RESOURCES

  • SEED LIBRARIES TAKE ROOT ACROSS VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS

    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…)

  • HOLIDAY MEALS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (DTES & MT. PLEASANT)

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Resources // December 6, 2017

    For the upcoming holiday season, Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project and Mount Pleasant Food Network have compiled lists of free and some low cost, ready-to-eat meal options publicly accessible to DTES and Mount Pleasant residents.

    Holiday Meal List in Downtown Eastside*

    Holiday Food Events in Mount Pleasant

    Please share!

    Send questions or additional resources to Tyler (Mt Pleasant – foodnetcoord[at]mpnh.org) or Dounia (DTES Kitchen Tables – dounia[at]potluckcatering.com).

    *DTES Kitchen Tables Project recognizes that there are organizations which deliver many additional free meal programs which are reserved for specific groups or facilities in the DTES (ie; resident meal programs, community kitchens). These are not included in this list.

  • VANCOUVER FOOD ASSET MAP

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Resources // October 16, 2017

    The Vancouver Food Asset Map highlights food assets located in Vancouver.

    Food assets are places where people can grow, prepare, share, buy, receive or learn about food. Community organizations and schools are included on the map because they are places where community members can get support with learning and health or connect with others in their community.

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