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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 13+ 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.

Upcoming Events

Thurs Oct 14 6-7pm Kits Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre)

Sat Oct 16 1-3pm Grow Your Own Microgreens (False Creek Community Centre)

Wed Oct 20 7-8:30pm HeArt for the Soul: Echinacea - The Path to Healing(W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Thu Nov 4 6:30-8:30pm Planning your Spring Garden (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Fri Nov 16 6:30-8:30pm Grow Your Own Microgreens (Kits Community Centre)

Wed Nov 17 7-8:30pm HeArt for the Soul: Rosemary - The Path to Healing (W. Pt Grey Community Centre)

Thurs Nov 18 6-7pm Kits Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre)

Sat Nov 27 11am - 1pm Making Beeswax Salves with Lori Snyder (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Tues Dec 7 6:30-8:30pm Making Incense 101/Flower Essences (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Thurs Dec 16 6-7pm Kits Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre)

Location: Westside, Vancouver
Members: 12
Latest Activity: Oct 8

ACTIVITIES

WNFN is very active, engaging in approximately 150 activities a year, including as followed:

WESTSIDE FOOD FESTIVAL                                                   

The 1st festival took place July 18-31, 2017, and featured over 40 activities (all free) at a dozen westside locations, now the festival has grown to having over 100 activities! Keep scrolling to the bottom of the page to see a list of our past events hosted during the 2021 Westside Food Festival.

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.                                                       

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. Volunteers welcome.

PERMACULTURE CORRIDOR

The goal of this 3-year Greenest City project is to create a corridor of several Permaculture gardens in Kitsilano and adjoining westside communities. Features of the project include self-guided walking tours in English, Cantonese and Mandarin as well as extensive plant and topical signage. 

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 in our uth 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 and low cost workshops  several times a month. 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. (Note: project currently on hold.)

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

Join VV in discussing practical responses to the climate emergency. At these gatherings, we’re particularly interested in hearing what actions you’re taking, especially ones which others can also take.

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 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)

Past Activities:

This summer 2021, we were fortunate enough to host yet another Westside Food Festival. In collaboration with other organizations, the festival consisted of over 100 free & low cost activities and workshops through the the westside. Activities included:

Week 1 June 15-21

Tues June 15 6:30-8:30pm Drip Irrigation for a Waterwise Garden (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Wed June 16 6:30-7:30pm Permaculture Vancouver - June Meetup: Plant Giveaway and Gardening Ops info session (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Thu June 17 6-7pm Kits Village Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre) registration: recycling@villagevancouver.ca

Fri June 18 5:30-6:30pm  Plant Giveaway (McBride Park Field house) no registration required

Sat June 19 10am-12:30pm Gardening (Aberthau Community Garden, W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Sat June 19 12:45-1:15pm Gardening (VV vertical garden in Kits)

Sat June 19 1:30-2pm Gardening (VV native plants garden in Kits)

Sun June 20 3-5:30pm Gardening (VV garden in Kits Point)

registration for all gardening in Kits/Kits Point: gardening@villagevancouver.ca

Mon June 21 6:30-8:30pm Make Your Own Twined Small Basket (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Week 2 June 22-28

Tue June 22 5:30-6:30pm Plant Giveaway (Plaza at Bayswater and Broadway)

Wed June 23 5:30-6:30pm DIY Planter Box Kit Giveaway (McBride Park Field House)

Thu June 24 5:30-6:30pm Plant Giveaway (McBride Park Field House)

 Fri June 25 5:30-6:30pm Plant Giveaway (McBride Park Field House)

Sat June 26 10am-12:30pm Gardening (Aberthau Community Garden, W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Sat June 26 12:45-1:15pm Gardening (VV vertical garden in Kits)

Sat June 26 1:30-2pm Gardening (VV native garden in Kits)

Sun June 27 3-5:30pm Gardening (VV garden in Kits Point)

registration for all gardening in Kits/Kits Point: gardening@villagevancouver.ca

  Mon June 28 6:30-8:30pm Grow Your Own Microgreens (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Week 3 June 29-July 5

Tues June 29 5:30-6:30pm Native Bee House Giveaway (McBride Park Field House)

Wed June 30 4:30-5:30pm Free Seeds for Gardening (Plaza at Bayswater and Broadway)

Fri July 2 4:30-5:30pm DIY Planter Box Kit Giveaway (Plaza at Bayswater and Broadway)

Sat July 3 10am-12:30pm Gardening (Aberthau Community Garden, W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Sat July 3 12:45-1:15pm Gardening (VV vertical garden in Kits)

Sat July 3 1:30-2pm Gardening (VV native garden in Kits)

 Sun July 4 3-5:30pm Gardening (VV garden in Kits Point)

registration for all gardening in Kits/Kits Point: gardening@villagevancouver.ca

Mon July 5 5:30-6:30pm Free Seeds for Gardening (McBride Park Field House)

Week 4 July 6-12

Tue July 6 5:30-6:30pm Free Seeds for Gardening (McBride Park Field House)    

                           Wed July 7 6:30-8:30pm Hapa-Zome                 Japanese art of leaf and flower pounding on cloth using homegrown dye plants (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Thu July 8 6:30-8pm HeArt for the Soul: Lavender - The Path to Healing (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Fri July 9 2-5:00pm Building Planter Boxes/ New Garden Launch (parking area behind MLA David Eby's office)

Fri July 9 6:30-8:30pm Making Beewax Salves w/Lori Snyder (McBride Park Fieldhouse)

Sat July 10 10am-12:30pm Gardening (Aberthau Community Garden, W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Sat July 10 12:45-1:15pm Gardening (VV vertical garden in Kits)

Sat July 10 1:30-2:00pm Gardening (VV native garden in Kits)

Sun July 11 3-5:30pm Gardening (VV garden in Kits Point)

registration for all gardening in Kits/Kits Point: gardening@villagevancouver.ca

Mon July 12 1-2pm Play in the Dirt Children's Workshop (McBride Park Field House)

Mon July 12 2-3pm Seed Hunting Children's Workshop (McBride Park Field House)

Week 5 July 13-19

              Tue July 13 6:30-8:30pm Intro to Organic Gardening                      (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Wed July 14 6:30-8:30pm Seed Saving 101 (zoom)

Thu July 15 6-7pm Kits Village Recycling Depot (Kits Community Centre)  CANCELLED

Thu July 15 6:30-8:30pm Growing Superfoods (zoom)

Fri July 16 10am-noon Making Incense 101/Flower Essences (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Sat July 17 10am-12:30pm Gardening (Aberthau Community Garden, W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Sat July 17 12:45-1:15pm Gardening (VV vertical garden in Kits)

Sat July 17 1:30-2pm Gardening (VV planter box shade garden in Kits)

Sat July 17 2:15-2:45pm  Gardening (VV native garden in Kits)

Sun July 18 3-5:30pm Gardening (VV garden in Kits Point)

registration for all gardening in Kits/Kits Point: gardening@villagevancouver.ca

Mon July 19 5:30-6:30pm Free Seeds for Gardening (Plaza at Bayswater and Broadway) RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY JULY 30

Week 6 July 20-26

Tue July 20 6:30-8:30pm Native Edibles Talk and Walk (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Wed July 21 7-9:30pm Permaculture Vancouver July Meetup - Drip Irrigation and Vertical Gardening (McBride Park Field House) RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY JULY 29TH

Thu July 22 6:30-8:30pm Fall and Winter Gardening (zoom)

Fri July 23 4:30-5:30pm DIY Planter Box Kit Giveaway (McBride Park Field House)

Sat July 24 10am-12:30pm Gardening (Aberthau Community Garden, W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Mon Jul 26 4 5:30-6:30pm Free Seeds for Gardening (Plaza at Bayswater and Broadway) RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY AUGUST 4

Week 7 July 27- August 2

Tue July 27 5:30-6:30pm Free Seeds for Gardening (Plaza at Bayswater and Broadway)

Tue July 27 6:30-8:30pm Wild Herbal and Mineral Vinegars (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Wed July 28 6:30-8:30pm Gardening with Lori Snyder (W. Pt. Grey Community Centre)

Thu July 29 7-9:30pm Permaculture Vancouver July Meetup - Drip Irrigation and Vertical Gardening (McBride Park Field House)

           Fri July 30 5:30-6:30 pm Free Seeds for

registration for all gardening in Kits/Kits Point: gardening@villagevancouver.ca

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Interested in participating in a VV garden? We have collaborative gardens/garden spaces in 5 neighbourhoods. Contact us at gardening@villagevancouver.ca. Gardening now in progress. New gardeners welcome (space allowing).

Kits Village Recycling Depot (2nd or 3rd Thursdays Kits Community Centre) Next depot: Thursday, August 19th 

Main St. Village monthly gatherings (1st Tuesdays Little Mountain Neighbourhood House) Currently on hold due to COVID

Permaculture Vancouver Meetups (3rd Wednesdays VV McBride Park Fieldhouse (sometimes elsewhere) Next meetup: Special date Thursday, July 29th

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