City of Vancouver signs global Urban Food Policy Pact at world expo

From a City of Vancouver news release on October 16, 2015, we learned that Vancouver had that day signed a global Urban Food Policy Pact. Details are below.

In celebration of World Food Day, the City of Vancouver joined over 40 cities across the globe today in signing an Urban Food Policy Pact to address food security and sustainable development.

Founded by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Day is celebrated annually to help increase awareness of world hunger and poverty. This year, in recognition of the 70th anniversary of World Food Day and key legacy of the World Expo in Milan, a pact was created by the City of Milan, in partnership with cities around the world to engage mayors and policymakers in the coordination of urban food policies across the globe. The Pact will commit cities to develop sustainable food systems that are inclusive, ensure access to healthy and affordable food, and strengthen urban agriculture practices. Continue reading

Community Potluck (Nov 15, Sunday), Workshop – Introduction to Organic Food Gardening (Nov 17, Tuesday)

Announcement of two events coming up right away!ywca harvest 2010 sm

Community Potluck, Seed & Plant Swap, and Mini-Workshop (Sauerkraut Tasting)
Sunday, November 15, 2015, from 1 to 3 pm
Share some good food and conversation with neighbours at this family friendly gathering. Bring something yummy to share and a cup, bowl, spoon, etc. if you’re able to. Find out the latest with the West End Neighbourhood Food Network and with Village Vancouver. We’ll have a seed library there – you can get some free seeds for your garden, or swap or donate seeds or plants. Each month we present a mini-workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic. This time the topic is “sauerkraut tasting” — and you are invited to bring a sample if you have made some! For further information: Ross Moster at ross@villagevancouver.ca, or visit http://www.villagevancouver.ca.
Cost: Free

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Workshop on Introduction to Organic Food Gardening
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm
West End Community Centre, Bidwell Room Street: 870 Denman Street
Phone: Register event code #9887 WECC (604.257.8333 or online or in person)
Host of this event: Village Vancouver.

Enjoy the taste of freshly grown veggies from your garden this coming spring!

Village Vancouver presents this workshop covering the basics of planning, preparing and starting a food garden. You’ll learn some simple techniques for starting plants indoors and in the garden, tailored to your space. A seed library will be present. Instructor: Rhiannon Johnson.

Register by November 14. #9887 WECC (604.257.8333 or Organic Gardening or in person)
$25. Subsidies: 50% subsidies are available to low income residents of Vancouver with a Leisure Access Card. For details on how to apply, please visit http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/leisure-access-card.aspx.
For further information, please contact Ross Moster at ross@villagevancouver.ca.