West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN)


The Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network Working Group was established in 2010 and consists of staff and volunteer coordinators and representatives from the city’s Neighbourhood Food Networks (NFN). The founding networks of the working group included:
1. Cedar Cottage Food Network Society
2. Downtown Eastside Right to Food Network
3. Grandview Woodland Food Connection
4. Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute
5. Westside Food Collaborative
The group now also includes regular representation from:
6. Hastings Sunrise Community Food Network
7. South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network
8. Strathcona Food Security Program
9. Village Vancouver
10. Westend Neighbourhood Food Network
And occasional participation from:
11. Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Food Network (still in formation)


NEWS — TreeKeepers 

tk distribution master-westend(April 11, 2013) Registration is now open for folks in the West End to get a great deal on trees through TreeKeepers (including varieties that will do well in a container on a balcony). All people need to do is go to www.treekeepers.ca and click on the “GET A TREE” button to see a pop-up of 10 tree selections. Trees must be paid for online via the paypal form that will come up, and they must be picked up on the distribution day for your area: Saturday, May 4, 2pm-4pm at the West End Community Centre.

Also, the Citizen Foresters campaign which will train volunteers to become urban tree stewards who can help others plant and care for trees. They’ll also monitor the TreeKeepers trees in the future for healthy growth. The training program (three two-hour lessons) is free but it starts very soon — Thursday – so people should apply soon if interested. Poster: tk poster-citizen forester-mid


Local Food Systems: The West End Context 
Tuesday, March 26, 2013. 6:30 – 9 pm (NOTE TIMES)
Location: West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Bidwell Room
Register by calling 604-257-8333 or online vancouver.ca/westendrec
Register online here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5727595392
Hosted by: West End Neighbourhood Food Network and the City of Vancouver’s West End Community Plan team

Download poster (PDF): local-food-systems-poster-WENFN-COV-26-Mar-2013 (colour, 1.9MB). Simple black and white version: Local Food Systems West End POSTER, 26-Mar-2013

Are you interested in growing, consuming or recycling food in the West End? If so, this session may be of interest to you. The session will start out by exploring key information about the food system within the West End followed by an asset mapping exercise to collaboratively learn more about what assets exist within our community.

The food system covers all aspects of food, including:

  • Production
  • Processing
  • Distribution
  • Access
  • Consumption
  • Waste management

A healthy food system is one in which food production, distribution, and consumption are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social, and nutritional health of a place.

The West End is undergoing an official community planning process through 2013 that will guide development here for the next few decades. This is an opportunity to look at our urban community of 46,000 people through the lenses of food systems, food security, food access, food growing, food justice, etc. and provide input into a formal process of urban planning.


Meet and Greet  for West Enders –  And Coordinators of Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Food Networks
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 5 to 6 pm
Venue: Gordon Neighbourhood House (Room 4), 1019 Broughton Street (West End), Vancouver

Download poster (PDF): Meet and Greet, NFN coordinators, West End, 28-Mar-2013

Did you know that a network of Neighbourhood Food Networks exists in Vancouver? The West End Neighbourhood Food Network is hosting the bimonthly meeting on March 28. Anyone is invited to the casual meet-and-greet event. Find out what’s going on around the city and who’s involved.  RSVP requested.

  • Westside Food Collaborative
  • Downtown Eastside Right to Food Network
  • Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
  • Grandview Woodland Food Connection
  • South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network
  • West End Neighbourhood Food Network
  • Cedar Cottage Food Network
  • Strathcona Food Program
  • Hastings-Sunrise Neighbourhood Food Network

West End Neighbourhood Food Network, with support of Gordon Neighbourhood House

www.foodwestend@wordpress.com, email foodwestend@gmail.com


Food Scraps and Composting Forum: Policy and Practice
Saturday, September 22, 2012, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Bidwell Room, West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street
This forum features masters student Liz Blakeway, reporting her research findings on food scraps/composting-related policy, and showing the potential for us to transform waste management in Vancouver and BC’s Lower Mainland. Other guest speakers may be announced.
All food scraps will be banned from garbage and the Metro Vancouver landfill by 2015. Vancouver and other municipalities are scrambling to organize systems for collection and processing of food scraps. This forum will provide information and cover the significance and prospects for food scraps composting. As one model of how to handle food scraps, the Food Scraps Drop Spot at the West End Community Centre has been running since June 2012. In just over a year, four trial Drop Spots have collected over 30 tonnes of organic waste from over 8,000 individual drops. 
Sponsored by West End Neighbourhood Food Network. Information: foodwestend@gmail.com
Food Scraps and Composting Forum, West End Community Centre, 11 am to 12:30 on June 16, Featured speaker Liz Blakeway presented findings to date on her masters research about how policy hinders or helps food and organic waste collection and composting at municipal, regional, and national levels of government in Canada and overseas. Local West End cases were introduced. A report will be posted online here soon. Liz says there is an opportunity to transform waste management in the Lower Mainland of BC. We can be part of that transformation.
Food Scraps and Composting Forum — Policy and Practice
(West End, and Vancouver)
When: June 16, 2012, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Where: West End Community Centre

Purpose: To inspire and inform by providing information and covering the significance and prospects for food scraps composting. Click here to see slide show online.


  1. Greeting (2 minutes)
  2. Introduction (10 minutes: West End Drop Spots, results so far, future prospects for different composting models in West End (including 100% coverage of multi-unit residential buildings), context of food scraps composting in the entire food cycle
  3. Policy Aspects of Composting (Liz Blakeway describes findings of masters research on composting globally and locally, with specific examples) (20 minutes)
  4. Situation in West End, past, present, and future prospects
  5. Short reports: City’s pilot program on single family composting program, (b) grants/funding, (c) more…Metro Vancouver
  6. Open Discussion
  7. Conclusion: Summarize desired or possible outcomes for food scraps composting in 3, 12, 36 months…
Car Free Day June 17, 2012
 – WENFN had a table shared with Village Vancouver and the Drop Spot at the West End Car Free Day on Denman Street.
Community Food Asset Mapping Workshop
– The Potential for Food Security & Food Growing
We will continue discussions and list up all the elements in the West End relating to food growing and food security. We will look at what is missing and how things can be connected.
Instructor: Randy Helten
Sun Jun 3, 2012,  10:30am-12:00pm
Stanley Court Room
870 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC
Event code 45409.205WE