Garden Smoothies

2 Aug

A big thanks to the VEGA health foods volunteers that came out and joined us at our Garden 2 Plate youth program this past week. With their help we were able to build a new garden bed and plant blueberry bushes, expanding our vision to plant many more indigenous berry bushes.

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We also tried some VEGA smoothies adding gooseberries, currents, spinach, kale, pursalane and beets from the garden. Justin, one of our youth participants treated us to a variety of great tasting smoothies.

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And at all our Garden 2 Plate workdays we are treated to a fantastic lunch prepared by our professional chef Anna Bell. The youth have an opportunity to prepare great tasting food, using ingredients and veggies picked fresh from the garden. This week included sautéed collard, green salad with fresh green beans, spaghetti and meatballs, and egg frittata.

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Think and Eat Green @ School: Embrace Change Video

27 Jul

Check out this new video created by the UBC Think and Eat Green @ Schools project. Thanks to a grant from TAEG Britannia Elementary students have actively been working in their school garden. Students have been planting and harvesting potatoes, garlic, peas, kale, lettuce and many other foods learning the full food growing cycle.

Check out Britannia School Garden photos

Environmental Youth Alliance Seeking Support

10 Jul

For the first time in its long history the EYA’s Growing Kids program is asking for the community’s help. Difficult financial realities have put this school mentorship program in serious jeopardy.

Growing Kids is one of Grandview Woodland Food Connection’s most important school garden programs, bringing important garden learning and curriculum to Britannia school and students. In the past four years that we have partnered, we have exposed hundreds of youth to food gardening, opening their minds to new possibilities, knowledge, and understanding that is so critical these days.

EYA is hoping that their crowd funding campaign will be the spark that ignites a new and exciting future for this long under-funded (though incredibly impactful) program.

“It’s incredible to think every seed we plant…has the power to change someone’s life. I know gardening has changed my life, and being able to share this gift with other people means a lot to me.” -EYA Program Participant

Please help and share this campaign and help inner-city youth discover their inner nature.

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To view more photos from our Growing Kids program visit:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gwfc/sets/72157650575466510
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gwfc/sets/72157644338453281
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gwfc/sets/72157633361197445

Eat Think Vote

4 Jul

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Dear friends and supporters of Food Secure Canada,

Food Secure Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the Eat Think Vote campaign to make healthy, just and sustainable food an issue in the upcoming federal election.

Together, we are calling for a bold new national food policy that will allow every Canadian to have access to healthy, just and sustainable food every day.

Food Secure Canada and our members are organizing Eat Think Vote events in communities right across the country, engaging citizens and candidates in the federal election for a bold new vision of National Food Policy for Canada.

Be part of the movement by taking action today :

Visit our Eat Think Vote website and join the movement here.
Sign the petition for a National Food Policy for Canada
Share the word on social media
Join or Host an Eat Think Vote event in your community
For more information on our proposals, visit the What We Want page.

End of School – Gardening

30 Jun

As is tradition, we end the school gardening year with a celebration of our work and a salad feast, harvesting the fruits of our labour. Harvesting food that the students planted themselves is an empowering action and important for the youth to see the value in their garden work. Without concrete results, most students would loose interest so it is very rewarding when a student gets excited seeing the seeds they planted grow into food.

This year’s salad contained lamb’s quarter, chickweed, radish,collard, chard, kale, lettuce, mint, peas, strawberries, nasturtium and kale flowers, and a a few store-bought tomatoes, and cucumbers. A chive (yes from our garden) vinaigrette dressing topped it off making a very delicious salad.

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A big thanks to the Environmental Youth Alliance and Growing Kids for their support this year. We worked with 4 classes monthly in the garden.

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The Biology 12 class made a wonderful thank you card.

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Like last year, another class blessed us with a release of butterflies they they raised in their classroom.

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All in all a really great ending to a great school gardening year.

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Help Save Cottonwood Garden

17 Jun

Please help save Cottonwood Garden.  The City is holding consultations on the future of the False Creek Flats, the area that includes Cottonwood.

The plan to widen Malkin Ave into a major road is still on the table, and this would pave over a significant part of Cottonwood (Cottonwood’s south border is Malkin Ave, and widening Malkin would eliminate a significant part of the garden).

Cottonwood is a unique community-built oasis that is green city, food security, biodiversity, inclusive community, and real partnership with the earth.

Please help us save Cottonwood.

What you can do!

Please go to the City’s public consultation/workshop Thursday, June 18, 5:30-8pm, 701 National Ave on “Food for Thought: leveraging existing assets to define excellence in a sustainable urban food system”.  Widening Malkin and the future of Cottonwood will be part of this discussion.  Please speak for the protection of Cottonwood and let the planners know that widening Malkin Avenue and paving over one of Canada’s oldest community gardens, a thriving, well-loved oasis in the east end, is not what you want to see in the future for False Creek Flats.

q  If you can’t make the workshop this Thursday, please try to go to a different public consultation/workshop Wednesday, June 248, 5:30-8pm, 701 National Ave on “Creating Great Places, natural systems, amenities, and the public realm”.  This is also an excellent place to speak for the protection of Cottonwood, one of Vancouver’s really great places, a community-built natural system and beautiful public space designed and maintained entirely by volunteers – let the planners know that widening Malkin Avenue and paving over one of Canada’s oldest community gardens, a thriving, well-loved oasis in the east end, is not what you want to see in the future for False Creek Flats.

Fill in the online survey https://falsecreekflats.metroquest.ca/

Let other people know about this issue and what they can do to help

Background info

Please take a look at Oliver Kellhammer’s article “Cottonwood Community Gardens: oasis in peril”  http://www.vancouverobserver.com/city/cottonwood-community-gardens-oasis-peril )

Save Cottonwood’ Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/SaveCottonwoodCommunityGarden

SOYL Students Wanted

13 Jun

Since 2010 SOYL has mentored secondary students to learn about, grow, cook, and share healthy food with the communities at Britannia and Van Tech. We’ve seen amazing results, from youth finding new passions and pursuing education and careers in food and environmental fields to gorgeous school gardens producing food throughout the summer and into the school year.

SOYL offers a fantastic opportunity for youth to gain confidence, communication and leadership skills, develop healthy habits, build a resume and earn volunteer hours. If you know any youth who would benefit from this experience, please share with them!

Are you a secondary student who is interested in delicious food, spending your summer outside, and making a difference in your community? Apply to be a SOYL intern for summer 2015! SOYL interns make healthy food accessible in our community by growing, cooking, selling, eating, and teaching others about good food. Earn volunteer hours! Share the best 6 weeks of your summer with SOYL! Last day to sign up is Friday, June 19, 9am . For more information or to sign up click here!

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