Thursday, February 18, 2010

Community food security resources, jobs, & new community gardens

Growing Food in the City

In some countries like Cuba and Russia 80% and more of the vegetables consumed are grown by the urban population. That's big chunk out of the food budget, and a significant step towards greater independence from political and economic events beyond your control. This course consists of 20 three-hour sessions - spanning the entire growing season. Students have access to Gaia College's famous on-line resource for a year, for hours of self-directed learning.

Where: Burnaby, Victoria, and Duncan
When: Starting March 1, 2010

For more information and to register: Please visit Gaia College.

Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Values-Based Planning and Evaluation

Hot off the press, this new planning and evaluation tool provides a lens for community food projects to dialogue about how their work affects whole communities. It includes a set of six core fields of value-based practices against which projects can measure the impact of their work.
Download the PDF!

Agriculture Awareness

Metro Vancouver is now accepting applications from non profit organizations interested in promoting agriculture awareness through public education about local agriculture production. A total of $30,000 will be granted in 2010.
For more information, or to apply visit the Metro Vancouver website.
Deadline: March 31, 2010

Toronto's new food strategy

February 16 was a historic day for municipal food policy. The Toronto Board of Health endorsed the consultation report "Food Connections: Toward a Healthy and Sustainable Food System for Toronto."

Congratulations to the Board of Health, the Medical Officer of Health, the Food Strategy Steering Group and staff on their work. Lauren Baker, Sustain Ontario’s director, made the deputation at City Hall.

Farmers Market Jobs

Vancouver Farmers Markets is excited to announce 2 opportunities to join our team! We are dedicated to building farmers markets across Vancouver and are looking for people who are as passionate as we are about the future of local food in our city.

Public Relations & Membership Development Co-ordinator

Are you a "People Person"? Are you great at generating public and media enthusiasm, interest & support for worthwhile initiatives? Check out this job posting (links to PDF).

Operations Assistant & Special Events Co-ordinator

Are you a list-making, detail-watching, natural born organizer? Do you love to make order out of chaos and do you enjoy making your creative visions reality? Check out this posting (links to PDF).

Postings for Market Managers & Market Assistants to follow soon. Please send resumes to the persons indicated on the postings. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

New Community Gardens

Here are a few photos of our most recent consultation meeting for the new community gardens.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Duke St. Early Learning Centre for allowing us to host a meeting at their site.

Local residents and interested gardeners

Jason Hsieh (Community Food Liaison) describes the benefits of community gardening.

Mapping site assets.

Stay tuned for details on our next community consultation and our upcoming soil-testing workshop!

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