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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
Check out this great new call to action slam poetry video
I started working as the coordinator for the Grandview Woodland Food Connection in August 2008, the year of the latest economic meltdown. Severe food shortages hit many poorer countries and the media was awash in terrible stories of food riots in these countries. I doubt global food distribution has improved in the past 4 years, but 2013 stands out for me as the year that dignified food access became a central discussion point within the food security movement locally and nationally.
Van Jones, American environmental advocate of green jobs, said something to the effect that we will not achieve sustainability without equity… that as long as families remain in poverty, their ability to access healthy local organic food is out of reach. These families will continue to shop for the cheapest, usually lowest quality food at places like Walmart. Environmental sustainability cannot come at the expense of socio-economic inequity and likewise we cannot talk about a local food system without talking about the many dimensions of food access.
The release of the 2013 Vancouver Food Strategy is helping to provide a comprehensive framework towards the development of a more ecological and just food system, meaning that everyone, no matter what their economic means should have access to good healthy sustainably produced food. Emphasizing food access is a key objective in achieving food justice. Important new food centres are opening up across Canada with their central attention on food equity. Olivier de Schutter’s, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, scathing 2012 report on Canadian food security, in particular lack of food access by First Nation’s communities thrust the issue into our national consciousness. Among the many food discussions that I am hearing, food access and equity feature prominently as we work to better understand the many complex aspects of a secure and local food system.
The Grandview Woodland Food Connection has always worked on the premise that everyone has the right to affordable, healthy, sustainably produced, and culturally appropriate food. We feel that food can support many human dimensions including nutritional sustenance, emotional and spiritual well-being, cultural identity, and community or social connection. Our food festivals, community kitchens, school and community gardening projects, bulk buy groups and more all assert food equity and the power of food to help nourish each of us in many ways.
So here are my top 10 GWFC food highlights for 2013:
1. The Great Potato Harvest – The Britannia Grade 4’s got to dig up potatoes that they had planted that previous spring. It was an afternoon of pure fun and joy for the children as they dug up potato after potato, screaming with delight as if they found the most amazing treasure. I decided that I love working with this age group that is so curious and interested in gardening.
2. Raiding the Garden for Peas – Our snow peas were abundant this year in the Britannia School Garden. I brought a group of Grade 3s to the garden and let them go wild picking snow peas. The kids were running around having so much fun picking veggies. They all took home a baggie full of peas.
3. The Great Salad Harvest – And yet another garden highlight. Our newest community garden project Le Chou at the Woodland Park Community Garden was created to bring youth and seniors together to share and learn about gardening. One day, mid summer, we brought a large group of summer camps kids to the garden, which was abundant with veggies. The kids all picked a huge variety of fresh veggies, we made an enormous salad and ate the most heavenly, delicious, freshest salad ever.
4. Britannia School Garden – SEGA Girls School Garden Twinning – The Britannia garden is named Nexway̓s wa lh7áy̓nexw or transformed life in Coast Salish. Through a partnership with Slow Food Vancouver, we twinned with a school garden in Tanzania. In a successful film fundraiser this past year, we were able to send over $800 to the SEGA School garden to be used for organic gardening training.
5. Corn Festival – This festival held at Britannia is always a lot of fun. With all the tasty Latin American food – tamales, pupusas, paletas and lots more, plus al the dance and music who wouldn’t love a little slice of Latin America in East Van.
6. Dignified Food Access Research – Many Food Bank users are not connected to community food programs. The Grandview Woodland Food Connection teamed up with SPARC BC to explore barriers to accessing community food resources. This was a great opportunity for some consultation and reflection and the findings will provide us some new direction this coming year as we continue to find new ways of connecting with the hardest to reach.
7. Fresh School Cafeteria Veggies – I can’t forget to mention how satisfying it is to be able to bring a load of fresh grown school veggies to the school cafeteria. This year saw us provide more food then ever as the school garden soil begins to improve and support increased plant growth.
8. Off the Grill – This highly collaborative project has brought together a number of youth service providers to provide a meal program as a means to connect with “at-risk” youth in our community. Off the Grill is providing super healthy dinners 3 days a week, which in the summer was held outdoors at the Britannia Community Centre and brought together youth and community members in a communal dinner format. The kids love it, eat healthy food and are building positive relations with others in the community.
9. SOYL – The Sustainable Opportunities for Youth Leadership, a UBC Think and Eat Green summer gardening internship continues to be a success with more schools and more students involved each year. His year saw a Britannia student register for the second year in a row, an example of how much some kids love gardening.
10. Britannia Bulk Buy – Our group grew to 32 households this year and providing fresh fruits and veggies for up to 47% discounts saving families lots of money on healthy food.
For a list of all the GWFC community food programs visit: http://www.britanniacentre.org/services/community_services/food_sustainability.php
Thanks and have a great 2014 food year