Resources

Neighbourhood Food Networks: http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/neighbourhood-food-networks.aspx

Workshop Summary: Local Food Systems: The West End Context  (by West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN) and City of Vancouver) March 26, 2013, at West End Community Centre
Download: West End Local Food Systems Workshop – March 2013 – Summary Notes – FINAL

Community Gardens in the West End Area

Great article — “Kitchen waste has become a deceptive term: Compostable organics can be diverted, converted into energy and turned into fertilizer” (Brock Macdonald, Vancouver Sun, 10-Oct-2012) http://www.vancouversun.com/Opinion/Op-Ed/Kitchen+waste+become+deceptive+term/7371406/story.html

Vandusen Gardens has programs on food growing:
http://vancouver.ca/vandusen/adultEducation/adult.htm

Vancouver Coastal Health’s “Free and Low Cost Meals” Directory information page – http://www.vch.ca/find_services/find_services/?program_id=2703

Provided by Vancouver Coastal Health, this list (2011 version, downloadable in Excel format) is a useful resource for people seeking free and low cost meals. If the link above does not work, go to http://www.vch.ca and search for “free and low cost food list.” Note that some information may have changed since the time of printing. Included are:

  1. Free meals: FREE breakfast, lunch or dinners available to everyone
  2. Low cost meals: breakfast, lunch or dinners available to everyone at a low cost
  3. Community meals: breakfast, lunch or dinners available for members of specific population groups. These meals may be free or low cost
  4. Emergency food: Food banks or food bags that provide 3-4 days worth of groceries. Some of these services are for specific population groups only

Victory Gardens – “We help you grow food! We Build. We Teach. We Grow.”
http://victorygardensvancouver.ca/

The Economist: Food Security Index, by country:
http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/

Plantcatching.com: Free plants, surplus produce and gardening materials (are just around the corner in a garden near you) — not yet big in Vancouver, but has potential
http://plantcatching.com/en

Environmental Youth Alliance
http://www.eya.ca/

Planted Network
http://www.plantednetwork.ca/

  • Facilitates collaboration among partners
  • Provides resources and access to expertise
  • Provides public education to raise awareness
  • Helps new community gardens and sustainably-minded food programs get started

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