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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, 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


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