Give Your Feedback on the Park Board Urban Agriculture Policy

The Vancouver Park Board is proposing a new policy for urban agriculture to better reflect agricultural activities now taking place in urban parks.

The proposed Urban Agricultural Policy will replace the current Community Gardens Policy and guide existing and new food-focused projects in Vancouver parks.

Please visit our website to review the new policy:  http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/urban-agriculture-policy.aspx.  Make sure to click on the “Share Your Views” blue button on the right panel to submit your feedback (the direct link to the survey is here:http://vancouver.fluidsurveys.com/s/Urban-agriculture-policy/) – the deadline for submissions is January 18, 2015.

November 26 Meeting: A Very Special Final Meeting – VFPC End of Term

The current term of the Vancouver Food Policy Council is coming to an end as we will be dissolving on December 7. It is up to the new Mayor and City Council to decide whether the VFPC and all the City’s other advisory committees will be reformed or not. If we are, stay tuned for details of how to apply to join us on the VFPC as we will have several vacancies in the new year!

It will be a very special meeting as we take the time to reflect, celebrate, envision the future, say thank you, and enjoy each others’ company over the extra food we will be splurging on. We will have our “formal” meeting from 6-7:40 PM followed by a social in the Town Hall Room until 8:30. As usual, this is a public meeting members of the community at large are very welcome to.

A Very Special Final Meeting – VFPC End of Term

November 26, 6-8:30 PM, Town Hall Room, Vancouver City Hall

See the proposed meeting agenda here>>

We would be delighted to see you there.

Candidates Responses to our Food Policy Questionnaire

VFPC Forum

A few weeks ago we circulated a questionnaire to all candidates including those for Mayor, City Council, Parks Board, and the School Board with questions developed by the Vancouver Food Policy Council and community members. We started this work in June and are now delighted to share the responses we received from candidates. Have a read and consider what candidates have committed to doing for a more just and sustainable food system if they are elected on November 15.

Jane Bouey

Adriane Carr

Diana Day

Janet Fraser

Pete Fry

Gwen Giesbrecht

Tim Louis

Stuart Mackinnon

Mischa Oak

Ian Robertson

Colin Shandler

Ludvik Skalicky

Michael Wiebe

Are you a candidate in the upcoming election and would like to fill out our questionnaire? You can access it here. We will continue posting responses as we receive them.

All Candidates Questionnaire

As part of our efforts leading up to the November 15 election, the VFPC has been working on developing a questionnaire for municipal candidates for Mayor, City Council, Parks Board, and School Board to address how they will incorporate food system issues into their work if elected.

The questionnaire is live and ready for candidates to complete. You can access it here.

Responses will be posted right back here on our blog as we receive them as well as at our October 15 Town Hall meeting.

October 15 Meeting: VFPC’s Municipal Town Hall

Join the Vancouver Food Policy Council for a fun, participatory evening of dialogue with candidates running in the 2014 City of Vancouver election as we get food issues on the agenda.

Moderated by Trish Kelly, the VFPC’s longest standing member, and featuring candidates from all levels of muncipal politics. Bring your questions!

Part of the Sustenance Festival, a city-wide festival with local food-inspired workshops, exhibitions, talks, walks, dances and more – all taking place in community centres and public spaces throughout Vancouver.

Finger food and beverages available.

October 15, 6-8:30 PM | Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Register Here

September 17 Meeting: Confronting First World Hunger

The theme of September’s VFPC meeting will be on Confronting First World Hunger. We will be joined by Janet Poppendieck and Graham Riches, two of the leading thinkers around hunger in Canada, the US and worldwide. Janet Poppendieck, who is visiting from New York, is a scholar and activist with concerns about poverty, hunger, and food assistance in the US. She is the author of Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression (1986), Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement (1999) and Free For All: Fixing School Food in America (2010). Graham Riches is one of the founding members of the VFPC, the former dean of Social Work at UBC and editor of the soon to be released First World Hunger Revisited (in which Janet also contributed a chapter). It looks to be a very interesting conversation. We hope that you can join us.

*Janet’s visit to Vancouver has been supported by the UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Think&EatGreen@School Project, and The School of Social Work.

Join us September 17 6-8:30 PM in the Town Hall Room of City Hall.

See the proposed agenda>>

July 23 Meeting: Engaging with First Nations

Our meeting is next Wednesday July 23rd 6-8:30pm. Similar to last year, this will be a potluck, presentation and and discussion that will explore the recent COV Motion Protocol to Acknowledge First Nations Unceded Traditional Territory and we will discuss appropriate and authentic ways of engaging with First Nations people and perspectives.  See the proposed agenda>>
**The meeting is at the UBC Botanical Garden** (6804 SW Marine Drive http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/hours-and-directions). Please remember to bring a potluck item, as well as your own plate, cup and utensils.

June 25 Meeting: VFPC Pre-Election Planning “Getting Food on the Agenda”

Vancouver is having a municipal election on November 15 and we want to see food issues on the agenda. We have a full agenda in store with updates and discussion on everything from the motion for a GE Free Vancouver, follow up from our last meeting on Migrant Farm Labour in BC with discussion of Vancouver as a Sanctuary City (run a Google search on “Vancouver Sanctuary City”), food hub and urban farming status updates from staff, and more. In the latter half of the meeting we will have a working session on how the VFPC would like to move ahead on getting food on the agenda for the upcoming local election.

Join us on June 25 6-8:30 PM, **Strathcona Room** (change in location from Town Hall Room for this month, you will find it in the basement), Vancouver City Hall.

See the proposed June agenda >>