Seed library this Sat (Feb 14, 10 am – noon) at Food Scraps Drop Spot, Gordon Neighbourhood House

Seed Library. Image: VillageVancouver.ca

Seed Library. Image: VillageVancouver.ca

Seed Library this Saturday!

Anyone visiting our Food Scraps Drop Spot at Gordon Neighbourhood House this Saturday, February 14 (10 am til 12 noon only) is invited to check out a seed library on the spot, presented jointly by Village Vancouver and the West End Neighbourhood Food Network.

You can get some free seeds for your garden. Or swap some seeds. Or donate some seeds.

For a look at why seed saving, and urban seed saving in particular, is essential to improve yield and food security resilience, read this article from Grist about a New York City local food activist and farmer who began to notice his saved seeds performed much better than those bought new; they were the survivors, and every year his seeds were culled from the best from the previous year.  Of course his yields improved. (Source) Are you interested in helping maintain and stock seed libraries? Assisting in producing a seed saving brochure? Helping promote or learning more about the benefits of seed saving? If so, please contact Village Vancouver Seed Savers: seedprojects@villagevancouver.ca.  Read more about Seed Savers here (http://www.villagevancouver.ca/group/vvfoodgroupseedsavers).

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Upcoming food-related events in 2015

VegetablesHere is a list of our events coming up in the next few months.
(Updated 18-Feb) Download and print PDF poster: Poster WENFN events Feb-Apr 2015, REV
* All events are hosted by WENFN unless you see an asterisk * to indicate Village Vancouver (a partner network).

COMMUNITY FOOD POTLUCKS

Share some good food and conversation with neighbours. Bring something yummy to share and a cup/bowl/utensil if you can. Find out the latest food and network news. Free. Everyone welcome!

Location: West End Community Centre — All are on Sundays 1–2:30 pm (Barclay or Bidwell Room). Dates are as follows:

  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 14*

 WORKSHOPS

  • Intro to Organic Gardening: February 19 (Thu) 7-9 pm
  • Balcony, Container & Small Space Gardening: March 5 (Thu) 7-9 pm*
  • Peas & Greens March 19 (Thu) 7–9 pm*
  • Carrots, Leeks &Greens: April 2 (Thu) 7–9 pm
  • Build Your Garden’s Soil: May 14 (Thu) 7–9 pm*

FOOD SCRAPS DROP SPOTS

Gordon Neighbourhood House:
Tuesdays 6–7:30 pm
Saturdays 10 am–12 noon
West End Community Centre
Saturdays 10 am–12 noon

Notes: A SEED LIBRARY will be present at all workshops and potlucks (and occasionally at Food Scraps Drop Spots). You can get free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. For up-to-date information and event descriptions please visit the West End Community Centre program or our website. We always welcome new volunteers at our weekly Food Scraps Drop Spots. Potlucks are free and drop-ins OK. Workshops are $27 (including tax), pre-registration recommended (Community Centre tel. 604-257-8333). 50% subsidies are available to low-income residents of Vancouver with a Leisure Access Card.

West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN)
Website: www.foodwestend.wordpress.com
E-mail: foodwestend@gmail.com
(WENFN is sponsored by Gordon Neighbourhood House.)

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