Many upcoming WENFN food and gardening activities February to March 2023 at West End Community Centre

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Heads up! We have lots of food and gardening events lined up through to March 2023, in partnership with Village Vancouver. Community meals, gardening workshops, and West End Garden Club activities. Please see the list below. All these events are at the West End Community Centre (https://westendcc.ca/ to browse the extensive programs). Register online, in person, or by phone (604-257-8333 ext. 1).

Register online here. (Search for the key words such as “neighbourhood food” or “gardening” and then look for the date or event you want.)

Thu  9 Feb  6:30-8:30 pm  Growing Superfoods. Cost: $15. Reduced fee for Seniors (50 and over) $5

Enhance your health by adding home-grown superfoods to your plate! In this joint Village Vancouver – West End Neighbourhood Food Network WE Urban Garden Club workshop with Rhiannon Johnson, you’ll learn how to grow your own superfoods such as kale, ginger, turmeric, sprouts, and blueberries. Some superfoods are best grown indoors, and others outdoors, which equally flourish in a garden or in containers. We’ll have a community seed library there – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Reduced fee for Seniors (50 and over)..

Fri  10 Feb 2-4 pm  Menu Planning, Meal Prep and Mason Jar Salads Cost: $21. Free for Seniors (50 and over), except for $8 materials fee. Openings: 12 but expandable.

In this joint Village Vancouver – West End Neighbourhood Food Network WE Urban Garden Club workshop with Rashmi GC, you’ll learn how to plan healthier options for meals throughout the week. Prepare a personalized Menu Plan for yourself. Get tips about Meal Prep. Make and take home a Mason Jar Salad! We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Reduced fee for Seniors (50 and over) – $8 materials cost only 

Sun  19 Feb  noon-1 pm  2023 Collaborative and Community Gardening Opportunities Free. Openings:12 but expandable.  

Looking for a place to garden this year? Learn about our inclusive and equitable family friendly, cross cultural collaborative community gardens in Grandview Woodland, Kits, Strathcona, the West End (including our garden boxes at Robson Community Garden), and West Point Grey at this info session. Applications will be available for anyone interested in gardening with us. All levels of experience welcome. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds, swap or donate seeds. Free.

Sun  19 Feb  1-2:30 pm  West End Urban Garden Club Free. Openings: 12 but expandable. 

Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network’s Urban Garden Club and Village Vancouver at our monthly inclusive, family friendly gatherings. Each month we have a short presentation or discussion on a different food and/or gardening related topic. This month: Starting your 2023 garden/what are you growing this year?/good places to buy seeds.We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Optionally, please bring some snacks or food  to share. Free.

Tue  28 Feb  6:30-8:30 pm  Zero Waste in the Kitchen and DIY Beeswax Wraps Cost: *$21 ($8 of this is for materials). Free for Seniors (50 and over), except for $8 materials fee. Openings: 20

In this joint Village Vancouver – West End Neighbourhood Food Network WE Urban Garden Club workshop with Rashmi GC, we’ll talk about how to reduce food waste, package-free grocery shopping, proper segregation of kitchen waste, recycling and composting. Workshop participants will make beeswax wraps to take home with them. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Free for Seniors for seniors (50 and over; $8 materials fee only.).

Sat  11 Mar 1-3 pm  Balcony, Container, and Small Space Gardening Cost: $15. Reduced fee for Seniors (50 and over) $5. AV needed. Openings:12 but expandable.

Want to grow food, but don’t have much room? In this joint Village Vancouver – West End Neighbourhood Food Network WE 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 there – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Reduced fee for Seniors (50 and over)..

Sun  19 Mar  noon-1 pm DIY Planter Box Giveaway  Free. Openings: 10

Village Vancouver and West End Neighbourhood Food Network WE Urban Garden Club have free small (6-7 Ltr.), lightweight, easy to assemble DIY Planter Box Kits available for seniors, immunocompromised, low income, and other vulnerable members of the community, as well as for other community members. Each kit includes planter box parts, soil, seeds, and assembly instructions. To request a kit: register in the usual manner, AND THEN ALSO contact planterboxes@villagevancouver.ca. and indicate if you’re a member of a vulnerable population or not. (No details required.) Include Planter Box in the subject line. Supplies are limited. 

Sun  19 Mar  1-2:30 pm West End Urban Garden Club Free. Openings: 12 but expandable.

Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network’s Urban Garden Club and Village Vancouver at our monthly inclusive, family friendly gatherings. Each month we have a short presentation or discussion on a different food and/or gardening related topic. This month: Mason Bees. We’ll also be giving away small amounts of plant fertilizer, and have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Optionally, please bring some snacks or food  to share. Free.

Sun  26 Mar  1-3 pm  Growing Japanese Spring Vegetables Cost: $20 ($7 of this is for materials). Free for Seniors (50 and over), except for $7 materials fee. Openings:12 but expandable.

Start the gardening season by growing these early spring Japanese vegetables. Easy to grow, nutritionally dense, yet not readily available, make the most of your garden by growing these wonderful veggies. In this joint Village Vancouver – Westside Neighbourhood Food Network WE Urban Garden Club  hands-on workshop with Tonari Gumi Garden Club (Japanese Community Volunteer Association), we’ll focus on five early spring vegetables. We’ll offer additional seeds and plant starts, along with a sampling of these vegetables in delicious, yet simple Japanese dishes. We’ll also have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Free for Seniors (50 and over) – $7 materials cost only.

Thu  30 Mar  6:30-8:30 pm  DIY Yoghurt and Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) at Home  Cost: *$21; Free for Seniors (50 and over), except for $8 materials fee. Openings:12 but expandable.

In this joint Village Vancouver West End Neighbourhood Food Network WE Urban Garden Club workshop with Rashmi GC,  you’ll learn to easily make fresh Yoghurt and Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) from scratch, without the use of any special devices.  We’ll share tips and tricks for successfully making them at home, and you’ll make a jar of Yoghurt to take with you. Enjoy a Paneer making demonstration, and learn to make different flavoured Paneers! Learning this skill will help you to avoid buying packaged food from stores. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Free for Seniors (50 and over) – $8 materials cost only.

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Thu  19 Jan 6:30-8:30 pm  Grow Your Own Microgreens Cost: $19; Free for Seniors (50 and over) except for $5 materials fee. Openings: but expandable.

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 – West End Neighbourhood Food Network WE Urban Garden Club workshop with Dr. 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! All supplies provided. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds, swap or donate seeds. Free for Seniors (50 and over) – $5 materials cost only

Instructors: West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Village Vancouver.

West End Neighbourhood Food Network is a member of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (https://vancouverfoodnetworks.com/).

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West End Urban Garden Club Holiday Celebration, Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1 to 2:30 pm

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Dec 5, 2021
Sun 1pm to 2:30pm
Location: *West End Community Centre
Facility: Bidwell Room

Information and link for registration: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/west-end-urban-garden-club-holiday-celebration/366103#collapseFour

Instructors: West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Village Vancouver.

West End Neighbourhood Food Network and the West End Urban Garden Club would like to invite our friends – old, new and yet to be – to join us as we gather for holiday cheer in celebration of food and gardening.

This is an informal family friendly gathering and we’d love to see new gardeners and other community members there. Due to COVID protocols, we invite you to bring your own meal, and tableware, and (for those who’d like to) to come with your gardening stories, or tales of your favourite comfort dishes or traditional seasonal foods. Free.

Many upcoming food and gardening activities October to December 2021, at West End Community Centre

Heads up! We have lots of food and gardening events lined up through to December 2021, in partnership with Village Vancouver. Community meals, gardening workshops, and West End Garden Club activities. Please see the list below. Registration required.

Thurs Oct 14 6:30-8:30pm Introduction to Vertical Gardening (West End Community Centre)

Sun Oct 17 1-2:30pm Community Meal, Gardening Workshop, & WE Garden Club(West End Community Centre)

Tues Oct 19 6:30-8:30pm Wild Herbal and Mineral Vinegars (West End Community Centre)

Sat Oct 23 11am-1pm Making Beeswax Salves (West End Community Centre)

Sat Oct 30 11am-1pm Grow Your Own Microgreens (West End Community Centre)

Mon Nov 1 6:30-8:30pm Planning Your Spring Garden (West End Community Centre)

Mon Nov 15 6:30-8:30pm Making Incense 101/Flower Essences (West End Community Centre)

Sun Nov 21 1-2:30pm Community Meal, Gardening Workshop, & GE Garden Club (West End Community Centre)

Sat Dec 4 11am-1pm Native Edibles Talk (West End Community Centre)

Sun Dec 5 1-2:30pm West End Urban Garden Club Holiday Celebration (West End Community Centre)

Instructors: West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Village Vancouver.

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Community Meal, Gardening Workshop (Seed Saving), & West End Garden Club (Sun, Sept 19, 2021)

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Meal and workshop — Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network’s Urban Garden Club and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Depending on what COVID protocols are in place at the time (if any), we’ll either invite you to bring a dish to share, or to bring your own meal and tableware (e.g. plate, eating utensils, etc.) Each month we present a short workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic. This time the theme is Seed Saving. Free.

Sept 19, 2021 (Sunday)
Thu 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: *West End Community Centre
Facility: Bidwell Room

Instructors: West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Village Vancouver

Click to register: Here

West End Neighbourhood Food Network is a member of the VNFN.

Visit vancouverfoodnetworks.com

Outdoor Community Meal, Gardening Workshop + West End Garden Club (Thurs, 26-Aug-2021)

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Meal and workshop — Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver as our monthly family friendly gatherings resume!. For now, we won’t be doing potlucks. Please bring your own food and tableware (e.g. plate, eating utensils, etc.) Each month we present a short workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic. August – Saving Seeds.

Aug 26, 2021
Thu 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: *West End Community Centre
Facility: Off Site – KG Outdoor Basketball Courts

Instructors: West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Village Vancouver

Click to register: Here

West End Neighbourhood Food Network is a member of the VNFN.

Visit vancouverfoodnetworks.com

Sunday June 20, 2021: Community Meal, Gardening Workshop (Sugar Beets), and West End Urban Garden Club


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Meal and workshop — Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver as our monthly family friendly gatherings resume!. For now, we won’t be doing potlucks. Please bring your own food and tableware (e.g. plate, eating utensils, etc.) Each month we present a short workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic. June – Sugar Beets!

Sunday, June 20, 2021
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: West End Community Centre
Facility: Off Site – KG Outdoor Basketball Courts

Cost: Free for everyone.

More information – https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/community-meal-gardening-workshop-and-we-urban-garden-club/340480

We just received a large plant donation and will also be giving away plants.

Here’s a general idea of what we have:
Veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, onions, squash, pumpkins, onions, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, etc.), tomatoes, herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, lavender, basil, etc.) and flowers/landscaping plants (many varieties). Mostly plants are in small (4-6 inch) pots, and some 4 packs and larger plants as well. 4 packs and pots with multiple plants in them count as one plant. There may be a couple/few things which are no longer available.

Village Vancouver is doing a plant giveaway in front of McBride Fieldhouse on Friday June 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Parking is on 4th and 5th. You can get up to 8 plants.

WENFN events May and June 2021 – gardening workshops, community meals, more

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Events in May and June 2021

We had many plans for 2020 and 2021, but COVID-19 had other plans. We have maintained our outdoor gardening activities, and things are starting to ramp up again, with special protocols to be safe.

Some items are in the West End Community Centre program, showing activities organized by West End Neighbourhood Food Network, West End Urban Garden Club, and Village Vancouver.

Register online (www.vancouver.ca/westendrec) via keyword search, in person at WECC, or call WECC (604.257.8333).

Wed May 27, 6-7:30 pm
Early Summer Gardening (FULL, waiting list open)

Sun May 30, 9:30-10:15 am
– Free Seeds for Gardening (FULL, waiting list open)

Sun May 30, 10:15-11 am
DIY Planter Box Giveaway (FULL, waiting list open)

Sun May 30, 11 am-12:30 pm
– Community Meal, Gardening Workshop, and WE Urban Garden Club
– Mini-workshop:  “Growing Great Tomatoes

Sun Jun 6, 10 am-noon
– “Introduction to Vertical Gardening” (FULL, waiting list open)

Sun Jun 28, 11 am-12:30 pm
– Community Meal, Gardening Workshop, and WE Urban Garden Club
– Mini-workshop: “Sugar Beets!”

Limited space for all activities (10 persons max.)  All activities are free for everyone, except for the Vertical Gardening workshop (which is free for seniors 50 and over. $13 for others).

More news – Our boxes at Robson Community Garden are doing great, with several gardeners participating. On the other hand, programming workshops, etc. over the last 6 months has been quite the challenge – organize, program, schedule, cancel or postpone and reschedule, postpone and reschedule again, etc. On May 27, we were actually able to run our 1st workshop at the community centre in over a year. On the basketball court behind the community centre. Sunday, May 30, we’re resuming the monthly meal (bring your own, not a potluck, also on the basketball court).

Update on WENFN activities in 2020 and a look to 2021

We had an extensive schedule of workshops planned in the 2020 winter and spring sessions, but COVID-19 had other plans. We had to put all our workshops at the West End Community Centre on pause in mid-March this year due when the community centre announced its closure for safety reasons.

But that did not stop us from being very active outdoors!

This year we launched nine raised garden beds at the Robson Community Garden (corner of Robson and Broughton Streets in the West End). They are being cultivated by an intergenerational and multi-cultural group of twelve gardeners from the WENFN Urban Garden Club, in cooperation with Village Vancouver.

We are hoping to resume our workshops, a combination of virtual on Zoom and in-person workshops, during the upcoming winter session as the community centre opens up gradually. We are watching for signs of hope for this.

We will also have new seeds available by mail after the New Year 2021. Stay tuned.

Another activity still ongoing is work to update our Urban Garden Calendar (second edition), aiming for completion soon.

We hope you have all been keeping safe and staying healthy during these trying times. Food growing is a healthy activity and we’ll do our best to keep these things going in 2021!

WENFN 2020 spring workshop & garden club activities now online

Great news! A full list of spring activities by West End Neighbourhood Food Network, West End Urban Garden Club, and Village Vancouver are now online in the West End Community Centre program. Download or view PDF online here.

Register online (www.vancouver.ca/westendrec), in person at WECC, or call WECC (604.257.8333).

For the moment, we provide screen shots below.

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WENFN gardening workshops and events in March 2020

vegetables-vegetable-basket-harvest-garden.jpgFrom the West End Community Centre Winter Guide, events in March 2020.

Register online (www.vancouver.ca/westendrec), in person at WECC, or call WECC (604.257.8333).

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Gardening in Difficult Spaces NEW!
In this joint Village Vancouver-Village
Vancouver-WENFN West End 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 a community
seed library present – pick up
some free seeds for your garden, swap
or donate seeds.
Instructor: West End Food Network
Sun Mar 8 1:00-3:00pm
255792 $13/1 sess
Barclay Room

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Community Potluck, Seed Library & Workshop
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. We’ll have the community
seed library present – pick up
some free seeds for your garden, swap
or donate seeds or plants. Each month
we present a short workshop on a different
food and/or gardening related topic.
January – Exploring Responses to the
Climate Emergency (share actions you’re
taking, especially ones which others
can also take), February – Mason Bees,
March – Passive Houses, Followed by the
West End Urban Garden Club (separate
registration required).
Instructor: West End Food Network
Sun Mar 15 1:00-2:30pm
255786 Free
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