New Community Food Market in Grandview Park

27 Aug

The Grandview Woodland Food Connection is proud to partner with the Eat It Forward Markets Society (EIFMS) in the establishment of a new community food market in Grandview Park. This market has an explicit food access mandate, ensuring that healthy, nutritious, local and socially-just food is available to community members who are struggling financially to become more food secure.

The Eat it Forward Market table will provide organic food at 30% and 80% discounted rates for lower income residents. Individuals and households that qualify will be issued memberships much like a buying club. As such, the market is helping to provide dignified food access by providing food choice, affordability, and organic quality and helping to ensure that all community members have equal access to good food.

The Eat it Forward market will run weekly on Sundays all year, from 11 am – 6 pm at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive.

For more information check out http://www.eatitforward.org

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Food Assistance

20 Aug

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SOYL Food Market

14 Aug

This past weekend SOYL (Sustainable Opportunities for Youth leadership) held a food market as part of their summer gardening internship program. Teens from Vancouver schools work in four school gardens over the summer – Britannia, Van Tech, David Thompson, and Churchill where they develop skills and leadership in managing their school gardens. Food sold at the market all was grown in the school gardens. The students raised about $150.

The Grandview Woodland Food Connection is pleased to help support this program and help build youth capacity at Britannia School.

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Thank You SPUD

4 Aug

A big thanks to Sustainable Products Urban Delivery or SPUD who have generously helped to support our Britannia Community Kitchens. We have received $250 in organic groceries and produce for 3 community kitchens which has allowed us to have these three community kitchens dinners to be made with all organic ingredients, which is rarely possible with the limited funding available. This past week we cooked African Peanut Soup, Brown Rice & Chickpea Salad, Crustless Spinach Quiche, and Flourless Chocolate Cake with the help of our fantastic kitchen facilitator, Nikoo Boroumand who herself is a certified holistic nutritionist. These kitchens are also diabetic friendly and serve up to 12 families, including children, at each kitchen session.

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GWFC at Canada Day

21 Jul

Grandview Woodland Food Connection sets up at Canada Day in Victoria Park where we had a chance to connect with neighbors and give away seeds and soil pots with the spin of a roulette wheel.

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Off the Grill Starts Up This Summer

28 Jun

Off the Grill 6We are pleased to announce that Off the Grill will resume July 3. This means healthy, fresh meals prepared with teens from the Britannia Teen Centre served in the Britannia Community Centre Plaza at Napier and Commercial Drive.

Meals served Wednesday and Fridays at 7 pm. Youth and community welcome.

Youth who dedicate time to helping with prep, serving and/or clean-up over the course of the summer are eligible for a culinary certificate! Some may be eligible for school credit.

We are struggling to support this program. Please consider how you can contribute:

Come eat! Everyone is welcome, Wednesdays and Fridays at Britannia Community Centre Plaza, Napier and Commercial Drive. $5 suggested donation a person. Youth free.

Donate your time:

O Volunteer for food prep—make conversation while skewering!
O We need one more chef/cook!
O Help us build our donation base—reach out to your contacts and the services you use, would they consider donating food or other resources?

Donate your money. We struggle to make ends meet and we want to grow the program. A little money goes a long way. Our biggest ask is towards youth honorariums (so that they youth know the value of their contribution!)–$2500 needed to support youth volunteers during the summer. Of course, anything helps. Support a healthy meal for $150-250. Donate fuel for $50.

Please contact the Grandview Woodland Food Connection if you want to help.

Thank you for all of your support,

A School Garden Celebration

20 Jun

As is tradition at the Britannia School Garden we celebrate the end of the school gardening year with those classes which have been working in the garden throughout the year. Like each past year celebration this one was just as magical with so many reasons to celebrate.

Four Britannia classes participated in the Environmental Youth Alliance Growing Kids program. Grandview Woodland Food Connection is a key partner in the program. Throughout the school year these classes learned about food growing through hands-on learning, helping to plant, grow food, harvest and take general care of the gardens. Each year the gardens grow more abundant and the students more enthusiastic.

This year’s celebration was particularly special for a number of reasons.

First, we finally (after several years of talking about it) moved the large City earthquake container that sat in the middle of our garden taking up valuable space and basically a major eyesore. With the container gone, the space feels so much larger and open. In its place we will be able to create 4 more garden beds.

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Secondly, we are growing great food. The garden is more abundant and healthy than ever. It could be that it is a good growing year, but the main factor is that we have been working hard building up the soil nutrients through composting which has enabled the plants to thrive. It goes to show the importance of soil fertility. As part of our celebration we ate food mostly from the garden – lemon balm lemonade, fresh salad with strawberries, kale pasta. It is a very empowering experience for the students to be eating food that they grew themselves.

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Third, a releasing of butterflies. How perfect to release newly hatched butterflies into the garden that were raised by one of the teachers. The students were entranced by this very special and beautiful event.

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And finally, to the beauty of the garden which brings smiles to our days.

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