April 16 Meeting: Urban Pollinators

Join us for our next meeting all about the birds and the bees as we explore urban pollinators with local experts Brian Campbell and Rob Hunt. Park Board Commissioner Niki Sharma will also be joining us to discuss this motion passed Monday.

April 16 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall **note that we are going to be in our usual location after all – stay tuned for offsite meetings in the future**

See the proposed April agenda>>

4th annual Britannia School Garden Film Fundraiser

Funds raised will help to support youth, children and families food gardening at:
Britannia Secondary School
SEGA Girls School in Tanzania (Britannia’s twin garden)
Eastside Family Place Summer Garden Program (at Britannia)

Friday, April 4th, 6pm. Films start at 7pm
Astorino’s Hall, 1739 Venables St.
$10 – $20 suggested donation
Silent auction, food, wine and beer for sale,

View two outstanding new films:
A River Changes Course  - Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance 2013, A River Changes Course tells the story of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes in around them

Dancing Salmon Home  - Winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the American Indian Film Festival, 2012, Dancing Salmon Home tells the story of the Winnemem First Nation in California who travel to New Zealand to meet their salmon relatives for the first time in generations and return those fish to their rivers of origin that are being un-dammed.

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Hope to see you there!

March 19 Meeting: Engaging Across Diversity

Along with some regular business, we are welcoming special guest Darlene Seto to our March meeting to help stimulate a conversation on how the Vancouver Food Policy Council and other food system communities can meaningfully ‘Engage Across Diversity’.

Darlene is the program manager for SFU’s LiVWELL Research Group, where much of her work involves developing community-based research projects with diverse immigrant and community groups.  An advocate for ways to meaningfully bridge cultural inclusion and sustainability practice, she holds a MA from UBC in Resource Management and Environmental Studies, where her graduate work looked at the engagement of diverse publics in Vancouver’s community gardens.

Darlene will be presenting a summary of the results from her masters research work, with an emphasis on looking ahead to ways the food system and Vancouver Food Policy Council can continue to move forward on the meeting’s subject theme.

Join us March 19 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, City Hall.

VFPC – Proposed March 2014 Agenda

February 19 Meeting: The Next Year

We are taking our February meeting to do some planning for the next year in the life of the VFPC. As always, this meeting is open to the public and will be an opportunity to hear from City staff on the implementation progress of the Vancouver Food Strategy after its first year, hear about and join a VFPC working group, and help shape the next year of meetings and projects.

Join us February 19 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, City Hall.

VFPC Proposed February 2014 Agenda

Presentation on implementation of the food strategy:

January 22 Meeting: A Citizen’s Guide to the ALR

We expect that our first meeting of 2014 is going to be a big one. The coverage and conversation about the Agricultural Land Reserve has been very active recently raising some questions and concerns. The Vancouver Food Policy Council is bringing together a panel of government, farming, and academic experts to share what they believe is the most important information on the province’s ALR for the VFPC and public to know: A Citizen’s Guide to the ALR. Panel presentations will be followed by discussion.

If you care about the future of agriculture in this province, we suggest you join us January 22 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, City Hall.

The panel will begin at 7 PM with:

Kim Sutherland, BC Ministry of Agriculture

Bill Zylman, W&A Farms

Dr. Lenore Newman, University of Fraser Valley

Dr. Art Bomke

Read the panelist biographies

VFPC Proposed January 2014 Meeting Agenda

Kim Sutherland’s Presentation

VFPC - Jan 2014 ALR Meeting Poster



November 13 Meeting: Intercultural Food Literacy & the Hua Foundation

We are back in our regularly scheduled location and time for our next meeting November 13, 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, City Hall.

This month we are welcoming the Hua Foundation.

Hua Foundation is a new youth-driven nonprofit that grew out of the program Shark Truth. Their mission is to reunite the worlds of cultural heritage and environmental action in their community starting with the topic of healthy, sustainable eating. What does that mean around our family’s dinner tables? Where can we get locally-grown organic bak choi? These are some of the questions they’re trying to answer. At this Food Policy Meeting, they will present their idea to start an “Asian CSA” through partnerships of local urban farmers as a sort of Case Study. The short-term goal is to get a conversation around building a market for local, organic Asian produce but what should the CSA model look like? What are good long-term objectives for making it accessible to the masses? Should it be through supermarkets? Encouraging people to grow on their own? What will it take to support our community in localizing/making our diets as sustainable as possible? Can the City of Vancouver support these goals, in what ways?

The proposed meeting agenda can be found here: VFPC – November 2013 Draft Meeting Agenda

Free Public Lecture by Dr. John Ikerd

Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Vancouver Food Policy Council are co-sponsoring a free pubic lecture “The Sustainable Food System Imperative: Change is not Optional, It’s Essential”.
When: Saturday, October 19, 7 – 9pm
Cost: Free
Where: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, 580 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Salon 10 – 20

Dr. John Ikerd, world renowned leader in sustainable agriculture and economics, will discuss the critical role of sustainable agriculture in building healthy communities and provide insights on how to put ideas into action. A prolific speaker and writer, John Ikerd is author of Small Farms are Real Farms, Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in America Agriculture and The Essentials of Economic Sustainability and Sustainable Capitalism.

Good Food for All: Exploring how the right to food can shape our policies and organizations

We are excited to announce in place of our normal meeting on October 16, World Food Day, we will be hosting an event, Good Food for All: Exploring how the right to food can shape our policies and organizations, from 6:00-8:30pm at the Roundhouse as part of the Sustenance Festival. The event is free but spots will go fast so go here to register quickly so that you won’t miss out!

The event will explore how we can work together towards a transition to a food system based on the right to food. Presentations and dicsussion will focus on how public policy and community-based food organizations can contribute to a more just and sustainable food system. Here is a bit of a teaser below.

MC – Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster


“The New Veg in Town” by the DTES Kitchen Tables Project Outreach Team

Presentations from Thought Leaders

Nick Saul, Community Food Centres of Canada

Aart Schuurman-Hess, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Doris Chow, DTES Kitchen Tables Project and Anna Cavouras, DTES Neighbourhood House

Victoria Bull and Fraser Stuart, Raise the Rates Campaign

Towards Change: Breakout Groups and Discussion

*** In keeping that October 16 is also the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge, an event to highlight the inadequacy of welfare rates in BC, some very simple food (think peanut butter sandwiches or something of the like) will be served. ***

September 18 Meeting – Advancing Food Policy Through Food Waste

Vancouver Food Policy Council meetings start up again next Wednesday night, September 18 at 6pm in the Town Hall Room at City Hall. You won’t want to miss this month’s theme, Advancing Food Policy Through Food Waste. The following presenters are on the agenda for the theme (starting after the break at 7pm):
(1) Tara Moreau – Food Policy 101 – Tara will lead us off with a primer on food policy. She’ll introduce some key terms, and discuss how policy change may happen. The information she provides will help to increase our understanding of food policy so we can better engage with change-making in a practical sense.
(2) Katie Schilt – Food Waste Policy in Vancouver – Katie has been the VFPC and SPEC Food Waste Policy Research Intern. She has completed an incredible amount of work this summer, and is very excited to present our research findings. There will also be some exciting outcomes and action steps to discuss.
(3) Leah Toews – Policy Analysis 101 – Leah is a graduate of the SFU Masters of Public Policy program. Leah will take us through the process of policy analysis using her thesis topic – Increasing Green Bin Program Participation in Multi-Family Residences.

You can download the draft agenda for the meeting here.