Spring schedule 2019 for West End Neighbourhood Food Network (April, May, June)

vegetables-vegetable-basket-harvest-garden.jpgWe are happy to announce our spring 2019 schedule.

Potlucks and garden clubs will take place on the fourth Sunday of the month during the spring. These are at West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street, Vancouver. WENFN is a member of the Vancouver Network of Food Networks. In our list below, you will find (1) Community Potlucks, Seed Library & Workshops, (2) West End Urban Garden Club events, and then (3) Gardening Workshop Series.

For registration in events, please call the community centre (604-257-8333) website www.westendcc.ca. Event numbers are indicated immediately after the dates below.

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1. Community Potlucks, Seed Library & Workshops

Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a West End Urban Garden Calendar. Each month we present a mini-workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic -our focus this Spring is on Growing, Growing, Growing!

April – Growing Edible Flowers,
May – Growing Great Tomatoes,
June – Eating on the Wild Side: Growing Vegetable Varieties that Maximize Nutrition.

We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants. Followed by the West End Urban Garden Club (separate registration required).
Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Barclay Room

  • Sun Apr 28 1:00-2:30pm, 213137 Free
  • Sun May 26 1:00-2:30pm, 213141 Free
  • Sun Jun 23 1:00-2:30pm, 213142 Free

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2. West End Urban Garden Club

Organized by West End Neighbourhood Food Network, we share information, organize food and gardening workshops, save and give out seeds, produce the West End Urban Garden Calendar, explore possibilities for creating more gardening spaces in the West End, and engage in other food and gardening related activities. In addition, our WeBee pollinators group will be giving out Mason bee houses (while supplies last), and kids (of all ages) can take a picture with WeBee. Each month we hold a discussion/present a short talk or engage in a food and/or gardening related activity of interest to West Enders and others.

  • April – Exploring the West End Urban Gardening Calendar,
  • May – How to Create a Village in the City,
  • June – Seed Packet Party.

All ages welcome, whether you currently have a garden or not! Preceded by Village Vancouver’s and WENFN’s monthly Community Potluck, Seed Library & Workshop (separate registration required).

Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Location: All in Barclay Room

  • Sun Apr 28 2:30-3:30pm, 213138 Free
  • Sun May 26 2:30-3:30pm, 213145 Free
  • Sun Jun 23 2:30-3:30pm, 213146 Free

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3. Gardening Workshop Series – West End Neighbourhood Food Network & Village Vancouver.

Note: Advance registration encouraged. FREE for Seniors (50yrs +).

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Balcony, Container, and Small Space Gardening

Want to grow food, but don’t have much room? In this Village Vancouver and WENFN West End Urban Garden Club workshop, instructor Rhiannon Johnson will cover the techniques and challenges specific to gardening in small spaces, both indoors and outdoors. We’ll look at soil, fertilizing organically, watering, types of containers, different sun orientations and, of course, what to grow in your space. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Advance registration suggested.

Instructor: Village Vancouver & West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Thu Apr 4 6:30-8:30pm
213154 $13/1 sess
Meeting Room 2

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Winter schedule 2019 for West End Neighbourhood Food Network (Jan, Feb, March)

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We are happy to announce our Winter 2019 schedule (January, February, March).

Events are at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street, Vancouver. WENFN is a member of the Vancouver Network of Food Networks.

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In our list below, you will find (1) Community Potlucks, Seed Library & Workshops, (2) West End Urban Garden Club events, and then (3) Gardening Workshop Series.

For registration in events, please call the community centre (604-257-8333) website www.westendcc.ca. Event numbers are indicated immediately after the dates below.

1. Community Potlucks, Seed Library & Workshops

Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a West End Urban Garden Calendar. Each month we present a mini-workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic.

  • January – How to Create a Village in the City
  • February – Building Soil (Composting) for Patio and Balcony Gardeners
  • March – Admendments and Fertilizers for Patio and Balcony Gardeners.

We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants. Followed by the West End Urban Garden Club (separate registration required). Barclay Room. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

  • Sun Jan 20, 1:00-2:30pm, 199939 Free
  • Sun Feb 17, 1:00-2:30pm, 199940 Free
  • Sun Mar 17, 1:00-2:30pm, 199941 Free

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2. West End Urban Garden Club

Organized by West End Neighbourhood Food Network, we share information, organize food and gardening workshops, save and give out seeds, produce the West End Urban Garden Calendar, explore possibilities for creating more gardening spaces in the West End, and engage in other food and gardening related activities. In addition, our WeBee pollinators group will be giving out Mason bee houses (while supplies last), and kids (of all ages) can take a picture with WeBee. Each month we hold a discussion/present a short talk or engage in a food and/or gardening related activity of interest to West Enders and others.

  • January – What are you planting this year?
  • February – Mason Bees,
  • March – Seed Packet Party.

All ages welcome, whether you currently have a garden or not! Preceded by Village Vancouver’s and WENFN’s monthly Community Potluck, Seed Library & Workshop (separate registration required). Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network. Barclay Room.

  • Sun Jan 20 2:30-3:30pm, 199949 Free
  • Sun Feb 17 2:30-3:30pm, 199950 Free
  • Sun Mar 17 2:30-3:30pm, 199951 Free

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3. Gardening Workshop Series – West End Neighbourhood Food Network & Village Vancouver.

Note: Advance registration encouraged. FREE for Seniors (50yrs +).

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Growing Your Own Microgreens (NEW!)

Microgreens are tasty and nutritious greens that can be eaten as a fresh snack or added to salads, smoothies, soups and more. In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Yael Stav, you’ll learn how to grow your own trays of microgreens at home year-round. We’ll look at the difference between sprouts and microgreens, review the many possible seeds that can be used for starting microgreens, and look into troubleshooting common problems. You’ll prepare your own microgreen tray to take home! Supplies included. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network.

Sun Jan 27, 1:00-3:00pm, 199942, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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Cultivating Community Resilience (NEW!)

How can we increase resilience in the West End and other neighbourhoods? What are some of the ways we might collaborate towards this? In this interactive Village Vancouver-West End Neighbourhood Food Network workshop with Ross Moster, we’ll take a look at existing initiatives in the West End and other neighbourhoods, and brainstorm ideas for new initiatives, big and small. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. (Updated text.)

Sat Feb 9, 1:00-3:00pm, 199943, $5/1 session, Barclay Room

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Spice Up Your Garden w/ Garlic Garlic

It’s easy to grow, can thrive in small spaces, and tastes great homegrown! In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Rhiannon Johnson, we’ll cover different types of garlic, soil, planting, care, and what to expect. You’ll learn how to grow garlic in your garden or containers and take home some garlic cloves to plant. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Sun Feb 3, 1:00-3:00pm, 199948, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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Planning and Planting Your Spring Garden

Enjoy the taste of freshly grown veggies from your garden this spring! Village Vancouver and WENFN’s West End Urban Garden Club present a workshop with Rhiannon Johnson covering the basics of planning, and then preparing and starting a food garden. You?ll learn how plan and prepare your garden space, as well as some simple techniques for starting plants indoors and in the garden, tailored to your space. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Tue Feb 26 ,6:30-8:30pm ,199944, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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Kombucha

In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop, you’ll learn how to make Kombucha, a fermented tea drink which contains anti-oxidants and is high in probiotics. Samples will be provided. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Sun Mar 3, 11:00am-1:00pm ,199945, $13/1 session, Barclay Room

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Gardening in Difficult Spaces (NEW!)

In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Mik Turje, you’ll learn how to grow food in difficult spaces, including growing in poor soil, shady areas, small spaces, and other challenging situations. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: WENFN & Village Vancouver

Tue Mar 12, 6:30-8:30pm, 199947, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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Making Beeswax Salves w/ Lori Snyder

In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Lori Snyder, you’ll discover how to make beeswax salves with infused plant oils. It’s quick and easy, and beeswax salves have many different applications, including lip balms, natural skin care, hand salves and salves for wounds and sprains. Gardeners – you can make salves from your garden from a variety of plant infused olive oils blended into beeswax. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Tue Mar 19, 6:30-8:30pm, 199946, $13/1 session, Meeting Room 2

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Pests! Who’s Eating My Lettuce & What To Do About It (NEW!)

As anyone who’s ever gardened before knows, pests can sometimes be a real problem in the garden (and can be particularly discouraging if you’re a new gardener). In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Karen Ageson from Farmers on 57th, you’ll learn various ecologically sound techniques for minimizing damage and disappointment caused by pests in your garden. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Tue Mar 26, 6:30-8:30pm, 199953, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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West End Urban Garden Club Holiday Celebration! 2-Dec-2018 (Sun) at Community Centre

pexels-photo-992820.jpegTime: December 2, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm
Location: West End Community Center, Bidwell Room
Organized By: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Event Description:
The West End Urban Garden Club would like to invite our community friends, old, new and yet to be – to join us as we gather for holiday cheer and great food!

This informal family friendly potluck will allow us to celebrate our gardening year and we’d love to see new gardeners and other community members there. Bring a dish to share and come with your gardening stories, or tales of your favourite comfort dishes, or traditional seasonal foods. Everyone’s welcome.

In the spirit of sharing, we’ll be collecting donations for local food programs which provide access to healthy food for folks in need. If you’d like to contribute, we suggest five or ten dollars — or whatever you’d like to give. (Choosing to contribute is totally optional.)

Cost: Free! Register: #181087 WECC 604.257.8333 or Holiday Celebration (https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/west-end-urban-gardening-club-holiday-celebration/178134) or in person.

For additional info: WENFN — Ross Moster ross.wenfn@gmail.com or visit foodwestend.wordpress.com.

Happy Holidays from West End Neighbourhood Food Network and our Garden Club!

West End Neighbourhood Food Network is a member of Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (www,vancouverfoodnetworks.com) check it out!

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Xwméthkwyiem (Musqueam), Skwxwúmesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

West End Community Potluck (“Drop-in Spaghetti Nights”) and WE Urban Garden Club (Looking Ahead)’ (Sunday Nov 18)

pexels-photo-992820.jpegTime: November 18, 2018 from 1pm to 3:30pm
Location: West End Community Center (Barclay Room)
Organized By: WE Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver

Event Description:
Join WE Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a 2018-19 West End Urban Garden Calendar. This month’s topic is “Drop-in Spaghetti Nights”. We’ll have the West End community seed library there – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants.

The Food Network’s WE Urban Garden Club meets after the potluck until 3:30. Join us in exploring possibilities for creating a new community garden and other gardening spaces in the West End. This month’s topic is Looking Ahead.We’ll also hear from our WeBee pollinators and Seed Savers groups, and we’ll discuss potential new workshops and activities. All ages welcome, and you don’t have to have a garden to attend!

FREE. Registration required: Potluck #181085 WECC 604.257.8333 or in person, or on Vancouver Recreation (https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/west-end-urban-garden-club/178131).

Enrol separately for the Garden Club #181084 (https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/west-end-urban-garden-club/178131).
For a complete list of Fall 2018 WE VV and WENFN potlucks, workshops, and other activities, please visit the WENFN website (foodwestend.wordpress.com). For more info: WENFN — Ross Moster ross.wenfn@gmail.com.

Village Vancouver and West End Neighbourhood Food Network are members of Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (vancouverfoodnetworks.com) — check it out!

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Xwméthkwyiem (Musqueam), Skwxwúmesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

West End Community Potluck May 27 (Sun): Growing Great Tomatoes workshop + WE Urban Garden Club (Visioning our next 12 months)

pexels-photo-992820.jpegTime: May 27, 2018 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: West End Community Center (Barclay Room)
Organized By: WE Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver

Event Description:
Join the West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a 2018-19 West End Urban Garden Calendar. This month’s workshop is Growing Great Tomatoes. We’ll have the West End community seed library there – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants.

The Food Network’s West End Urban Garden Club meets after the potluck until 3:30. Join us in exploring possibilities for creating a new community garden and other gardening spaces in the West End. This month’s topic is Visioning our next 12 months. In addition, we’ll hear from our WeBee pollinators group and our Seed Savers group, and we’ll discuss potential new workshops and activities. All ages welcome, and you don’t have to have a garden to attend!

FREE. Registration required: #158319 WECC 604.257.8333 or in person, or online: Community Potluck on Vancouver Recreation (https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/community-potluck-seed-library-workshop/155350).
Enrol separately for the Garden Club #158328 (https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/west-end-urban-garden-club/155359). For more info: WENFN — Ross Moster ross.wenfn@gmail.com, or visit foodwestend.wordpress.com, Village Vancouver — ross@villagevancouver.ca.

For a complete list of Spring and Summer 2018 WE VV and WENFN potlucks, workshops, and other activities, please visit the WENFN website.

West End Community Potluck (Growing Food on Your Balcony workshop) + WE Urban Garden Club (Plant a Pizza Garden) Sunday, April 15, 2018

pexels-photo-992820.jpegApril 15, 2018 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm
West End Community Center (Barclay Room)
Organized by West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver

Event Description:
Join WE Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a 2018-19 West End Urban Garden Calendar. This month’s workshop is Growing Food on Your Balcony. We’ll have the West End community seed library there – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants.

The Food Network’s WE Urban Garden Club meets after the potluck until 3:30. Join us in exploring possibilities for creating a new community garden and other gardening spaces in the West End. This month’s topic is Plant a Pizza Garden. In addition, our WeBee pollinators group will be giving out Mason bee houses (limited supply), we’ll hear from our Seed Savers group, and we’ll discuss potential new workshops and activities. All ages welcome, and you don’t have to have a garden to attend!

FREE. Registration required: #158318 WECC 604.257.8333 or Community Potluck (https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/community-potluck-seed-library-workshop/155349), or in person. Enrol separately for the Garden Club (https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/west-end-urban-garden-club/155358) #158327. For more info: WENFN — Ross Moster ross.wenfn@gmail.com, or visit foodwestend.wordpress.com, Village Vancouver — ross@villagevancouver.ca.

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Next Potluck and Urban Garden Club: Sunday, May 27. Workshop: Growing Great Tomatoes, Garden Club topic: Visioning Our Next 12 Months. For a complete list of Spring 2018 WE VV and WENFN potlucks, workshops, and other activities, please visit the WENFN website.

Workshop – Planning and Planting Your Spring Garden (FREE for Seniors) at WECC, Thurs 22-Mar-2018

pexels-photo-533360.jpegTime: March 22, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: West End Community Center (Meeting Room 2)
Organized By: WE Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver

Event Description:
This Village Vancouver- WE Neighbourhood Food Network workshop with Rhiannon Johnson covers the basics of planning, preparing, and planting a bountiful Spring veggie garden, including simple techniques for starting plants indoors and in the garden, tailored to your space. We’ll discuss annuals, biennials, and perennials, pollinator-friendly plants and gardens, companion planting, and permaculture. Includes a hands-on planting activity — you’ll take home a pot of planted seeds to help you get a head start on your garden this spring. Advance registration encouraged.

We’ll have the West End community seed library there – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants.

Registration required: #147448 WECC 604.257.8333 or Spring Garden (https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/planning-and-planting-your-spring-garden/143478), or in person. FREE for Seniors (50 and over). Continue reading