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:
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
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
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
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.
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. ***
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.
It was a great turn-out on a beautiful night for the potluck, presentation and discussion about Indigenous food sovereignty at the Tu’wusht Garden at UBC Farm on Wednesday night. Please have a closer look at the slides that Dawn Morrison based her presentation on, which can be viewed and downloaded here.
Here are the proposed dialogue questions that will be revisited at a future gathering:
- What are some ways the Vancouver Food Policy Council and others can work to support Indigenous peoples through the development of food policy and food-related action in Vancouver and the bioregion?
- How can the VFPC and WGIFS, along with other allies, work together in solidarity towards supporting Indigenous food sovereignty in Vancouver and the bioregion?
If you would like to be notified about future discussions on Indigenous food sovereignty in the next year please fill out your information here.
Don’t forget about the potluck, presentation and discussion about Indigenous food sovereignty tomorrow night from 6-8:30pm at the Tu’wusht Garden at UBC Farm. Please remember to bring a potluck item, as well as your own plate, cup and utensils. If you are able to make a little extra food to make sure we are covered that would be greatly appreciated! Click here for a pdf of the poster and agenda with more details.
Another exciting milestone for food policy is upon on us. As many of you may already know, on July 8 at 7pm the Local Food Action Plan developed by the Local Food Assets Task Force will going to the Park Board for consideration.
It would be great to have as many people out as possible, both speaking and simply in attendance, to show support. The report and draft plan will be available on the Park Board’s website by Tuesday, July 2 at noon.