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McBride Park Field House Residency

4th annual VV Westside Food Festival dates announced: June 16th-August 3rd, 2020

Over 100 free and low cost workshops and activities at twenty plus locations around the Westside (including several at the fieldhouse).

Fall at McBride Park: Village Vancouver Open House                                                         Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 20 10 am-3 pm                                               Drop by and say hi, and find out what Village is up to - our Westside Permaculture Corridor project, workshops, collaborative gardens, community seed libraries, responses to the climate emergency, volunteer opportunities, and much more.

We'll have a community seed library present - pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.

We also host LocoMotoArt artists collective in the studio behind the fieldhouse. Check out their Open House from 10 am -3 pm on any of the following days: Tuesdays, November 5, 12 and 19 and Wednesdays, November 6, 13, and 20.

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The Village Vancouver Local Food and Environment residency (with an art component as well) at McBride Fieldhouse is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board's Fieldhouse Activation Program which provides project space and access to parks to foster community-engaged activity that focuses on arts, culture, sports, environment, local food and social encounters. Village Vancouver is pleased to host LocoMotoArt artists collective during our residency, and to collaborate with West Point Grey Community Centre (as well as with Kits Community Centre).

The fieldhouse is located at 2049 Waterloo Street in McBride Park, 3350 W. 4th Ave (@Waterloo).

Village Vancouver Events October 30-November 30, 2019

--Fieldhouse activities are in italics--

watch for updates

for more info: events@villagevancouver.ca

VV Collaborative Community Garden work parties:

Aberthau Permaculture Garden

VV plots at Cottonwood Community Garden

Green Streets Garden

Kits Village Collaborative Garden

If you're interested in gardening with us: gardening@villagevancouver.ca

Wed Oct 30 10:30am-2pm VV Admin Working Group work session (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Oct 30, 10:30am-2pm Seed Packet Party (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Sat, Nov 2, 10am-12:30pm Gardening at Aberthau Permaculture Garden  (planting garlic and prepping the garden for winter) (West Point Grey Community Centre)

Sun Nov 3, 10-11:30am Gardening at VV Cottonwood Plots (planting garlic and prepping the garden for winter) (Cottonwood Community Garden)

Sun Nov 3, 3-5:30pm Gardening at Kits Village Collaborative Garden (planting garlic and prepping the garden for winter) (Billy Bishop Legion Hall)

Sun Nov 3, 1-3pm Planning Your Spring Garden (West End Community Centre)

Mon Nov 4, 11am-noon Gardening at VV  Green Streets Garden (planting garlic and prepping the garden for winter) (Kits, near Broadway)

Tue Nov 5, 10am-3pm Fall at McBride Park: Loco Moto artists collective Open House (VV Field House in McBride Park in the studio)

Tue Nov 5, 6-8pm Main Street Village November Gathering: Exploring Responses to the Climate Emergency (Little Mountain Neighbourhood House)

Tue Nov 5, 7-8:30pm Introduction to Vertical Gardening (West Point Grey Community Centre)

Wed Nov 6, 10am-3pm Fall at McBride Park: Loco Moto artists collective Open House (VV Field House in McBride Park in the studio)

Wed Nov 6, 10:30am-2pm VV Admin Working Group work session (TBC) (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 6, 10:30am-2pm Seed Packet Party (TBC) (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 6, 5:30-7:30pm Neighbour Savour West community potluck (Kitsilano Neighbourhood House)

Sat, Nov 9, 10am-12:30pm Gardening at Aberthau Permaculture Garden  (prepping the garden for winter) (TBC) (West Point Grey Community Centre)

Sun Nov 10, 10am-2pm (possibly longer) Grounds and Garden Cleanup (for Remembrance Day (Billy Bishop Legion Hall) Volunteers needed

Mon Nov 11, 9:30-11:30am Grounds and Garden Cleanup (for Remembrance Day) (Billy Bishop Legion Hall) Volunteers needed

Tue Nov 12, 10am-3pm Fall at McBride Park: Loco Moto artists collective Open House (VV Field House in McBride Park - in the studio)

Tue Nov 12 10am-3pm Fall at McBride Park: Village Vancouver Open House (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Tue Nov 12, 6:30-9pm Mending Circle (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 13, 10am-3pm Fall at McBride Park: Loco Moto artists collective Open House (VV Field House in McBride Park - in the studio)

Wed Nov 13, 10:30am-2pm VV Admin Working Group work session (TBC) (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 13, 10:30am-2pm Seed Packet Party (TBC) (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 13, 1-3pm Seed Savers Club (West End Community Centre)

Wed Nov 13, 6:30-8:30pm Zero Waste in the Kitchen and Making Beeswax Wraps (West Point Grey Community Centre)

Thu Nov 14, 6-7pm Kits Village Recycling Depot (Kitsilano Community Centre)

Fri Nov 15, 4:30-6pm Introduction to Fermenting (False Creek Community Centre)

Sat, Nov 16, 10am-12:30pm Gardening at Aberthau Permaculture Garden  prepping the garden for winter) (TBC) (West Point Grey Community Centre)

Sun Nov 17, 10-11:30am Gardening at VV Cottonwood Plots (prepping the garden for winter) (TBC) (Cottonwood Community Garden)

Sun Nov 17, 11am-1pm Menu Planning, Meal Prep and Mason Jar Salads (Trout Lake Community Centre)

Sun Nov 17, 1-2:30pm Community Potluck, Seed Library & Workshop (West End Community Centre)

Sun Nov 17, 2:30-3:30pm West End Urban Garden Club (West End Community Centre)

Sun Nov 17, 2:30-4 VV 2019 AGM (meeting 2:30-3:30; potluck 3:30-4) (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Sun Nov 17, 3-5:30pm Gardening at Kits Village Collaborative Garden (prepping the garden for winter (TBC) (Billy Bishop Legion Hall)

Sun Nov 17, 4-6:30 pm VV Board of Directors Meeting  (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Mon Nov 18, 11am-noon Gardening at VV  Green Streets Garden (prepping the garden for winter) (Kits, near Broadway)

Tue Nov 19, 10am-3pm Fall at McBride Park: Loco Moto artists collective Open House (VV Field House in McBride Park - in the studio)

Tue Nov 19, 6:30-9pm Mending Circle (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 20, 10am-3pm Fall at McBride Park: Loco Moto artists collective Open House (VV Field House in McBride Park - in the studio)

Wed Nov 20 10am-3pm Fall at McBride Park: Village Vancouver Open House (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 20, 10:30am-2pm VV Admin Working Group work session (TBC) (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 20, 10:30am-2pm Seed Packet Party (TBC) (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 20, 6-8;30pm Permaculture Vancouver Monthly Meetup (potluck at 6; workshop at 6:30)  (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Wed Nov 20, 6:30-8:30pm Introduction to Vertical Gardening (hands on) (VV Field House in McBride Park) 

Wed Nov 20, 6:30-8:30pm Garden Prep: Site Analysis, Bed Prep and Crop Planning (West Point Grey Community Centre)

Thu Nov 21, 6-9:30pm EcoResilience Workshop (VV Field House in McBride Park)

Sat Nov 23, 2-4pm Planning Your Spring Garden (Hastings Community Centre)

Sun Nov 24, 11:30am-1:30pm Concepts in Year Round Gardening (Douglas Park Community Centre)

Mon Nov 25, 6:30-8:30pm Planning Your Spring Garden (Kitsilano Community Centre)

Tue Nov 26, 6:30-8:30pm Grow Your Own Microgreens (West End Community Centre)

Thu Nov 28, 7-8:30pm Grow Your Own Microgreens (West Point Grey Community Centre)

Blog: June/July 2019

(July 10, 2019)

A long overdue post

Village Vancouver is proud to (finally) post something on this page!

In case you haven't heard, VV has moved to our new field house in McBride Park. You can expect regular(ish) blog entries on anything related to our activities, recipes we'd like to share, and anything we think might be interesting. So without further ado, here's our first post!

3rd Annual Westside Food Festival

From June 18 to August 5 we have many amazing free and low-cost food and gardening-related workshops/events! Head over to our main Eventbrite page for a full list of workshops and to register.

Main Street Car Free Day

We had an amazing Main Street Car Free Day on June 16! We handed out hundreds of free seeds from our Seed Library and handed out flyers with info on our 3rd Annual Westside Food Festival

Here's some photos of our booth and the Sustainable Village! There was some amazing live music, some booths from Groundswell, Open Science Network, the UBC Bike Kitchen, Elderdog, and the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House.

Making Beeswax Salves at the Field House

Lori Snyder came over to our Field House for our Making Beeswax Salves workshop. As someone who's always been interested in crafting, but has never actually gotten around to doing it, this was a very nice introduction into that world. Lori is incredibly knowledgeable in native plant species and the various medicinal and healing properties that they contain. Lori infused the oil she used with local plants and flowers.

What astounded me was how easy it was to go about making the salves for yourself. Some beeswax, plant infused oil and few containers was all it really took to craft something that is so great for the skin. I took home a little jar myself and am using it on my lips, which were terribly dry, and have found it not only soothes, but actually repairs them! 

Pictured on the upper left corner of the image below is The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North, a book highly recommended by Lori as it's a great guide for those wanting to pick their own plants and flowers to make their own healing salves.

Lori later took us out around the Field House to look at any native plants that we could pick, dry out, and then use to infuse oils (such as sunflower, olive, or coconut oil) to then use for making our very own beeswax salves.

Children's Workshops at the Field House

Teaching your children how to garden is an excellent developmental tool! They can get their hands dirty while learning where food their food comes from, how to eat healthy and lets parents spend quality time with them. There's many great sources that you can find online that explain many other benefits of gardening for children, I've even found academic sources that provides a more in depth analysis (for those interested in that source click here).

Kids are also very eager to learn about gardening (as a former child myself, I can attest to this) so that's why we were more than excited to put on 2 free children's gardening workshops as part of the Westside Food Festival!

Hands in the Dirt!

Last week we had our very first children's workshop, where our instructor, Rhiannon Johnson, taught kids how to re-pot herbs and veggies so that they can grow better and stronger. Along the way, she took out plants from her very own garden to show and taste. Kale proved to be very popular among the little ones!

We had a variety of plant and herbs for parents and kids to take home, including kale (of course), basil, and chives. Next, we took everyone outside to start re-potting the herbs/veggies of their choice. 

A few of the older kids happily helped us set up a small vertical garden right outside our door. They'll be able to stop by and maintain it whenever they need to.

Grow Your Own Microgreens 

Microgreens are quick and easy to grow at home and a great way to teach your kids how to grow from seeds! Our instructor, Dr. Yael Stav, came over to teach parents and kids how to set up their very own tray of sunflower seeds microgreens.

She showed us the various stages of growing from seed to microgreen, and brought a tray of microgreens for us to taste (with many of us going back for seconds).

Kids and parents then went outside to prepare their very own trays to take home!

Make Your Own Hand-Made Raw Chocolate at Home!

       

Use this easy recipe to make your very own chocolate at home. Add orange zest, raspberries, lavender and more to make your very own customized chocolate! For equipment, you'll need a chocolate mold of your choice or a shallow silicone ice cube tray, a pot and a metal bowl that will fit over it (to serve as your double boiler).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup        raw cacao butter, finely shaved (organic preferred)
  • 2 tbsp       raw coconut oil (organic preferred)
  • 3/4 cups   dark cacao powder (organic preferred)
    • you can use light cacao powder if that's what you prefer
  • 1 whole     vanilla pod, scraped
  • 2-5 tbsp    honey
  • a pinch      finely ground sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Melt the cacao butter and coconut oil together in a bain marie pot (ie. double boil method) until completely melted.
  2. Add the vanilla beans, half of the honey and the pinch of salt. Whisk together
  3. Gradually add the cacao powder, whisking it in as you go.
  4. Once it fully combines, test the flavour and add more honey if you like it sweeter.
  5. Temper the chocolate be removing it from the heat and allowing it to cool slowly.
  6. When it becomes quite thick, place it back on the double boiler and warm it through again. Repeat this step 3 times.
  7. Pour into any mold of your choice and give it a little tap against your work surface to get rid of any air bubbles.
  8. Finally, set in the fridge.

Notes:

If you're adding lavender, add it in Step 1, allowing the lavender to steep in the melted cacao butter and coconut oil for a bit before straining the lavender out, then resuming with the rest of the steps. 

With any type of zest, add it in Step 1, as with the lavender, but do not strain it out, and continue on with the rest of the recipe.

If you want to add nuts, wait until the last 'phase' of Step 6, chopping them up a bit before adding them in.

If your adding fruit, make sure it's been dried or the extra water from the fruit itself might cause your chocolate to clump. Be sure to sprinkle the fruit into the mixture in Step 7. 

There you have it! A recipe for chocolate that is simple to make and is delicious to eat.

Let us know on Facebook or Twitter if you've made it and how it turned out!

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