WENFN – Upcoming workshops and potlucks

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Upcoming workshops and potlucks

 Sunday, January 19    11 am-1 pm

WENFN January Potluck (Brunch)                                                                45809.101WE

Share some good food and conversation with neighbours. Bring something yummy to share and a cup, bowl, spoon, etc. if you’re able to, and find out the latest with the West End Neighbourhood Food Network. Free. Everyone welcome! Barclay Room, West End Community Centre

Sunday, February 23                                                                                                       Village Vancouver Potluck   12:45-2 pm                                                          45809.102WE
Share some good food and conversation with neighbours. Bring something yummy to share and a cup, bowl, spoon, etc. if you’re able to, and find out the latest with Village Vancouver. Everyone welcome! WENFN Seed Saving Workshop follows!                                       

Sunday, February 23 (same day, following immediately after potluck)
WENFN
Free Seed Saving Workshop    2-4 pm                                             45201.101WE                                     You’ll learn about the different strategies that plants use to reproduce and how to use this information to effectively select, harvest and store your own seeds. The emphasis is on annual food crops. Instructor: Grant Watson
Bidwell Room, West end Community Centre                            

Tuesday, March 4                                                                                                              WENFN Free Balcony and Container Gardening Workshop   7-9 pm       45201.103WE                                        Want to grow food but you live in an apartment? In this course we will cover the techniques and challenges specific to gardening indoors and on balconies in containers. We’ll look at soil, fertilizing organically, watering, types of containers, different sun orientations and of course, what to grow. Instructor: Grant Watson Bidwell Room, West End Community Centre

Sunday, March 16
WENFN
March Potluck    noon-2pm                                                              45809.103WE                                      WENFN Free Native Edibles Workshop    2-4 pm                                        45201.102WE
Come learn about all the tasty plants that happily grow in our climate without any human intervention! We’ll cover first nations favourites as well as some introduced but naturalized species. Instructor: Grant Watson                                                                                                 BarclayRoom, West End Community Centre

To register: WENFN (ross.wenfn@gmail.com) or WECC (604.257.8333 or vancouver.ca/westendrec)

 Ongoing:
Food Scrap Drop Spots – every Tues (6-7:30 pm) & Sat (10 am-noon) @ Gordon Neighbourhood House
and every Sat  (10-noon) @West End Community Centre

Watch for additional upcoming WENFN workshops, potlucks and other activities at WECC and Gordon Neighbourhood House

For further information, please contact Ross Moster, WENFN Coordinator at ross.wenfn@gmail.com, or visit foodwestend.wordpress.com

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West End Neighbourhood Food Network Potlucks (Jan 19, Mar 16)

EVENT NOTICE:

West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN) is a kicking off a series of monthly potlucks with a Sunday Brunch from 11-1 this Sunday (Jan 19) in the Barclay Room at the West End Community Centre (870 Denman St.).
Share some good food and conversation with neighbours. Bring something yummy to share and a cup, bowl, spoon, etc. if you’re able to, and find out the latest with the West End Neighbourhood Food Network (Lots happening!)
Everyone welcome!
To register: WENFN (ross.wenfn@gmail.com) or WECC #45809.101WE (604.257.8333 or www.vancouver.ca/westendrec).
We also have a series of free gardening and seed saving workshops coming up in February and March. Details are in a separate post.

 

And mark your calendars for our next potluck – Sun Mar 16 12:00pm-2:00pm, 45809.103WE Free, West End Community Centre

New Year 2014 – A big one for food topics in the West End

ywca harvest 2010 smWest End Neighbourhood Food Network wishes all 45,000 people in the West End a wonderful 2014.

Looking back on 2013, we were an active participant in the working group of Neighbourhood Food Networks, which has been featured in Vancouver’s Sustainable Food Policy, we continued operating the Food Scraps Drop Spots in cooperation with partners (Recycling Alternative, Gordon Neighbourhood House, West End Community Centre, and Village Vancouver), held some workshops and potlucks, and a joint meeting with the City of Vancouver on sustainable food systems in the West End as part of the 30-year community planning process, and helped spread the word generally about food. We also joined with Gordon House in the first ever West End Food Fest, in October. Internally, we also had some discussions about organizational development and planning. And thanks to a grant from the City of Vancouver, we are able to hire a coordinator part time, so the pace should pick up now.

Looking forward to the next 12 months in 2014, we can expect acceleration of activities around food, in Food cycle conceptscooperation with current and new partners. The regionwide ban to prevent food scraps from the land fill enters into force on January 1, 2015, so we can expect some big changes in the West End in the coming months. Meanwhile, we continue with the Food Scraps Drop Spots, serving over 300 people and their families each week. We can expect more cooperation citywide with interested networks and groups. Gordon House is also ramping up activities on the food security and food justice topics, so we look forward to more cooperation with them too. Many other plans are being developed. Stay tuned!

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