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Westside Neighbourhood Food Network

WNFN is both a new and an old network. We're new in the sense that it's the 1st time Village is using the name Westside Neighbourhood Food Network to describe our food related activities on the Westside, but old in the sense that we've been doing these activities for up to 9 or 10 years.

We help build community, and work towards creating a just, sustainable, inclusive, and RESILIENT food system on the Westside, in Vancouver, and in our bioregion, and are very active, engaging in over 150 activities a year.

Please contact Ross at WNFN@villagevancouver.ca for more info, or to get involved.


NOVEMBER 2017
Nov 1 KVCG gardening (Billy Bishop Legion Hall)
Nov 4 Aberthau Garden Project prepping the garden for winter work party (Aberthau)
Nov 10 Grounds Cleanup for Remembrance Day (Billy Bishop Legion Hall)
Nov 15 (TBC) KVCG gardening (Billy Bishop Legion Hall)
Nov 15 6:30-8pm Planning your Spring Garden (Aberthau/West Pt. Grey Community Centre)
Nov 16 Kits monthly Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre)
Nov 18 (TBC) Aberthau Garden Project prepping the garden for winter work party


Coming in 2018

McBride Park Community Garden
April Organic Gardening Open House (Kits VPL)
April 28 Aberthau Garden Open House
Jul 18-31 2nd Annual Westside Food Festival
September Aberthau Garden Harvest Celebration
December Slow Food, Slow Everything Day

Past Activities
OCTOBER 2017
Oct 4 KVCG gardening (Billy Bishop Legion Hall)
Oct 4 Herbal Vinegars (Aberthau)
Oct 7 Aberthau Garden harvest work party (Aberthau)
Oct 8 Kits Village/LocoMotoArt Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner (Kits,near beach)(please note: no dinner this year due to host's illness)
Oct 11 KVCG gardening (Billy Bishop)
Oct 11 Seed Savers Club (Aberthau)
Oct 14 Aberthau Garden Project harvest work party (Aberthau)
Oct 16 Green Streets Garden Prepping for Winter (KIts, near Broadway)
Oct 18 KVCG gardening (Billy Bishop)
Oct 18 Kits monthly Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre)
Oct 18 Beeswax Salves (Aberthau)
Oct 19 Canning (Aberthau)
Oct 21 Aberthau Garden Project gardening (Aberthau)
Oct 24 Neighbour Savour VIII community potluck (Heritage Hall)
Oct 25 Kits Village Collaborative Garden gardening (Billy Bishop)
Oct 28 Aberthau Garden Project gardening (Aberthau)

Location: Westside, Vancouver
Members: 10
Latest Activity: Oct 5

ACTIVITIES

WNFN is very active, engaging in approximately 150 activities a year.

COLLABORATION                                                                                                           We collaborate w/many local community groups, organizations, businesses, universities and other institutions, including Kits VPL, Aberthau Mansion (West Point Grey Community Centre), Kits Community Centre, Kits Neighbourhood House, SPEC, Billy Bishop Legion Hall, KCC Collaborative Garden, Society Le Village, LocoMotoArt, Westside Food Collaborative, Marpole Oakridge Neighbourhood Food Network, South False Creek NFN, UBC, Emily Carr UAD, Langara College, Kerrisdale Community Centre, West Point Grey Preschool, Kits Car Free Day block parties, Car Free Day Vancouver, Green Streets, Frisch Farms, Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society, West Coast Seeds,  Invivo Desigh, Fermentoring, E.A.R.T.H. and Co., Springtail Soil Regeneration, Counter-Cultures, Pacific Mobile Depot, The Agronomy Garden (at UBC), Kits House Rooftop Garden, Hives for Humanity, Dunbar Earthquake Emergency Preparedness, Rogue Folk Club, Banyen Banyen Books, Hunter Garden Centre, Home Hardware (on 10th), as well as MLA David Eby's Office, MP Joyce Murray's office, Vancouver Park Board, and the City of Vancouver.

In the broader Westside community, we also work with Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, Jewish Community Centre, and Charleson Community Garden. Other current or past collaborations include, or have included Museum of Vancouver, Marpole Place Neighbourhood House, St. Augustine's Church, Farm Folk/City Folk, False Creek Community Centre, A Rocha, Seedstock Community Currency Project, Automatic Earth, Dunbar Residents Assn., Salmonberry Days, the Sustenance Festival, PosAbilities, Lord's Grace Church, UBC Farm, NOW BC,  Grant's Gourmet Gardens, Westside Collaborative Garden, Kits House Balcony Garden, and the Vancouver Food Policy Council.

Within Village Vancouver, many groups and gardens collaborate with the network - most notably Kits Village - as well as West Pt. Grey Village and Kerrisdale Village.

If you're a Westside food group, or have a food project that you'd like us to help spread the word about, please get in touch.

COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY GARDENS/other growing projects & activities           Kits Village Collaborative Garden Weekly gardening, typically from Mar-Nov. Now wrapping up our 7th year, we also maintain several fruit trees and a vertical garden. We sometimes have openings for new members.

Aberthau Garden Project The project includes our Demonstration Permaculture Garden, the West Point Grey Preschool Garden, and (following on the heels of 2015's Sunflower Garden and last year's Pumpkin Patch), a Heritage Bean art/garden project by Aberthau artists-in-residence LocoMotoArt: Laura Lee Coles and Rob Scharein.

We offer free workshops monthly. Please check here or the VV event page for updates. For info on the previous Flax –food -Fibre project go to www.Aberthauflaxfibrefood.blogspot.ca/.

Green Streets Garden We maintain a GS Garden in Kits. We're looking for a couple more gardeners.

McBride Park Collaborative Community Garden New VV Community Garden starting in McBride Park, with an emphasis on inclusiveness and permaculture design. Planned elements include both individual and collaborative gardening spaces, including a hugelkultur, and pollinator, native, seed saving, berry, and herb spiral gardens, and several accessible plots. Contact us if you'd like to get involved.

Grow Local Community Food Resiliency Project We'll be offering hands on gardening and other workshops related to growing food at interested community gardens in Spring 2018.

Harvest Celebration

Organic Gardening Open House We help organize this every April at Kits Library, along with Kits branch VPL, Le Village, Kits Community Centre Collaborative Garden, and Westside Food Collaborative.

COMMUNITY MEALS                                                                                                  Potlucks We hold occasional potlucks, including sometimes potluck after garden work parties and at other times.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Slow Food/Slow Everything Day (Terra Madre Day) 2017 SF/SE Day: Saturday, Dec. 2nd. 

Drop in "Spaghetti" Nights Neighbours cooking meals for other neighbours. We've done around 40 of these over the years. No nights are currently scheduled, but get in touch if you'd like to hold/see one in your neighbourhood.

Monthly Dinner Groups We've had a couple groups in the past. If there's interest, let's start a new one.

Salon d'Elan Vital Occasional discussions/potlucks.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE                                                                                           FED-AP (Community Food Resiliency Plan)

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

NATIVE EDIBLES/WILD EDIBLE WEED WALKS

PERMACULTURE PROJECTS                                                                                              We maintain a small food forest on a private lot (and are looking for new projects). Aberethau Garden Project includes a permaculture garden with an herb spiral and a modified hugelkultur.

Our other gardens also include some permaculture design elements.

Blitzes

We're planning a larger (3 year) permaculture project, starting in 2018. If you have space - for instance, a front lawn, that you'd like to see converted into a mini-food forest, please contact us.

SEEDS                                                                                                                           Seed Libraries We maintain 7 seed libraries - one at Kits Library, one at MLA David Eby's office, one for KV Collaborative Garden, a roving library in Kits for street fairs, etc., one for the Aberthau Garden Project, and, in Kerridale, a set of seed library panniers in Kerrisdale, as well as a roving library. Folks can get free seeds, or swap doinate seeds.

School and community garden Seed Donation Program

Seed Savers Club

Seed Saving at our collaboartive gardens

Seed Saving Workshops

Donate Seeds to the Seed Library

SENIORS                                                                                                              ElderGreens Westside ElderGreens help organize workshops, are active in our gardens, help maintain our seed libraries, and participate in other activities. New members (50 and over, as well as all other ages) welcome!

WESTSIDE FOOD FESTIVAL                                                                                         The 1st festival took place July 18-31, 2017, and featured over 40 activities (all free) at a dozen westside locations The next festival takes place in July 2018.

 

WORKSHOPS                                                                                                                   We hold several dozen food and gardening related workshops a year - many hand-on - at our gardens, Kits Library, Aberthau, and elsewhere. Typical topics include growing, preserving, fermenting, seed saving, permaculture, bees, chickens, cooking, native edibles, improving your soil, vertical gardening, and emergency preparedness.

ZERO WASTE                                                                                                          Recycling Depot Monthly depots on the Thursday before the 3rd Friday of the month at Kits CC. Free from Apr-Nov; by donation Dec-Mar. Now in our 6th year, new volunteers welcome.

Westside Food Collaborative We're a longtime member of WFC, which is a longstanding Neighbourhood Food Network based out of Kits House. WFC and WNFN enjoy working together and supporting each other's activities in building food security and food resilience on the Westside.

Community Based Food Art and Music

Neighbourhood Small Grants Numerous  Westside VVers have applied and been successful in receiving Neighbourhood and Green Neighbourhood Small Grants, many of which have food themes. Need info on how to apply? We can help!

FED-AP (Community Food Resiliency Plan)

Bees/Pollinators Stay tuned for details of our Native Pollinator workshop in early 2018. We'll also be giving away Mason Bee houses.

Westside Community Food Market We have a booth (in June, July, part of Aug and Sept) at the weekly market, which is organized by SPEC and Kits House.

Sustenance Festival We've participated in Sustenance for many years, offering workshops and other activities.

Other Festivals and Street Fairs We participate in Khatsahlano, the W. Pt. Grey Fiesta Festival, and other festivals.

Seasonal Gatherings The Celebration of Light fireworks and Folk Fest in the summer, plus our Thanksgiving Potluck and Slow Food, Slow Everything Day

PAST PROJECTS

Broccoli Promenades (proposed project 2009-10)

Brown Bag Lunches (2012-13)

Curbside Fruit Orchard (proposed project 2013-14))

From Here to There (2011-14)

Green Streets Garden #2 (2014-16)

Kits Community Centre Collaborative Garden We helped start KCCCG (2013-14). 

Kits House Balcony Garden (2013)

Kits Point Car Free Day Block Parties (2008-9)

Kits Point Village (2008-9)

McBride Park Field House Programming during LocoMotoArt residency (2013-14).

Permaculture in Planters and Pots A small permaculture project at McBride Park Fieldhouse (2014-16)

We Can Do the Can Canning (2009-10)

Westside Community Garden (2009-11)

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