Opening night: Thursday May 16, 2019 (6-8 pm)
Friday May 17, 2019 – Extended to December 1!
Stories from the past and present in New Westminster to help us understand how people eat in our community.
See below for exhibit links and associated programs.
This exhibition has QR codes with information if you want to find out more. The links are also listed below, under each section:
Some common food terms you’ll see in this exhibition.
What is Food Security?
“Poor people are lazy and don’t want to work.” Do you believe these myths? Check out these New West poverty myth busters and what you can do to help pull people out of poverty.
Like and follow New Westminster Community Food Action.
The Official Community Plan provides the vision and goals for the city to 2041, including policies related to food.
The Community Poverty Reduction Strategy identifies specific actions to enhance the quality of life of those people living in poverty and to provide opportunities to assist them to move out of poverty.
Two of the 14 goals in the Environmental Strategy and Action Plan relate to the environmental impacts of food.
New Westminster Food Security Action Plan
Starting in 2007 and lasting about five years, the Fraserside Community Services Society’s Biggest Little Garden in Town project helped apartment residents start gardens on their balconies with tiered cedar boxes that were accessible for all people. With seed and garden workshops, this social enterprise helped people access fresh produce that they themselves grew, even if they didn’t have a backyard or a plot. Watch this video about the project.
Find out about getting a plot at one of the community gardens.
Keeping certain farm animals to supplement diets is legal in New West.
For the laws on raising chickens in New Westminster, see 1967’s Public Health Bylaw No. 4271
If you meet the requirements, you can also keep a beehive in New West. See the bylaw.
Food Systems: Farming and Fishing
The Choi Guide
Vancouver’s Hua Foundation put together a seasonal guide for the Chinese vegetables grown in the Lower Mainland. You can read it in English with pronunciations in Cantonese and Mandarin. Here’s the Cantonese version to help you on your next shopping trip.
Food Systems: Distribution and Access
The Food Costing in BC report provides data about the affordability of food. It tells us how much income families and individuals need in order to eat healthy meals. The report is done every two years by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), with the last one completed in 2017. The report informs calculations for living wage numbers.
A 2017 UNICEF report ranked Canada 37th out of 41 countries for children’s access to healthy food.
In February 2019, after two years of planning, the New Westminster School District launched a cost-shared universally accessible school lunch program, the first of its kind in Canada. Starting in three schools (Qayqayt Elementary, Queen Elizabeth Elementary and Queensborough Middle Schools), it will eventually be available to all schools in the district.
and order a meal for your kids.
Things Were So Cheap Back Then!
Or were they? Compare the prices in the ads below to what they would be in today’s money. Use an inflation calculator
Food Systems: Consumption
$40 a Week @ the Market
In 2016, blogger Katie Bartel wrote about her summer market challenge: to stretch out $40 every week at the New West Farmers Market. Read about it.
Canada Food Guide
The new Canada Food Guide, released this year, recommends a shift to a more plant-based diet, with water as the drink of choice. The aim is to have a plate that is half vegetables, one-quarter protein (such as nuts, meat and tofu), and one-quarter whole grains (like bread, rice and quinoa). It also recommends reducing sugary drinks (including juice), sweets and pastries, salt and saturated fat, and alcohol.
New West Cookbookery
There is a cookbook lending library at the River Market. Share the cookbooks you love for a while or forever, or take out what you need for a month.
To borrow a book, register here
Our City’s Food Culture
Helping You Celebrate
Did you know that the Family Services of Greater Vancouver has grants for community celebrations through the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grant program?
Neighbours around New West have found unique ways to get to know each other through food. At the Glenbrooke Salad and Pie days, residents brought their home-cooked meals to share with one another. A Roma Hall chef got a grant to teach Italian cooking at Thompson’s Landing Park in Queensborough. The Fraser Fraser River Food Buying Club received seed funding to establish. Many have received grants to start new community gardens or have multicultural meals.
Apply for a grant here.
Diverse Eating in New West
New West has many good international restaurants.
Explore Downtown’s shops and restaurants with this map.
Or check out the diversity along Twelfth Street.
Chocolatl: The Ancient Drink of Gods (All Ages)
Come experience chocolate with a twist! Take a guided tour of our feature exhibition about food security, and then join us as we take you on a journey of authentic chocolate drinks, customs and history from Mexico and Columbia. Not only will you get to try these fantastic drinks, but you will also leave with a recipe and resource package, so that you can create them at home and wow your friends and family. This sweet and savory experience will have your taste buds rejoicing!
Anvil Centre | Studio 411A
Bugs ‘n Bees: Pollination Workshop at Irving House
Have you ever wanted to learn about the benefits of the critters in your garden? How do they help us grow food at home? We’ve been busy at Irving House and want to share our secrets! In relation to our current exhibit, You Are What You Eat: Community Food Security, and led by our friends at UNIBUG at Douglas College, this workshop explores our Heritage Gardens to teach you all about identifying and counting pollinators, conducting garden surveys, and understanding the benefits of garden insects. Registration Required.
SAT 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Face Value – Caffeine Skincare
In association with New Westminster Museum’s feature exhibition about food security, join us as we explore natural skincare using something many of us already have at home – coffee! In this hands-on workshop, students will make and take an exfoliating coffee n’ coconut sugar scrub, coffee n’ cream soap bar, coffee butter lip balm and a replenishing, toning body oil. This is a great class for all coffee lovers or anyone who needs a little natural ‘get up and go” added to their current skin care regime. All supplies included.
Anvil Centre | Studio 411A
THU 6:00 – 8:00 pm