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It’s Not Just About the Food! A Feature about MPNH’s Food Programs.

The folks at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House — like people at many Mount Pleasant Community Organizations — are constantly using food as way to break down barriers between people and help create lasting community connections.

In a recent blog post, MPNH talked about the enormous impact their food-related programs have had on participants. Here’s a short excerpt from their story:

Like many new immigrants, Aya found the process of adjusting to her new life in Vancouver difficult and lonely.

That is, until she found her way to the Cooking Club program at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH). Through participation in these peer-run cooking workshops, Aya found a new way to engage with her community, make new friends, and lift herself out of her isolation.

Aya is not the only person in Vancouver who has struggled with loneliness. According to the Vancouver Foundation, one third of people in our city find it difficult to make friends. Off people living in our country for 5 years or less, 42% count 3 people or fewer in their network of close friends. That’s why MPNH programs like the Multicultural Cooking Club are such an important part of fostering social networks, relieving isolation, and supporting the mental wellbeing of those who call this city home.

Click here to read the whole story.

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Kwayatsut Smoothie Project Featured at “How to Save a Life” Event.

This summer, the Mount Peasant Food Network (MPNH) launched a pilot program to serve smoothies to folks waiting in line at the Mount Pleasant Food Hub. Spearheaded by Jolene and the incredible volunteers from Kwayatsut (a VNHS Housing building in Mount Pleasant), this pilot has been a resounding success that we’ll be continuing into the fall/winter.

We’re very proud to share the story of a recent event called “How to Save a Life,” hosted at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, that focused on the real impact the overdose crisis is having on people in the city, and prominently showcased the peer-support work being done by the volunteers of our Smoothie Project.

Here’s an excerpt of the story from the MPNH’s blog:

Content advisory: This good-news story describes the experiences of people on the front lines of the fentanyl overdose crisis.

More than 50 people gathered at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House on October 11 to hear first-hand accounts from five storytellers whose lives are deeply touched by the fentanyl overdose crisis.

Behind the scenes, volunteers from the Kwayatsut Community Engagement group provided hospitality. for those who came to came to listen and learn, as well as the survivors and front-line responders who shared their stories. Many members of the group have similar experiences of displacement and addiction, and have lost loved ones to overdose. Most have been gathering at our House every Monday for several years, along with Jolene Andrew—the Aboriginal Community Developer here at MPNH.

Since June, the Kwayatsut Community Engagement group has led Project Smoothie along with the Mount Pleasant Food Network and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, giving back to the community in a sweet way. Three days a month, a team of volunteers serve 300 nutritious drinks to people as they wait in line at the Mount Pleasant food hub to receive food assistance. For this special gathering, Barb Bourdon and Mamie Charleson blended up a fresh batch of banana-blueberry smoothies, and served mugs of hot herbal tea…

Click here to read the whole story.

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.

If you’d like to stay posted on all the latest MPFN news or become a member of the network, click here to sign up for our mailing list.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!