Vancouver's Leader in Transition toward Strong, Resilient, Complete Communities
VV's been very active around food resiliency over the past 5 1/2 years. Focusing on 3 areas: Action (VV neighbourhood food networks), Education, and 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), WE BUILD COMMUNITY, WE GROW FOOD, WE HELP BUILD A MORE RESILIENT FOOD SYSTEM.
Latest Activity: Apr 8
ACTION, EDUCATION, PLANNING, 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.
For activities, please visit VV's events page.
VV Neighbourhood Food Networks (NFN's) VVers are active in every neighbourhood in Vancouver and eslewhere, 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 half the neighbourhoods in Vancouver, and in Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, and Surrey. The Network helps us identify our interests and resources, and helps connect us with others in our neighbourhoods.
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.
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 email@example.com or join the appropriate network.
VV Food working group At the core of Food Network Transition activities. We focus on 3 areas: Action (including connecting people in existing and new neighbourhood food networks), Education, and Planning (in the form of the food component of VV's Energy Descent Action Plan.) If you're interested in joining the core group, please drop a few lines to Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by clicking on this text, and indicate what your interests around food are.
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.
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"?
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
Hope you'll join us this Saturday night for "I Matter and so does what I eat". Register at http://opendooryoga.bc.ca/event/i-matter-and-so-does-what-i-eat/Continue
Hi Villagers,Home Harvest Farms is looking for a new location to build container gardens and planters from May. Size: 350 to 550 sqf. Rent: $3000/yr for suitable garage or other space. Contact: Philip 778.235.2990 email@example.comPlease…Continue
Time: August 3, 2012 from 7pm to 9pmLocation: Vancouver Homesteader's EmporiumStreet: 649 East Hastings StreetCity/Town: Vancouver, BC V6A 1R2 CanadaOrganized By: Ross Moster, Duncan Martin, VV Neighbourhood Food Network, and Vancouver Homesteader's…Continue