The January Newsletter from Think & Eat Green @ School. We've got stories to tell!

January Newsletter

This month from Think & Eat Green: News for Vancouver food policy, upcoming Professional Development Opportunities and more!

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Vancouver City Council Is Thinking Greener

Brent Mansfield, co-chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council and Think & Eat Green Team Member, said one of the key actions from the strategy he expects to see implemented in the near term is more support for urban farming. The strategy calls for short-term actions including the creation of an urban farming business license category, exploration of opportunities for urban farmers to sell produce directly from their farm, and enabling of alternative retail models such as Community Supported Agriculture distribution sites.

“I think we can look forward to that changing fairly soon so that it’s actively being promoted,” Mansfield said in an interview.

To read more, visit the Georgia Straight here.


2011 TEG@School Gladstone Secondary Win $50 000 Prize for Locally Grown Food Video

2011 Think & Eat Green School Gladstone Secondary recently won $50 000 for their video on locally grown produce entitled “Why Not Gladstone Secondary’s Apples?”. This whiteboard video won in a contest created by the Aviva Community Fund, and will go towards building a 30 person greenhouse to be used in conjunction with the school’s science and foods programs, as well as expanding the school’s sustainable cafeteria program.

Gladstone Secondary was awarded a 2011 Think & Eat Green @ School Grant which went towards expanding their garden, building a garden shed and cultivating a composting program. Bravo, Gladstone Secondary!

Read more at The Province and VSB.

Seasonal Salad Recipe

If you attended the Think & Eat Green @ School Small Grant event on January 17th, you will have had the chance to enjoy the delicious seasonal salad whose recipe was whipped up by Sarah Carten & Chef Steve Golob. As promised, the link to this quick, easy, healthy and delicious recipe has been posted online for all to enjoy - click here to be directed to the page. Bon appetit!

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Vancouver School Food Network (VSFN) Professional Development Opportunities for 2013

VSFN After School Specials

Sessions are held at Vancouver Technical Secondary School (2600 E. Broadway) unless otherwise noted.  Please meet in Room 203 at 3:45pm.  All sessions are from 4:00-5:30pm.

Spring Harvest Planning
- Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Vancouver's mild climate allows us to get an early start in the vegetable garden, and harvest many items before school lets out in June.  Learn how to work the soil, provide quality compost, and choose the right crops and varieties.
Alaina Thebault, Environmental Youth Alliance and Eric Drewes of Think&EatGreen@School

To register, click here.


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