Richmond’s Food Charter is Ready!...

Jun 23, 2016 by

After several years of community engagement with over 400 Richmond residents, the Richmond Food Charter is now complete. Join us Tuesday June 28, 4:00 2016 in the Anderson Room at Richmond City hall as we present the Food Charter to the Parks and Recreation Committee and ask for their endorsement. Food charters remind the community of the primary importance of adequate food for all, and ultimately serve to guide policy and programming decisions. Food charters have been endorsed in cities across Canada including Toronto, Vancouver, Squamish, Kamloops, and Victoria.  While each community approaches it differently, all ultimately emphasize the importance of building a local food community and economy. The need for a Food Charter was identified in Richmond’s Official Community Plan, and a Working Group was formed.  The Working Group included staff and volunteers...

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Hey youth! Get Rooted!

Apr 20, 2016 by

Canada is a country that boasts natural beauty, friendly communities, and celebrations of multiculturalism and diversity. Yet, the 2011-2012 survey by Statistics Canada (1) raised attention to food security issues on a national scale; 8.3%, or 1 in 12 Canadian households experience food insecurity.   Hunger may be the first thing that comes to mind when food insecurity is named, but the root causes and rippling impacts go far beyond simply “the lack of food”. Researchers found (1) that food insecure individuals are also compromised in physical and mental health, reduced in their ability to perform to full potential at school and work, and possessed greater risks for perceived lack of social support, depression and chronic stress. With 1 in 20 children also experiencing food insecurity (1), this issue is relevant for both current and future generations of Canadians....

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Organic Origins: Hands-on Gardening Workshops...

Apr 9, 2016 by

The head of the UK’s Countryside Agency famously said in 2007 that civilization is ‘nine meals away from anarchy’. This stems from the fact that most grocery stores have only three days supply of food on their shelves. In the event that the food supply was interrupted it would only be three days before food began to run out and people became hungry. The chances of this happening are small but it highlights the fragility of the food system we rely on and brings into question how food secure we really are. One important aspect of food security is knowing how to grow your own.  We are happy to offer a series of hands-on workshops this season that will give novice gardeners the skills and confidence they need to go forward and create their...

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Stir It Up!

Apr 8, 2016 by

  The Stir It Up! Youth Community Kitchen will be back in session this coming May, at the East Richmond Community Hall and Steveston Community Centre!   Every week, Richmond youth will be creating and sharing delicious, hearty meals together, made from healthy, sustainable and local ingredients. From fresh salads to homemade pasta, curried chicken and rice to banana bread warm out of the oven, participating youth will be gaining food skills as well as learning creative ways to utilize seasonal ingredients.   The goal of this program is to support youth in developing food skills, learning nutritional knowledge, and accessing local resources to improve their individual food security. Being food-secure is not merely having the physical and financial access to food, but also for what is consumed to be nutritious, sustainable, and supportive of a healthy,...

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Seed Library Starts Today

Mar 2, 2016 by

Now in it’s fifth year, the Richmond Community Seed Library continues to grow and engage Richmond residents in growing a robust local food system.   What is a Seed Library?  Just like a book library, members of the seed library can ‘check out’ seeds.  They grow the plants, and let some of them go to seed, which they save and return to the Seed Library for others to borrow in the next growing season.   Seed libraries are one response to increasing community control of our food supply. People have both the right and the responsibility to engage in the source of their food. The local food movement is growing;  more people are choosing to eat locally in order to support their local farmers, keep money in the local economy and have a say...

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Mad Max, the Seed Warrior

Sep 11, 2014 by

Richmond Review Article – Sept 11, 2014: A new Mad Max movie is premiering next year, a reboot of the hit movie series from the early 1980s. In the movies, regular guy Max Rockatansky is gradually transformed into Mad Max, the Road Warrior, by the hardships he faces in the post-apocalyptic landscape of Australia. Many people love post-apocalyptic stories. I know I do. It’s fascinating to see how people like Max adapt and even thrive in the harsh conditions of the new world, where everyday objects like books, bullets and even bottle caps can suddenly become very important. Oddly, people rarely seem to covet the one thing that would probably be the most essential to re-establishing a normal, flourishing society – high quality seeds. Without good seed stock, it is extremely difficult to maintain...

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55th Annual Country Fair

Sep 5, 2014 by

            55th Annual Country Fair @ South Arm United Church   Who doesn’t like a good old-fashioned country fair? There will be lots of activities for people of all ages, like: Hayrides Quilting Display Carnival Games Crafts Face Painting Home Baking Food Silent Auction Cake Walk Entertainment Strawberry Shortcake   …plus the BIGGEST Garage Sale ever! (records, books, clothing, toys, plants, linens, quality corner) The Fair is AFFORDABLE FAMILY FUN! How affordable? How about FREE Admission & Parking! Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Location: South Arm United Church (No.3 Rd & Steveston...

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Keeping the SS Food Security Afloat in Hazardous Seas...

Sep 4, 2014 by

Richmond Review Article – Sept 4, 2014: Recently I was reading about how banana crops worldwide are being threatened by Panama disease, a fungal pathogen that is very difficult to control that attacks the roots of banana plants. To my own surprise, the more I read about the pending banana disaster, the more I was reminded of the fate of the RMS Titanic, which sank over 100 years ago. At first glance this association might seem strange, but it is not random at all. The causes of disasters are often quite clear afterwards, and the sinking of the Titanic is a spectacular example of that. The Cunard Line naval architects thought they had taken every precaution to make sure the ship was “unsinkable”. Turns out, the iron used in the hull became brittle in...

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Where to Buy Local Foods: A Resource...

Aug 19, 2014 by

BC website lists in season and locally produced foods Locally produced foods are a cornerstone of a sustainable and robust food system. But if you’re like many people, you might find it difficult to know when local fruits or vegetables are in season near where you live, or you might not know which grocery stores or restaurants are getting their food stocks from local sources.   So we’re pleased to highlight a website that answers many of these questions and more. We Heart Local is partnered with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, the BC Agricultural Council and the BC Dairy Association and provides detailed information about how to buy food produced in BC. But why not read about their mission in their own words? Below is the text from the Our Story page of the We Heart Local site,...

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Press Release: $10K Grant for Good Food Access Program...

Aug 19, 2014 by

  PRESS RELEASE – AUGUST 2014 Vancity renews commitment to healthy food access through $10,000 grant Local community organization Richmond Food Security Society to grow Good Food Access program for families in need RICHMOND, B.C. – Vancity is making it easier for Richmond residents to bring healthy, sustainable foods to the dinner table by awarding $10,000 to local food security initiative, the Good Food Access program.  Recognizing that healthy and sustainable foods remain out of reach for many of Richmond’s residents, community-based organization Richmond Food Security Society launched the program in 2013.  The program aims to make these foods more affordable and accessible by offering them at reduced costs, through convenient but unlikely locations such as schools, early learning centres and social housing units. Twice a month, individuals and families in Richmond can now order...

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