Oct 16 (Sun): West End World Food Day Community Potluck “Eating on the Wild Side” mini-workshop, and Urban Garden Club “Challenging Poverty & Food Insecurity” discussion

carrots-n-beetsOctober 16, 2016
12pm to 3:30pm
West End Community Center
Organized by West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver

Join WENFN and Village Vancouver on World Food Day at our monthly family friendly gathering. Bring something yummy and share some good food and conversation with neighbours. We’ll have a seed library there – you can get some free seeds for your garden, or swap or donate seeds or plants.

This month the potluck mini-workshop will discuss the book “Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimal Health” by Jo Robinson, recipient of the 2014 International Association of Culinary Professional’s Cookbook Award in the category of “Food Matters.” As an investigative reporter, she explores the next stage in the food revolution — a radical way to select fruits and vegetables and reclaim the flavor and nutrients we’ve lost. On a practical level, she offers suggests on the best varieties of popular fruits and vegetables with the highest nutritional values. It will change how you select and grow vegetables!

WENFN’s West End Urban Garden Club meets 2:30 to 3:30 pm, after the potluck/workshop. Join us in exploring possibilities for creating a new community garden and other gardening spaces in the West End.

This month’s theme is World Food Day — Challenging Poverty and Food Insecurity.

We’ll also hear from our WeBee and Seed Savers groups, and discuss potential new workshops and activities. All ages welcome!

Register: #74664 WECC 604.257.8333 or Community Potluck, or in person. Enrol separately for Garden Club #74667.

For more info: WENFN — Ross Moster ross.wenfn@gmail.com, or visit foodwestend.wordpress.com, Village Vancouver — ross@villagevancouver.ca.

Next Potluck and Urban Garden Club: Sunday, November 20. Workshop: Pulses, Garden Club topic: West End Food Network: Building Community Food Resilience.

For a complete list of Fall 2016 West End Village Vancouver and WENFN potlucks, workshops, and other activities, please visit the WENFN website. Upcoming workshops include Beewax Salves, Introduction to Organic Gardening, Pollinators, and Movement for Gardeners.

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Village Vancouver and West End Neighbourhood Food Network are members of Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (www.vancouverfoodnetworks.com). WENFN is sponsored by Gordon Neighbourhood House.

2016 West End Food Festival Schedule – Sept 15 – 20 (Thurs – Tues)

west-end-food-festival-logo-sept-2016Below is the schedule (chronological order) for the 2016 West End Food Festival Schedule, organized by Gordon Neighbourhood House, with West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Village Vancouver, and many more as Community Partners. Enjoy!

REGISTER for workshops and activities at westendfoodfestival.wordpress.com. Space is limited and registration is required. For further information on WENFN and Village Vancouver workshops and activities: Rossross.wenfn@gmail.com or ross@villagevancouver.ca.
[Join Village Vancouver and West End Neighbourhood Food Network at any of our several activities and workshops (all free), including our West End Community Potluck and Growing Winter Herbs workshop, on Sunday, September 18th. We’ll explore opportunities for growing winter herbs like chives, mint, rosemary, parsley etc. on your patio, balcony or windowsill. This is a hands on workshop and you’ll leave with your own winter herb planter.  West End Urban Garden Club meets following the workshop.]


Thursday, September 15
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Community Lunch
MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert will be our guest chef! Enjoy a delicious homemade meal with coffee or tea. Call the front desk to find out what’s for lunch! If you have dietary restrictions, let us know with as much notice as possible and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
At: Gordon Neighbourhood House
Tickets are limited. Reserve yours by visiting or calling the front desk.
Cost: Free! (Special free lunch today!)

3:00 – 5:00 pm
Family Urban Gardening
Growing Chefs’ mission is to teach children, families, and the community about healthy food and healthy food systems. Drop by for a 30–45 minute child-friendly activity on vegetables and gardening; You’ll even get to plant your own seed to take home for the start of your own urban garden!
At: Gordon Neighbourhood House**
Cost: Free! RSVP or drop by

5:00–6:00pm /** 7:00–8:00pm
Kombucha: It’s not magic, it’s fermentation!
This popular health tonic contains a diversity of beneficial microbes. Kombucha can be made to self-carbonate, so it’s a great alternative to sugary sodas. Come learn to brew it at home using tea and natural sugars. All participants will receive a starter SCOBY that can be used to brew an unlimited amount of Kombucha.
At: Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay St
Cost: Free! Registration required

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Rainbow Soup Social
Want to meet other awesome people while making soup for the Community food hub? Check out this weekly soup making group for queer people and their allies!
At: Gordon Neighbourhood House
Register: register@checkhimout.ca
Cost: Free! Continue reading

Our autumn 2016 program of food events/workshops/potlucks at West End Community Centre


Below, in one place, is a list of West End Neighbourhood Food Network events at the West End Community Centre  (870 Denman Street) from September to December 2016.

More info: WENFN — Ross Moster ross.wenfn@gmail.com, or visit foodwestend.wordpress.com, Village Vancouver — ross@ villagevancouver.ca or www. villagevancouver.ca.

To register for an event, go online (http://westendcc.ca/) or call the community centre (604-257-8333) and provide the event code indicated.

Community Potlucks, Seed & Plant Swaps & Workshops

Bring something yummy and share some good food and conversation with neighbours. We’ll have a seed library there – you can get some free seeds for your garden, or swap or donate seeds or plants. Each month we present a mini-workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic.  Advance registration encouraged. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network Continue reading

Certified Food Safe Course, Gordon House, July 29 (Fri)

Gordon Neighbourhood House is coordinating a Certified Food Safe Course on Friday July 29th from 8:30am until about 4pm (end time depends a bit on the time taken to finish the test).

The facilitator is geared towards community work (community kitchens etc.), and the course would be a great option for staff and volunteers who deal with food in any situation.

Gordon House is subsidizing a part of the cost of the course a bit, so  it will be on a sliding scale between $20 and $50, depending on ability to pay.

For questions or sign up, please contact Stephanie Shulhan, Community Programmer, Gordon Neighbourhood House. Tel: 604-683-2554 ext. 205

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Registration is first-come-first-served.


Free – “Native Edibles” workshop and walk – June 14, 2016 (Tues)

Jun 14, 2016
Tuesday 6:30pm to 8:30pm
West End Community Centre
Bidwell Room
It can be easy to forget about the wealth of food that grows all around us. Come out and learn about edible plants that call our region home in this Village Vancouver workshop. Lori Snyder from the Metis Nation will discuss how to identify and harvest wild, edible, and medicinal plants in an ethical way. Please dress appropriately for the weather. A seed library will be present – you can get some free seeds for your garden or swap or donate some seeds. (Please come a little early.) For further information: Ross Moster at ross@villagevancouver.ca, or visit http://www.villagevancouver.ca. This is a free program
Reg: #48365 WECC 604.257.8333 or online or in person.
Don’t worry if it says there’s a wait list. (More slots are expected to be added.)