WESTSIDE FOOD COLLABORATIVE

  • FALL CELEBRATIONS 2018

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events, Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood House, South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network, Westside Food Collaborative // October 2, 2018

    Fall is here and we’re celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Check out the free family-friendly celebrations happening throughout the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks this autumn.

    Photo from Kits House’ Autumn Fair

     

    South Vancouver Harvest Festival

    Join the South Vancouver Food Network at their annual South Vancouver Harvest Festival on October 5th, 2018. They will be serving up delicious free food, you can press your own apple cider, have your face painted, and play games!

    If you like to bake, enter a homemade dessert in the dessert competition for a chance to win a prize!  This year’s theme is apples.

    Friday, October 5th
    3:00-5:00 PM
    Fresh Roots Urban Farm at David Thompson Secondary School, 1755 E 55th Ave at Argyle St, Vancouver
    Free!

    Apple Festival at Riley Park Community Garden

    Riley Park Community Garden‘s Apple Festival is taking place on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

    This event will feature a multi-cultural lunch, apple tasting, and apple cider pressing. Bring a potluck dish featuring apples from your country to share! This event is supported by Little Mountain-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network and featured as part of Sustenance Festival.

    Saturday, October 20, 2018
    12:30-pm-3:00pm
    Riley Park Community Garden, 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
    Free!

    Autumn Fair 2018

    Celebrate the season with Kits House and Westside Food Collaborative!

    Kits House’s much anticipated 8th Annual Autumn Fair returns on Saturday October 27, 2018. This popular FREE community event brings in people of all ages together to meet their neighbours, have fun and celebrate the season!

    The Autumn Fair fills an entire block with street vendors, food trucks, carnival games, a pumpkin patch, local musicians, and a farmers market. You can step inside Kits House to check out live entertainment, a haunted house, a pancake breakfast, and our tea room! The event will also feature a variety of entertainment, including a fun and popular kids character, an interactive theatre, and improv with The Fictionals Comedy Co.

    Saturday October 27th, 2018
    10:00am – 3:00pm
    Kits House, 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
    Free!

  • 2ND ANNUAL WESTSIDE FOOD FESTIVAL COMES TO TOWN

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events, Marpole Oakridge Neighbourhood Food Network, Village Vancouver, West End Neighbourhood Food Network, Westside Food Collaborative // July 31, 2018

    This year, Village Vancouver is hosting their 2nd annual Westside Food Festival. While more than halfway through the festival, there are still dozens of activities to come from now until August 9. This festival takes place in locations throughout the westside of Vancouver: Fairview-False Creek, Marpole-Oakridge, Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, and West Point Grey.

    These workshops and activities are part of Village Vancouver’s ongoing Building Community Food Security and Resilience Project. Village Vancouver’s work “inspires individuals and organizations to take actions that build resilient and sustainable communities.” They operate as a knowledge and resource hub to bring people together over issues of social, environmental, and economic change.

    Village Vancouver presents Westside Food Festival. July 5-August 9, 2018

    Upcoming Westside Food Fest events

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  • SEED LIBRARIES TAKE ROOT ACROSS LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOODS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Cedar Cottage Food Network, Gordon Neighbourhood House, Grandview Woodland Food Connection, 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 11, 2018

    Community seed libraries have sprung up around the world to create alternatives to the globalized farming industry. Locals in Vancouver have joined the global “Seed Sharing Movement” and established a number of seed libraries across the city. These seed libraries offer a variety of locally grown and climate-adapted seed specifically for our region. Additionally, they offer resources and tools to grow and save one’s own seed.

    SEED (various seeds painted on large letters)

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

    According to local seed saving project Borrow Save Share, we have lost between 75-90% of global crop diversity, including many heirloom and heritage crop varieties. As a result, our food crops are far less resilient in face of environmental disaster and extreme weather conditions.

    While farmers and growers have saved and shared seeds for thousands of years, this practice has declined in recent years with the rise of a global food system. The global food system currently relies on the practice of monoculture farming, which encourages intensively growing a single crop on a large scale.

    Seed library volunteer beside seed library box

    Village Vancouver and Grandview Woodlands Food Connection recently collaborated to start the Grandview Woodland Community Seed Library.

    In Vancouver, we are lucky to have a number of dedicated individuals and community groups who offer free or low-cost #SeedySaturday events and provide educational resources.

    Beyond preserving seed diversity, one of the goals is to “increase self-reliance and community resilience by focusing on community seed saving as opposed to large commercial seed suppliers,” says Grandview Woodland Community Seed Library.

    Read on for a list of local seed libraries across Vancouver.

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