Spring Gillard

Keen on Quinoa

We grew quinoa (keen-wah) at the City Farmer garden for awhile. It was extremely difficult to harvest, all those tiny little seeds. We decided to stick with amaranth which is slightly less labour intensive. I buy quinoa regularly, even though it is expensive (I just paid over $16 for .8 kg of bulk […]

What’s in Your Fridge?

A colleague of mine sent out a link to an artist’s website that show’s how powerful the message can be when art and food combine. Mark Menjivar does photographic essays on a variety of subjects including food related topics. In You Are What You Eat he takes a series of photographs of the inside of […]

Return of the Pocket Market

Our first pocket market in August was a resounding success. Several seniors arrived early, patiently awaiting the fresh fruit and veggie market opening. Meanwhile we were scrambling to get everything set up, priced and artistically displayed. We had a beautiful array of fruit and veggies laid out on two big tables. There were golden plums […]

To Give or Not to Give?

CBC Almanac Interview Tuesday, August 25, 12:30pm PDT

We (the Westside Food Security Collaborative) did our first pocket market on Friday at the South Granville Seniors Centre in Vancouver and it was a great success for a first effort. The seniors who came were very enthusiastic about the markets and happily bought up the purple […]

Falling Through the Cracks: Westside Seniors Going Hungry

We were speechless. We were the Westside Food Security Collaborative (WFSC), a group of service providers, groups and citizens concerned about food issues in our community. We’d been meeting monthly in Kitsilano for about three years now and always had plenty to say around the table. But even with all that talking, we couldn’t answer […]

Feeding Ourselves: How Do We Fare on the West Side?

You may have heard the term “food security” tossed around over your mesclun salad mix. You may even know what it means. Or think you know. So what the heck does it mean? To me, it means that everyone in a community has consistent and adequate access to healthy, nutritious, culturally appropriate food without ever […]

Backyard Composting Workshop

Village Vancouver and the Westside Food Security Collaborative are pleased to offer a new neighbourhood based food networking workshop in Kitsilano. (This was mostly written by Ross at Village Van, but you need more than a B.A. to figure out how to override my byline!)

Backyard Composting with Spring Gillard Wednesday, July 15th, 6:30 – […]