like to build an identifiable and easy to use asset base of Villagers' interests, skills, resources, needs, etc. around food and food resiliency in each neighbourhood and village.

We offer resources for individuals, neighbourhoods, and emerging and existing neighbourhood villages. Want to start or join a Seed Saving Collective? Coop Co-op? Meet other Beekeepers, or others in your neighbourhood with interests around food and sustainability? Or other urban market gardeners/farmers or urban homesteaders? Contact Ross at ross@villagevancouver.ca or join the appropriate network.
 
  
EDUCATION WHICH LEADS TO ACTION


"Reskilling" School Urban Agriculture workshops - We've held over 300 workshops in the few years, with over 3000 people attending - Gardening, Backyard Chickens, Seed Saving, Preserving, Composting, Outdoor Classrooms, Neighbourhood Food Networking and more. Our workshops are community based gatherings which help participants connect with others who share a desire to engage around food and sustainability on a neighbourhood level. Current and past presenters include Robin Wheeler, Grant Watson, Philip Be'er, Jordan Maynard, Heather Havens, Spring Gillard, Janet Millington, and Ross Moster.

The workshops are part of an ongoing series designed to help individuals, neighbourhoods, and communties learn how to live well while reducing our carbon footprints and using substantially less fossil fuels.
 
 
  PLANNING

Food Energy Descent Action Plan (Community Resiliency Plan) (FED-AP) In partnership with the Vancouver Food Policy Council

What would a sustainable and resilient food system look like?

Imagine a food system that used 90% less fossil fuels. What would it look like? How would we "get there"?

COLLABORATION

We collaborate with many groups on matters relating to food and community well-being, including several other Neighbourhood Food Networks such as Cedar Cottage Food Network, Downtown Eastside Right to Food Network, Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Hastings-Sunrise Community Food Network, Marpole Neighbourhood Food Network (co-sponsored by VV), Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood Food Network, Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network, Strathcona Food Security Program, West End Neighbourhood Food Network, and the Westside Food Collaborative.


 

Discussion Forum

Can you volunteer for one or more shifts per month at a West End Food Scraps Drop Spot?

Started by Ross Moster Nov 12. 0 Replies

Every Tuesday and Saturday volunteers receive food scraps from hundreds of the 45,000 residents in the West End. The take since June 2012 now totals over 50 tonnes of food scraps for composting to be recycled back into growing, also reducing…Continue

New Collaborative Garden at Kits Community Centre -- 1st community meeting Monday, July 21, 2014 7-9 pm

Started by Ross Moster Jul 20. 0 Replies

Monday, July 21 7-9 pmKits Community Centre                                                                                                                      2690 Larch, VancouverJoin a new collaborative garden in Kits.Kitsilano Community Center…Continue

Two Vancouver Folk Fest weekend passes available

Started by Ross Moster Jul 16. 0 Replies

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 $155 thru the…Continue

New VV garden plot at Cottonwood Community Garden - looking for a couple gardeners

Started by Ross Moster Nov 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Village has a new garden plot at Cottonwood Community Garden in Strathcona, and we're looking for a couple additional Villagers to garden collaboratively. Cost is $5/year person, there's a 4 hr/month per plot work requirement at monthly garden work…Continue

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Comment by Philip Be'er on November 4, 2012 at 11:49am

Check out our Home Harvest Farms Challenge November Newsletter at http://www.villagevancouver.ca/forum/topics/home-harvest-farms-chal...

Comment by Zsuzsi Fodor on January 31, 2012 at 2:21pm

Join us for a FREE community kitchen pilot session being held this Friday at St. Mark's Anglican Church from 6-8 pm at Larch and 2nd. Registration is open to all but you must register in advance as space is limited.

We will prepare and enjoy a vegetarian meal together. No need to bring anything with you, just your hungry selves!

You can contact me at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House 604-736-3588 ext. 31 or zsuzsi@kitshouse.org. Please do register ASAP so we can ensure we have enough participants to run the session.

Comment by Jill Whitebear on November 27, 2011 at 9:02pm

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rds/grd/2684485605.html

Mushroom farm equipment for sale. Loads of it.

Comment by Grant Watson on November 7, 2011 at 8:23pm

Join us at the Oak Street Winter Market:

Wed. Nov 9 & 23, Dec 7 & 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, Oak St & 49th, in the courtyard and Hewett Hall. 

Vancouver's only farmers market with all organic produce & meat. Wild BC Salmon, tasty baked goods & prepared foods, pottery and other crafts, live music!

Sign up for our newsletter at www.oakstreetmarket.ca

Comment by Jordan B on September 8, 2011 at 1:25pm

There is an interesting free event being put on by the Vancouver Food Policy Council on Oct. 12th:

 

Our Neighbourhoods, Our Food

Are you interested in growing your own food or starting a community kitchen? Do you have food skills you’d like to share with your neighbours?

Come to this lively evening of presentations by community groups from across Vancouver who are making their neighbourhoods more resilient, neighbourly and food secure.

Go to http://ourneighbourhoodsourfoo d.eventbrite.com/ to register

Comment by Jordan B on September 6, 2011 at 10:58am
Hi Valerie, my dad's a wheat farmer and he gets an average of around 35 bushels to the acre. I've done some calculations, and assuming you're referring to an area of 100 square FEET and manage a yield of 35 bu/acre, you're looking at just over 2kg of wheat altogether. If you are referring to an area of 100 square METRES, that should correspond to about 23kg of wheat. Hope this helps!
Comment by Cylia on September 6, 2011 at 8:23am

Don't have an answer for the wheat question, and I've overwintered leeks every year, with collards, broccoli, kale, broad beans other years. It's grand living in such a mild climate. 

Comment by Valerie Durant on August 28, 2011 at 11:13am
How many loaves of bread can you make from a 10 ' x 10 ' area? What do you grow for a winter crop?
Comment by Cylia on April 20, 2011 at 7:22am
Hi Amy:  I love the tag line "Lawns to Loaves".  I would like our community garden at Cedar Cottage to participate and will check in with Hartley and our CCG board.  Thanks for info on yet another great initiative.  Cylia
Comment by Amy Tran on April 19, 2011 at 11:29pm

The Lawns to Loaves Project

The Environmental Youth Alliance is teaming up with The Flour Peddler (http://www.theflourpeddler.com/), Chris Hergesheimer, on a unique, exciting new project to build grain-growing capacity in Vancouver. We loved his idea and wanted to jump on this amazing opportunity. From Chris' new blog, "Our vision is to create an urban wheat farm from an intricate patchwork of micro-fields located alongside alleyways and in backyards, in front yards and on boulevards. Churchs, schools, parks, parking lots…" (http://lawnstoloaves.wordpress.com/)

 

The idea is to have 20-30 people across the city grow a patch of grain, roughly 10' by 10' (or larger!)* and get together at the end of the season to process and mill the grain which will then be turned into delicious, local, whole grain bread and pizza dough. At an informational session on May 1st, participants will be taken through the process of how to turn sod into grain. A seed and information package will also be provided, as well as ongoing phone support. If you would like to participate, please contact Hartley (hartley@eya.ca)

 

If you can grow grass, you can grow your own bread!

 

*We do want to make this project as accessible as possible, so if you are concerned with (a lack of) space, please get in touch with us anyway!

 
 
 

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