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Cultivating Community Resilience


September 2014

Final Farmers Market

Our last hurrah of the season-Thursday 25, 3-7pm #WCFMarket

Your last chance to stock up on those amazing canned goods, breakfast granola, decadent brownies, raw snacks, sweet fruit and the best local & sustainable produce you'll find without breaking the bank! Sadly we conclude a successful year this Thursday at our last Westside Community food Market co-hosted by SPEC and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. We aim to make local and sustainably produced food accessible for all. Come and meet your neighbours, local vendors and listen to live music from 3 to 7 PM.

If you happen to stop by, post on our Facebook or tag us in your Twitter post (hash tag #WCFMarket) and check out the new video!

See you there!

Shoreline Clean Up Celebration

Join the SPEC team to help clean up Jericho Beach as part of the biggest shoreline clean up in the history of Vancouver!

Saturday September 27th from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, look for the SPEC tent and SPEC volunteers Marina, Margaret, Guy, Tova and Oliver!

This massive celebration will happen Saturday, September 27th from 11am-12:30pm. SPEC has been tasked to clean up and engage with the public at Jericho Beach in Vancouver. This is part of the Shoreline Clean Up Celebration organized by by Surfrider Foundation. After the clean up we will join other participating organizations and their volunteers at Kits Beach where all the waste collected at different beaches in town will be brought together and documented. Join us for a great party after that with food, games and prizes! 

Find us at the SPEC tent on the beach!

Register for free here

See you there! 

Last Solar Tour of the Season!

September 28, from 10:30am-12pm at the MEC rooftop!

RSVP at to save your spot!

September 14, 2014 marked a record for the Go Solar tours as more than 60 people came and filled the roof deck of the MEC building, enthusiastic to learn about ways to become Fossil fuel free. 
Last Sunday was the third of four dates that made up the Go Solar tours, an initiative created by SPEC, in partnership with Bullfrog Power to raise awareness about alternative resources for our city. 
Each tour includes both a presentation of the newly installed solar panels on top of the MEC building, located on 130 West Broadway, and a discussion given by SPEC's President, Rob Baxter, that spans both practical and educational tips such as: identifying different solar panels, making solar panels at home and moving away from fossil fuels and into renewable resources. 
Matias Vallejo, one of the survey participants, mentions that the practical experience he learned was the best part of the tour, while Kathleen Dalzell shares that she really liked learning about the different kinds of solar energy. 
If all this news excites you, and you'd like to learn more about this initiative, it's not too late yet! There will be one more Go Solar Tour on September 28th, from 10:30-12pm. Come take part in our growing community! RSVP here
If you'd like to book a private Go Solar tour, please contact Sara Blenkhorn at!

SPEC's School Garden Program
The team has been working hard to maintain the school gardens during this summer and fall while school has been out.  There have been many updates on the SPEC School Garden Program blog recently.  Be sure to check it out at


SPEC Summer Interns

A big Thank You to SPEC's Mighty Summer Interns Team!

Since May this year SPEC has enjoyed the enthusiasm, hard work and committment of Amy, Cassie and Marina. Their contributions were very important throughout the busy summer.

Amy was in charge of the school gardens maintenance during the summer while engaging with children and families and posting on our school gardens blog.

Cassie supported our Urban Farmer Field School and helped coordinate this years Westside Community Food Market

Marina took charge of our Social Media and outreach program.

We are very grateful for your work and hope you enjoyed your time with us!

Solar Greenhouses

October 11 from 1pm-4pm near the George Pearson Centre at 650 W 57th Ave, Vancouver 

Join us to learn about:

  • Structure & design (including materials) 
  • Passive design features 
  • Active solar technologies 
  • Collecting & storing energy 
  • Methods of greenhouse food production 
  • Plants to use in your greenhouse
Learn more about upcoming classes here!
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