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Well, we got our chickens and now we're jumping into the whole thing with both boots on! As part of a "Compassionate Communities" project put on by Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, a small group of people started talking about a way to visit and get to know others interested in edible gardens, chicken coops and bee hives. We came up with the idea of a "crawl" and applied for a Neighbourhood Small Grant...and got it! So now we have to organize the thing.
Here's the email I just sent out to our current mailing list (see below). Especially after reading the post about a possible summer gathering, I'm hoping some of you might be interested in getting involved with this event - as participants, hosts, volunteers, whatever you like. If you are, it's probably easiest if you send me your email address directly. I'll also post regular updates here, through I'll spare you the organizing ones.
Hope to meet some of you in person real soon!
Eggsellent News! We have secured 500 buck buck bucks from the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program (no poultry sum!) to launch the first ever East Van Chicken Coop and Culture Crawl.
Just to refresh your memory (or for those who are hearing about this for the first time), we are planning a one-day self-led tour event of neighbourhood chicken coops, beehives, and edible gardens...with a few workshops about making and using edible cultures thrown in for good measure! The event will be in mid to late September and will cluster in different areas of the Frog Hollow and Cedar Cottage neighbourhoods.
So, with cash in hand, it's time to start hatching a plan!
We are looking for chicks (and roosters) with ideas and talent in the area of:
· Finding coops and gardens – recruiting locations of gardens, hives and coops for the tour; contacting locals to see if they will be involved
· Map Making - we hope to have youth involved in doing some community mapping and producing the final works-of-art for use on the day of the tour
· Coordinating volunteers – particularly recruiting and organizing greeters at various garden, hive and coop locations (especially multi-lingual volunteers!)
· Marketing and advertising – people interested in helping get the word out: making posters, setting up a website/blog etc
· Organizing workshops – we hope to offer a number of short workshops on making food cultures (yogurt, kin chi, sourdough etc)
We especially need people who can speak another language in addition to English, so we can reach out to as many participants as possible!
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House is hosting a planning session on Tuesday June 5th This will be a great chance for us to brood on the possibilities, so please consider joining us at 6:00pm to find out more. We're looking for a few more people to take on leadership roles - and this would be a great place to start.
So, here's to laying the ground work for an eggciting new venture! Hope to see you on Tuesday!
Congratualtions on your grant! Your event sounds very similar to what was organized here in Hastings Sunrise last year - it was called the Summer of Sustainability Hastings-Sunrise Garden Tour. We had 13 participating houses with edible gardens on the tour. There were chickens too and we hosted a Backyard Chicken workshop in our house as part of it. Megan Adam did just a great job in organizing it all - she would be a great resource. Best of luck.
Thanks Laura - do you happen to have contact info for Megan? I'd love to get in touch with her!
She is a member of VV as well. Her email is email@example.com.
I can't make it on Tuesday, but I'd certainly be willing to pitch in on this. Is there a date set for the event?
Great! We're thinking about September 23rd...but that's not confirmed for sure...would you be willing to give me your email address so I can contact you that way?...just trying to keep things as simple as possible! Thanks,
There was also an East Vancouver Tour do Coop held last year, organized by Colleen Kimmett who is also Village member. There were six stops or so, we started near Hastings/Victoria I think, and made our way south, last stop around Broadway and Clark.
Keep us posted!
Hi Surya, Please send me a message and let me know how I can help! (I thought I already replied here, but I don't see my response).
Just wanted to let you know that our first organizing potluck will be on Thursday, June 28th - 6:30 to 9:30 (...ish, we'll probably wrap up sooner). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, if you think you can make it, and the address. Would love to see you there!