Stone Soup Festival 2016

21 years old and still going strong. Yes, another successful Stone Soup last week, with sunny weather and lots of people enjoying the many food and art tables, entertainment, and workshops. Stone Soup is Britannia Community Centre’s largest festival and originally envisioned as a farmers market and food security education. As always, the Carnival Band kick off the festivities. Lori Snydor led an Urban Foraging workshop and Eddie gardener from the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance spoke about the Wild Salmon Caravan. Homesteaders Emporium showed us how to make sauerkraut, and the Salvation Army cooked up some affordable healthy snacks, and much more. Thank you to all our volunteers and everyone who made it a success and hope to see you all again next year.

Thank you,
Ian Marcuse

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Britannia Carving Pavilion First Nations Garden Taking Shape

After much excavation work gigging out old gravel and till, then bringing in loads of new soil and leaf mulch, we finally dug in our first plants in the Britannia Carving Pavilion First Nations Garden, still to be properly named. All the plants are indigenous food and medicinal plants used traditionally be First Nations peoples. Some of these plants include Saskatoon Berry, Salal, Dogwood, Lingonberry, Huckleberry, Trailing Blackberry, Woodland Sorrel, Oregon Grape, Vanilla Leaf, Wild Ginger, Mock Orange, Wild Strawberry, and Snowberry.

Wild Salmon Caravan

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We are very excited to announce the upcoming 2nd annual Wild Salmon Caravan (WSC). The intention of the WSC is to celebrate the spirit of wild salmon through the arts and culture in a way that will nurture the creative energy that wild salmon have inspired through the ages, and affirm inter-tribal relationships that were the foundation of traditional fisheries knowledge systems. The collaboration and creative energy will serve to educate, inform, and transform the darkness surrounding the industrial storm that is endangering wild salmon. Ancient ceremonies and songs of Indigenous peoples, as well as creative expressions of visual and performing arts, music, storytelling, guest speakers, and art exhibits, will call the wild salmon home to the rivers and streams where they play out their lives in birth and death.

Ultimately the caravan will build capacity of coalitions and campaigns that link Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, artists, food systems networks, individuals, organizations, and communities who are working to protect, conserve and restore wild salmon and it’s habitat in the Fraser Basin and Salish Seas corridor.

Crowd-funding

Crowd-funding (or crowd-financing) is still a very new concept, however it is quickly becoming one the leading ways community initiatives can be coordinated and implemented by grassroots people working to effect positive change. We have launched a campaign where you can donate different amounts. Essentially, we are not asking for charity because you are actually considered a contributor to the Wild Salmon Caravan Mutual Aid Network. We will keep you updated every step of the way.

Why support us? Why this project

Because we strongly believe in art and culture as a medium for social/political/environmental change. We know what we are doing has a direct impact on our communities and our project intends to address the crisis we are currently facing.

Practical Stuff

Check out our campaign here: https://www.generosity.com/celebration-fundraising/wild-salmon-caravan/x/6016876

You will see the video we put together “The Salmon Will Hear Our Songs” that will give more details about the the Wild Salmon Caravan, and learn about how much money we need ($10,000) and what it will be used for, as well as all the benefits you get by donating.

If you don’t feel capable of donating money now there are many other ways to help:

1. Spread the word to those who you think might be able to donate, even forward this email to them right now.

2. Social Media is key! Share our funding page on facebook/twitter! Please “Like” our Wild Salmon Caravan page on facebook & invite your friends, family & colleauges to like the page as well https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Salmon-Caravan-1127741203923144

3. Join the Wild Salmon Caravan – plan your own part of the journey.

4. Talk about the Wild Salmon Caravan (word of mouth is one of the best ways we can get support).

5. Write to us and give us feedback

We are working with planning teams in various communities and regions around the province of BC. Please contact me, if you or someone you know is interested in planning and hosting a stop along the caravan. Please let us know!

My contact details are below and I look forward to your suggestions, comments, and ideas. Anything and everything is welcome. Thank you for your time. Your interest and contributions are deeply appreciated.

Wild Salmon will love you for it!

Dawn Morrison,

BC Food Systems Network
Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

City of Vancouver Golden Carrots Awards!

The Vancouver food Policy council and the City of Vancouver are celebrating food and food strategy in April! We would love to celebrate some of the individuals or groups in your work and life who are making a difference in the community.  Please consider nominating someone using the form below. And come out to April’s celebration on the 13th!

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Food Policy Council are looking for nominations for the Golden Carrot Awards!
Nominations here:  http://goo.gl/forms/wN9Dw1JnUi
It’s been three years since the Vancouver Food Strategy was endorsed by City Council, and the Golden Carrot Awards honour and celebrate the significant and positive advances that have been made to create more just and sustainable food systems in the City of Vancouver.
There are five awards – each award category aligning with the Vancouver Food Strategy goals. One award for each goal to go toward an individual or team in non-profit, business, or public sectors that has made significant contributions to that goal. The five goals are:
1. Support food friendly neighbourhoods
2. Empower residents to take action
3. Improve access to healthy, affordable, culturally diverse food for all residents
4. Make food a centerpiece of Vancouver’s green economy
5. Advocacy for a just and sustainable food system with partners and at all levels of government
The Awards will be presented on April 13th at the Vancouver Food Policy Council meeting

Let’s Talk Food Access: Enhancing Community Food Programs for People with Disabilities Experiencing Food Insecurity

The Disability Alliance of BC has received funding from Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Investments Funding.The goal of Let’s Talk Food Access: Enhancing Community Food Programs for People with Disabilities Experiencing Food Insecurity is to improve access to safe, affordable food resources in two Vancouver neighbourhoods for people with disabilities through education, mentorship and partnerships and to build the capacity of individuals and community food programs to address barriers for people with disabilities and increase their health and well-being.

What the project will accomplish:

  • Mentor and support people with disabilities living in the West End and the Grandview Woodlands communities of Vancouver to actively participate in food security programs and committees or networks in their neighbourhoods
  • Provide skill building for people with disabilities on how to advocate for, and engage their community in, access and inclusion of food programs
  • Educate organizers and participants of community food programs in the two communities on access and inclusion best practices
  • Provide tools to community food programs to enable them to include access and inclusion in their planning and practices around food security

DABC will be working with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection  in hosting two upcoming public workshops. All are welcome.

Moore information: http://blog.disabilityalliancebc.org/?p=2695

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Warm Plates Community Kitchen

Did you know that in Metro Vancouver we generate about 190,000 tonnes of food waste every year! And over 100,000 tonnes of that could have been eaten. For more information visit http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca

Our new community kitchen, called Warm Plates, is an innovative and fun collaboration between the Grandview Woodland Food Connection and the Britannia Seniors Healthy Choices Program and focuses on preparing healthy meals made from “rescued” or reclaimed cosmetically damaged food collected from our grocer partners Choices on the Drive and Eternal Abundance.

Cosmetically damaged food may have a few bruises or otherwise not look so pretty and therefore passed over by shoppers accustomed to only purchasing perfect looking produce. Though this food is still quite good (and organic) it would normally be composted if not for programs like Warm Plates. Food is picked up on the day of the kitchen so not knowing what we are getting challenges us to be creative, planning a meal on the fly with whatever ingredients we have on hand. It forces us to learn how to make the most of our food without waste. In our first session, we collected apples, avocados, lettuce, tomatoes, and assortment of odd veggies and cooked up lentil tacos with salsa and guacamole, and apple crisp.

Warm Plates Community Kitchen is drop in and open to all. Contact Ian for info – 604-718-5895

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