Category: Food Security

Calling All Recycling Champions!

Vancouver trash talk  is hosting 2 meetings next week for recycling enthusiasts living in West End or Mount Pleasant multi-unit residential buildings.

Come to one of the following meetings in May to learn more about how to start up a food scraps recycling initiative in your own building, meet like minded folks in your community, and share engagement strategies to involve your neighbours in recycling.

Note that free childminding is available, please register as soon as possible.

Two Dates:

Registration Link

For information, visit our website: vancouver trash talk

Trashtalk Project Seeks Recycling Champions

Trashtalk Project Seeks Recycling Champions

316px-oscar-ggdDo you live in an apartment or condo in Mount Pleasant or the West End? Do you want to recycle your food scraps? Do the words “neighbour engagement” and “composting” get you jazzed up?

Then we need you for a unique project that seeks recycling champions to take the lead in creating innovative food scraps and other recycling programs for residents in multi-family buildings. 

With leadership from the Mount Pleasant and Gordon Neighbourhood Houses and the Recycling Council of BC, this is your chance to make a difference!

For project details and information about how to get involved, visit the Trashtalk website:

Food Networks Meet n Greet: March 28

Meet and Greet  for West Enders –  And Coordinators of Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Food Networks
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 5 to 6 pm
Venue: Gordon Neighbourhood House (Room 4), 1019 Broughton Street (West End), Vancouver

Download poster (PDF): Meet and Greet, NFN coordinators, West End, 28-Mar-2013

Did you know that a network of Neighbourhood Food Networks exists in Vancouver? The West End Neighbourhood Food Network is hosting the bimonthly meeting on March 28. Anyone is invited to the casual meet-and-greet event. Find out what’s going on around the city and who’s involved.  RSVP requested.

  • Westside Food Collaborative
  • Downtown Eastside Right to Food Network
  • Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
  • Grandview Woodland Food Connection
  • South Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network
  • West End Neighbourhood Food Network
  • Cedar Cottage Food Network
  • Strathcona Food Program
  • Hastings-Sunrise Neighbourhood Food Network

West End Neighbourhood Food Network, with support of Gordon Neighbourhood House, email, tel 604-512-9059


Local Food Systems: March 26

Local Food Systems: The West End Context 
Tuesday, March 26, 2013. 6 – 8:30 pm
Location: West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, Bidwell Room

Register by calling 604-257-8333 or online
Register online here:
Hosted by: West End Neighbourhood Food Network and the City of Vancouver’s West End Community Plan team

Local Food Systems West End POSTER, 26-Mar-2013Download poster (PDF): local-food-systems-poster-WENFN-COV-26-Mar-2013 (colour, 1.9MB). Simple black and white version: Local Food Systems West End POSTER, 26-Mar-2013

Are you interested in growing, consuming or recycling food in the West End? If so, this session may be of interest to you. The session will start out by exploring key information about the food system within the West End followed by an asset mapping exercise to collaboratively learn more about what assets exist within our community.

The food system covers all aspects of food, including:

  • Production
  • Processing
  • Distribution
  • Access
  • Consumption
  • Waste management

A healthy food system is one in which food production, distribution, and consumption are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social, and nutritional health of a place.

Are you interested in starting a new community garden or orchard?

Community gardens are recognized as important neighbourhood gathering places that promote neighbourhood livability, urban greening, community building, crime reduction, exercise and food production. Community gardens are powerful tools to achieve multiple social, environmental and economic benefits.

The City of Vancouver is asking residents to send in expressions of interest to create new community garden and orchard sites. Sites for community gardens could be vacant land at the end of a block, land parallel to streets, areas of parks, etc. The list of sites will help prioritize community garden support for 2013.

More information and to view the application form, visit:

Food Scraps Drop Spot new location: WECC

The West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WENFN) will be launching a Food Scraps Drop Spot in cooperation with Recycling Alternative and Village Vancouver, with support from the West End Community Center.

It will run at the West End Community Centre from June 16 until October 20. Hours are 10 am to 1 pm every Saturday.

Food scraps composting is a good way to keep organics out of the waste stream and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The compost goes back into fertilizer.

This new Drop Spot complements the one that runs in summer at the Farmer’s Market on Comox, and at the Gordon Neighbourhood House in winter.

WENFN is looking for volunteers to help manage the drop spot: Volunteers wanted (One 3.5 hour shift/month). E-mail


Food Network potluck and presentation

West End Neighbourhood Food Network Potluck and Presentation
Saturday, January 14, 1 to 3 pm
West End Community Centre (Denman Room)
Join WENFN for an informal potluck, followed by a presentation (see details below) on food security and urban agriculture activities in the West End.
  • Ana Maria Bustamente (Multicultural  & Community Development Coordinator, Gordon Neighbourhood House, and also steering group of WENFN)  will speak about food security programs at the Gordon House.
  • We may also hear from another speaker from Recycling Alternative ( with a report about their composting “Drop Spot” pilot project (now at Gordon House, 10 am to 1 pm every Saturday)

Community Garden expression of interest

The City of Vancouver is asking residents to send in expressions of interest to help identify potential new community garden sites. For instance, a potential site could be vacant land at the end of a block, land parallel to streets, areas of park, etc. The list of potential community garden sites will help prioritize community garden support for upcoming years.

For more information visit:

West End Philosopher’s Cafe: Food Security and the City

Simon Fraser University’s popular Philosophers’ Cafe program has returned to the West End this fall with a series of discussions devoted to West End/downtown issues.

Cosponsored by the West End Community Centre, the discussions take place at Barclay Manor on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. The third talk takes place November 17, and the subject is “Food security and the city” Here’s the blurb from the Philosophers’ Cafe website:

More than 80,000 people live in the downtown peninsula. Can we ensure downtown residents have access to sufficient healthy food in a time of climate change, earthquakes and increasing energy prices?

There have been previous talks on private uses of public parks and whether change is inevitable. The final talk in the series takes place December 15, and the topic will be Noise and the City: Souped-up motorcycles, late-night revelers, car alarms and sirens: Is noise the price of urban living, or do downtown residents have the same rights to peace and quiet as suburbanites?

For more information, see the Cafe website at