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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RFSS Fall Fundraiser

Nov 11, 2015 by

We’re celebrating a great year for food security and we’d like you to join us! You’re invited to mix and mingle with some of the passionate people working to strengthen our local food system and support the Richmond Food Security Society. This informal event will include updates on our current programs, research, and policy work, along with a sneak peek at our new strategic plan and the exciting events we’ve got planned for 2016. Tickets are $32.50 through Event Brite or $30 at any Richmond Vancity branch. Each ticket includes a burger (beef or veggie), fries or salad, and a drink of your choice (domestic beer, house wine or cocktail). All proceeds support our projects and programs that span Richmond’s local food system and range from supporting local farms to diverting food waste, and...

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Thank You! We raised $10,000+ through #RichmondEats!...

Oct 6, 2015 by

Thanks to tremendous support from our community and the tireless fundraising efforts of our participants, #RichmondEats raised $10,329! Together we’ve done something both unprecedented and amazing. #RichmondEats is the first fundraiser of its kind for RFSS and is critical to the success of our organization. In helping us to meet our fundraising target, our participants and donors have helped to ensure we can continue to promote food security, fight poverty and strengthen local food production through our wide-range of projects and programs.   We’re also tremendously proud of the media coverage featuring #RichmondEats, food security and RFSS. Our campaign was covered extensively in the Richmond News, on CBC Radio One, in the Vancouver Sun, on BC 1 (Global BC), on Radio Canada, on City TV and through first-person articles from our board members in...

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Volunteer Opportunities!

Sep 21, 2015 by

Are you passionate about food security and want to get involved? We are recruiting for a number of positions to support our work.  Please check our current volunteer opportunities page for more...

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Top 5 Reasons to Donate to RFSS in Support of #Richmond Eats...

Aug 29, 2015 by

Donate to #RichmondEats (Fundraiser ends September 4, 2015) 1 – You care about food and the future. We’re active, involved and making a difference on issues ranging from growing food to diverting food waste, and from poverty reduction to policy. We are the only organization with projects and programs that span Richmond’s local food system. 2 – You care about food security. Later this year we’ll present the Richmond Food Charter – a first – to Richmond City Council. Developed in consultation with our community, this guiding document is intended to ensure all city activities address food security issues. 3 – You care about poverty in your community. We run programs like the Stir it Up Youth Kitchen and the Good Food Access Program, that connect people in need with fresh, healthy food. 4 – You want to strengthen our community’s capacity to...

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Foodie Profile: Adam Soltys

Aug 28, 2015 by

Donate to #RichmondEats When Adam Soltys is after fresh, local produce, he doesn’t go to the farm market. He goes to his own farm. Adam and his partner Chelsea are the farmers behind Yummy Yards, a small organic vegetable stand at Urban Edibles on Steveston Hwy. This week, Adam isn’t just growing the food that’s feeding many of our #RichmondEats Foodies, he’s also taking part in the local-eating challenge. Why are you taking part in Richmond Eats? I’m interested in promoting local food and learning more about what is available locally. A couple of years ago, I started growing my own vegetables in my apartment and at a community garden, and volunteering with local gardening groups. This year, my partner Chelsea and I are operating a small organic vegetable stand called Yummy Yards. I think growing your own food is really...

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