AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Cedar Cottage Food Network, Gordon Neighbourhood House, Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood House, Marpole Oakridge Neighbourhood Food Network, Mount Pleasant Food Network, Resources, Seed Library, Strathcona Community Centre, Village Vancouver, West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Westside Food Collaborative // July 6, 2018

    There is a lot of talk about knowing where your food comes from, whether that’s how many kilometres away it was harvested or whose hands it passed through on the way to your kitchen table. But what about understanding the very origins of where our food comes from – the seed?

    Seed art at Nexways wa lh7aynexw “Transformed Life” Britannia School Gardens

    “Healthy seeds are the foundation of a healthy food system. We believe in the power of seed to bring health and joy to our communities. Our work is twofold: to re-connect people and seed and restore community control over the source of our sustenance.”

    Borrow Save Share, Lifecycles Project Society

    While farmers and growers have been saving and sharing seeds for thousands of years, this practice has dwindled with the rise of a global food system in recent decades. According to local seed savers Borrow Save Share, we have lost between 75-90% of global crop diversity. This might seem okay for individuals who like to buy the same produce at the grocery store week in/week out. But in the bigger picture, these monocultural farming practices (i.e. growing a single crop intensively on a large scale) significantly limits the resilience of our food crops in face of environmental adversity, such as extreme weather conditions and natural disasters.

    The opposition to the monocultural farming industry has led to the rise of a “Seed Sharing Movement.” This movement is led by a small and dedicated group of people who are concerned about biodiversity, access to diverse seeds, and community food resilience. They are taking action by offering Seed Sharing Libraries in their communities.

    Seed library volunteer from Grandview Woodlands Food Connection community event 

    In Vancouver, we are lucky to have a number of dedicated individuals and community groups who are supporting the Seed Sharing Movement. These groups offer free seed libraries for individuals to take/give back saved seed and run #SeedySaturday events with seed-related workshops and educational resources. (more…)


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Food Hub, Gordon Neighbourhood House, News, South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network // June 8, 2018

    A new South Vancouver Food Hub is being offered from a partnership between South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network and Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

    The South Vancouver Food Hub will replace the South Vancouver Food Bank, which was formerly held at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church. The South Vancouver Food Bank served an estimate of 160 households each week, including 35% seniors and 8% families with young children.

    The new food hub will take place at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 6470 Victoria Drive (at 49th Avenue) on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm (excluding the week when provincial Social Assistance cheques are issued).

    This move to the South Vancovuer Neighbourhood House enables individuals to connect to programs and services such as settlement support, family programs, language classes, seniors’ services, and other resources.



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Cedar Cottage Food Network, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, Hastings Sunrise Community Food Network, Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood House, News, South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network, Strathcona Community Centre // May 8, 2018

    Interested in working in food security?

    Members of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks are currently hiring.

    Permanent positions currently available:

    Current student opportunities through Canada Summer Jobs:

    For more information about individual Neighbourhood Food Networks or their organizations, please visit the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks map. Visit individual Neighbourhood Food Network websites for other current employment and volunteer opportunities.

    This posting has been updated as of June 25, 2018.


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Gordon Neighbourhood House, Neighbourhood Food Networks // April 11, 2018

    This month, we are excited to highlight the work of our network member, Gordon Neighbourhood House in the West End neighbourhood.

    Let’s Get Growing! Urban Farm Program volunteers at Gordon House

    Part of Gordon Neighbourhood House’s food philosophy is to work towards increased food access for those who are nutritionally vulnerable.

    This means sharing fresh, non-expired, healthy, and locally-sourced food whenever possible. Last year, farmer and community programmer Joey Liu led a team of 45 volunteers to grow and harvest over 350 lbs of produce for Gordon Neighbourhood House.

    Their harvests included a wide range of veggies, including bok choy, tomatoes, garlic, zucchini, salad greens, beets, broccoli, beans, peas, leeks, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, basil, and cucumbers.

    These fresh vegetables supplemented Gordon House’s community lunch program, which serves healthy and affordable meals, for only $5 or pay what you can.

    Now that spring has arrived, a new growing season is starting up again. Gordon House is growing at three urban farm sites in the West End and maintaining ten community herb boxes.

    The community herb boxes provide the public with access to free herbs all-year long.

    GNH’s Community Herb Gardens provide a free, openly accessible place for West Enders to harvest and enjoy fresh herbs. Map of current Community Herb Garden sites



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Cedar Cottage Food Network, Mobile Markets, Neighbourhood Food Networks, News // March 5, 2018

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    This month, we are excited to highlight the work of our network member, Cedar Cottage Food Network in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood.

    Cedar Cottage Food Network’s longest running and most popular program is their mobile markets.


    Mobile markets travel throughout the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood to set-up pop-up produce markets.

    The goal of this program is to increase food access in the community and tackle issues of both affordability and physical access.

    Mobile markets address affordability by selling fresh, affordable produce, that is local and organic whenever possible, at a subsidized rate of 70% of wholesale costs.

    They tackle issues of physical access by bringing the market to the community at multiple locations, addressing issues of food deserts (places where there are no nearby grocery stores) and travel for seniors and those with disabilities.


    Cedar Cottage Food Network is now presenting a brand new market on the fourth Thursday of the month.



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events, News // February 28, 2018

    Calling all community service providers!

    Have you heard about the Vancouver Food Asset Map?

    This map highlights the many food resources available across Vancouver neighbourhoods.

    Mapping food assets helps highlight the strengths, gaps and areas for improvement in our local food systems.

    Community service providers (such as yourself!) can use these maps to help themselves or their clients access food, enhance food literacy, and build community connections. We invite you to come be a part of an exciting project to help improving food accessibility in your local community!

    Join us at our upcoming tutorial events where we will show you how to use the Vancouver Food Asset Map, including:

    • Step by step instructions on how to use the map
    • Commonly asked questions – explained
    • Take home multi-lingual instructions for distribution

    Upcoming workshops:

    Monday, March 5th, 2018
    Strathcona Community Centre – Activity Room
    601 Keefer Street. Vancouver BC, V6A 3V8
    RSVP here.
    This session will be led by Lauren Brown of the Strathcona Community Centre and Kathy Romses of Vancouver Coastal Health


    Friday, March 16, 2018
    Carnegie Community Centre – Auditorium
    401 Main Street. Vancouver BC, V6A 2T7
    RSVP here.
    This session will be led by Dounia Saeme of the Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project and Kathy Romses of Vancouver Coastal Health


    Food & drink (vegetarian options available) will provided. Please register in advance as space is limited. 


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, Events, News, Poverty Reduction // February 26, 2018

    The cause of local food insecurity is deeply intertwined with the roots of poverty. As individuals and families in Vancouver are increasingly unable to afford the rising cost of living, they are forced to make hard decisions about their food choices. While empowering people with skills and knowledge is important, we must also address the many root causes that contribute to food insecurity.

    Community pressure has pushed the government to commit to a poverty reduction strategy. Now we need community action to ensure that it’s a strong plan with legislated targets and timelines. You can be a part of this effort to make BC’s government take action against poverty.

    The BC government is currently asking British Columbian residents about what should be included in a Poverty Reduction Strategy. It’s now more important than ever that the provincial government hear our collective voice loud and clear highlighting the pillars of a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

    Use the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition’s easy email form to send a message to the government consultations.

    They have put together a guide sharing the key messages and policies to highlight in the consultations.

    For inspiration, check out our submission here.



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, Events, Food Justice, Migrant Justice, News, Poverty Reduction // February 8, 2018

    Nominees for the Roger Inman award: VNFN members with Raise the Rates and Sanctuary Health

    Last night, the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks attended the CCEC Credit Union AGM as a shortlisted nominee for the Roger Inman Memorial Award, which is given annually in recognition of a project that has made a significant contribution to the economic development of the community. (more…)


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood House, Neighbourhood Food Networks // January 8, 2018

    This month, we are excited to highlight the work of our network member, Little Mountain-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network in the Little Mountain-Riley Park neighbourhood.

    Growing, Harvesting, Sharing and Gathering: Celebrating the First Year in the Riley Park Community Garden

    Building a community space tackling food insecurity while enhancing community engagement.

    I’m so happy I get to see all the amazing work being done in this garden and community, especially during this special tomato festival.”
    – The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP Vancouver Granville

    Planting the seeds for the garden started more than 3 years ago.  Following the demolishment of the Riley Park Community Centre in 2012, there was a need for an alternative community gathering place.  The Parks Board master plan for the Riley Park redevelopment included a community garden, which presented the opportunity to both strengthen connections and build new connections to the neighbourhood.  

    The garden, the fieldhouse and the Neighbourhood Food Network Coordinator, are projects of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House.  Over the past few years, we hosted conversations with community members, groups and organizations and established that the garden would aim to address the issues of food security and community involvement.



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Advocacy, News, Poverty Reduction // December 22, 2017

    Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks wrote a letter to Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction to address the work being done to lift those living in poverty through important systems-level change.

    This includes increasing income assistance rates and disability benefits, affordable housing (specifically supportive and social housing) affordable childcare, living wages, affordable education, and reducing marginalization.

    Read our letter to Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

    If you would like to contact Shane Simpson about this issue, you can reach his office at 250-356-7750 and