WENFN events, summer 2015: Community potlucks, workshops, plant swaps, seed sharing library, food scrap recycling, Farmsteading Day, Strawberry Festival, Car Free Day

WENFN Events – Summer 2015. Download in PDF: Poster WENFN events summer 2015, ver 11-June


Lots happening! Monthly . Stay tuned for more! New: Plant swaps and mini-workshops at potlucks.

Location: West End Community Centre

Time: All 1-3 pm (except June 14 which ends 2:30)

Dates: Jun 14 (Sun/VV), Jul 25 (Sat/WENFN), Aug 15 (Sat/WENFN), Sep 20 (Sun/WENFN)

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. NEW: Starting in July, each month we’ll be doing a mini-workshop on a food and gardening related topic. Free. Everyone welcome!


  • July 9 (Thursday) 7-9 pm: Balcony, Container, and Small Space Gardening (VV)
  • July 23 (Thursday) 7-9 pm: Fall and Winter Gardening (WENFN)
  • August 6 (Thursday) 7-9 pm: Saving Seeds (WENFN)

Please e-mail us or check our website for workshop descriptions and costs.


Look for the West End Neighbourhood Food Network table at these festivals for information, seed library, etc.

  • May 23 Farmsteading Day at Roedde House (Barclay & Broughton St) (Special: Victorian planter display)
  • June 13 (Saturday) Strawberry Festival at Barclay Manor
  • June 20 (Saturday) West End Car Free Day


We have been collected and recycling food scraps since 2012, but as most buildings now have their own systems, we are ending our three spots in June 2015. Meanwhile, the West End Farmers Market runs from May 30 until Oct. 24 (Saturdays, 9 am to 2 pm) and will also accept food scraps.

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. Continue reading


Changes in Foods Scraps Drop Spots services in 2015, ending and starting

Please note that these three Drop Spots in the West End will END as follows:

  • Gordon Neighbourhood House: Saturday, May 23
  • Gordon Neighbourhood House: Tuesday, May 26
  • West End Community Centre: Saturday, June 27

Another Drop Spot sponsored by the Farmers Market will START as follows:

  • West End Farmer’s Market (Comox and Bute): Saturdays, May 30 (9 am – 2 pm)

On January 1, the City of Vancouver and Metro Vancouver banned the disposal of food as garbage. Under the City’s by-law, property owners are required to develop a plan and to manage food scraps according to that plan. If your building manager or owner is reluctant to implement a food scraps plan, please call the City at 604-871-6443. City staff may be able to assist by explaining to your building manager/owner directly about the organics ban and change in bylaw requirements, and hopefully get them moving to implement a food scraps plan.

Thank you! Thousands of people have made it part of their routine to recycle food scraps since 2011! You have been champions and leaders. Together, our efforts have been successful in recycling thousands of tons. WENFN offers many other activities relating to food in the West End. Upcoming “Community Food Potluck” on June 14 (Sunday 1–2:30 pm). Visit our website for more info and to get involved.

West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN) http://www.foodwestend.wordpress.com,  ross.wenfn@gmail.com

Farmers Markets will have four locations in 2015, as shown below. Continue reading