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January 2015

Next Gathering: West End Neighbourhood Food Network January Community Potluck, Sunday, Jan 25, 1-2:30pm. WECC, Barclay Room


July 2014
Next Gathering: VV/WENFN July Potluck, Monday July 14 6:30-8pm, WECC, Barclay Room



Monday July 14 West End Community Centre, Barclay Room 6:30-8 pm

Share some good food and conversation with neighbours. Bring something yummy to share and a cup, bowl spoon, etc. if you're able to, and find out the latest with VV and the West End Neighbourhood Food Network. Everyone welcome!

We’ll have a Seed Library there - you can get some free seeds for your garden or swap or donate some seeds.

Watch for additional WENFN workshops, potlucks and other activities at WECC and Gordon Neighbourhood House.

Ongoing: Food Scrap Drop Spots -- every Tuesday from 6-7:30 pm @Gordon Neighbourhood House and every Saturday from 10-noon @WECC.

WENFN is sponsored by Gordon Neighbourhood House.


January 2014

NEXT GATHERING  WE Neighbourhood Food Network Sunday Brunch 11-1, Sun, Jan 19. Barclay Room,  West End Community Centre.

Village Vancouver February Meetup & Potluck Sun Feb 19 1-4 pm

Time: February 19, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: West End Community Centre, Barclay Room
Street: 870 Denman St.
City/Town: Vancouver

Connect with other Village Vancouver members, find

out what’s happening in Village in our Neighbourhood

Food Networks & other projects & initiatives, share a

potluck lunch.

A good place for new members (and old members) to

connect with Village and to meet other VVers.

Please RSVP here or thru WECC (event 45409.104WE)

For more info: Ross Moster

We encourage you to bring your own eating utensils if

you are able!


Saturday: West End Neighbourhood Food Network Potluck & Presentation
Dear Friends,

Happy New Year 2012, the Year of the Dragon. This is an invitation from the West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN) to the following event, part of our ongoing series of activities about food and growing in the West End.

West End Neighbourhood Food Network Potluck and Presentation
Saturday, January 14, 1 to 3 pm
West End Community Centre (Denman Room)
Join WENFN for an informal potluck, followed by a presentation (see details below) on food security and urban agriculture activities in the West End.
We're Looking forward to see you there. For those who can't make it, I'll write up a little report and put it up on, where you can see reports of other past activities of WENFN. We're still working on a WENFN website.

Randy Helten
for steering group, West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN)

Presentation(s) on Jan 14

* Ana Maria Bustamente is confirmed as a presenter, and others may be added. Ana Maria Bustamente (Multicultural & Community Development Coordinator
Gordon Neighbourhood House, and also steering group of WENFN) will speak about food security programs at the Gordon House. She might also report on a meeting held December 7 called "From Here to There: Food, Energy, and Resiliency in Vancouver" (by MOV, in partnership with the Vancouver Food Policy Council and Village Vancouver Transition Society)
* We may also hear from another speaker from Recycling Alternative ( with a report about their composting "Drop Spot" pilot project (now at Gordon House, 10 am to 1 pm every Saturday)
* A speaker might come from the YMCA Intercultultural Community Gardens Project (on the roof of St. Paul's Hospital). Here's a good article on it:

Other notes:

* It has been suggested that we have monthly pot-lucks like this -- informal and fun, with exchange of information. If you like the idea, please send a note back to show interest.
* Please see page 25 of the current West End Community Centre Program, or visit for a list of several other of our events at the community centre from January through March


Village Vancouver October Meetup Oct 16
1pm to 4pm
West End Community Centre, Denman Room
870 Denman St.

Meet Village Vancouver members, hear what’s happening in VV networks, villages, and projects, including the West End Transition Village, learn about the new West End Neighbourhood Food Network, and share a potluck lunch.


To register: RSVP here, then register online at, or in person, or by calling WE Community Centre (604-257-8333). Event 45409.404WE


Food Growing & Security:
3 Workshops

w/Robin Wheeler

for West Enders

Sat Oct 8 and Sun Oct 9

Mole Hill (Community Room, back lane at 1169 Pendrell)

$5 donation (for 1 or all 3)

Join “edible landscapes" expert Robin Wheeler for one, two, or three workshops on food growing and food security in the highly urbanized setting of the West End. Learn skills. Gain knowledge. Network with others. Each workshop will be 1.5 hours long. Choose one, two, or all three. Hand out materials will be available. Workshops will include presentation, discussion, and Q&A.

Workshop 1: "Personal Food Security" 10:30 to 12 noon, Saturday, Oct 8

City dwellers will feel more resilient through both short term (earthquake) and long term (for instance, droughts in our farm lands) food interruptions if they have a plan. This workshop is a starting point for identifying vulnerable areas and creating a personal map to a more food secure footing. We will discuss tips for stockpiling, food lists, saving freezer foods, quick cooking tips and much more.

Workshop 2: "Apartment Gardening" 10:30 to 12 noon, Sunday, Oct 9
Discover the problems of tiny gardens and address some cures. We will talk about the best plants for small gardens and how to get the biggest, healthiest harvest possible.

Workshop 3: "Edible Landscaping." 1:30 to 3 pm, Sunday, Oct 9
An “edible landscape” is not just a vegetable garden. Come and learn about the differences, and begin to incorporate ideas for longer season, bigger harvest and more creative additions to your menu. Take home step-by-step suggestions that you can begin using right away.

PRESENTER: Robin Wheeler teaches traditional skills, sustenance gardening and medicinals at Edible Landscapes (, a nursery and teaching garden in Roberts Creek, British Columbia. Author of Food Security for the Faint of Heart, and Gardening for the Faint of Heart.

COOPERATION: Gordon Neighbourhood House (Neighbourhood Small Grants Program), Mole Hill Community Housing Society (for room space).

ORGANIZERS: Green Millennium Foundation, Village Vancouver, West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Register online, write or tel 604-512-9059


Neighbourhood Food Network In West End?

We cordially invite you to a follow-up meeting about food growing, food security, and sustainability in the West End of Vancouver. There will be further discussions about the potential for a neighbourhood food network here.

“Food Growing, Security and Sustainability: A Neighbourhood Food Network in the West End?”
Potluck and discussion
May 12 (Thursday)
West End Community Centre 870 Denman Street
6 pm: Potluck dinner
7 to 9 pm: Discussion
Cost: Free.
Registration: Not required, but we welcome an e-mail to so we can prepare.
Anyone is welcome.

This event follows a successful meeting on April 9, entitled “Building a Neighbourhood Food Network in the West End.” The notes and presentation materials of that meeting will be available by this weekend on the websites of Village Vancouver and Green Millennium Foundation (see below). The discussion in April showed that many people are interested in these topics, are already active, and have considerable knowledge, resources and enthusiasm. On May 12 we will discuss some of the ideas that arose, future actions, and look for people and groups willing to get involved in building momentum.

Organized by:
Village Vancouver (
Green Millennium Foundation (

(We thank the Vancouver Food Policy Council ( and West End Community Centre Association for their cooperation.)

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