Online Gardening Workshops

Get ready for a four-week FREE Vegetable Gardening Workshop Series!


These FREE online workshops will be taught by Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute Food Security Coordinator Mik Turje, and will be on the online video platform Zoom.

RCFSI Garden Workshop Series May 2020

VEGGIE GARDENING 101                                                         Friday May 15, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Always wanted to learn how to grow your food but don’t know where to start? Have you tried but been met with frustration? This beginners-level gardening workshop will go over all the basics you need to know to start growing your own vegetables: Soil health basics, planting (from seed and transplanting), watering, fertility, harvesting, plant health, troubleshooting, and information about the most common vegetable plant families and what they need to thrive!

GARDEN PLANNING                                                            Thursday May 21, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Productive gardening isn’t just about healthy soil and plants, it’s about planning for success! Learn about crop rotation, succession planting, and companion planting. Create a garden map and a planting and harvest schedule to help you get everything planted on time, lengthen your harvest, create steady production, and increase garden health and diversity. With proper planning, you will be amazed at how productive even a small garden can be!

CONTAINER GARDENING                                                    Tuesday May 26, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

No garden? Learn how to work with the patio or balcony space you’ve got to grow veggies and herbs right outside your door. This beginner-friendly workshop will cover the basics of container gardening including:

  • Materials (containers, soil, and supplements)
  • Planning your container garden (what to grow, when, in which containers)
  • Caring for your container garden (moisture, soil, & fertility management)


GARDEN PROBLEM-SOLVING                                          Wednesday June 3 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Shady garden? Poor soil? Pests, disease, or weed problems? Only have a tiny space?

If you think you don’t have the right space to grow your own food, think again! Learn how to troubleshoot and solve garden problems and make the best of your challenging growing situation to produce your own delicious veggies all season long!



Mik Turje has been working in community food and agriculture for over a decade: First as a small-scale organic farmer on Vancouver Island and in Richmond, and later as a community development worker in the food and urban agriculture movements. Mik was the Urban Agriculture Coordinator at The Stop Community Food Centre, and now coordinates the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute in East Vancouver.



Neighbourhood House Week

It’s Neighbourhood House Week: May 3-9!

This year we’re honouring the resilience, kindness and generosity of all the participants, volunteers, community partners and staff who dedicate their lives to creating better, kinder, more inclusive and respectful places in our world. 

Join us on Facebook to take part in the #2020GoodNeighbours initiative in which you can reward volunteers in your community!

For more than 12 decades, the neighbourhood house movement has been leading community development in Metro Vancouver. Each of our 16 houses and outdoor camps has become a home away from home over the years, thanks to the contributions of many tens of thousands of people from diverse backgrounds.

We honour the nations who have always cared for the lands where we now gather—the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Semiahmoo, Katzie, Tsawwassen, Kwantlen, and Stó:lō peoples—and we endeavour to become more conscientious stewards of these lands, in solidarity with Indigenous leaders and neighbours.

We are neighbours and so much more. 

We are a huge support network of friends, who lift each other up with every challenge we face. We are a beautifully diverse and intergenerational family, who grow and learn together. We have seen each other through tough times, and shared in all the joys, sorrows, and milestones of our interwoven lives.

We know what it means to take care of each other, and we’re learning how to protect and keep each other safe while staying connected during times of crisis.

The neighbourhood house movement has been alive in our communities for generations. We continue to thrive in the face of hardships, because neighbourhood house people believe in the power of the human spirit, and have the determination to make our collective dreams a reality.




The South Vancouver Food Network is hosted by South Vancouver Neighbourhood House

South Van Emergency Food Distribution

Although both the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (SVNH) and the Marpole Neighbourhood House (MNH) are closed to the public, both are operating an Emergency Food Distribution Programs to help seniors, persons with disabilities, and others who are not able to access the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s temporary distribution sites.

South Vancouver Emergency Food Distribution Program

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 6470 Victoria Drive
Tuesdays at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Marpole Emergency Food Distribution

Marpole Neighbourhood House, 8585 Hudson Street
Thursdays at 10:00am to 12:00pm

If you a senior and require assistance, please contact BC211. Although we are temporarily closed you can still reach SVNH at 604-324-6212 and MNH at 604-628-5663 or email

Stay safe and take care of yourselves.

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Volunteer with Safe Seniors, Strong Communities

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SVNH is currently looking for volunteers who can help with friendly phone calls or grocery delivery.

Your friendly call could help a senior feel connected during this time of physical isolation.

Your grocery delivery could help bring food to someone who is most at risk and can’t go to a grocery store.

If you are interested in helping your community members who are facing challenges during COVID-19 isolation, please call 2-1-1 or visit  You will be connected with a senior who needs help.  

@UnitedWayoftheLowerMainland, @BC211

#svnhseniors #seniorswellness #activeaging

Safe Seniors, Strong Community

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If you are a senior who is self-isolating due to COVID-19, we can help!

The “Safe Seniors Strong Communities” initiative recognizes the need for additional supports for seniors who are self-isolating during COVID-19. South Vancouver Neighbourhood House and the Better at Home program are a designated community response “Hub” in South Vancouver and are working with partner organizations to offer volunteer help with grocery shopping, check-in wellness calls, virtual friendly visits, friendly phone calls and prescription pick-up and delivery. SVNH is also preparing delicious and nutritious affordable frozen meals that can be delivered to seniors homes. All these services are available for anyone over the age of 65.

Emergency COVID-19 response services are by donation; however, some fees, such as the cost of meals ($5.00 per meal), medications and groceries are the responsibility of the participant.

To ensure that seniors remain safe while being supported our volunteers receive training and are adhering to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.


Any senior in need of support, or volunteers interested in helping are encouraged to connect with bc211 by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting the website to register.   bc211 is a confidential and a multilingual telephone service.

“Safe Seniors, Strong Communities” is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Health, bc211 and United Way of the Lower Mainland.

@UnitedWayoftheLowerMainland, @BC211

#svnhseniors #seniorswellness #activeaging

South Vancouver Harvest Festival is back!

The annual South Vancouver Harvest Festival is just a week away!

Join us at Fresh Roots Farm to celebrate the harvest, enjoy delicious foods made by community members from local ingredients, press your own apple cider, and have fun with games and activities!

Make and bring a dessert to compete in the dessert contest for a chance to win a prize!

Check it out on Facebook:

  • When: Thursday, October 19th at 3:00-5:30PM
  • Where: Fresh Roots Farm at David Thompson Secondary. 1755 E 55th Ave
  • All ages welcome!  Dress for the weather

Hope to see you there!

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A glimpse of last year’s festival…