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East Van Press Fest

Pluck, Crush, Press, and Ingest! It’s the 5th annual East Van Apple Press Fest! And it’s apple crushing that we’ll do to success!

Come one, come all to this FREE event whose only purpose is to bring people together to make apple cider. This is a BYOJ event, so please bring your own jar and cup for hot cider, so you can take some home.

Where: Vantech Secondary Schoolyard Market Garden (Map)

When: Sunday October 29, 12 – 4pm

RSVP: Facebook

We’ll help you learn about the full process of apple cider (that’s the same as apple juice, but unfiltered and no sugar added), and for you to help make your own apple cider.

Enjoy cider, local music, socializing, and did we mention cider!

 

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South Van Harvest Festival

With great excitement we’re announcing our South Vancouver Harvest Festival! Taking place at the Schoolyard Market Garden at David Thompson Secondary on October 19th, we will be celebrating our local food cultures and sustainability. Together with the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House – join us for an all-ages farm party to celebrate our community’s bounty.

Join us for an afternoon of harvest exuberance and a celebration of food and community! Activities will start at the farm at 3pm and include pumpkin carving, apple pressing, and lawn games! Celebrate the season with a bowl of hearty harvest stew, and cast your vote in a multicultural dessert contest or simply bring a blanket and watch the action unfold.

Bring your family, bring your favourite friend, or just bring yourself!

Stay tuned at @freshroots (Twitter & Instagram), our Facebook page, and our website as the full party plan unfolds. Start sharing your #SouthVanLove pictures with us!

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Learning Food Skills at Norquay Food Hub

The kitchen of the Norquay Park Food Hub was bustling with activity on the evening of Tuesday, August 16th as families from the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute worked together to make healthy and delicious snacks to share. Although the group whipped up several tasty treats including tuna wraps, no-bake energy balls, banana ice cream, and peanut butter-celery snacks, the homemade hummus really stole the show!

RCFSI is currently hosting the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program. Participants came together in early July and expressed interest in picking up new recipes that would be good for their children’s lunch boxes. We used lettuce, apples, peppers, carrots, strawberries and garlic from the farmer’s market. The children were more than ready to peel, chop, and mix the ingredients together.

At the beginning of the workshop, families shared their experience in putting together healthy treats for their children after school. Some prefer celery and apples while others enjoy homemade sushi. As a result, it’s important for us to recognize that nutrition can be approached in so many ways by different families. We look forward to learning more about the wide variety of healthy snacks that can be made in different cultures!

– Cassandra Ly, Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute

 
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You’re invited – Aug 19 Garden Build at Norquay Neighbourhood Food Hub

Get your gardening and snack on!

We are so excited to Grow Norquay’s Garden with our Norquay Neighbourhood Food Hub community partners Collingwood Renfrew Neighbourhood House and the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project.

As part of the Vines Arts Festival on Friday, August 19th, join us from 6-8 pm – learn how to grow Good Food at home and help us build a garden. So get your gardening gloves on, and get hungry – we’ll show you how to start some seeds and share a salad!

Location: North West corner of Norquay Park, 5050 Wales St, Vancouver

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You’re invited – Farm to School BC’s Spring Celebration Event April 27th

Join us for Farm to School BC‘s Spring Celebration Event on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at Vancouver Technical Secondary School!

This interactive evening includes a chance to network, learn, eat, discuss, and be inspired by local Farm to School programs. This event will include youth from our VanTech Garden Club offering tours of our very own VanTech Schoolyard Market Garden, information on sourcing local food, and contributions from our local Environmental Health Office, Environmental Youth AllianceGrowing Chefs, and Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)!

Furthermore, there will be delicious produce from Fresh Roots’ Schoolyard Market Gardens to contribute to a healthy and scrumptious dinner!

More details on the agenda can be found here.

Everyone is invited! Make sure to register for this free event by April 21st.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Big Help: Volunteer Work Party Round Two!

The Big Help!

The schoolyard farms need your help to get ready for school and to fight off some serious weeds!

The first Big Help at David Thompson Secondary was a huge success, with over 35 volunteers joining us to lend a hand in a big way! Each bed was weeded, the kale freed from a chickweed strangle; the dandelions were finally uprooted.

Join us for round two this Thursday, August 27th from 5-8:30pm at Van Tech Secondary schoolyard farm for an evening of gardening, gettin’ dirty and kicking some grass!

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Bring yourself, a bottle of water and your friends. Once there, you’ll find delicious snacks, cheesy veggie jokes and the joy of making friends while farming! Afterwards, we’ll all head for some well-deserved dinner nearby.

Please RSVP on Facebook or by emailing volunteer@freshroots.ca. Come for the whole evening or just a couple hours; this is the most fun schoolwork you’ll ever do!

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The Big Help! Volunteer Work Party

The Big Help!

The schoolyard farms need your help to get ready for school and to fight off some serious weeds!

Join us Thursday, August 13th and Thursday, August 27th from 5-9pm at David Thompson Secondary schoolyard farm for an evening of gardening, gettin’ dirty and kicking some grass!

Bring yourself, a bottle of water and your friends. We’ll provide the snacks and veggie jokes! Afterwards, we’ll all head for some well-deserved dinner nearby.

Please RSVP on Facebook or by emailing volunteer@freshroots.ca. Come for the whole evening or just a couple hours; this is the most fun schoolwork you’ll ever do!

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Farmers Pull Together Potluck and Social!

Young Agrarians and Fresh Roots are organizing a Farmers For Pull Together potluck and social! Join us to to support BC First Nations in their legal battles against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project. Bring something delicious to share, tools to eat with, and a $ donation of any size to contribute. Join the event on Facebook and invite your friends! All are welcome:)

WHERE: Fresh Roots Schoolyard Farm @ VanTech Secoundary School, 2600 East Broadway, east side of school beside tennis court

WHEN: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 5-8pm

We are farmers calling on fellow farmers to support BC First Nations in their legal battles against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project.

WHY? On June 17, 2014, despite 98% of all public testimony to the National Energy Board hearings, opinion polls showing a consistent 2/3 majority opposed, and the threat of multiple lawsuits, the federal government went ahead and approved the Northern Gateway pipeline and tankers project, pushing an unwanted project on an unwilling province. A year later, we are pulling together grassroots support to help #stopendbridge.

Over 100 First Nations have declared a ban on tar sands pipelines & tankers in their territories. Seven First Nations have launched expensive court cases to protect their lands and waters. As farmers, we share a love of the earth, a dependence on land and water, and a concern for how pipelines and oil tankers will affect indigenous lands. Together we can show solidarity and offer financial support.

So what if we helped celebrate that terrible day with a groundswell of grassroots fundraising events that together raised big money for First Nations to stop it in the courts?Join Pull Together for the “Week to End Enbridge” this June 13-21 as we raise another $250,000 for First Nations legal defence funds to stop it. Eat! Paddle! Dance!

HOW? Choose a way your farm can donate and raise awareness. Send your donations to the Pull Together campaign by August 31st, 2015. Join the roster of farmers on the Pull Together Farmer Profile page.

Communities have organized events ranging from music shows, film screenings and dinners, to pancake breakfasts, bake sales, and paddles. Over 60 buisnesses have signed on to donate a portion of their proceeds to the legal challenges – from bakeries and coffee shops to yoga studios and tourism outfitters. Hard working farmers, like Saanich Organics, Duck Creek Farms, Mother Felker Farms, and Metchosin Sea Bluff Farms have also stepped up to generously offer a portion of proceeds from the season and stand in solidarity with the First Nations to protect the lands and waters that nourish and sustain all of us.

In the words of Marilyn Slett, elected chief of the Heiltsuk Nation: “We’re a small community, we’re doing what we can to stop this project. We don’t have the resources that big corporations do, or the government has, so every little bit helps. We’re just so grateful for people helping. Every dollar that’s raised will help our communities and help our people take this stand.”

This June 13-21 we hope you’ll join us for the first (and hopefully last) Week to End Enbridge. Together we can stop this pipeline and tankers, and build a future we can all be proud of. Who knew stopping a pipeline could be so delicious?!
For more information or to get involved: www.pull-together.ca. If you’d like to organize a community event or know of a donate a portion of proceeds for a day, weekend or week to the campaign, please contact leila@sierraclub.bc.ca. ​

This post was written by the Young Agrarian Society and originally posted on May 22nd, 2015:

http://youngagrarians.org/farmers-pull-together-vancouver-bc-june-18-potluck-social/

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What’s For Lunch?

It’s a question asked every day, thousands of times by students everywhere. What’s for breakfast? What’s for lunch? What’s for snack? And food is critical. It’s essential to students who are growing, learning, playing, and beginning their journey to adulthood. It’s especially important for those students who receive a majority of their calories through school. School is where students, on average, receive 35% of their calories. For food insecure students that increases to 50%. And for youth here in Vancouver it’s incredibly important. Over 2000 students go hungry every day. And many, just under 50%, do not receive the daily recommended amount of fruits or vegetables. Teachers, school districts, cafeteria staff, non-profits, and parents are working together to rethink school food.

This past week the Vancouver School Board, Fresh Roots, and the BC Food Systems Network hosted an event, Rethinking School Food: Cultivating a Healthy School Food System, to hear from Debbie Field of FoodShare Toronto. FoodShare believes that everyone should have access to affordable, high-quality fresh food – Good Healthy Food For All. They have been putting that vision into place for the past 30 years – transforming the City of Toronto and in particular their school food system.

Fresh Roots is working with FoodShare and the BC Food Systems Network, along with organizations across Canada through the Coalition for Healthy School Food, for a universal healthy school food program – where every student in Canada has access to healthy meals at school every day. We learned how FoodShare has been able to rethink school food, change the menu to increase healthy options, and empower youth to do it themselves. We’re gearing up here in BC to work together to ensure that every student has access to delicious, healthy, local food. We hope you’ll join us.

Take a peek at the presentations that

Brent Mansfield – Rethinking School Food – A Whole School Approach.

Debbie Fields – FoodShare Toronto – Rethinking School Food- Cultivating a Healthy School Food System.

Fresh Roots – Good Food For All – Rethinking School Lunch

During the event, we asked attendees what inspires them most from the event. Below you can find a list of what was said.

  • Strategic Systems Approach to change…B.C. Fridays
  • Things can change quickly with the right people.
  • A call to action partnered with a clear, justified plan to make dignified, healthy food universal to all youth.
  • School food systems, gardens as a connector and generator for student employment skills.
  • Further connector to socio economic sphere of community!
  • Empowerment!
  • Creating a broader movement to reach as many kids as possible with nutritious foods.
  • Photos of fresh foods and happy faces.
  • I am inspired by Debbie’s vision of universal school meal program.
  • Shift in viewing food, health and education – it’s everyone’s business!
  • What inspired me most from today’s session: The possibility of addressing so many of these important issues(empowerment, access, physical, mental/ecological, health, etc.) in an integrated way.
  • The benefits that they youth experience: mental healthy, employment experience, interest n healthy food, etc.
  • Food is universal and food can solve many issues by just understanding a system, and eating well.
  • A new minister of Food Security – YES! Looking at the current food environment in schools: what is the hidden curriculum?
  • The potential for a universal school nutrition program connected to SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
  • The role the Vancouver Food Policy Council will play in advocating for universal school food.
  • Every child in the school could be hungry and need good food to eat.
  • How working with school food programs can also fix ‘problems’ that affect the youth.
  • Giving the knowledge to children where food comes from, teaching how to cook, healthy eating.
  • Feeding all children
  • Possibility for collective impact with common goals from a variety of levels of government.
  • Making it universal and a focus on healthy.
  • For ALL KIDS.
  • All Kids should eat for free!
  • Poverty is solved by Feeding ALL Children!
  • Focus on access as prerequisite to hands on engaged learning opportunities.
  • That BC needs to change our focus from food literacy to food access.

Thank you for learning with us – we are looking forward to rethinking school food together.