The shortest month of the year may be quickly drawing to a close, but it's not too late to meet your monthly foodie event quota! On Monday, February 28th, you will have to make a tough decision between attending Food Forward's popular Foodie Drinks social and networking event and The Stop Community Food Centre's Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) garden-sharing program orientation session. This is one of those times when I wish I could clone myself.
Are you a politically-minded foodie? Would you like to hear about groups doing good work in support of the good food movement? Do you like Local Food Plus certified local, sustainable food? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then come to mingle, socialize, and network at February's Foodie Drinks event, where those who care about expanding access to healthy food and supporting farmers and animal welfare come together to make positive change in the community. At this month's event, we'll be learning about non-profit activist collective Justicia for Migrant Workers and their efforts at promoting the rights of migrant farm workers. We'll also get to know Hall's Kitchen, producers of handcrafted vegetarian soups, stews, and sauces free of chemicals, preservatives, additives, and GMOs. Yum!
Foodie Drinks will be taking place between 7:00 and 10:00 pm in the Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W). You can RSVP here. This event is open to everyone and free to attend, however a $10 donation is encouraged to cover the costs of organizing events like these and pushing good food policy forward at City Hall.
Looking for a garden matchmaker? Maybe you like growing your own food but don't have access to a sunny patch of soil. Maybe you have a big backyard but lack the time and/or know-how to put it to productive use. Maybe you're lucky and have had your own veggie plot for years but would like to meet other gardeners to share knowledge and support those who are new to gardening. Either way, if you live in the neighbourhoods around the Stop's two locations, then the YIMBY program is for you! The Stop is hosting this orientation session to introduce apartment dwellers and back yard owners to each other and to provide details on their tool lending library, gardening workshop schedule, and community seed exchange events.
The YIMBY orientation session will be taking place between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. For more details, including how to RSVP, check out the full event listing here.