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.

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