Spring Gillard

The Banana Beat

The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House in Vancouver has created a whole new category for healthy food distribution: nutritional outreach. Executive Director Joyce Rock and her team have developed a number of creative programs to deliver nutrient rich food to the vulnerable downtown eastside residents, or as she calls them, neighbours. Every Welfare Wednesday, when the […]

Biggest Little Garden

When Diane Cairns from Fraserside Community Services in New Westminster, BC first conceived of a tiered garden box with trellis, her goal was to increase food production in her community. The Biggest Little Garden in Town, as she called it, would be perfect for balconies and patios. She developed the idea and had the containers […]

Kits House Renewal

I had no idea what a neighbourhood house actually did until I started working with the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, or Kits House as it is fondly called. They are one of the founding members of our Westside Food Security Collaborative. Kits House was the sponsoring agency for the United Way grant we received this year […]

Migrant Farm Workers

Lower mainland greenhouses and farms are more and more using migrant workers to fill their labour needs. The number rose from two hundred and sixty-four in 1966 to around 25,000 as of 2009, due to a Canada/Mexico seasonal labour program. But migrant workers are reporting poor housing, unsafe working conditions and lack of medical treatment.


Christmas Fare

I went to a Christmas gathering last night with some dear friends. What an array of wonderful dishes! All vegetarian. There was lentil soup to start with homemade artisan no-knead bread (really no kneading!), ratatouille with layers of cheese, old-country cabbage rolls, made with pickled cabbage leaves, and ruby red beets. I made two dishes […]

Fun at Food Bank Day

My friend Megan and I went to an open air German Christmas Market on Friday. Other than the food, we didn’t find much to hold our interest there, especially after we discovered some of the tree decorations were made in China. Just across the street, the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre was having their annual open […]

The Plight of the Bella Coola Farmers

This fall, potato farmers were flooded out in the Fraser Valley. It was good to see that the local media were all over that story. Those farmers would get compensation for their soggy, rotting potatoes from the government’s Provincial Emergency Program. Up in Bella Coola, fields were drowning too. In fact the entire BC Central […]