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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New workshop: Spice Up Your Garden with Garlic! @westendcc 9-Feb-2020 Sun

two white garlics

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Register online, in person at WECC, or call WECC (604.257.8333).

For more, please see the Winter 2020 program of the West End Community Centre, pages 32 and 33.
https://westendcc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/winter-2020-program-guide.pdf

Spice Up Your Garden with Garlic! NEW!

Garlic’s easy to grow, can thrive in small spaces, and tastes great homegrown! In
this joint Village Vancouver-WENFN West End 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 a community seed library
present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds.

Instructor: West End Food Network
Sun Feb 9, 2020. 1:00-3:00pm
Event 255790
Cost – $13/1 sess
Barclay Room, West End Community Centre

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New workshop: Exploring Responses to the Climate Emergency @WECC Wed 12-Feb-2020

fire wallpaper

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Register online, in person at WECC, or call WECC (604.257.8333).

For more WENFN events, please see the Winter 2020 program of the West End Community Centre, pages 32 and 33.
https://westendcc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/winter-2020-program-guide.pdf

Exploring Responses to the Climate Emergency NEW!

Join Village Vancouver and West End Neighbourhood Food Network in discussing practical responses to the climate emergency. For this gathering, we’re particularly interested in actions you’re taking, especially ones which others can also take. Facilitated by Ross Moster. We’ll have a community seed library present – pick up some free seeds
for your garden, swap or donate seeds.
Exploring Responses will also meet on Wednesday, February 12 – come to one or both (separate registration required.)

Instructor: West End Food Network
Sat Feb 1 10:30am-12:30pm – Event 255788 Free
Wed Feb 12 6:30-8:30pm – 255840 Free
West End Community Centre, Meeting Room 2

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New gardening workshop: Grow your own MIGROGREENS! (WECC on 26-Jan-2020, Sun)

fresh green herbs

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Register online, in person at WECC, or call WECC (604.257.8333).

For more, please see the Winter 2020 program of the West End Community Centre, pages 32 and 33.
https://westendcc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/winter-2020-program-guide.pdf

Grow Your Own Microgreens – NEW WORKSHOP!

Microgreens are tasty and nutritious greens that can be eaten as a fresh snack
or added to salads, smoothies, soups and more. In this Village Vancouver
and WENFN West End 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! Supplies included. 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 Jan 26 2:00-3:30 pm
255787 $13/1 session
Barclay Room

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