An upcoming performance by Elektra Women’s Choir for lovers of gardens and the natural world. The Lost Words: A Spell Book, features 10 composers and 20 new works based on this best-selling book by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris
Performed in Vancouver on Oct. 1 and 2 at Pacific Spirit United Church.
The following is the abstract from an article from the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (JAFSCD). To read the rest, find more articles and to sign up for the newsletter, please visit their website
Structural inequities contribute to food systems in which tribal communities in the U.S. are more likely to experience barriers to healthy food access, including financial barriers, lack of geographic proximity, or both. Food sovereignty movements improve food access by shifting power to local people to build food systems that support cultural, social, economic, and environmental needs. Financial incentive programs, including produce prescription programs, have emerged as a promising intervention to improve food access and support food sovereignty. This case study describes the implementation of two federally funded produce prescription programs (Produce Prescription Projects or PPR) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) in two rural tribal communities: the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region in Alaska, and the Navajo Nation, which spans parts of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. We illustrate how PPR can be tailored to accommodate local and diverse cultures, strengthen community power, and be uniquely suited for the challenges of increasing access to nutritious food in rural tribal communities. We also highlight recommendations and future areas of research that may be useful for other rural tribal communities implementing PPR.
JAFSCD “is the world’s only peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal focused solely on food and farming-related community development. JAFSCD uses a double-blind peer review process, with expert reviewers who include researchers, scholars, and food systems professionals in the field”. Below are links to a few of their recent articles. To sign up for email notifications about new articles and other news go to their website.
Ash, a gardener in Kitsilano as well as a long time Green Streets volunteer, shared the following:
Over the past few years, my partner Henry and I have worked on a number of projects for our community, focussed on gardening and small-scale food production.
This spring, we’re reaching out to community gardens in town to offer locally-milled true red cedar posts (4” W x 4” H x 8’ L) in case any of your garden planters may need replacement this season. We have this cedar left over from a recent project, so we’re offering it to community gardens at below market cost. We also have full access to a wood shop and can also offer to make custom planter boxes, if that would be preferred.
Images of the cedar below
Please contact Ash at 604-445-3713 for more details
A message from the Bike Upgrades Team , Engineering Services, City of Vancouver:
The City of Vancouver is working to improve cycling connections between the Arbutus Greenway and the Seaside Greenway. As two of Vancouver’s most popular bike routes, located near each other but not connected, this is a significant gap in the City’s active transportation network.
The Pine St and W 1st Ave Link intends to address that gap.
A series of on-street changes are proposed for Pine St between W 6th Ave and W 1st Ave, and on W 1st Ave from Pine St to Creekside Dr. Our aim is to make a connection that is safe and comfortable for all ages and abilities (AAA) while accommodating access and loading arrangements for nearby businesses and residents. Implementation is anticipated to occur in summer 2022 using interim materials.
More information and details for upcoming information sessions can be found here
After a break due to COVID, the West Side Community Food Market will be up and running again this summer. On Thursday evenings, SPEC and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House co-host the Westside Community Food Market, from 3 pm to 7 pm, at the corner of West 7th Ave and Vine.
Cuba1tours will once again be offering Garden/cultural tours to Cuba. Now that travel is safely opening and many of the restrictions are being lifted they have begun to register people for both Garden tours. The first one will be to the Eastern part of Cuba and will begin October 21 and end October 31, 2022. The second tour will be to the Central/ West, including Havana, from February 25 to March 7, 2023. Some people have signed for both tours, but plenty of space remains. All tour details can be found by visiting www.cuba1tours.com.