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Food Skills Workshops

In July, Fresh Roots had the pleasure of inviting our friends from Collingwood Neighbourhood House to host a food skills workshop in our kitchen at the Norquay Field House. Using local herbs from community gardens, we were able to make a delicious lemon-balm tea, herb butter and pesto. We had a great turn out, and it was so much fun seeing members of the community coming together to share Good Food.

It was so great, we’re going to do it again on Friday, August 25.  The workshop will be from 12pm- 2pm in the Norquay Field House Food Hub, and will involve using fruit from the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project to do some canning and/or jam making. Everyone is welcome to come and share Good Food! Please email david.cnhfood@gmail.com or info@freshroots.ca if you plan on attending so that we can ensure we bring enough fruit to go around!

 

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Norquay Park is Growing

ATTENTION NORQUAY NEIGHBOURHOOD:

The power of good food has once again bonded people together. Fresh Roots is excited to announce that we have teamed up with Together We Can to grow food in Norquay Park! This calls for a celebration- a FEAST of yummy, healthy food which will become ready for harvest in the summer. Attendees of this celebration will be: broccoli, fennel, herbs, rhubarb, strawberries and YOU! Also in attendance are some fruit tree saplings. Come stop by to watch these babies grow as they turn into beautiful flowering, fruit bearing trees.

Fresh Roots is a non-profit organization working with school communities towards Good Food For All: Everyone deserves access to healthy food, land and community. To do this, Fresh Roots cultivates engaging gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship and community celebration. We currently have two schoolyard market gardens which grow food to be distributed to the community and sold at markets.

Fresh Roots believes in Good Food For All. As part of a community group partnership with Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute (RCFSI), Fresh Roots has agreed to support community food security initiatives in the Renfrew-Collingwood community. This awesome project at Norquay park will support increased agricultural land use while giving access to local food. It is so exciting to see our vision extend beyond schoolyard farms to the wider community.

Together We Can was founded in 1993 in Metro Vancouver and since has become one of Canada’s leading treatment centres for men. TWC’s mission is to educate and support men and families who struggle with the challenges of substance misuse and desire a new life in recovery. The charity recognizes that long-term recovery is most successful when people are provided health and wellness supports for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing.

This partnership empowers men to give back to the community by growing nutritious and delicious produce.  Anyone who is hungry or needs a snack is welcome to enjoy the food grown in the park. Another awesome part of this project is it is conveniently located by the treatment and community center, allowing opportunity to reorient these men back into the community! The ultimate goal of this program is to have cross pollination by planting flowers to encourage more bees- because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder.

Together We Can do this with Fresh Roots to provide soul food for Norquay community! We’ll keep you updated for harvest news.

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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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Building a New Community Space at Norquay Park

We’re at it again, looking to grow and make something happen at Norquay Park!

Thanks to the Vancouver Park’s Board, we’re gearing up for our new Food Hub at Norquay Park.

We’ll be hosting gardening, workshops, cooking, and celebrating of Good Food through our new Fresh Roots Food Hub space, so get ready for a good time.  And join our friends too.  We’ll be working with Collingwood Neighbourhood House and Vancouver Fruit Tree Project to help connect and animate the space.

In the meantime, here’s to getting keys!  Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted on what’s happening here at Norquay Park!