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Park Board Local Food Assets Task Force to “talk food” at Sustenance Festival

October 16 2012

“By working with key partners and stakeholders in the local food community we are looking for many more actions and opportunities to increase food assets in our parks and facilities,” said Task Force Co-Chair, Park Board Commissioner Aaron Jasper.

Vancouver’s new Local Food Assets Task Force’s first public event invites residents, local food stakeholders and neighbourhood groups to “talk food” at the Sustenance Festival on Thursday at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

The Local Food Assets Task Force will join the Vancouver Food Policy Council on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. for Check Out Our Assets: a free cabaret evening of discussion, performance and interactive displays on local food assets.

The public also be asked to provide their ideas on how parks and community centres can make the Park Board system a better place for local food.

The Task Force was established by the Vancouver Park Board in May 2012, with a one year mandate to make recommendations and find opportunities to increase food assets in parks and facilities, and through capacity building and programs. This work will engage community partners and key stakeholders in Vancouver’s local food community to collaboratively develop an action plan, as part of the City’s coordinated efforts to strengthen the food system.

The Local Food Assets Task Force includes Park Board Commissioners, staff, and broad-based community representation, with the following members:

  • Aaron Jasper - Co-Chair, Vancouver Park Board Commissioner
  • Niki Sharma - Co-Chair, Vancouver Park Board Commissioner
  • Trish Kelly - Vancouver Food Policy Council
  • Ian Marcuse - Grandview Woodland Food Connection
  • Ross Moster - Village Vancouver
  • Kathryn Perkins - Grandview Community Centre Association
  • Jamielee Ong - Rangi Changi Roots
  • Wendy Mendes - City of Vancouver
  • Kevin Millsip - Vancouver School Board
  • Lindsay Cole - Vancouver Park Board

“Vancouver Park Board already supports local food in many ways,” said Task Force Co-Chair, Commissioner Aaron Jasper. “By working with key partners and stakeholders in the local food community we are looking for many more actions and opportunities to increase food assets in our parks and facilities.”

Building on existing city food strategies, the Local Food Assets Task Force plays an advisory role to the Park Board. In June 2013, it will complete a final report with recommendations and prioritized actions for the Park Board to consider.

Vancouver's Food Policy Council advises City Council and staff about the local food system, including program and policy changes to improve the system. It helps set policies that improve the overall sustainability of Vancouver and guide how the city's food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed.

The Sustenance Festival takes place at the Roundhouse and other venues from October 11 to 21. Now in its fourth year, this city-wide celebration is an evolving platform for community groups, artists and people interested in learning more about Vancouver’s food landscape. For complete details on exhibitions, workshops and event listings, visit the festival website:

http://www.sustenancefestival.ca

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