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Sunday, May 26, 2013

What's Happening in June

Want to get out but not sure what there is going on around the city? Look no further! (Just make sure to prepare for any unexpected weather...)

Did you know?

Yesterday, Saturday May 25, was March Against Monsanto day? In 430 cities across the world, people gathered together to protest and raise awareness about genetically modified food and the food giants (Monsanto being a heavily involved one) that produce it.

Want to find out more?

Check out this article or the March Against Monsanto website.

For a brief primer on genetically modified foods, click here.

Vancouver Farmers' Markets

West End Farmers' Market
Location: 1100 Block of Comox Street at Mole Hill (map)
Dates: June 1, 2013 to October 19, 2013
Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Main Street Station Market
Location: 1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park, Main Street Skytrain Station (map)
Dates: June 5, 2013 to October 2, 2013
Hours: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm each Wednesday

Kerrisdale Village Farmers' Market
Location: East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue, near Kerrisdale Arena (map)
Dates: June 15, 2013 to October 12, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Trout Lake Market
Location: John Hendry Park, North Parking Lot (East 13th Avenue @ Lakewood and Templeton / Vancouver - map)
Dates: May 11, 2013 to October 19, 2013
Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Kitsilano Market
Location: Kitsilano Community Centre, Parking Lot (2690 Larch Street / Vancouver - map)
Dates: May 12, 2013 to October 20, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each Sunday

Vendors include farmers, fishers, artisans, food preparers, and more! The markets this year will also feature a great list of events and activities, as well as the upcoming Fun With Food stations, getting people of all ages involved in food literacy education. Click here for more information on events at the markets.

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/

Artisan Farmers' Markets

Lonsdale Quay
Location: Lonsdale Quay, East Plaza (123 Carrie Cates Court / North Vancouver - map)
Dates: May 4, 2013 to October 26, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each Saturday

Burnaby Market
Location: Burnaby City Hall, North Parking Lot (4949 Canada Way / Burnaby - map)
Dates: May 4, 2013 to October 26, 2013
Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Ambleside Market
Location: West Vancouver Police Station, Parking Lot (13th and 14th Street and Bellevue Avenue / West Vancouver - map)
Dates: May 5, 2013 to October 27, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each Sunday

Find a great selection of conventional and organic foods, from fresh produce to prepared food and handmade products. There's everything from jam, honey, and salsa to berries and greens!

The markets also host a book exchange, reading area, and activities table and live music.

In an effort to reduce plastic use, please bring your own plastic or reusable shopping bags.

For more information on these markets, including monthly market events, visit the Artisan Farmers' Markets website: http://www.artisanmarkets.ca/

Fresh Roots Urban Farm's David Thompson Market Garden

Location: David Thompson Secondary School ( / Vancouver - map)
Dates: June 1, 2013 to June 4, 2013
Times: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm & 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm (daily shifts)

Join others for community farm raising -- and help build the infrastructure to sustainably grow vegetables year-round for the David Thompson school community.

Registration is required to participate.

For more information, or to RSVP, visit the Grandview-Woodland Food Connection website.

Also, be sure to check out their schedule of cool upcoming workshops here!

Burnaby 2013 Environment Week

Location: Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way / Burnaby - map)
Dates: June 2, 2013 to June 8, 2013
Cost: FREE

Environment Week is a week-long program of environmentally-themed community activities. Hear about (or even contribute!) ideas for environmental sustainability in Burnaby, take a walking or canoe tour of Deer Lake, or check out a film screening!

To find out more about Environment Week activities and events, visit the program website.

Sustainable Garden Fair

Location: Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer Street / Vancouver - map)
Date: June 8, 2013, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: FREE

The Sustainable Garden Fair is a day of free activities and workshops on local food for the whole family. There will be 10 workshops on different topics, from keeping chickens and growing food to preserving food at home, as well as outdoor activity stations for plant pot making and seed starting -- and much, much more!

For more information on the Sustainable Garden Fair, visit their website.

Look for ways to help? Consider becoming a volunteer or even a donor. Click here for more details.

FARMcamp for Youth

Location: Linnaea Farm School (Cortes Island)
Dates: July 2, 2013 to July 9th, 2013
Cost: $500 (Registration open now)

FARMcamp is a 7-day summer camp for youth aged 14 to 18 that incorporates workshops (e.g. farm skills, group decision-making), community building activities, participant-led workshops, and host of other activities.

There are 35 spots in the program. Financial assistance is also available for those who qualify.

To find out more about the summer camp, or to register, visit the FARMcamp website: http://farmcamp.ca/

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