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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: 282
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.

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, 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 ross@villagevancouver.ca or join the appropriate network.
 
  
EDUCATION WHICH LEADS TO ACTION


"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.
 
 
  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: VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOOD FOOD NETWORKS

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 (ross.wenfn@gmail.com)Share 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 Ross Moster on November 19, 2010 at 9:51pm
BTW, I think we're maybe talking about a couple approaches here (which is fine) - an urban farming approach (people farming to sell), and the community gardening approach (more the growing for ones' self and neighbours). Both are great, and can be complimentary in terms of moving towards food resiliency.
Comment by Randy Chatterjee on November 19, 2010 at 9:11pm
Just correcting that Twin Harvest is not my idea. That recognition belongs to Diane Lafontaine. I am just a conduit for helping to promote what I think is a brilliant urban permaculture solution.

However, having heard nothing back from the City for over a year now, I am at wits end about how to proceed. I am considering taking the concept to Seattle or Portland. It has to get done somewhere, or it is vaporware. A demonstration is a necessary next step.
Comment by Louise Trusler Mangan on November 19, 2010 at 7:12pm
I too love Randy's idea of moving the Kitsilano community garden to the land near the Vancouver Academy of Music. Brilliant!
Comment by Angela Squires on November 19, 2010 at 12:40pm
Hi Amy:
Welcome and great to see you officially joined. Our January potluck will be at the Billy Bishop Legion (BB) on Kits Point. The BB is my living room especially when it's really cold. Hope to see you at the Dec potluck at Mary's co-op.
Comment by Ross Moster on November 16, 2010 at 4:38pm
Hey Angela,

There are a few ideas floating around for a village community garden. See also the discussion on the Kits Village Page -- you might want to post this there as well.

Cheers,
Ross
Comment by Angela Squires on November 16, 2010 at 4:19pm
At our dinner at the Naam last Sunday Randy brought up an idea for a new location for the Kits Community garden as the neighbourhood house will be under construction for some 3 years. It is about an acre to the south of the Vancouver School of Music, unused, and costing the Parks Board some 60,000 annually to maintain as in cut the grass! I have this glorious vision of an orchard, produce and flower garden operated by the community. This could be a model for the Transition movement and VV. There are vast tracts of grass doing nothing, serving no-one, that could be permacultured - woohoo!
Comment by Julie Thomson on November 16, 2010 at 9:50am
Hi, Just in case there is any interest, I have just learned about a range of distance courses on food security provided by the FAO and EU. The URL is: http://www.foodsec.org/DL/dlintro_en.asp
Comment by Angela Squires on November 13, 2010 at 5:04pm
I'm interested in the big picture of food security and especially the seed issue. We are in great danger of losing farmers' and individual rights to our seeds; Govt/big business are poised to grab by design/stupidity.
See: Common Ground Nov issue or National Farmers Union.
Comment by Ann Pacey on August 10, 2010 at 9:27am
Great series on Urban agriculture in Grist. Check it out
http://www.grist.org/article/series/food-feeding-the-city
Comment by Randy Chatterjee on June 28, 2010 at 9:58am
In this article from the Independent of London (click here for a on... the value of school gardening curricula are demontrated. Vancouver is set to close as many as a dozen primary and secondary schools, and provides little or no opportunity for children to connect to nature. Are we missing something here? What can VV help to do to bring especially edible gardening into our classrooms?
 
 
 

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