WENFN Community Potluck — A Tasty Exploration of Local Food Cycles (Oct 19)

Sustenance Festival 2014 logoWest End Neighbourhood Food Network Community Potluck — A Tasty Exploration of Local Food Cycles
(Part of the Sustenance Festival – A city-wide food-inspired festival, October 5 to 19, 2014, Vancouver, BC)

Sunday October 19 (1-3pm)
West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St (Bidwell Rm)

How many aspects of a local food loop (production, preparation, consumption, composting, and education) can we incorporate into one meal?

For example, growing food for the meal and composting the food scraps and recycling the packaging.

Join us for a tasty, celebratory and educational community potluck where everyone’s encouraged to grow some food or ingredients for the potluck and tell us about your experiences growing and preparing your contribution to the meal. (Home grown food is great, but anything you bring is completely welcome!) The food scraps will be composted through the WE Food Scraps Drop Spot at the Community Centre (co-sponsored by WENFN), plastic packaging will be recycled through Village Vancouver‘s Plastic Recycling Depot, and free seeds are available in advance from the WENFN seed library to help you grow your potluck offering! For more about the whole Sustenance Festival, please visit http://sustenancefestival.ca/.

Free.

Please bring cup, plate, utensils (if convenient for you).

Registration: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/west-end-community-centre.aspx (Activity #45809.401).

More info? Please contact Ross at ross.wenfn@gmail.com or call the Community Centre (604-257-8333), or visit foodwestend.wordpress.com.

WENFN is sponsored by Gordon Neighbourhood House.

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Basic Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Workshop (rescheduled, pending)

Basic Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Workshop
To be rescheduled, date pending.
(Originally slated for Monday,September 29 (7-8:30 pm) Gordon Neighbourhood House)

Cultivating resiliency will help us respond more effectively during and after a disaster and provides a path to build a sense of neighbourhood. Village Vancouver has been at the forefront of building community through emergency preparedness. Come and explore some of the tools and approaches we’re spearheading.

Instructor: Ann Pacey

Suggested donation: $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds.

To register/more info: please contact Ross Moster at ross.wenfn@gmail.com or call 604.761.0224, or visit foodwestend.wordpress.com

WENFN is sponsored by Gordon Neighbourhood House.

Community Finger Food Potluck and Food Assets Showcase Sept 21

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Gordon Neighbourhood House, Broughton and Comox Street: 1019 Broughton Street
Phone: 604 683 2554

Try new foods, make new friends, and learn about your community’s food assets at the Gordon Neighbourhood House finger-food potluck. A variety of West End food organizations will be in attendance to share how they contribute to the community’s food assets. Please bring shareable finger foods that can be eaten without cutlery.
Cost: Free
Village Vancouver and the West End Neighbourhood Food Network will have a seed library there – you can get some free seeds for your garden or swap or donate some seeds.

Things have been going great with the West End Food Festival this weekend, jointly organized with Gordon Neighbourhood House and many other collaborators. WENFN co-sponsored (along w/ Spencer Chandra Herbert’s office and Village Vancouver) the Native Edibles workshop on September 19, in which 27 attended) and the Backyard Chickens 101 workshop (along with Village Vancouver) on the same day.

West End Food Festival, Sept 18-22 (Thurs-Mon): Program details

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West End Food Festival 2014
September 18 (Thursday) to 22 (Monday) 2014

All events are at Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton Street) in Vancouver’s West End.

A fun weekend of activities planned at Gordon Neighbourhood House from Sept 18-22. Come join us to celebrate, explore and learn about food!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor: Vancity Credit Union (WE Branch), and to our partners in the event: Village Vancouver, West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Office of Spencer Chandra Herbert (WE MLA), The Attic Thrift Store and Homesteader’s Emporium.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Poster: West End Food Festival 2014 Pamphlet- Revision 4 (PDF download)

Thursday, Sept. 18th
Community Lunch 12:00-1:00 pm
Cost: $5.00

Brews and Chews 7-10 pm
A WE Pop-up Pub Night will highlight craft beer and food pairings and feature local DJ Teyshan spinning 90s hip-hop
Cost: $10

Friday, Sept 19th
Butchery Basics 2-4 pm
Breaking down a whole chicken into retail cuts is a fast, easy way to save $.
Suggested Donation: $5

Backyard Chickens 101 (for kids and others!) 3:30-5:30 pm
Learn the basics of keeping chickens in this kid and family friendly workshop.
Suggested Donation: $5

Native Edibles 6:30-8:30 pm
Come out and learn about edible plants that call our region home. Lori Snyder from the Metis Nation will discuss how to identify and harvest wild, edible, and medicinal plants in an ethical way.
Suggested Donation: $5

Saturday, Sept 20
Farmers Market Tours 10 am
Join local nutritionist Lisa Halliwell and WE MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert for a tour of your Farmers’ Market!
Cost: Free

The Suppermobile 10 am
Gordon House’s Suppermobile program works to mitigate physical and financial access barriers to fresh, healthy produce. Please call 604 683-2554 for more details.

Healthy Eating 1-3 pm
Discover how affordable and delicious meals can be with a few pointers from our local nutritionist.
Suggested Donation: $5

Homemade Mozzarella 1-3 pm
Join Rick Havlak from Homesteader’s Emporium to learn how to make fresh cow’s milk mozzarella at home, with a few, simple ingredients and tools.
Suggested Donation: $5

Family Movie Night: Ratatouille 6:30-9 pm
Join other WE families for popcorn and a Saturday night screening of Ratatouille. Everyone’s invited to come dressed up as mice in pajamas to cheer for Remy, the little rat with big culinary ambitions.
Cost: By Donation

Sunday, Sept 21, 2014
Community Potluck and Food Assets Showcase, 12:00-2:00 pm
Try new foods, make new friends, and learn about your community’s food assets at the GNH finger-food potluck. Please bring shareable finger foods that can be eaten w/out cutlery.
Cost: Free

Urban Farming Initiatives Tour 2-4 pm
Join local urban farmers Susanna Millar and Nathan Saade on a tour of 4 urban farming sites in the WE. Space is limited, register soon!
Cost: By Donation

Monday, Sept 22
Creative Playtime Goes to the Farm 9 am-12:30 pm
Join us on a trip to WESTHAM ISLAND HERB FARM. We will learn about farming, veggies, and the animals that live on the farm. Each child will also get to pick a pumpkin to take home from the pumpkin patch. Space is limited, please sign up soon!
Cost: $10/ Adults, $6/ kids

A Place at the Table Screening and Discussion 6-9 pm
Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of 3 people struggling with food insecurity. A facilitated discussion will follow
Cost: By Donation

 

West End Neighbourhood Food Network – What’s New in Autumn 2014?

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(Visit us at the West End Fest, Saturday, September 6, at the West End Community Centre 11 am to 3 pm)

WENFN was created in 2011 as a grassroots network to support anything related to food in the West End. We look at the entire food cycle — gardening and growing, cooking, enjoying food, recycling, composting. We also like networking, mutual support, information sharing, events, workshops, and more. Here’s an update for the autumn of 2014. Ideas, suggestions, and volunteers are always welcome!

For contact, updates, and more information:
Web: foodwestend.wordpress.com
Twitter: @westendfoodnet
E-mail: ross.wenfn@gmail.com

VISION: The West End is a resilient community, with a sound and sustainable food cycle and food systems, and healthy food accessible for everyone, with the lowest possible burden on the environment.

ACTIVITIES:
Pot Lucks: Share some good food and conversation with neighbours.
Seed Library: Get free seeds for your garden, swap or donate.
Workshops: Balcony and container gardening, seed saving, sprouting, fermenting, canning, backyard chickens, native edibles, emergency preparedness, organic gardening, and more.
100 in 1 Day: We co-hosted and co-facilitated the West End 100 in 1 Day workshop and information session.
Food scraps collection and composting/waste reduction: We lead the coordination of volunteers as part of the weekly Food Scraps Drop Spots at Gordon Neighbourhood House and West End Community Centre. We have held seminars and engaged in advocacy to promote a community-based local food cycle.
Community Outreach: We participate in community events and festivals, disseminating information about WENFN.
Organizing Events: We help organize events such as the West End Food Festival.
Local Food Systems: We demonstrate how to create local food cycles.
Community Food Resilience and Food Justice: We help cultivate community food resilience and food justice in response to issues such climate change, economic inequity, and limited ecological assets.
Permaculture: We promote permaculture as a sustainable and regenerative food design system.
INSPIRE 2014 (International Neighbourhood House and Settlement Conference): WENFN Coordinator Ross Moster presented to an international group of participants about the roles communities can play in driving change in our food systems at The Right to Food: from Charity to Justice luncheon hosted by Gordon House.
Partnerships: We partner with individuals and organizations to fulfill our vision, for example, Gordon Neighbourhood House, Village Vancouver, Recycling Alternatives, the WECC, Vancouver Farmer’s Markets, UBC Community Learning Initiative, and MLA Spencer Herbert Chandra’s office.
Volunteers: We work with many volunteers to further the goals of the network.
Neighbourhood Small Grants: We encourage neighbours to apply for food related grants.
Social media: We maintain a website and tweet.
Promoting the efforts of others: We help promote other food activities, projects, and programs in the West End.
Creating connections: We provide connections and advice.
Networking: We are an active member of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network Working Group.

UPCOMING (Sept –Nov 2014):
West End Food Fest – Participating sponsor/organizer with Gordon Neighbourhood House and other organizations. September 18-22.
Workshop – Backyard Chickens 101 (for kids and others!). September 19 3:30–5:30pm at WE Food Fest
Workshop and walk – Native Edibles. September 19 6:30-8:30pm at WE Food Fest.
Tabling – at the Community Finger Food Potluck and Food Assets Showcase. September 21 noon-2pm at West End Food Fest. Come by and say hello!
Workshop – Emergency Preparedness. Contact us for details on this and additional fall workshops TBA.
Community Potluck — A Tasty Exploration of Local Food Cycles. Part of the 2014 Sustenance Festival. Sunday October 19 (1-3pm). West End Community Centre. See below for details.
Workshop – Introduction to Organic Food Gardening: The basics of planning, preparing and starting a food garden. Simple techniques for starting plants indoors too. November 25. 7:30 pm. West End Community Centre. Register through WECC.
November Potluck – November 25 6:30-7:30 pm (precedes gardening workshop). Register thru WECC,
Seed Library – We’ll be tabling the seed library at several upcoming events and workshops.
Ongoing – Food Scraps Drop Spots – West End Community Centre (Saturdays 10 am to noon), Gordon Neighbourhood House (Tuesdays 6 pm -7:30 pm)
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Note: Sustenance 2014: Making Connections, Building Relationships
This is a city-wide festival with local food-inspired workshops, exhibitions, talks, walks, dances and more – all taking place in community centres and public spaces throughout Vancouver.

Community Potluck — A Tasty Exploration of Local Food Cycles
http://sustenancefestival.ca/events
Host: West End Neighbourhood Food Network
Location: West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St (Bidwell Rm)
Date: Sunday October 19 (1-3pm)
Description: How many aspects of a local food loop (production, preparation, consumption, composting, and education) can we incorporate into one meal? For example, growing food for the meal and composting the food scraps and recycling the packaging. Join us for a tasty, celebratory and educational community potluck where everyone’s encouraged to grow some food or ingredients for the potluck and tell us about your experiences growing and preparing your contribution to the meal. The food scraps will be composted through the WE Food Scraps Drop Spot at the Community Centre (co-sponsored by WENFN), plastic packaging will be recycled through Village Vancouver‘s Plastic Recycling Depot, and free seeds are available in advance from the WENFN seed library to help you grow your potluck offering!
Cost: Free.
Registration: WECC
For more information, please contact Ross at ross.wenfn@gmail.com.

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The West End is an urban population of about 46,000 in a compact community on a peninsula, located between a bay, an inlet, a downtown business core, and a large forested park. Most residents live in multi-unit buildings, with more than 80% being renters. We have limited space for growing. But we do have space, and we have lots of ideas. WENFN supports and cooperates with anyone and any group going in the same direction.

WENFN is sponsored by Gordon Neighbourhood House.

Stanley Park Nature House “Rainforest Café” Sept 7 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Wild edibles walk in the park!

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Photo Credit: Michael Schmidt, SPES website

(Public service announcement)

Stanley Park Ecology Society is hosting great two-hour wild edibles walk is coming up at Stanley Park, Sunday September 7 from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Walk participants will learn how to identify various berries and edible plants growing in the forest, and will also gain awareness of plants and berries that are unsafe to eat. The cost of the walk is $10 per person or $5 for Society members, seniors, and children.

Many plants and berries look tasty, but what can you pick without getting sick? Explore the range of edible foods growing in our local forests during this “urban foraging” tour.

Spread the word about this event to anyone interested in plant identification, urban foraging, or food security. For those that plan on joining, pre-registration is appreciated, by contacting programs@stanleyparkecology.ca or 604-718-6522.