Winter schedule 2019 for West End Neighbourhood Food Network (Jan, Feb, March)

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We are happy to announce our Winter 2019 schedule (January, February, March).

Events are at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street, Vancouver. WENFN is a member of the Vancouver Network of Food Networks.

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In our list below, you will find (1) Community Potlucks, Seed Library & Workshops, (2) West End Urban Garden Club events, and then (3) Gardening Workshop Series.

For registration in events, please call the community centre (604-257-8333) website www.westendcc.ca. Event numbers are indicated immediately after the dates below.

1. Community Potlucks, Seed Library & Workshops

Join West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver at our monthly family friendly gatherings. Bring something yummy, share some good food and conversation with neighbours, and pick up a West End Urban Garden Calendar. Each month we present a mini-workshop on a different food and/or gardening related topic.

  • January – How to Create a Village in the City
  • February – Building Soil (Composting) for Patio and Balcony Gardeners
  • March – Admendments and Fertilizers for Patio and Balcony Gardeners.

We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds or plants. Followed by the West End Urban Garden Club (separate registration required). Barclay Room. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

  • Sun Jan 20, 1:00-2:30pm, 199939 Free
  • Sun Feb 17, 1:00-2:30pm, 199940 Free
  • Sun Mar 17, 1:00-2:30pm, 199941 Free

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2. West End Urban Garden Club

Organized by West End Neighbourhood Food Network, we share information, organize food and gardening workshops, save and give out seeds, produce the West End Urban Garden Calendar, explore possibilities for creating more gardening spaces in the West End, and engage in other food and gardening related activities. In addition, our WeBee pollinators group will be giving out Mason bee houses (while supplies last), and kids (of all ages) can take a picture with WeBee. Each month we hold a discussion/present a short talk or engage in a food and/or gardening related activity of interest to West Enders and others.

  • January – What are you planting this year?
  • February – Mason Bees,
  • March – Seed Packet Party.

All ages welcome, whether you currently have a garden or not! Preceded by Village Vancouver’s and WENFN’s monthly Community Potluck, Seed Library & Workshop (separate registration required). Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network. Barclay Room.

  • Sun Jan 20 2:30-3:30pm, 199949 Free
  • Sun Feb 17 2:30-3:30pm, 199950 Free
  • Sun Mar 17 2:30-3:30pm, 199951 Free

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3. Gardening Workshop Series – West End Neighbourhood Food Network & Village Vancouver.

Note: Advance registration encouraged. FREE for Seniors (50yrs +).

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Growing Your Own Microgreens (NEW!)

Microgreens are tasty and nutritious greens that can be eaten as a fresh snack or added to salads, smoothies, soups and more. In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Yael Stav, you’ll learn how to grow your own trays of microgreens at home year-round. We’ll look at the difference between sprouts and microgreens, review the many possible seeds that can be used for starting microgreens, and look into troubleshooting common problems. You’ll prepare your own microgreen tray to take home! Supplies included. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network.

Sun Jan 27, 1:00-3:00pm, 199942, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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Cultivating Community Resilience (NEW!)

How can we increase resilience in the West End and other neighbourhoods? What are some of the ways we might collaborate towards this? In this interactive Village Vancouver-West End Neighbourhood Food Network workshop with Ross Moster, we’ll take a look at existing initiatives in the West End and other neighbourhoods, and brainstorm ideas for new initiatives, big and small. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. (Updated text.)

Sat Feb 9, 1:00-3:00pm, 199943, $5/1 session, Barclay Room

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Spice Up Your Garden w/ Garlic Garlic

It’s easy to grow, can thrive in small spaces, and tastes great homegrown! In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Rhiannon Johnson, we’ll cover different types of garlic, soil, planting, care, and what to expect. You’ll learn how to grow garlic in your garden or containers and take home some garlic cloves to plant. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Sun Feb 3, 1:00-3:00pm, 199948, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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Planning and Planting Your Spring Garden

Enjoy the taste of freshly grown veggies from your garden this spring! Village Vancouver and WENFN’s West End Urban Garden Club present a workshop with Rhiannon Johnson covering the basics of planning, and then preparing and starting a food garden. You?ll learn how plan and prepare your garden space, as well as some simple techniques for starting plants indoors and in the garden, tailored to your space. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Tue Feb 26 ,6:30-8:30pm ,199944, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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Kombucha

In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop, you’ll learn how to make Kombucha, a fermented tea drink which contains anti-oxidants and is high in probiotics. Samples will be provided. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Sun Mar 3, 11:00am-1:00pm ,199945, $13/1 session, Barclay Room

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Gardening in Difficult Spaces (NEW!)

In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Mik Turje, you’ll learn how to grow food in difficult spaces, including growing in poor soil, shady areas, small spaces, and other challenging situations. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: WENFN & Village Vancouver

Tue Mar 12, 6:30-8:30pm, 199947, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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Making Beeswax Salves w/ Lori Snyder

In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Lori Snyder, you’ll discover how to make beeswax salves with infused plant oils. It’s quick and easy, and beeswax salves have many different applications, including lip balms, natural skin care, hand salves and salves for wounds and sprains. Gardeners – you can make salves from your garden from a variety of plant infused olive oils blended into beeswax. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Tue Mar 19, 6:30-8:30pm, 199946, $13/1 session, Meeting Room 2

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Pests! Who’s Eating My Lettuce & What To Do About It (NEW!)

As anyone who’s ever gardened before knows, pests can sometimes be a real problem in the garden (and can be particularly discouraging if you’re a new gardener). In this joint Village Vancouver- WENFN Urban Garden Club workshop with Karen Ageson from Farmers on 57th, you’ll learn various ecologically sound techniques for minimizing damage and disappointment caused by pests in your garden. We’ll have the community seed library present – pick up some free seeds for your garden, swap or donate seeds. Instructor: West End Neighbourhood Food Network

Tue Mar 26, 6:30-8:30pm, 199953, $13/1 session, Bidwell Room

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