A special message to our community!

An important announcement from the team: please read for a special update regarding our team and the organization!

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IMAGE: The Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute team in 2018, including Bo (former Urban Agriculture Programmer), Kaitlyn (Community Food Liaison), and Mik (Food Security Coordinator).

To our wonderful community members,

We hope that you are as well as you can be during these strange times, and that you are finding ways to enjoy your summer! In addition to our usual newsletter updates this month, we are writing to you with an important announcement and special message from Mik and Kaitlyn…

After over 2 wonderful years of working with all of you as part of the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, we, Mik and Kaitlyn, will be moving on from our roles here at the end of the summer. Mik is moving on to complete their Masters of Social Work full-time practicum and begin a career in clinical social work and counselling, and Kaitlyn will be returning to school to start her Master of Journalism program at UBC.

You may have already seen the job postings for our roles, now available on the CNH website, but we encourage you to share them to your networks if you know anyone who would be interested in applying!

We want to say that we are so proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish with you, our community—including the delicious fruits and vegetables we’ve grown together, the laughter we’ve shared over meals in the kitchen, and especially all of the amazing community-building and advocacy work we’ve engaged in together, through food.

With that in mind, our other announcement is an adjustment to the name of the organization: moving forward, our hope is that Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice (RCFJ) can continue the work of using food to support, connect, and bring people together, and to do this especially with the larger goal of working towards justice. With the success of our recent efforts to further integrate advocacy into our food work—including support with organizing the “Think, Ask, Vote” campaign at CNH and attending the General Strike for Climate Action together—we feel this new name makes it clear that we hope this momentum will continue in even more innovative ways, so we hope you’ll join us in welcoming it, too.

We know these changes bring many questions and surprises with them, but they also bring lots of fresh opportunities for growth, and hopefully the beginning of an exciting new chapter for all of you! It has been an absolute honour to learn, grow, and connect alongside each of you in our community, and our time together is something we’ll continue to cherish even as we continue on to the next chapters in our lives.

Much love from,

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Mik & Kaitlyn
and Najia, Emma, and the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice (RCFJ) Team
(formerly the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute)

March 2020 Activity Schedule

3rd // Advisory Committee Meeting
5288 Joyce Street from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Interested in building your leadership skills, working with a team, and learning about community food issues? Join us at our meeting for more information on how you can get involved!

9th // Food Skills: Veggie Gardening 101
2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 
604 257 8388
Always wanted to learn how to grow your food but don’t know where to start? Have you tried but been met with frustration? This beginners-level gardening workshop will go over all the basics you need to know to start growing your own vegetables: Soil health basics, planting (from seed and transplanting), watering, fertility, harvesting, plant health, troubleshooting, and information about the most common vegetable plant families and what they need to thrive! Cost $5.

10th // Collingwood Seed Swap
5288 Joyce Street from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Bring a seed, share a seed, take home even more seeds – all by donation. Explore the incredibly diverse range of plants that you can plant in your garden and get a jumpstart on your gardening season!

Be sure to bring your own seeds, and find us in the main lobby of Collingwood Neighbourhood House!

13th & 25th// Community Kitchen 
Register with CNH – 604 435 0323
Come cook, eat, and learn together with neighbours in a safe and fun environment. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? We’d love to learn from you!

1) DATE: March 13th from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex

2) DATE: March 25th from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: 5288 Joyce Street, at Collingwood Neighbourhood House

18th // Community Dinner
5288 Joyce Street from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Come join us at our inaugural monthly Community Dinner for a 3-course meal. You can expect the same delicious and nutritious meal similar to our weekly Community Lunches. Tickets will be available for purchase from CNH Front Desk.

Cost is identical to Community Lunch prices:
$7 for adults • $6 for seniors • $5 for students
$3.25 for children (<12)

27th // Seniors Lunch Field Trip
Meet at CNH Lobby for pick-up at 11:30 AM
Lunch location: TBD
Registration required for a spot on the shuttle bus.
A special lunch field trip for seniors! Free round-trip transportation between Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the lunch location will be provided, but limited spots are available.

Spots on the shuttle bus can be reserved by signing up at front desk of Collingwood Neighbourhood House. All participants are responsible for paying for their own lunch.

Lunch location still to be determined—watch out for updates closer to the date!

Call For Proposals: Norquay Food Forest

Community Food Forest Animation Call for Proposals!

Did you know that RCFSI has been stewarding the Norquay Community Food Forest for 10 years? Equipped with seating, shade tents, fruit trees and berries, permaculture and native plantings, a big shed, and brand new garden tools, this hidden gem is a vastly underused community resource in East Vancouver.

We are releasing a Call For Proposals for individuals, groups, and organizations to animate this beautiful space. Anyone from an individual who wants to garden there, to community groups, to an instructor who wants to teach a permaculture design certificate are welcome to apply!

Deadline to submit proposals is March 1st, 2020.

**NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 15th, 2020**

Please see the full Call for Proposals here: RCFSI Food Forest Call for Proposals

Share and forward the proposal to your contacts or anyone you know who might be interested!

February 2020 Activity Schedule

4th // Advisory Committee Meeting
5288 Joyce Street from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Interested in building your leadership skills, working with a team, and learning about community food issues? Join us at our meeting for more information on how you can get involved!

12th // Food Skills: Spice Up Your Life!
2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 
604 257 8388
Wanna add some flavour to your cooking? Spices are the secret and in this workshop we will learn how to make a variety of different spice mixtures. Bring your own containers to take new spices home, as we will also have a spice exchange. Cost $5.

12th // Community Dinner
5288 Joyce Street from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Come join us at our inaugural monthly Community Dinner for a 3-course meal. You can expect the same delicious and nutritious meal similar to our weekly Community Lunches. Tickets will be available for purchase from CNH Front Desk.

Cost is identical to Community Lunch prices:
$7 for adults   •   $6 for seniors   •   $5 for students   •   $3.25 for children (<12)

14th & 26th// Community Kitchen 
Register with CNH – 604 435 0323
Come cook, eat, and learn together with neighbours in a safe and fun environment. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? We’d love to learn from you!

1) DATE: Feb 14th from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex

2) **SPECIAL** – Community Kitchen Dialogue Event
This event will not be a regular Community Kitchen: Food will be provided, but we will have a special focus on sharing our thoughts about the program and discussing new ideas for how to improve in the future!
DATE: Feb 26th from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: 5288 Joyce Street, at Collingwood Neighbourhood House
 

January 2020 Activity Schedule

15th // *NEW* Community Dinner
5288 Joyce Street from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Come join us at our inaugural monthly Community Dinner for a 3-course meal. You can expect the same delicious and nutritious meal similar to our weekly Community Lunches. Tickets will be available for purchase from CNH Front Desk.

Cost is identical to Community Lunch prices:
$7 for adults   •   $6 for seniors   •   $5 for students
$3.25 for children (<12

15th // Food Skills: The Tea-rific Experiment (blend your own tea)
2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 
604 257 8388
Love to cook? Excited to learn? Then Food Skills workshops are the place for you. Join us in preparing delicious snacks and meals with always an eye towards health and nutrition.

17th & 29th// Community Kitchen 
Register with CNH – 604 435 0323
Come cook, eat, and learn together with neighbours in a safe and fun environment. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? We’d love to learn from you!
 
1) DATE: Jan 17th from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex

2) DATE: Jan 29th from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: 5288 Joyce Street, at Collingwood Neighbourhood House

23rd // Lunar New Year Community Lunch
5288 Joyce Street at 12:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Join us at this special Community Lunch for a special Lunar New Year focused menu and entertainment!
 
Regular Community Lunch Prices apply:
$7 for adults   •   $6 for seniors   •   $5 for students
$3.25 for children (<12)

December 2019 Activity Schedule

4th // Food Skills: Gingerbread        
2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 
604-257-8388
Love to cook? Excited to learn? Then Food Skills workshops are the place for you. Join us in preparing delicious snacks and meals with always an eye towards health and nutrition. A nominal fee is charged for participation.

7th // Annex Artisan Craft Fair
3690 Vanness Avenue from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex
Join us in supporting local artists and vendors while we celebrate the holiday season at the Annex Artisan Craft Fair! Find unique gifts, and check out artist demonstrations of needle felting, knitting, crocheting, holiday craft making, and more! Tasty snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.

November 2019 Activity Schedule

5th // Advisory Committee Meeting
5288 Joyce Street from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Interested in building your leadership skills, working with a team, and learning about community food issues? Join us at our meeting for more information on how you can get involved!

6th // Rooftop Garden Celebration
5288 Joyce Street from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Calling all 2019 rooftop gardeners! We have wrapped the garden for the season, but we want to appreciate all the hard work you’ve put in this year. Join us on Wednesday, November 6th, from 6-7:30 PM for a little celebration with snacks and tea indoors at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House program room upstairs. We’ll reflect on highlights of the season and dreams for next year.

If you would like to attend please email collingwoodurbanag@gmail.com by Monday, November 4th so we can get a sense of numbers.

13th // Food Skills: Chorizo with Cheese         
2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 
604-257-8388
Love to cook? Excited to learn? Then Food Skills workshops are the place for you. Join us in preparing delicious snacks and meals with always an eye towards health and nutrition. A nominal fee is charged for participation.

8th, 27th & 29th // Community Kitchen 
FREE – Please register with CNH – 604-435-0323
Come cook, eat, and learn together with neighbours in a safe and fun environment. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? We’d love to learn from you!

1) DATE: Friday November 8th from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex

2) DATE: Wednesday October 27th from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: 5288 Joyce Street, at Collingwood Neighbourhood House

3) DATE: Friday November 29th from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex

October 2019 Activity Schedule

1st // Think.Ask.Vote Workshop
5288 Joyce Street from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Come and prepare yourself for the 2019 Federal Election at this workshop. Learn about registering to vote, the voting system,  and who the candidates are running in our Vancouver Kingsway riding. Discuss the issues that matter to you in this federal election and come up with a question to present at the All Candidates Meeting on October 8. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to: foodsecurity@cnh.bc.ca or call 604-435-0323 ext 237
 
8th// All Candidates Meeting
5288 Joyce Street from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Collingwood Neighbourhood House, the Collingwood Community Policing Centre, and Renfrew Park Community Centre are co-hosting an All Candidates Meeting with Vancouver Kingsway candidates running in the upcoming federal election.

Bring your questions for the candidates to this event.

9th // Food Skills: Enchiladas     
2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 
604-257-8388
Love to cook? Excited to learn? Then Food Skills workshops are the place for you. Join us in preparing delicious snacks and meals with always an eye towards health and nutrition. A nominal fee is charged for participation.

11th & 30th// Community Kitchen 
FREE – Please register with CNH – 604-435-0323
Come cook, eat, and learn together with neighbours in a safe and fun environment. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? We’d love to learn from you!

1) DATE: Friday October 11th from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex

2) DATE: Wednesday October 30th from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: 5288 Joyce Street, at Collingwood Neighbourhood House

21st // 2019 Federal Election
Your local polling station from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
For more information about how and where to vote please visit www.elections.ca

Volunteering Opportunities

Rooftop Garden Drop-In
5288 Joyce Street, Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Learn to garden organically, share your knowledge with neighbours, and grow food for community programs. New volunteers are always welcome!

26th // Food Forest Stewardship Session
2732 Horley Street from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fruit trees, native plants, pollinators, and so much more can be found at the Norquay Food Forest. On this day, harvest and learn to make elderberry syrup. No experience required and everyone is welcome.

September 2019 Activity Schedule

3rd // Advisory Committee Meeting
5288 Joyce Street from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Interested in building your leadership skills, working with a team, and learning about community food issues? Join us at our meeting for more information on how you can get involved!

7th & 8th// Mooncake Making Workshop
$20 – register with CNH – 604-435-0323
Last year’s popular mooncake workshops are back! A cherished tradition of the Mid-Autumn Festival, mooncakes are a delicious treat to share with family and friends. Grab this opportunity to master the art of making traditional lotus-seed mooncakes! Enjoy and indulge in your tasty creation when it’s all done, and  bring some home to share with your loved ones (please bring your own container). Sign up for 1 out of 2 sessions. SPACE IS LIMITED.

1) DATE: Saturday September 7th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex
2) DATE: Sunday September 8th from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex

This workshop is co-produced by Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute (RCFSI), as part of the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival.

11th // Food Skills: Chicken Tinola       
2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 
604-257-8388
Love to cook? Excited to learn? Then Food Skills workshops are the place for you. Join us in preparing delicious snacks and meals with always an eye towards health and nutrition. A nominal fee is charged for participation.

13th & 18th// Community Kitchen 
FREE-yet register with CNH – 604-435-0323
Come cook, eat, and learn together with neighbours in a safe and fun environment. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? We’d love to learn from you

1) DATE: September 13th from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex
2) DATE: September 18th from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: 5288 Joyce Street, at Collingwood Neighbourhood House

14th // Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Harvest Fair at Slocan Park (2750 E. 29th Avenue)
at 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Lantern Procession at Slocan Park at 7:30 PM
Lantern Festival at Renfrew Park Community Centre from 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
An annual tradition that promises fun for the entire family. Come find the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Institute at the Harvest Fair at Slocan Park to learn about the food happenings in the neighbourhood for the fall and while you’re at it, bring along the pride of your home garden to enter into our “Best Vegetable Competition.” At sunset, join us with your lanterns as the procession leaves Slocan Park to Renfrew Park Community Centre for the lantern festival.

Volunteering Opportunities:

Rooftop Garden Drop-In
5288 Joyce Street, Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Learn to garden organically, share your knowledge with neighbours, and grow food for community programs. New volunteers are always welcome!

28th// Food Forest Stewardship Session
2732 Horley Street from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fruit trees, native plants, pollinators, and so much more can be found at the Norquay Food Forest. Come learn, dig, weed, and make this community space come alive! No experience required and everyone is welcome.

August 2019 Activity Schedule

6th // Advisory Committee Meeting
5288 Joyce Street from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Interested in building your leadership skills, working with a team, and learning about community food issues? Join us at our meeting for more information on how you can get involved!

7th // Climate Action Workshop
5288 Joyce Street from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
This workshop will provide an accessible overview of the nature of Climate Change, its impacts at the local level of the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood, and the types of action community members can take to respond to the ongoing effects of Climate Change. The workshop is FREE, yet registration is required by emailing: foodsummerstudent.cnh@gmail.com or calling 604-435-0323 ext. 225

9th & 28th// Community Kitchen 
FREE yet register with CNH – 604-435-0323
Come cook, eat, and learn together with neighbours in a safe and fun environment. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? We’d love to learn from you!

1) DATE: August 9th from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION: 3690 Vanness Ave, at the CNH Annex
2) DATE: August 28th from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LOCATION: 5288 Joyce Street, at Collingwood Neighbourhood House

14th // Food Skills: Taiwanese Cold
Noodle Making
2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 
604-257-8388
Love to cook? Excited to learn? Then Food Skills workshops are the place for you. Join us in preparing delicious snacks and meals with always an eye towards health and nutrition. A nominal fee is charged for participation.

24th //Cheyenne Community Garden BBQ & Garden Party
2755 Cheyenne Avenue from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Meet neighbours, explore the garden and enjoy live music at this family friendly BBQ! This is a FREE event and registration is not required.

24th // Intercultural Summer Celebration
3690 Vanness Ave from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Annex of Collingwood Neighbourhood House
This Summer Celebration will be highlighting and celebrating the various cultures that make up the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. Everyone is welcome to share their culture as we connect over food, music, and various cultural activities. This event is FREE yet registration is required and can be done at: foodsummerstudent.cnh@gmail.com or by calling 604-435-0323 ext. 225

26th // Nutrition Workshop
5288 Joyce Street from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Join this FREE workshop to learn techniques and how to prepare ingredients you have on hand to make your meals go further. Please call or visit reception at Collingwood Neighbourhood House to register.

Volunteering Opportunities:

Rooftop Garden Drop-In
5288 Joyce Street, Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Learn to garden organically, share your knowledge with neighbours, and grow food for community programs. New volunteers are always welcome!

17th & 31st // Food Forest Stewardship Session
2732 Horley Street from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fruit trees, native plants, pollinators, and so much more can be found at the Norquay Food Forest. Come learn, dig, weed, and make this community space come alive! No experience required and everyone is welcome.