The Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFN) are a network of community organizations committed to promoting food security in neighbourhoods across the City of Vancouver.
VNFN is committed to food equity and access, education, skill building, and advocacy, particularly for community members who are struggling economically. This work is based on the principle that all members of society have the right to quality food. VNFN provides a space for networks to collaborate, share best practices and advocate for food equity & justice, ecologically & culturally sustainable food systems, and community food resilience with a unified voice.
Visit the map to learn about a Neighbourhood Food Network in your community!
FOOD SECURITY FOR ALL
Neighbourhood Food Networks break down barriers that prevent people from accessing nutrient-rich, affordable, and personally acceptable food.
We increase access to food includes by offering drop-in meal programs, bulk buying clubs, mobile produce markets, emergency food access, community gardens, school gardens, and more.
EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT
Neighbourhood Food Networks share knowledge and resources at every level of the food system through community-based education, advocacy, and research.
We build food literacy by hosting workshops, community kitchens, lectures, films, and discussions.
Neighbourhood Food Networks’ celebrations and gatherings involve food to meet physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs.
Our community events increase awareness around food security and reduce social isolation by helping neighbours meet neighbours.
FOOD JUSTICE & SOVEREIGNTY
Neighbourhood Food Networks amplify and empower the voices of underrepresented communities in the local food system.
We are working towards decolonizing food practices on Unceded Coast Salish Territories.
Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks participated in this year’s Wild Salmon Caravan parade on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
This is an annual event organized by the Working Group for Indigenous Food Sovereignty in partnership with over 100 local organizations from Vancouver through Chase, B.C. It is also the kick off event for Sustenance Festival, a local community-based food, art, and culture festival.
Photo by Gary Haggquist, Wild Salmon Caravan
The Wild Salmon Caravan festivities began in downtown Vancouver, or what is known as Xwenelmexw on unceded Coast Salish territories.
The Wild Salmon Caravan Parade
Hundreds of people gathered in the streets to celebrate the beauty and resilience of wild salmon as an Indigenous food source, and a significant cultural and ecological keystone species.
Chants of “Wild Salmon Forever!” were accompanied by colourful costumes, mermaid tails, mythical sea creatures, parade floats, bike floats, banners, and artful decor with an homage to wild salmon.
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.
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
Riley Park Community Garden, 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
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
The fourth annual Wild Salmon Caravan Parade is happening in Vancouver this weekend. You’re invited to join in the celebration!
Wild Salmon Caravan is an annual celebration that celebrates wild salmon and follows their journey as they migrate from the Salish Sea to theAdams River in Chase, BC.
The Wild Salmon Caravan parade and ceremony begins in downtown Vancouver. This celebrations will be led by Indigenous Matriarchs and traditional hand drummers and singers from diverse cultural groups. The parade will feature artistic floats, elaborate regalia, costumes, and banners. A full program of performances and speakers will follow with an exhibit of salmon leather making. (more…)
The end of the summer is coming soon! To wrap up the growing season, South Vancouver Food Network is hosting two upcoming workshops, Gardening 101 and Therapeutic Gardening.
These free workshops take place at the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House and are open to all members of the community.
For more information or to register for a workshop, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, call at 604-324-6212, or register at reception.
Curious about how to grow and maintain your own garden throughout the Fall? Victoria from Fresh Roots will tell us all about garden planning, building healthy soil, seed sowing, seasonal care (including fall and winter maintenance), and more! This Gardening 101 workshop will also offer a hands-on activity.
Date: August 20th (Monday)
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (6470 Victoria Dr.)
Gardening can be a therapeutic activity for many people including seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers. In partnership with George Pearson Centre, Farmers on 57th specializes in growing food and building communities with residents living with disabilities. Sarah from Farmers on 57th will introduce participants to the benefits of therapeutic gardening and how to make it more accessible for those with limited mobility.
Date: August 21st (Tuesday)
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (6470 Victoria Dr.)
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.
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 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.
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.
The South Vancouver Food Hub will replace the South Vancouver Food Bank, 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 is located at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 6470 Victoria Drive (at 49th Avenue) on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm. (This excludes the week when provincial Social Assistance cheques are issued).
This move to the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House enables individuals to connect to programs and services such as settlement support, family programs, language classes, seniors’ services, and other resources.
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.
This month, we are excited to highlight the work of our 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 in the neighbourhood.
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 less than $5.
Now that spring has arrived, a new growing season is starting up again. Gordon House is growing at three urban garden sites in the West End and caring for ten community herb boxes.
The community herb boxes provide the public with access to free herbs all-year long.
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