We’ve got a new logo!

With harvest season well and fully underway, we figured it was as good a time as any to take some inspiration from our garden’s bounty. After a collaborative design process that involved feedback from dozens of Food Network members and incredible work by graphic designer Brendon Ip, we finally have a new logo!!!


Our design features an ripe, beautiful blueberry (indigenous to B.C.) and design features that emulate the Mount Pleasant clock.

To accompany the release of the new logo on our website and Facebook, we asked Brendon to say a few words about his design process, and the inspiration for the logo:

My process for designing a logo, brand or identity always begins the same way. I begin by taking the description of what the vision for the product is supposed to be and researching other logos of like-minded and similar organizations, networks or groups. This led me to survey the great diversity and style of the numerous logos of the other community food networks.

While any illustrator always strives to be fluid with their design process, personal style tends to always find a way to incorporate itself in a design. Through my years of design and illustration, I found my passion in using bold vectors, shadows and negative space to create depth in a simple yet stylish illustration. As a logo is not only an image but a brand and identity, I felt that the image I was tasked with making was to be simple but representative of the Mount Pleasant community. As such, my thoughts immediate jumped to the iconic clock found by Main and Kingsway as a source of inspiration.

With the main idea in place, I had to find a simple shape to construct the body of the logo. With the input of the Mount Pleasant Food Network Group, we sorted through potential ideas of tomatoes, beets, blackberries, figs and finally landed on a native species, the blueberry.

With the core idea in place, I set off to design a simple logo that would accurately depict the fruit while merging it with the concept of the Mount Pleasant clock. During the design process, I strived to create a shape that was multi-functional, easily applicable in different formats whether it be: text, sticker, poster or online-use. I decided to use a minimalist design to ensure that the clock-face was recognizable but not overpowering and different shades of blue to illustrate depth in the spherical shape so as not to take away from the main concept of the logo. After a few small adjustments on fine details, colours and size, we landed on the final product.

Huge credit to Brendon for the amazing work, and a big thanks to all of the Network participants who provided feedback on the design.

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Seed Saving Workshop – Nov 5

Learn how to save seeds at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House!

This workshop by Village Vancouver will be followed by our Seed Library launch, where participants can learn more about the Mount Pleasant Food Network’s Seed Library and Seed Savers Club. It’s a great way to meet fellow garden and seed lovers, and help volunteer for the Seed Library.

Registration is free! Email: seedsaving@villagevancouver.ca | Call: 604-761-0224introduction-to-seed-saving-and-launch-mpnh-nov-2016-3

Nourish Our Neighbourhood

Nourish Our Neighbourhood is the annual fundraising campaign for the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks. One hundred percent of proceeds from this campaign will go to support community-based food initiatives in your community. 50% of net proceeds will be given in your neighbourhood, and 50% will fund the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, our umbrella organization.

Support amazing eateries and stores such as Fish Counter, Earnest Ice Cream, Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co, August Market and Eternal Abundance, and in turn you’ll support our local food networks!

Check out all of the partners taking part in Nourish Our Neighbourhood.


Native Planting Party

The Queen Alexandra Garden Project’s last event of the year is a Native Planting Party!

Join us on Saturday, October 29 from 1-3pm as we plant Huckleberries, Saskatoon berries, Salmonberries, Salal, Oregon Grape. Learn about these native plants, and help create a food forest for the Queen Alexandra school community.

Bring your friends & family, and dress for the outdoors. We’ll provide a covered area, and snacks & hot drinks to keep everyone happy. See you there!


Photo credit: Langdon Cook

Seed Saving Workshop

Do you want to start saving your own seeds?  On Monday, Oct 3rd, we’re teaming up with Village Vancouver for a FREE seed saving workshop at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House!

In this workshop, Rhiannon Johnson will provide you with the knowledge needed to understand the basic principles behind seed saving and the skills necessary to begin saving seeds. We’ll have the Village Vancouver / Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Community Seed Library present. You can get some free seeds for your garden, or swap or donate some seeds.

Registration: seedsaving@villagevancouver.ca / 604-761-0224introduction-to-seed-saving-mpnh-2016


Salmon Filleting Workshop

Interested in expanding your cooking skills?  If you love fish and would like to be able to buy it whole and save yourself some money, this is the workshop for you!

Living Oceans Society is an organization that works to improve the sustainability of seafood available in Canadian markets. They’re members of our Food Network Steering Committee, and we really value the work they do (check out this interactive map showing where to find sustainable seafood in BC!)

On September 27, Living Oceans and Chef Trevor Bird from Fable Restaurant will be sharing how to prepare and cook a whole fish. There will be free goodies and door prizes!

Register here.


Summer Celebration at QA Garden!

QA Summer Party 2016

Come celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at the Queen Alexandra Garden!

The Right to Education is this year’s International Day theme. What better way to learn than by getting your hands in the soil and sharing good food with your neighbours?

Garden Co-Coordinator Ida Manuel is leading a Native Plant Walk at the start of the event. Afterwards, everyone will come together to harvest, prepare and enjoy a healthy salad and snacks. Ida will serve fresh blackberry & lemon balm ice tea with ingredients from the garden!

Throughout the event, you’re welcome to pick and snack on berries, and participate in the seed swap. There will be arugula and kale seeds lovingly saved from this garden, and a mix of other awesome veggie seeds provided by Village Vancouver.

This is a kid and family-friendly event, all ages are welcome!

RSVP through our Facebook event, or contact Joey at jliu@mpnh.org. Share with your friends!


Queen Alexandra Garden Kickoff!

Join us on Thursday, May 26 at Queen Alexandra Elementary for a Garden Project Kickoff!

This year Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House received an Evergreen Learning Grounds grant and Neighbourhood Small Grant to help Queen Alexandra Elementary coordinate their school garden and plant some native plants. We’ll be hosting garden work parties with the school every Thursday at 3-5pm until October.

Fresh beans from the garden Planting Blueberries at August 2015 Celebration

Learn about native food and plants from different cultures, grow food to take home, and make friends with people in your community!


We’ll also be hosting Community Harvest Celebrations in August and October, where you can enjoy native plant workshops by Metis Herbalist Lori Snyder, and help harvest, prepare and eat fresh food from the garden.

Compost Workshop 2015 QA Kids learn about compost

Everyone is welcome to participate in this garden project. Snacks will be provided.             To register or learn more, contact Joey at jliu@mpnh.org. See you in the garden!

QA Garden 2016 Kickoff

Mount Pleasant Family Centre Garden

The Mount Pleasant Family Centre has created a gardening workshop through the summer until September running once a week. This was created for local families who either don’t have access to a garden or want to learn more about gardening indoors and outdoors.

The program is run by a licensed Early Childhood Educator who has created gardens for children across Vancouver in the hopes of inspiring families to spend more time outside in nature while growing their own food. The families take on the responsibility of weeding, watering and planting during the weeks they are registered, and are rewarded by taking their harvest home at the end of the growing season!

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Seeds were donated by The Food Connection from their March gardening workshop and seed swap. So far, the families have planted radishes, carrots and a wildlflower blend that bees and butterflies are attracted to — and they’re all sprouting!

About Mount Pleasant Family Centre:

The Mount Pleasant Family Centre provides child-centred programs that nurture healthy growth and development for all families: ‘A Home Away From Home’.

We’re glad they’re part of the Mount Pleasant Food Network!