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: 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