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Neighbourhood Food Networks


Neighbourhood Food Networks

VV's been very active around food resiliency over the past 13 years through our Neighbourhood Food Networks. Focusing on 4 areas: Action,  Education, Planning (the Community Food Resiliency component of our Energy Descent Action Plan), 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.

VV is a member of Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks.

Members: 278
Latest Activity: Feb 17, 2018

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.


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. 


 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, gardening,  Permaculture, 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 or join the appropriate network.

"Reskilling" School Urban Agriculture workshops - We've held over 1,000 workshops in the last 10 years, with over 10,000 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"?


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, Little Mtn.-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network, Marpole-Oakridge Neighbourhood Food Network (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

Lovely house with chickens + food garden available for a year

Started by Laura Arp Aug 11, 2016. 0 Replies

Dear Village of Friends, Our little family will be taking a sabbatical for a year and we will be offering our cozy East Vancouver home for rent.while we are gone. It has three bedrooms (2 up, 1 down) and an abundant, lovingly created food garden…Continue

West End Neighbourhood Food Network June Community Potluck

Started by Ross Moster Jun 11, 2015. 0 Replies

Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 1pm to 2:30pmWest End Community Centre, Barclay Room870 Denman StreetRSVP on event post or to WENFN ( some good food and conversation with neighbours. Bring something yummy to share and a cup,…Continue

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

Started by Ross Moster Nov 12, 2014. 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, 2014. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by Angela Squires on December 27, 2010 at 6:30pm

Emulate Illinois and pass a Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act. Wannabe party leaders, take note!

Comment by Jordan B on November 27, 2010 at 3:55pm
New York City Council has just unveiled the most comprehensive vision for urban food security ever:

Shouldn't Vancouver have something like this as well?
Comment by Randy Chatterjee on November 20, 2010 at 11:38pm
Regarding David's excellent points below, I fully expect this project to remain in public hands as a cash-positive venture . The economic and ecological externalities are hugely positive, but let us not forget that a city runs on cash.

Council must also not unnecessarily fetter itself with regard to land planning, and this project must be pursued as a flexible and resilient installation that is dependent on continued community support.
Comment by Randy Chatterjee on November 20, 2010 at 11:25pm
IMHO, the idea needs a champion through the Council and staff, a person connected to both the existent urban farming community and the large property owners and managers who will share the benefit of greener buildings and a more active and attractive neighbourhood.

The City needs to hear from both in parallel, and the entire community also deserves a respectful audience to contribute ideas and voice concerns at every step.

Each Vancouver neighbourhood must exercise its most crucial democratic right to decide whether or not to approve a Twin Harvest project on local open land, including possible compensation and/or tax forbearance for its owner. Without a broad community embrace on all main points, the project cannot succeed.
Comment by Angela Squires on November 20, 2010 at 9:17pm
The way the City avoids giving land away is by granting a renewable long-term lease as in 99 years.
Comment by David William Martin on November 20, 2010 at 7:53pm
Hi, everyone: I have had a number of meetings with the City's Director of Real Estate, Michael Flanigan, about a separate issue. He and I actually get along quite well. I also have had a couple of meetings with Penny Ballem, the City Manager, on real estate issues. If there were a get-together regarding the Kitsilano community garden, I would be glad to attend to give my perspective.

As a general comment, the City is super-careful not to "give" land away. It is basically illegal to do so. If a group wants to use land for something semi-permanent like a food garden, the City has to figure out a way to do the right thing without, at the same time, tying its own hands in the future. DWM
Comment by Angela Squires on November 20, 2010 at 5:13pm
I agree with Louise and Tracey's comments. We need to engage the politicians, the City Real Estate Dept, even the private developers who can advise us and know how to find the 'back door'!
Randy we can make this happen; we must make it happen.
Comment by Louise Trusler Mangan on November 20, 2010 at 10:16am
I concur with Tracey's suggestion, and may have a few (lightly held) connections that could be helpful. If you would like to get a few of us together on this, Randy, I'll be pleased to participate however possible. Seems the idea hasn't quite touched the right nerve yet!
Comment by Tracey on November 20, 2010 at 9:02am
Hi all, I'm joining your discussion late with a suggestion. Why not get together a group & request to speak to city councillours, or at City Council? Outline the work done to date to engage the City and ask Council for support and advice on how to proceed. The Mayor and some councillors are very supportive of land use & food security issues and they are our representatives. So, just some thoughts.

Comment by Louise Trusler Mangan on November 19, 2010 at 11:04pm
Who has been involved in the conversation from the City Hall end, Randy?

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