Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Food Traditions Documentation & Fresh Film Screening

Hello and Happy New Year! Here's a bit of news on the goings-on at the Food Security Institute.

February Garden Club/Film and Discussion Night

Please note that the Garden Club and Workshop Series (normally held on the second Thursday evening of the month) will not run in January. We resume again in February with a screening and discussion of Fresh. Fresh is a 2009 film about the farmers, thinkers and business people across the United States who are re-inventing our food system.

View the trailer here:

RSVP to join us on Thursday February 11th at 7pm. Please advise if you require child-minding.

Food Traditions Documentation.

We are working on a small publication that combines residents’ family recipes with the food stories of community seniors.  Through this project, we explore the cultural importance of food, our changing food systems, and imagine a more sustainable future.

If you are interested in participating (either as an interviewer or interviewee), please contact Stephanie by email or by telephone at 604.435.0323 ext. 237.

New Community Gardens!

As part of the 2010 Garden Plots by 2010 Challenge, the City of Vancouver is working with residents to create 2010 community garden plots by (you guessed it) the end of 2010. Through this initiative, the City hopes to promote the environmental, social, and economic benefits of urban gardening.

In 2009, the City identified 2755 Cheyenne Ave. and 2723 Horley St. as sites for two new community gardens. Community gardens are important neighbourhood gathering places that promote sustainability, urban greening, community building, crime reduction, exercise, and local food production. The existing Collingwood Community Gardens near Joyce St. and Vanness Ave. (run by an amazing team of local gardeners) are a great example of community gardens and their positive impact on neighbourhood life.

After requesting applications from local community organizations in October 2009, The Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute and Evergreen were selected to develop and manage new community gardens on these two sites. These organizations will work with local community members to develop a garden plan and build the gardens over the next few months.

You are warmly invited to an information session:

Monday January 18 2010
Renfrew Park Community Centre
2929 East 22nd Ave.

Learn more about the gardens, get involved with design or building, and find out how you can get involved. For information or to RSVP, contact Jason Hsieh (Community Food Liaison) or Hilary Davies (Community Development Manager, Evergreen)

If you would like to speak to a City representative about the 2010 Challenge more generally, please call 604.873.7204 or email communitygardens@vancouver.ca.

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