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Saturday, November 3, 2012

What's Happening in November

After a late summer and numerous weeks of unbearable (ha!) sunshine, it's back to the weather that we're known for: rain. If you're getting cabin-feverish, grab your rain gear and check out some of the events going on this month in and around Burnaby.

Did you know?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Today, more than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes, which is a condition that, left unchecked, leaves you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. That's nearly 1 in 4 Canadians!

The number of people with type 2 diabetes is rising dramatically and it one of the most common diet-related conditions, next to obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Rising obesity rates and increasingly sedentary lifestyles are two of the major contributing factors in the rise of diabetes cases.

Source: Canadian Diabetes Association.

Vancouver Winter Farmers' Market

Location: Nat Bailey Stadium, East Parking Lot (4601 Ontario Street / Vancouver - map)
Dates: November 3, 2012 to April 27, 2013 (Closed December 29)
Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Thought the start of winter meant the end of locally grown and made goodies?

The winter market hosts over 60 vendors -- nearly as many as the three main Vancouver summer markets combined! -- offers a range of foods, from local produce to homemade chocolate and maple treats.

In an effort to reduce plastic use at the market, please bring your own shopping bags.

For more information on the market, including transportation and parking at the site, please visit their website: http://www.eatlocal.org/

Food Swap Burnaby

**UPDATE: The November food swap has been cancelled. Keep your eye out for details on a potential swap early next month!**

Location: TBD
Date: November 19, 2012
Cost: $5 per person (based on previous events)

Trade your homemade, home-grown, or foraged creations with other participants!

Registration is limited for this event. The Evenbrite page for registration will be up in the coming weeks, so check back here or follow Food Swap Burnaby at the sites below. Details on the swap can be found through their Facebook page.

Follow Food Swap Burnaby!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foodswap.bby
Twitter: https://twitter.com/foodswap_bby

Curious about the event or want to know more about food swaps? Click here to check out our Feature post from July.

BC Seeds Gathering 2012

Location: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (8771 Lansdowne Road / Richmond - map)
Dates: November 9 to 11, 2012
Cost: $125 (Saturday) or $200 (Friday to Sunday), including meals

The Seeds Gathering is a provincial gathering of seed growers, savers, and activists. Small-scale seed growers, community leaders, seed networks, and young urban farmers from across BC bring their seeds to the Gathering to form a BC Seeds producer co-operative.

For more information or to register, please visit the Farm Folk City Folk website: http://www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca/events/bcseeds2012/

*Please note that attendance at this event is by registration only.

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