East Side Family Place Little Gardener’s

15 Apr

Britannia School food garden, also known as Nexway wa lh7aynexw or transformed life in Coast Salish is also home to the Eastside Family Place Little Gardener’s program who are connecting little children to the garden. The program allows for a play based learning about food growing and have created a number of fun activities including salad bowl planting, bug races, picnics, food prep from the garden, berry picking, dandelion harvesting, watering, story time, and much more.

Children are naturally drawn to the garden and gaining exposure to food planting and harvesting at a young age will lead a lasting impression and work to teach children where their food actually comes from, that is the naturally grown food. For many of the children in the program, it was one of their most enjoyable activities.

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Thanks for a Successful School Garden Fundraiser

6 Apr

A big thanks to all those community members who came out and supported the School Garden Film Fundraiser (see previous post). It was a great event with about 100 folks attending. We successfully raised $2,900 to be shared between:

The Britannia Secondary School Food Garden
The Eastside Family Place Tots and Parents Garden Program
SEGA Girls School in Tanzania School Garden

Also a big thanks to our sponsors:

Donna Clark
Tracy Barker and Family
Pharmacy on the Drive
Vancity
Scotia Bank
Royal Bank

And silent auction donors:

Jean Queen
Rio Theater
Home Hardware
By Design Modern
Wally Mags
Biercraft
El Mezcalaria
Via Tevere
Urban Fare
Del Ray Barbershop
Bone Rattle Music
Deep Cove Kayaks
Cococo Games
Ernest Ice cream
Figaro’s
Food Peddler
Canning Kit
Thrifty’s
Bernardin
Platform 7
El Camino
Sweet Cherubim
East End Food Co-op
Sophie’s Pet Palace
Dilly Dally Toys
Drive Organics
Dream Cycle
Green Earth Organics
Pasture to Plate
Cynthia Low Pottery
Famoso Neopolitan Pizza

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Britannia School Food Garden Film Fundraiser

7 Mar

Get out your calendars! Mark this Date – APRIL 4th – Britannia School Garden Film Fundraiser.

Join us in viewing two very interesting films and support school gardening programs.

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New Community Food Market in Grandview Woodland

28 Feb

There is a new Community Food Market coming to Grandview Park this March. A variety of fresh and delicious foods will be available every Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. One of the booths at the market, called “Eat it Forward” will sell fresh organic produce, but with a big twist. As a non-profit booth, for every $1 bought at the booth, $1 will be given away in discount programs to those in the neighbourhood struggling with food security, either at 40% off or 80% off retail prices. Come have some fun, chat with your neighbours, and enjoy some interesting and nutritious foods while supporting a great cause.

Are you struggling with food security? Contact Ian at the Grandview Woodland Food Connection about joining our member discount program. 604-718-5895

Call for vendors: looking for a great location to sell your food product(s)? Reasonable fees, and a sister market at Creekside Community Centre.
Call Ken at 604-469-7158 for more info.

Harvesting Food Security

17 Feb

Check out this new iBook publication by the Neighbourhood Food Networks, highlighting many of our favorite community food programs across Vancouver. This iBook is also available as a free iTunes download into your iPad. Just search for Harvesting Food Security.

Enjoy
Click here for Harvesting Food Security

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Resources and Support Needed

8 Feb

This is a special call out for some help and resources to help support a few upcoming initiatives. Please call us if you can help in any way. Your support is very much appreciated. Call 604-718-5895

1. Britannia School Garden Film Fundraiser – March 30. Funds will help support all our school gardening programs including teaching resources and garden materials.
We are looking for someone with graphic/poster design to make us a event poster
We are looking for silent auction items if anyone has anything to donate

2. School Garden Materials – We have a few projects that the students want to work on and we are looking for recycled materials as much as possible. Please let us know if you can donate any of these materials.

A few decent looking 2x4s minimum 2 ft lengths or longer
1/2″ PVC piping – 10 ft lengths for hoop greenhouse
Heavy duty clear plastic tarping
2X8 or 2X10s, minimum 8 ft lengths for garden boxes
Grow lights for indoor seedlings
Non perforated seedling trays

3. Grandview Woodland Food Connection Advisory Members Wanted

Are you interested in creating community food programs? This advisory meets every two months and helps provide directions for the GWFC. This is a great opportunity to get involved in community food security.

Upcoming Food Security Grants Available

3 Feb

HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM
COMMUNITY GRANT FUNDING

The Healthy Living Program (HLP) of Vancouver Coastal Health is pleased to announce grant funding to support community projects in Vancouver. To learn more about the Healthy Living Program, please read our “Frequently Asked Questions” at the end of this document.

We provide grant funding to Vancouver community grassroots organizations for projects that address health promotion, healthy living and prevention of risk factors for chronic disease. Projects must focus on one or more of the following: increased healthy eating, active living, tobacco reduction. Projects must address target groups that HLP serves, specifically individuals aged 35 to 64 who are from one of the following groups: high risk ethno-cultural groups (for example, South Asian people are known to have a higher rates of diabetes), Aboriginal people and people impacted by social determinants of health (i.e. low-income).

Healthy Living Program grants of up to $4,000 are now available for the 2014 funding stream, and the total pool of funds available is $20,000. Funding is allocated annually on 1st May.

For more information and full description of this grant contact caroline.price@vch.ca

HOMETOWN HEROS AWARD

The Hometown Heroes Award Program 2014 has launched and is looking for everyday eco-heroes who are doing extraordinary work to create greener communities across Canada.

Heroic candidates can win one of the following:

Individual Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice
Group Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to support their work
Small Business Hometown Heroes Award—a $5,000 cash-prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from EDC to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product

For more information, or to nominate someone, please visit earthday.ca/hometown. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2014.

NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANTS

Since 1999, Vancouver Foundation has helped neighbours connect and engage in their community by supporting resident-led projects through small grants of money. Our grants range anywhere from $50 to $500 (with two grants of $1000 per neighbourhood) and are designed to help make your project a reality. A community garden, a canning workshop, an intergenerational storytelling project, a street party, and a book exchange – these are just some of hundreds of wonderful resident-driven ideas we fund each year through the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program.

BC HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

A second round of funding in the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant Program supports local governments to create the conditions that enable the health and well-being of B.C. citizens and communities.

Grants of $5,000 and $20,000 are available in two funding streams for activities that support partnership development and collaborative action between local governments and health authorities, and other community partners.
Both funding streams support local government learning about the community context for health and well-being, collaborative priority setting in local planning and policy, and innovative action to influence local health outcomes.

Applications for Stream One and Stream Two grants will be accepted up to March 14, 2014.
Applicants will receive notification by May 5, 2014.
Download the application guide and forms, and subscribe to PlanH eNews announcements for an invitation to a webinar for applicants to be held early in the New Year. More info here

GRO1000 GRASSROOTS GRANTS

Now in its fourth year, Scotts Canada Limited proudly announces its continuing support of greenscape development with the availability of our 2014 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants. The grants are part of the larger GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program, which is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to create over 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in Canada, the U.S., and Europe by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. Grassroots Grants will be made available to selected projects across Canada and will be awarded based on community need and impact, scope and long-term sustainability of the project.

Scotts Canada has partnered with Communities in Bloom, Plant a Row · Grow a Row and Nutrients for Life to offer this exciting initiative in Canada. If you are or know of a recognized charitable organization or non-profit group committed to establishing or expanding a community garden or green space in Canada, applications for the 2014 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants are being accepted online at:
www.grogood.com/GiveBackToGro/GRO1000/Canada

The 2014 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant application will is now live. The deadline for application submission is February 17, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST. GRO1000 Grassroots Grants will be made available in amounts of up to $1500 and will be awarded as a combination of cash and in-kind product donation. Projects must be able to accept in-kind donations prior to April 30, 2014 and must be completed in 2014.
For further details on the GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program, please visit www.grogood.com/GiveBackToGro/GRO1000/Canada. Questions can also be directed to GiveBackToGro@scotts.com.

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