Market Veggies – May 28

 

grafting

It’s tree fruit season! Did you know that you can graft a number of varieties of fruits onto one tree?  Check out the website below for more information on how to do it.

Strategies For Grafting Fruit Trees – Grow Multiple Type of Fruit on One Tree

Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (California and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California)
  • Red Leaf Lettuce (BC)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Nectarines (California)
  • Cantaloupes (California)
  • Red Kale (BC and Organic)
  • Yellow Onions (Washington)
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (BC)
  • Spinach (BC)
  • Green Cabbage (California)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Cedar Cottage Neihbourhood House from 10:00am to 12:00pm and South Vancouver Neighbourhood House from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.

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Market Veggies – May 21

 Lettuce

Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (California and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California)
  • Romaine Leaf Lettuce (California and Organic)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Apricots (California)
  • Cantaloupes (California)
  • Green Kale (BC)
  • Yellow Onions (Washington)
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (BC)
  • Spinach (BC)
  • Sweet Potatoes (California)
  • Green Cabbage (California)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Brant Villa from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Kensington Community Centre from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding. 

Market Veggies – May 14th

apricot-tart-apricots

Tree fruit is starting! This week we will have the first new tree fruit of the season: Apricots!

 

Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (California and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California)
  • Green Leaf Lettuce (California and Organic)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Apricots (California)
  • Cantaloupes (California)
  • Green Kale (BC)
  • Yellow Onions (Washington)
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (BC)
  • Spinach (BC)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House from 10:00am to 12:0pm and Orchard Park from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding. 

Seedy Saturday: Garden care and seed saving – May 28

SeedySat05.28.16The Cedar Cottage Food Network and Vancouver Public Library – Kensington are proud to present our third workshop in the 2016 Seedy Saturday series: Garden care and seed saving. During this workshop, participants will learn about the essentials of garden maintenance throughout the season including watering (especially with summer restrictions on the way), harvesting, pest control, soil testing, and more! The instructor, Kim Del Valle Garcia, will also cover how and when to save seeds for next season (and to donate back to the seed library!). Seed saving is an important part of garden care, as it helps you plan for next season and maintain the heritage and biodiversity of seeds – it’s nice to know exactly what you’re planting and eating.

Seeds will once again be available through the seed library and our donation box will be on hand if you have some you’d like to share with others in the community. Although the event is free, registration is required either online or in person at the library branch. Light refreshments will be served.

Market Veggies for May 7

Baked Belgian Endives

Our featured veggie this week is ENDIVES! Endives are delicious baked in the oven. Click here for a fantastic recipe.

 

Here is what to expect at the market this week:
  • Bananas (South America and Organic)
  • Carrots (BC and Organic)
  • Broccoli (California and Organic)
  • Red Leaf Lettuce (California and Organic)
  • Avocados (Mexico)
  • Royal Gala Apples (BC)
  • Tangelos (California)
  • Mangoes (Mexico)
  • Green Kale (BC)
  • Yellow Onions (Washington)
  • Mini Cucumber (BC)
  • Endive (Washington)
  • Spinach (BC)

So make sure to head down to this Saturday’s mobile market locations to stock up. We will be at Brant Villa from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Kensington Community Centre from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Take a look at our mobile market locations for more info on how to find us.

See you this weekend!

*As always, produce lists are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding. 

Job Posting: Executive Director

After over three years in this role, our Executive Director, Lauren McGuire-Wood, is leaving the organization. Lauren started several new programs and projects during her time at the CCFN and, with the help of other staff and volunteers, managed the successful expansion of our mobile produce market program. We wish her all the best as she goes back to school full-time!

We are now seeking new leadership for the organization. Check out the job description below:

Position Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Direct report: Program Coordinator, Mobile Produce Markets
Term of Contract: May 2016 – May 2017, renewable yearly contract
Hourly Wage: $20.00/hr for 15-20 hrs/wk. Flexible schedules can be negotiated.

Organizational Mandate: The Cedar Cottage Food Network Society (CCFN) is an independent, non-profit organization working toward more sustainable and just food systems at the neighbourhood level. We create space for Kensington-Cedar Cottage residents to take part in different levels of food systems by providing programming, tools, and opportunities for community connections.

Description of Position: The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operations of the CCFN and adherence to its mandate.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Program and Organizational Management

  • Support and maintain the operation of all CCFN programs, including evaluation
  • Develop and implement new programs as needed (and as funding permits) to address gaps in food infrastructure in the neighbourhood
  • Identify and sustain opportunities for capacity building and partnerships between community leaders and agencies which would help support the work of the CCFN over the long term
  • Build community capacity to be involved in food security initiatives and increase awareness of available food security resources and networking opportunities
  • Plan and lead food-related community events (cooking workshops, community consultation, etc.)
  • Execute the mobile produce market program two Saturdays per month starting September 2016, including set-up and take-down, produce pick-up, handling cash, and customer service

Administration and Human Resources

  • Ensure that relevant documentation and licensing is up-to-date
  • Recruit, hire, and train new staff members and volunteers
  • Coordinate and facilitate bi-monthly CCFN Board meetings

Funding

  • Primarily responsible for actively pursuing & securing sustainable and ongoing funding for the CCFN activities, reporting to funders as they require
  • Monitor program finances, maintain accurate financial records, and ensure responsible budget

Promotions

  • Designing promotional materials for programs and workshops for various audiences
  • Advertising programs and workshops through various avenues and networks
  • Maintain website and social media pages

Partnerships

  • Liaise with representatives from other agencies and institutions within Kensington-Cedar Cottage
  • Collaborate with other food security networks in Vancouver to share resources and identify opportunities for strengthening working relationships through a seat on the Neighbourhood Food Network Working Group
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with partnering organizations for the continued operation of joint programming
  • Help link like-minded organizations in the neighbourhood with each other to meet common goals

Qualifications:

  • Sound understanding of food security/sovereignty principles, the spectrum of food based programs in Vancouver, and barriers to food access
  • Confident leadership experience with community development and capacity building approaches to project development
  • Experience with community work and committee based processes, particularly related to pocket markets or farmer’s markets
  • Experience with facilitation and leading workshops
  • Strong grant writing and funding report writing skills
  • Strong communication and computer skills (familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite design programs and HTML an asset)
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills
  • Must have a valid Food Safe certificate (or willingness to obtain)
  • Must have a Class 5 drivers license and clean driver’s abstract
  • Experience with volunteer supervision, recruitment and training

The successful candidate will work from Trout Lake Community Centre office for a minimum of one day per week; home office can be used for other hours. Some evenings and weekends are required for special events; two Saturdays per month will be required starting September 2016. Flexible availability is desired.

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter (preferably PDF files) with the title ‘Executive Director position’ in the subject field to cedarcottagefoodnetwork[at]gmail[dot]com by Friday May 20th.