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CCFN is an active collaboration of community members, agencies, service providers and organizations working together to enhance the health and well-being in our neighborhoods by supporting and coordinating local food security initiatives and improving access to community health, social services and community-based programs. Join us. It's free, fun and makes a difference! Email the coordinator and receive our monthly e-newsletter.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Winter Markets: December 10th and 17th

Happy December Everyone! The holidays are right around the corner. I love this season: warm clothes, frosty weather, festive music, but most of all I love the food. I love holiday baking- breads, cookies and pies; hearty soups and warm winter salads.

We have two markets coming up this weekend, and thankfully we will be indoors at both locations. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to shop in a warm and fun environment for incredibly beautiful and affordable produce.

Tomorrow morning (Dec 10th) from 10-12pm, we will be set up at Helping Spirit Lodge on Dumfries, just off of Kingsway. We will be indoors, but you'll have to come through the back parking lot. Keep your eyes open for our directional signs and the TLCC awnings.

Later on in the afternoon from 2-4pm we will be set up at Orchard Park inside at the Nancy Styles Hall located at the corner of 45th and Nanaimo. Again, look out for the awning and our signs if you can't find your way. At this location we have the wonderful tasting kitchen! Our kitchen crew will be putting together some beautiful dishes for you to sample showcasing the produce that we will be selling at our market. The tasters alone are enough reason to leave your home and come down to the market!

Here is an idea of what we are hoping to have at this week's markets:

Organic: Celery
Navel Oranges

From BC:
Anjou Pears
Apples (golden delicious or braeburn)
Brown Crimini Mushrooms

From Elsewhere:

Please come down and celebrate the season, the holidays and food with us this weekend. We hope to see you there!

Friday, November 18, 2011

November 19th Market Updates

Well, we've finally experienced our first snowfall. Winter is officially here. Last week was very wet, cold and rainy, but we still saw lots of smiling faces excited to get some fresh food into their homes. Please bundle up and come out to this week's markets! We'll be indoors at both the Brant Villa and Culloden Court locations, so take comfort in that. It's also voting day, there will be a voting poll at Culloden Court alongside the market, so please exercise your voting rights, and take advantage of our great selection of fresh, affordable produce.

This is what we are hoping to have this week:

From BC
MacIntosh Apples, Gala Apples
Green Cabbage
Red Peppers
Bosc Pears

From elsewhere:
Snap Peas
Hosui Pears
Chinese Mandarin Oranges
Red Grapes
Come check it out! Hope to see you all there!

Brant Villa, 2290 E. 25th Ave near the Nanaimo SkyTrain Station
Culloden Court, 1375 E. 47th Ave near Knight Street

Friday, November 11, 2011

November Updates

Happy November Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the beautiful fall weather we've had so far. Lots has been going on with the TLCC Network and we have exciting news! We have finally found ourselves a place to call home. In the new year, the Trout Lake/Cedar Cottage Food Security Network will be moving into the brand new Trout Lake Community Centre on Victoria Drive. Keep in touch to hear about the happenings at the community centre! We are hoping to have some really wonderful workshops around cooking, canning and gardening!

In other news, the markets are running this month on Saturday, November 12th and on Saturday, November 19th. This Saturday (the 12th), we will be at Helping Spirit Lodge (Dumfries and Kingsway in the parking lot)  from 10-12 and then at Orchard Park (41st and Nanaimo in the Nancy Styles Hall) from 2-4. There will be tasting kitchens so come by; sample some recipes and get inspired for Winter cooking.

Here is the list of goods we are expecting to have at this week's markets:
BC Gala Apples
BC Bosc Pears
BC Red Peppers
BC Winter Squash (butternut)
Bananas from South America

From elsewhere:
Sweet Potatoes
Green Leaf Lettuce
Red Peppers

I hope to see you all there!  Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 7, 2011

October Updates

Hey Everyone! Happy Harvest Season! I love this season to enjoy delicious crisp BC apples, baked squash and mashed sweet potatoes! There is lots going on this month and for the fall season. Read on to find about food-related events happening within the community and around Vancouver and of course to check out what will be at this week’s markets, tasting kitchens and workshops!

At this week’s pocket markets:

This week’s markets are taking place at Helping Spirit Lodge (3965 Dumfries St-near Kingsway) from 10-12pm and at Orchard Park (5988 Nanaimo St-near 41st Ave) from 2-4pm. We’ll be having tasting kitchens at both of these locations and also a very special fall stew making workshop at Helping Spirit Lodge- email me if you are interested! It’s free and everyone is welcome! It’s a great way to learn about new ways to cook and integrate lots of different types of food into your diet!
email: tlccfoodsecurity@gmail.com

Here is what we are expecting to have at this week’s markets:

From BC:
Ambrosia Apples
Romaine Lettuce

Baby Carrots- from Washington
Bananas- from South America

From Elsewhere:
Chinese Mandarins
Yams- from California
Black Plums-from California

Hope to see everyone out there. Remember if you haven’t yet bought tokens- you can buy them at Orchard Park, Brant Villa, Culloden Court, Helping Spirit Lodge, South Van Neighbourhood House, Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House or the Warehouse. Also, cash sales are available at all the markets for a small mark-up. Open to everyone, come check it out!

Events and happenings for October


October 8th 10-12 at Helping Spirit Lodge

Engage in a hands-on- learning approach to cooking new things. This month’s workshop will feature learning how to make a fall harvest stew! Come check it out.

Contact Aja for more information:


During this workshop you will have the opportunity to find out more about community kitchens, different ways a group can work and how you can lead or start a community kitchen. Learn the history of the community kitchen movement and the effect it has had around the province. Hear about the different kitchen models that run successfully in our communities. Experience a community kitchen first hand! Lunch will be provided.

Dates/Times: Choose from one of the following dates:
Thurs, Oct 13, 2011, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, Thurs, June 7, 2011, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Vancouver Food Bank, 1150 Raymur Ave.
Cost: $45.00 (lunch provided)
To register: Contact Darlene Tanaka, at 604-216-2325 or darlenet@foodbank.bc.ca or


The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project and the Grandview Woodland Food Connection invite you to an end of harvest celebration and special film screening. Come learn about our efforts to harvest urban fruit. Meet others interested in local food security. Information tables, door prizes, silent auction, snacks.

Film Screening: QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2011) examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers. This engaging, alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together a dramatic story that uncovers the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Britannia Community Centre, Upstairs Canuck Family Education Centre (next to Grandview Park)
1661 Napier St
Friday October 14, 5 – 10pm. Film Screening 7pm
By donation
Information: 604-718-5895


(Vancouver Coastal Health)- A fun and interactive prevention program for individuals at risk for chronic conditions who are ready to make Healthy Lifestyle Changes- including Healthy Eating!

Dates: Oct 20, Oct 27 and Nov3 – from 5:30-7:30 at South Community Health Centre (6405 Knight Street- Knight and 49th)

Call 604-267-4430 to register!


Shared Harvest Canada lets you find locally produced food or donate food to those in need. It's like an online farmers' market and food-bank rolled into one.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Saturday September 17th Pocket Markets

Hello Again,

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Pocket Markets last week at Helping Spirit Lodge and Orchard Park. It was a gorgeous day and so wonderful to meet everyone!

We have two more markets coming up this Saturday at Brant Villa from 10-2 and at Culloden Court from 2-4.

Here's what we're expecting to have it store for tomorrow:

From BC:
Red & Green Peppers


From Elsewhere:
Oranges from California

Hope to see you all there! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September Updates- Pocket Markets are back

September Newsletter

New TLCC Food Security Coordinator

Hey everyone! I’m Aja Peterson, and I am the new TLCC Food Security Coordinator. As a member of this community, resident of this neighbourhood and lover of great fresh food I am excited to take on this position! I look forward to meeting all of you at the upcoming pocket markets this September. See you all then!

POCKET MARKETS ARE BACK! Fall Schedule: Dates and Locations

The TLCC’s mobile pocket markets will be back in full swing starting September 10th. Take advantage of the harvest season and grab some wonderful fresh produce at affordable prices. Watch for our tasting kitchens at Helping Spirit Lodge and Orchard Park! See you there.

When: 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 10am-12noon
Market dates: Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10
Where: Helping Spirit Lodge, 3965 Dumfries Street near Kingsway Ave

When: 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 2pm-4pm
Market dates: Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10
Where: Orchard Park, 5988 Nanaimo St near E. 41st Ave

When: 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 10am-12noon
Market dates: Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17
Where: Brant Villa, 2290 E. 25th Ave near the Nanaimo SkyTrain Station

When: 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 2pm-4pm
Market dates: Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17
Where: Culloden Court, 1375 E. 47th Ave near Knight Street

* Here’s what we are expecting for Saturday’s Market*

From BC:
Apples, Pears, Peaches, Broccoli, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Tomatoes and Kale

From Elsewhere:
Avocados, Bananas

Upcoming events, workshops and information sessions:

Sept 9- Healthy Selves, Healthy Communities (program series)
Sept 10-8th Annual Corn Festival
Sept 16- UBC Farm’s 9th Annual FarmAde


When: Fridays 11:00am-12:30pm (10 sessions beginning Sept.09 and ending Nov.08)
Where: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House: 3981 Main Street (at 24th avenue and Main St).
What: Free health literacy program for newcomers and other community members. Includes free child minding, bus tickets, healthy snacks. Participants will receive a certificate of accomplishment and health manual. This program is a partnership between Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and BCIT Nursing Program, with funding from Vancouver Coastal Health.

Who it’s for: Newcomers and other community members wanting to learn how to live healthier lifestyles; increase their understanding of chronic diseases including stress and stress management; learn about nutrition and active living. Sessions are facilitated by trained nurses and staff. Program incorporates peer based focus groups, educational lessons, community building games and other activities. Learn different ways to manage health and wellness; Increase understanding of chronic disease and prevention; Learn about stress and stress management; Participate in health games, and activities, and presentations; Be involved in conversation and dialogue; Share experiences and learn from others; Approach health and wellness from a multicultural perspective

REGISTRATION is necessary. For more information or to register contact: Welcoming & Inclusive Communities Coordinator, Jennifer: 604-879-7104, ext. 315 or email: jennifer_wesman@Lmnhs.bc.ca


Come and share in the Latin-American community’s corn harvest celebration. Free family fun! Enjoy a day of Latin-American art and entertainment and try delicious ethnic dishes like pupusas, tamales, tostadas and more. Check out the kid’s zone and the yearly “Queen of Corn” contest for girls.

Organized by CELSAN (Canada El Salvador Action Network) and CEBES (Comunidades Eclesiales de Base de El Salvador).

Saturday, September 10 Britannia Community Centre, Gym “D”, 1661 Napier Street.
11pm to 5pm.For information: José: 778-385-5394 or cornfestival2011@gmail.com


Come on out to this free-admission, all-ages event to celebrate food, music and community at Vancouver's last working farm!
Please stay tuned for updates on our 9th annual event. This year, we're excited to feature:
- Family-friendly local bands
- Audience-participation square dancing!
- UBCimprov
- Belly dance performances
- Vegan, vegetarian and beef burgers
- Smoothies & juice from The Juice Caboose (organic, vegan, gluten free and soy free)
- Farm-fresh corn and organic UBC Farm veggies
- A beverage garden featuring handcrafted brew from East Van's Storm Brewing
- A supervised children's area with face painting, bubble wands and more!
- Free tours of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
- Free shuttle van and bicycle valet

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mobile Pocket Markets

NOTE: There are no markets in August 2011.

 We've put wheels on our pocket market .

TLCC's Mobile Pocket Markets are now at 4 locations each month (except August) bringing fresh  produce at affordable prices to these neighbourhoods.

Check out the schedule below and map to see the dates and times of all 4 market locations in the TLCC and South Vancouver areas. 

When: 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 10am-12noon
Market dates: Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10
Helping Spirit Lodge, 3965 Dumfries Street  near Kingsway Ave

When: 2nd Saturday of the month
Time: 2pm-4pm
Market dates: Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10
Orchard Park, 5988 Nanaimo St near E. 41st Ave

When: 3rd Saturday of the month
Market dates: Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17

Brant Villa,  2290 E. 25th Ave near the Nanaimo SkyTrain Station

When: 3rd Saturday of the month
Time: 2pm-4pm
Market dates: Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17
Culloden Court, 1375 E. 47th Ave near Knight Street

Friday, June 17, 2011

June 18th Market

Here is what we are expecting to have at the market tomorrow.  Lots of BC produce is now finally becoming available after a slow start this spring.  This weekend we will be at Brant Villa from 10am-12pm and Culloden Court from 2pm-4pm.

Green kale 
Green leaf lettuce
Orange peppers
Strawberry tomatoes
Fuji Apples (Washington)
Anjou Pears (Washington)       

Friday, June 10, 2011

At the Mobile Market This Weekend

The Mobile Market will be at two locations this Saturday June 11th.  We will be at Helping Spirit Lodge (3965 Dumfries Street, around the back in the parking lot) from 10am - 12pm and then we move to Orchard Park (5988 Nanaimo Street) from 2pm-4pm.  Here is what we are expecting to have at the markets:

Local BC
Long English Cucumbers
Butter Lettuce
Orange Peppers
Strawberry Tomatoes
Summer Turnips

Strawberries (California)
Valencia Oranges (California)

Not Local or Organic
Royal Gala Apples (Washington)

See you there!

Friday, April 15, 2011

April Newsletter

This month’s newsletter includes:
New TLCC Food Security Network Coordinator 
April 16 Next Pocket Market
April 16 EYA Seed Swap at Strathcona Community Garden
April 26 Seed starting workshop at South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
April 30 Maximum Balcony Harvest Workshop with April Reeves
April 30 The Great Turning Conference
May 1 Spring Fling Fundraiser at Cedar Cottage Garden

New TLCC Food Secuirty Network Coordinator 
Hello everyone, my name is Carissa Murphy and I am very excited to be starting as the new TLCC Food Security Network Coordinator.  I look forward to working in the community and to hearing your questions, feedback and experiences.

TLCC's next Pocket Market!

At this week’s market:

Ambrosia Apples
Orange Peppers
Red Nugget Potatoes


NON LOCAL OR ORGANIC (from Washington or California)
Butter lettuce

Date: Saturday April 16th
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: 2290 E 25th Ave (Just west of the Nanaimo SkyTrain station).

See you all there!

Environmental Youth Alliance Seed Exchange

The Environmental Youth Alliance is holding a seed exchange. The emphasis is on exchange, so no money will be trading hands, only seeds. Everyone is welcome to attend, even those who have no seeds to trade as you’ll still be able to get your hands on some free seeds!

Date: Saturday April 16th
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Eco-Pavillion, Strathcona Community Garden

Seed Starting Workshop

As a part of South Vancouver Neighbourhood House’s Food Security Workshops, they will be hosting a free seed starting workshop.   Learn to grow seeds indoors, take home your own seed pots with a variety of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers

You can join the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House once a month for workshops all about FOOD. Learn from experts how to grow, enjoy and save your harvest. Workshops are 1-2 hours and are at SVNH or in the South Van area. Meet new people and have fun! All ages are welcome

Date: Tuesday April 26th
Time: 3:30pm-5pm
Location: 6470 Victoria Dr., Vancouver (SVNH)
To register: Please sign up at the SVNH front desk or email foodsecurity@southvan.org                             or call 604-324-6212
For more information about SVNH go to www.southvan.org

Maximum Balcony Harvest Workshop

Growing vegetables in containers can provide you with plenty of fresh food if you do it correctly. Learn how to get the most out of your balcony or patio by using vertical space resourcefully, selecting appropriate types and combinations of plants and containers, and more. Bring a photo of your balcony to share and get personalized advice.  This class will be taught by April Reeves.
Date: Saturday April 30th
Time: 9:30am-12pm
Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Cost: Member: $30 / Non member: $40

Or to register by phone call 604-257-8322 or register in person at:

VanDusen Botanical Garden
Registrar’s Office, 5251 Oak St.
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1

The Great Turning, An Un-Conference to be the Change
Join hundreds of change agents and over 40 passionate community leaders to explore how we can create a sustainable future through action, innovation, and consciousness.

Engage with leaders from Greenpeace, Village Vancouver, Oxfam, and dozens of other organizations in a day of inspiring broad vision talks, intimate circle dialogues, artistic performances, and organic vegetarian lunch.

There are many pieces to the puzzle of our emerging future, and your role is pivotal. Come join us and Be The Change at the Great Turning Un-Conference on Saturday, April 30th, at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver!

Date: Saturday April 30th
Time: 9:00am to 5:30pm (Coffee, yoga, and registration at 8:00am)
Location: The Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

Spring Fling

Cedar Cottage Garden’s Spring Fling, a celebration of gardens and community, will be taking place on May 1st in the garden plaza on Victoria Dr @ Hull. The afternoon will be filled with opportunities to mingle and meet new neighbours, and to enjoy entertainment and garden tours. Drop by for some baked goods, a plants and seedlings sale, an arts and crafts market, and plenty of activities for children.

Date:  Sunday May 1st
Time: 12noon-3pm
Location: Cedar Cottage Garden @ Victoria & Hull


Thursday, March 17, 2011

March 2011 newsletter

This month's newsletter includes:
March 31 deadline: East Vancouver Neighbourhood Small Grants Project
March 25 and 26: Presentation and workshop on sustainable cities by Mark Lakeman
March 20: Potato Fusion, event
April 27: Earthquake preparedness workshop at the Roundhouse
March 19 & 20: Two gardening workshops presented by Grant Watson
Pocket Market 
Date: Saturday March 19th
Time: 10am-1pm
Address: 2290 E 25th Ave (just west of the Nanaimo SkyTrain station).

Our monthly pocket market is on again this Saturday. The range of product this week will be,

Lettuce, living head, $1.30 each
Russet Potatoes, $1.00 per bag

Hass Avocadoes, $1.30 each
Carrots, cello organic, $1.00 per bunch

Broccoli, $1.30 per bunch
Oranges, $0.30 each
See you there!

East Vancouver Neighbourhood Small Grants Project
How would you like to make your neighbourhood a better place?
Do you live in the Cedar Cottage, Frog Hollow or Kiwassa neighbourhoods?  Do you have great ideas to improve your neighbourhood or bring people together, but need a little support to help make them happen?

Then you might want to consider applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant!

The Neighbourhood Small Grants Project is funded by the Vancouver Foundation to support residents to initiate activities in their communities for the benefit of local people. Groups of two or more neighbours can apply for a grant of $50 to $500 to work together on small projects that benefit their neighbourhoods socially, physically, culturally or environmentally. 
All kinds of projects can receive funding.  For example, you could paint a mural, plant a neighbourhood garden, teach a cooking or art class, put up a community bulletin board, celebrate a cultural holiday, put on a music recital, hold a dialogue or talking circle, organize a community clean up, write a neighbourhood cookbook or have a block party!

Deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2011
Decisions about which projects will be funded will be made by April 30th. For more information, tips, ideas for projects or to download the Application Form from the website: http://www.froghollow.bc.ca/neighbourhood_sub3.html

Mark Lakeman: Presentation and Workshop on sustainable cities
Portland City Repair co-founder, Mark Lakeman, brings lessons from one of America's greenest cities to Vancouver. Mark Lakeman is a co-founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon and served as the Co-Director of Creative Vision from 1996 to 2008. City Repair is a multidisciplinary, non-profit organization, which works with place-based communities to creatively transform the infrastructure of the public commons where people live.

Whether converting street intersections into public squares, or organizing other forms of permanent or ephemeral place interventions, City Repair is effectively engaging citizens in the reinvention of the public landscape. All of these projects are ecological in emphasis, using natural building and Permaculture techniques. City Repair projects are underway in dozens of cities in the USA and Canada.

Mark is also the principal of Communitecture, a private design firm specializing in ecological building and planning projects at many scales. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Southeast Uplift, Portland's proactive neighborhood coalition that is undertaking numerous initiatives to remake the civic landscape.

The Village Lives
Mark Lakeman, offers an inspirational and cutting edge model for how cities can develop sustainably, powered by people at the neighbourhood level. Mark’s presentation The Village Lives provides numerous examples of urban Permaculture initiatives that are inspiring transformation across the social and political spectrum of Portland.

Mark will emphasize the benefits of broadly activated citizen vision and participation in the development of a truly sustainable culture. Mark’s presentations includes an overview of unsustainable cultural patterns, followed by examples of how urban spaces can be transformed into vital social and ecological commons.

Date: Friday, March 25
Time: 7:30 pm -  9:30 pm
Location: W2 Storyeum,
Address: 151 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC

‘Eco-Dreaming Vancouver’
Workshop with Portland’s City Repair Co-Founder Mark Lakeman and Power of Hope's creative facilitators Rup Sidhu and Sara Dent, along with Village Vancouver members, will offer a day of community building focused on how City Repair processes can be applied in Vancouver. Participants will build community, look at our city on a neighbourhood by neighbourhood basis, and learn about intersection and block repair processes.

Date: Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Location: W2 Storyeum,
Address: 151 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC
Registration: http://ecodreamingvancouver.eventbrite.com

Event Supporters
Thanks to the City of Vancouver Sustainability Group for their support of the event and Car Free Vancouver! In association with W2 Storyeum. People powered by: Village Vancouver, Power of Hope, Community Arts Council of Vancouver.

Event: Potato Fusion
The World In A Garden will be hosting the Second Annual Potato Fusion event, where we will plant highly nutritious organic potatoes & lettuce in used burlap coffee sacs! All proceeds will be donated to The World In A Garden & Project Somos, an eco-village for abandoned and orphaned children in Guatemala.

Date: Sunday, March 20th
Time: 11am or 1pm
Location: West 57th & East Blvd. (across the street from Choices)
To register: Contact Alicia Baddorf via phone 604.257.5151 ext. 213 or by email abaddorf@jfsa.ca

Earthquake preparedness
We have all witnessed the recent earthquakes in Japan and have seen first hand the devastation they cause. Living in Vancouver, we too could be faced with a major earthquake, yet few of us have taken the necessary steps to ensure we and our families are prepared. This session will teach you how to be prepared for any emergency or disaster you may be faced with. You will learn personal and family preparedness, how to develop a family emergency plan, how to perform a home hazard hunt and how to prepare for your pets. Cost: Free

Location: Roundhouse Community Centre - 181 Roundhouse Mews
Date: Apr 27, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Registration Information: Phone: 604-713-1800

Gardening workshops
Grant Watson is teaching a series of gardening workshops this weekend. Go to www.gourmetgardens.ca/workshops/

Intensive Urban Microfarming
Date: Saturday March 19
Time:  12:30-3:30 pm
Location: Strathcona Community Centre
Address:  601 Keefer Street
Registration: Call Strathcona Community Centre at 604-713-1838

Food Crops: Selection & Care
Date: Sunday March 20
Time:  2 – 5 pm
Address: 2478 E 23 Ave
You can contact Grant Watson at 778.869.4060.
Visit his website at, www.gourmetgardens.ca

Thursday, February 24, 2011

TLCC Job Posting

Trout Lake/Cedar Cottage Food Security Network Society (TLCC)


Position Title:                  TLCC Coordinator
Reports to:                         TLCC Board of Directors
Term of Contract:           Starts immediately until end of June 2011 with possibility of extension
Hourly Wage:                   $20.00/hr, 10 hrs/wk.  Flexible schedules can be negotiated. 
Deadline:                            Applications must be received by 4:30pm, March 8th 2011

Description of Position:
The TLCC Coordinator will oversee overall TLCC coordination and support related activities with the following goals:
  • Primarily responsible for actively pursuing &  securing sustainable and ongoing funding for the TLCC activities
  • Support and maintain the existing pocket markets at Brant Villa and developing  one new pocket market. 
  • Regular distribution of relevant information to Network members.  Coordinate and facilitate monthly TLCC Board meetings
  • Build community capacity to be involved in food security initiatives and increase awareness of available food security resources and networking opportunities.
Roles and Responsibilities:

·         Identify funding opportunities, develop grant proposals and create a “sustainability plan”.

·         Identify and sustain opportunities for capacity building and partnerships between community leaders and agencies which would help support the work of the TLCC over the long term. 

·         Maintain and develop an email distribution list and blog.  Develop promotional materials for Network activities.

·         Monitor program finances, maintain accurate financial records, and ensure responsible budget implementation.

·         Collaborate with other food security networks in Vancouver to share resources and identify opportunities for strengthening working relationships.     


·         Sound understanding of food security principles and the spectrum of food based programs in Vancouver
·         Confident leadership experience with community development and capacity building approaches to project development.
·         Experience with community work and committee based processes, particularly related to pocket markets or farmer’s markets
·         Grant and funding report writing skills
·         Strong communication and computer skills, organization and time-management
·         Must have a valid Food Safe certificate or be willing to obtain one.
·         Experience with volunteer supervision, recruitment and training

NOTE:  this position requires use of your own vehicle and may require access to a home based workspace. 

Applications will be accepted until 4:30pm, March 8th 2011
Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
TLCC Food Security Board of Directors
Attn: Marlene Bell at spiritros@telus.net or Fax: 604-873-4402

Friday, February 4, 2011

Talk Green Vancouver potluck on Wed. Feb 16
TLCC Newsletter, February 2011
This month's newsletter includes:
  • Talk Green Vancouver neighbourhood potluck in Cedar Cottage
  • Information about a new seed saving collective in Cedar Cottage
  • News about the first ever House of Commons debate on genetic engineering and what you can do to support it
  • Two local food related job postings

TLCC's next Pocket Market!
Date: Saturday February 19th
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: 2290 E 25th Ave (Just west of the Nanaimo SkyTrain station.
Map: TLCC Pocket Market location

The TLCC Pocket market has great prices as always on organic or local produce. Shop and save while supporting access to healthy foods for those who have low income! The Pocket Market Coupon model has worked so well that it will be used as part of a food security program run by South Vancouver Neighbourhood House for residents in their area.

Please drop by on the 19th!

Talk Green Vancouver Potluck Invite
Join your friends and neighbours for a community potluck and Greenest City conversation!

TLCC and Talk Green Vancouver (the City of  Vancouver's Greenest City initiative) invite you to share a meal, share some great conversation and share your ideas about Vancouver’s plan to become the Greenest City in the world by 2020. It’s going to take actions – small and large – from the whole city to achieve the vision of a bright green future for our city and our planet. Thousands of residents contributed to creating 10 draft action plans. Find out what’s in them, add your feedback and share ideas with your neighbours about how you can help create the greenest city in the world.

Please bring food to share, serving plate and spoon as well as a plate, fork, knife etc for yourself. We will have access to the kitchen to heat things up if necessary.

Join us and talk green!
Date: Wednesday Feb 16th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Location: Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, 4065 Victoria Drive

Give your input to the draft Greenest City plans and find out how you can get involved at www.talkgreenvancouver.ca

Cedar Cottage Seed Saving Collective
A new group has formed through Village Vancouver in Cedar Cottage that will focus on seed saving in our neighbourhood. They are interested in creating a local source of seeds as a way to address global pressures from the patenting of seeds, genetic modification and climate change. They are looking for others who have experience with growing and seed saving using natural "organic" growing methods to join the collective.

Their next meeting is, a vegetarian potluck is on:
Date:Sunday Feb, 6th
Time: 10am -noon
RSVP: www.villagevancouver.ca/events please RSVP through the Village Vancouver site.

email: ccseedsavingcollective@gmail.com

House of Commons debate on genetically engineered seeds
Victory for Canada on Genetic Engineering! Unprecedented debate on Bill C-474, February 8.The actions of Canadians like you are working! Despite biotech industry attempts to shut down debate, on December 1st in the House of Commons, the New Democratic Party secured a new 5-hour debate on Bill C-474 and the impacts of genetic engineering for February 8. Bill C-474 would support Canadian farmers by requiring that “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.” If the Bill is passed this February it would stop GE wheat and GE alfalfa. The final vote on Bill C-474 will happen on February 9th in the House of Commons and there will be a 5-hour debate the day before! This type of debate on genetic engineering in the House of Commons has never happened before! Now every MP will have a chance to participate in the debate on Bill C-474.

Watch the video on Bill C-474: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH9NwvrVh3U

Actions before Feb 9th to support Canadian farmers:
Email your Member of Parliament to ask them to support the Bill and speak up in the debate – you can send your letter instantly from http://www.cban.ca/474action

Jobs in Local Food

The Public Health Association of British Columbia in conjunction with their partners at Vancouver Coastal Health, the Vancouver School Board, the Richmond School Board and the University of British Columbia’s Eat&Think Green@School Initiative are pleased to announce that they have received a grant from Vancity enviroFund to increase the amount of local food served in five schools in the Richmond, Vancouver and West Vancouver area.

The  Group, the Greater Vancouver Farm to School Committee, seek the services of a Farm to School Coordinator The one year part-time coordinator will be responsible for sourcing local foods and farms for schools and developing agreements with farmers to grow foods for 5 schools. Details are outlined in job description at

Interested applicants must email their resume and cover letter to Sarah Carten, sarah.carten@vch.ca by noon on Monday, February 14th, 2011.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Sarah Carten, (604) 675-3988 x 20340, sarah.carten@vch.ca
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, February 14th, 2011.

For job description and details on how to apply, visit the FarmFolk/CityFolk website at: http://www.ffcf.bc.ca/about_us/get_involved.html

CONTRACT DATES:  April 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011
LOCATION:  Vancouver, BC


That's it for this month.

blog: tlccfoodsecurity@blogspot.com

Friday, January 14, 2011

Trout Lake Cedar Cottage Food Security Network Newsletter for January 2011

Hi, I hope that 2011 got off to a good start for you.

If you have a hankering for food security at its best, I suggest registering for Will Allen's free presentation at the Croatian Cultural Centre on January 27th. This man has been very successful in teaching people with his special brand of enthusiasm how to grow food in the urban core. Registration details below. It's bound to fill up fast as the date approaches.

Of course there is also tomorrow's Pocket Market where you can buy fresh quality produce at VERY reasonable prices. The market has moved to Saturdays:

TLCC Pocket Market
Day: Saturday January 15th
Time: 10am to 1pm
Place: 2290 E 25th Ave, just west of the Nanaimo SkyTrain Station

Just follow the directional signs. Here is the array produce you'll see tomorrow:

Ambrosia Apples
White Mushrooms
Yukon Gold Potatoes

Bananas, South America
Carrots, California

Avocados, Mexico
Oranges, California
Broccoli, California

Will Allen, Growing Out of Hunger
Day: Thursday, January 27, 2011,
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive (and 14th)

This lecture is free, however pre-registration is required.

There is still time to register for the second annual Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue featuring Will Allen, CEO, Growing Power Community Food Centre, Milwaukee & Chicago: Join us and find out how Will Allen, urban farmer and community activist, is dedicated to supporting low income and small family farmers and bringing healthy, affordable food to urban areas. Will has over fifty years experience in farming, marketing and distributing food and has shared this knowledge with youth, adults, community groups, immigrants, farmers and consumers. Winner of the $500,000 MacArthur Genius Fellowship in 2008, Will Allen is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to under-served urban populations.

Visit Will Allen's blog.

Tree Pruning Service by Vancouver Fruit Tree
The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project wishes you a happy, fruitful new year! We are excited to announce that we will be offering small scale pruning services! Martin Anevich, a senior undergraduate student in Human Geography at UBC, has been trained pruning fruit trees in the Okanagan, and his university specialization is urban food systems. While not a professional, Martin is still able to give your fruit tree some tender lovin’ care, to help it develop more healthfully, beautiful, manageable and fruitful for the coming years. The service will be offered by donation, and proceeds will support the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project and offset the pruning program's transportation and equipment costs. As the cost of professional pruning can often be quite substantial, this is a great opportunity to care for your trees while supporting the Project’s community work. Unfortunately, because a service is given in return for the donation, we cannot issue tax receipts for pruning.

This service will begin in a couple weeks! If interested, you can email Martin at: manevich@interchange.ubc.ca or call him at 604-700-4460.

Workshops: Winter Cultivating Food, Cultivating Community Series
Over a dozen workshops, presentations, and gatherings focusing on growing food and cultivating community from January 9-March 27th. Organized by Ross Moster, Village Vancouver and Strathcona Community Centre.

Location: Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer St)
Workshops and dates:
Jan. 23 Garden Planning & Preparation workshop with Grant Watson
Jan. 25 Backyard Chickens 101 workshop with Duncan Martin
Feb. 6 Food Crops: Selection and Care workshop w/Grant Watson
Feb. 8 How to Create a Village in a City dialogue w/Ross Moster
Feb. 20 Food Crops: Selection and Care workshop w/Grant Watson
Feb. 27 Seed Saving in the City workshops with Robin Wheeler and other BC Seedswomen
Mar. 6 Soil Fertility and Plant Health Management w/Grant Watson
Mar. 19 Gardening for the Faint of Heart w/Robin Wheeler
Mar. 19 Intensive Urban Microfarming workshop w/Robin Wheeler
Mar. 27 Soil Fertility and Plant Health Management w/Grant Watson
Mar. 29 Backyard Chickens 101 workshop w/Duncan Martin

Community Kitchen Leadership Workshop
During this workshop you will have the opportunity to find out more about community kitchens, different ways a group can work and how you can lead or start a community kitchen.  Learn the history of the community kitchen movement and the effect it has had around the province. Hear about the different kitchen models that run successfully in our communities. Experience a community kitchen first hand! Lunch will be provided.

Date: Thurs, Feb 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Vancouver Food Bank, 1150 Raymur Ave.
Cost: $45.00 (lunch provided).
To register: Contact Darlene Tanaka, at 604-216-2325 or darlenet@foodbank.bc.ca or complete and send in the Community Kitchen Leadership Workshop Registration Form.

Please note: Payment required upon registration. Cancellations must be done at the latest, 72 hours before. No refunds for no-shows. The workshop may be rescheduled if registration numbers are not met.

Subsidies:  Due to a grant from Campbell Company of Canada,  travel and accommodation subsidies are available to those traveling in BC for more than 100 km to get to the workshop. You must apply by Thurs, Jan 21 for this February workshop. For more information, see our application form

Workshop: Foodsafe Level 1
We all have questions when it comes to food safety. What should we be concerned with when handling food in our kitchens? What's safe and what isn't in our day-to-day work in the kitchen? Come learn the basics about safe food handling in a friendly classroom environment. This is a provincially recognized course taught by qualified instructors. It is suitable for individuals who have a grade 8 or higher reading comprehension level.

Date/Time:  Sat, Feb 5, 2011 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Vancouver Food Bank, 1150 Raymur Ave.
Cost: $50.00 - $95.00 (sliding scale)

To register: Contact Darlene Tanaka, at 604-216-2325 or darlenet@foodbank.bc.ca or complete and send in the FoodSafe Registration Form.

For more information:  Visit our FAQs on the FoodSafe course. Please note: Lunch is not provided, so please bring a lunch. Registration is limited to 20 per class. Payment required upon registration. Cancellations must be done at the latest, 72 hours before. No refunds for no-shows. The workshop may be rescheduled if registration numbers are not met.

Grant: The Rebuilding Nature Grant Program
Application deadline:  Feb 11, 2011.For community groups to cover the costs of tools and building projects, native plants and trees, and other expenses in support of environmental stewardship projects.
Amount: $1,000, $3,000 or $12,000 plus $2,000 in The Home Depot gift cards. For more information: Visit Evergreen. Supported by The Home Depot Canada Foundation and led by Evergreen.

Grant: TOYOTA EVERGREEN Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants
For schools wishing to create outdoor classrooms and food gardens to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Amount: $500 to $3,500 for publicly funded Canadian schools (JK-Grade 12); $500 to $2,000 for not-for-profit daycares. Now accepting applications. Deadlines: March 4, 2011 (spring planting), June 3, 2011 (late spring/early summer or early fall planting). For more information go to Evergreen's website

Contest: Good Food Hero Comic Contest
Students from across Canada are invited to create their own comic and enter it in the Canada's Good Food Hero Comic Contest. There are 3 age categories for the contest:  1) Kindergarten - Grade 4   2)   Grade 5 - 8  and 3)  Grade 9 - 12. Application deadline: March 1, 2011. This is your chance to get creative and create awareness about food in Canada. Winners will receive awesome prizes, and the top 10 entries from each age group will be featured in the Good Food Hero Comic. Book, to be printed and distributed across the country in a 32-page colour booklet! Review the criteria and contest guidelines and complete the application form. For more information: Visit the Food Secure Canada website
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