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  • Thu, May 15, 2014 4:30 PM | Anonymous
    The Farmer’s Markets are back!  Pack your reusable bags, hop on your bike, and head to one of the farmers markets for the very best in local produce. (with thanks to Greenest City for the links)

    Vancouver Farmers Markets

    •    Kerrisdale Village – Saturdays from 10am-2pm, June 14-Oct 11
    •    Kitsilano – Sundays from 10am-2pm, May 11-Oct 19
    •    Main St. – Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm, June 4-Oct 1
    •    Mt. Pleasant – Sundays from 10am-2pm, June 15-Oct 12
    •    Trout Lake – Saturdays from 9am-2pm, May 10-Oct 18
    •    West End – Saturdays from 9am-2pm, May 31-Oct 18
    •    Yaletown – Thursdays from 2pm-6pm, May 1-Oct 2

    River District Farmers Market – Saturdays from 10am-3pm, May 3-Oct 18
    Oak Street Farmers Market – Wednesdays from 3-7pm, June 4-Oct 29


    More about Vancouver Farmers Markets


    GROW YOUR OWN

    Interested in growing your own food? These resources can get you started.
    •    Local gardening classes
    •    How to garden naturally
    •    Community gardens and sharing garden spaces
    •    Keeping backyard bees

    You can also attend the next Seedy Saturday on May 31 at Kensington Library where you can get seeds, attend a workshop, and meet like-minded gardeners in your neighbourhood. Learn how to make your garden water wise by hosting a Garden Party. An expert garden consultant will provide you with personalized advice in a free 1.5 hour workshop right in your yard for you and five or more of your friends. Email to sign up. Canning with Fruit
    June 4 Learn how to preserve whole fruits at home at the Renfrew Community Centre


    FOOD SCRAPS

    Make maintenance of your Green Bin easier with a few simple steps.

    • Wrap your scraps: In paper, newspaper, or even in a cereal box. This helps reduce smells, and keep pests at bay.

    • No plastics of any kind. Even plastics marked ‘biodegradable’ can’t go in your Green Bin. It contaminates the compost, so stick to wrapping scraps in paper.

    • Store your bin in a well-ventilated and shady location and rinse out with a mild detergent between uses.

     

  • Tue, April 22, 2014 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    Earth Day & the Meatless Monday Connection

    35 Countries, One Global Pledge: Go Plant-powered for the Planet

     

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, an annual event (44 years strong) to honor the sanctity of the little blue planet we call home. If you’re wondering what you can do to participate, there’s an easy (and delicious!), way you can do something good for the environment this week, and every week of the year: join the Meatless Monday movement!  You won’t be alone. This spring a global teleconference was held with representatives from over 30 countries all chiming in about their Meatless Monday campaign. On six continents, in 35 countries and 23 languages people all over the world have taken the pledge to go meatless on Monday – it’s incredible!  Regardless of where you live, if it’s called Lundi Sans Viande (Quebec) or Veggie Mondays (Japan), going meatless on Monday is a small, simple step that can have a huge impact. You really can save the earth - one bite at a time!

     

    With Earth Day upon us, please keep in mind that by moving towards a whole food plant-based diet we can have an incredible impact on the environment by choosing foods free from animal products. According to the United Nations and the Environmental Protection Agency:

    ·  It requires an average of 6kg of plant protein to produce 1kg of animal protein.

    ·  It takes 100 times more water to produce 1kg of animal protein than it does 1kg of plant protein.

    ·  Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% - 25% of global warming emissions worldwide.

    ·  Cattle ranches and feed production account for over 70% of deforestation in the Amazon.

    ·  The livestock sector is quite probably the largest source of water pollution worldwide.

    ·  A single dairy cow produces approximately 120 pounds of manure per day, which is equivalent to that of 20 to 40 humans.

    ·  On average 990 litres of water are required to produce one litre of milk.

     

    MEATLESS MONDAY IN CANADA

     

    Meatless Monday Canada is a local chapter of global initiative, led by Earthsave Canada and several other groups interested in helping Canadians make one day a week meat-free day. The MeatlessMonday.ca site is maintained by Earthsave Canada and a handful of passionate volunteers,  who want to make a difference by helping folks make the transition to a more sustainable and healthy diet.  The City of Vancouver proclaimed Monday June 10th, 2013 as the city’s first official Meatless Monday. Vancouver is the first Canadian city to do so. A presentation to The Vancouver Food Policy Council by local author and Earthsave member Eleanor Boyle outlined scientific research showing the environmental problems of large-scale meat production and consumption.

     

    Check out the Earthsave Canada campaign for tools and resources:  http://www.MeatlessMonday.ca

    Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeatlessMondayCanada


    Other Canadian initiatives include:

    Lundi Sans Viande: http://www.lundisansviande.net/ Canada’s French-language partner in Quebec

    Meatless Mondays:  http://meatlessmondays.ca  hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association

     

    For more information about the countries participating in the incredible growing global movement that is Meatless Monday, go to http://www.meatlessmonday.com/the-global-movement/

     

    MEATLESS MONDAY IN OUR SCHOOLS

     

    Several Canadian universities and schools have proclaimed Meatless Monday, e.g. McGill and Queen’s Universities.  We are currently working on compiling a honour list of participating schools (looking for volunteers to help with that). http://meatlessmonday.ca/schools/

     

    HEALTHY PEOPLE HAPPY PLANET

    At Earthsave Canada we are currently working on a special addition to our education literature by creating a Canadian-made plant-based food guide and presentation to take into schools and workplaces.

    The Healthy People Happy Planet Food Guide is a Canadian-made veg starter kit booklet and colourful plant-based food guide, with corresponding power point presentation and interactive web site. 

    These days most Canadians receive the bulk of their nutritional information from advertisers. Industry is driving Canada's food guide recommendations and the planet, our health, and the animals are suffering for it. We need to take the focus away from processed animal products to whole food, plant-based options. Education is the key to a healthy and sustainable future.

     

    Find out more about the Healthy People Happy Planet project here:  http://earthsave.ca/healthypeoplehappyplanet

     

    HOW CAN YOU HELP?

     

    So glad you asked! Earthsave Canada will launch a crowd-funding campaign this Earth Day to help fund this much needed initiative. Help us spread the word! (link to go live on April 22, 2014): https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/earthsave-canada-plant-based-food-guide-school-presentation

    GIVE today!

    You can donate to our programs at any time through CanadaHelps:

    https://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?charityID=s39790

    or directly through our web site: http://earthsave.ca/donate

     

    EARTHSAVE CANADA LEADS THE WAY

     

    EARTHSAVE CANADA is a Vancouver-based registered charity since 1992. We advocate the move towards a more whole food, plant-based diet for better health, environmental sustainability, and compassion toward animals. We also believe communities are stronger when they set a table that people from all cultures and beliefs can enjoy. By providing educational tools and helpful resources we strive to make a difference – with your help. YOU are Earthsave.  http://www.earthsave.ca

     

    NOTE: While sharing many of the same values, Earthsave Canada is completely independent of other international and US Earthsave initiatives.

     

    Some Earthsave Canada Initiatives

     

    Educational Brochures:  'How to get your Protein from a Plant-based Diet' & 'How to get your Calcium from a Plant-based Diet' Two of our most popular brochures provide compelling answers to common questions.

     

    Our latest brochure - ready in time for Earth Day 2014:
    THE POWER OF A PLANT-BASED DIET: Sustainable, Healthy, Kind. Already a popular request by schools and various Earth Day events, we look forward to distributing this handy, colourful resource to students all over the country.

     

    Brochures, posters, social media images for sharing and more at: http://www.earthsave.ca/brochures

     

    Media Outreach: We regularly publish articles on diet and how it relates to sustainability and better health, and have been reprinted in various publications as well as interviewed by local and national media, the BBC and others. Sharing information, supporting local businesses, contacting the media and government with informed feedback on current issues, connecting and building healthy communities - all part of what we do to make a difference in a world of indifference. http://earthsave.ca/articles

     

    Plant-powered Speakers Series: Our very popular Plant-powered Speaker Series including experts such as Neal Barnard of the PCRM, watch for a very special guest in July 2014. http://www.earthsave.ca/events

     

    MeatlessMonday.ca : Pledge to go meatless 1 day a week and join this growing global movement. Want to get your workplace or school involved? We will support you with menu ideas, posters and more. www.meatlessmonday.ca.

     

  • Mon, March 03, 2014 12:14 PM | Anonymous
    Dine at Graze Restaurant on March 19th, and we will donate 20% of all dinner sales to Earthsave Canada

    All you have to do is make a reservation referencing Earthsave and enjoy a fabulous meal!

    To make your reservation please call: 604-620-8822
    or email info@grazerestaurant.ca

    Check out the menu here: http://grazerestaurant.ca/

    Thank you so much for all of your support!
  • Mon, January 13, 2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    FUNDRAISING DEAL ENDS JAN 31! GET YOURS NOW!

    VANCOUVER: Remember the Green Zebra Coupon Guide?

    Now LIFE: Vancouver is available online and saves you $1,000s on great food, outdoor fun and conscious shopping.
    You pay only $29 (plus shipping) and 50% of your purchase supports Earthsave Canada!  BUY now!
    https://my.life.is/earthsavecanada/

    $1.99 flat rate for shipping, no matter how many copies you buy!

    This coupon book will easily pay or itself and coupons inside are valid until DEC 31 2014! PLUS you give to EARTHSAVE CANADA with every purchase using our direct link. https://my.life.is/earthsavecanada/

    Just a sample of some of the deals:

    $20 off at DONALDS MARKETS
    10% off groceries at URBAN FARE, CHOICES, NESTORS, FAMOUS FOODS
    FREE hummus at NUBA
    FREE appetizer at GRAZE
    FREE vegan Kung Po at WILD RICE
    50% off at THE REEF
    2 for 1 smoothies and more at GORILLA FOODS
    $5/$10 off REBELLIOUS TOMATO
    $8-$18 off at MEINHARDT
    2 for 1 workshops at FEED LIFE
    FREE juice at ETERNAL ABUNDANCE, SEJUICED
    FREE chocolate truffles at THE PARKER
    20% off food bill at LIBRARY SQUARE, THREE BRITS,
    25% off at TERA V BURGER
    More deals at SWEET CHERIBUM, GREENS, GOLDEN AURA, plus deals on theatre, gardens and galleries…and so much more.


    BUY now! 50% of your $29 goes to Earthsave Canada when you use this link: https://my.life.is/earthsavecanada/


      $1.99 flat rate for shipping, no matter how many copies you buy!
    Makes a great GIFT!!

  • Wed, January 08, 2014 11:42 AM | Anonymous
    Make sure the FREE listing for your veg-friendly business is updated in time for our 2014 printing. Have your hours changed? New location or web site? New twitter, Facebook, page to list? Special menu items or deals we should know about?

    Would love to see you folks looking good in our directory (remember it's FREE to be in!).  WE ARE UPDATING THE PRINT VERSION THIS MONTH SO DON’T DELAY! Help ensure this resource remains the most up to date directory of its kind.

    Updating is easy! Either send us your updated information, or log into the web site to change it yourself. Search http://www.earthsave.ca/vegdirectory to find your current listing. You can log in and make changes by entering your email address in the top right hand corner of the web site and click on 'forgot password'. Do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any problems updating your listing. vegdirectory@earthsave.ca
    Help US Help YOU!
    Promote by sharing coupons and donor rewards with our members!


    Do you have coupons, special offers or products you would like to share with our membership? We are looking for suitable coupons to add to our new member welcome packages, as well as rewards for our kind donors. Please let us know if you have anything to share.  We are happy to design coupons for you if you need the help. Have other ideas on how we can work together? Reach out today! donate@earthsave.ca

    As a registered charity we rely on your donations to keep going. But we can also help promote your business by reaching a very targeted audience, encouraging them to visit your veg-friendly establishment in 2014. Let's work together to ensure that enjoying more plant-powered options are part of everyone's resolution this year.



    Earthsave Canada is a registered charity since 1990, promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet for our health, the environment, and the lives of animals. We also believe communities are stronger when we set a table that people from all cultures and beliefs can enjoy. http://www.earthsave.ca
  • Mon, July 01, 2013 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Monday June 10th, 2013 proclaimed as the CITY OF VANCOUVER's first official Meatless Monday

    As you may have heard, the City of Vancouver proclaimed Monday June 10th, 2013 as the city’s first official Meatless Monday. Vancouver is the first Canadian city to do so.

    A presentation to The Vancouver Food Policy Council by local author and Earthsave member Eleanor Boyle outlined scientific research showing the environmental problems of large-scale meat production and consumption. It was then discussed how the city could support the international movement for more sustainable diets, and decided to recommend that Vancouver adopt the educational initiative Meatless Monday.

     

    The city of Vancouver claims to be dedicated to developing food systems that are sustainable and that support community well-being; and is committed to its Greenest City Action Plan encouraging citizens to make choices that will add to environmental health. From a policy perspective, the Vancouver Food Strategy and Vancouver Food Charter have advocated for food systems that protect global resources and contribute to planetary health. Policy initiatives and educational programs such as Meatless Monday have educated global citizens to moderate their intake of animal-source foods.

     

    This is an easy but powerful step we can all take to create a positive impact on the environment, our health, and the lives of animals. It’s voluntary and only one day a week, so why not give it a try? Besides - there is so much great veggie food in this town to explore…

     

    Who will be your BFF on Meatless Monday?

    Earthsave Canada’s Metro Vancouver Veg Directory – that’s who! It has never been a better time to veg out in Vancouver – but everyone could use a little help finding just the right place to celebrate. Earthsave is here to help with our handy guide and free apps. The print version was updated this April (3 x per year), while the online version and apps are being updated on a regular basis. Currently covering all of Metro Vancouver and much of Vancouver Island, we are expanding to cover all of BC soon – with your help. Please send us your updates and additions vegdiretory@earthsave.ca

     The Metro Vancouver Veg Directory is the city's most up-to-date listing of vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants, retailers, services and more. Earthsave Canada distributes a printed version to hundreds of businesses, as well as offering a more in-depth searchable online version - PLUS! FREE apps for iPhone and Android phones. A handy resource for Meatless Mondays, visiting relatives and friends, date night, or for anyone looking to enjoy the many benefits of a plant-based meal. Member Discount Program (MDP) As a member of Earthsave Canada you receive a 10% discount at over 50 veg-friendly businesses in the Metro Vancouver area, and online. These businesses have chosen to take part in the Member Discount Program as a way to thank you for your business and support of Earthsave. (Must show member card, some restrictions apply.)

     

    VEG DIRECTORY LINKS

    Online and searchable here: http://www.earthsave.ca/vegdirectory

    iPhone app: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/earthsave/id549375308?mt=8

    Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobincube.android.sc_IH5ED

    Looking for the very latest? Updates to share?

    Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/vegdirectory

    Like in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/earthsavevegdirectory

    High rez image: http://www.earthsave.ca/Resources/Documents/ESC-VegDirectory-2013-Spring-high.jpg

     

    EARTHSAVE CANADA is a Vancouver-based registered charity since 1990. We advocate the move towards a more whole food, plant-based diet for better health, environmental sustainability, and compassion toward animals. We also believe communities are stronger when they set a table that people from all cultures and beliefs can enjoy. http://www.earthsave.ca.

     

    Earthsave Canada founded Meatless Monday Canada where you can find tools and resources to help you cut down on animal products and increase your positive impact on the planet. http://www.meatlessmonday.ca

    Contacts for interviews:   Trish Kelly, co-chair, Vancouver Food Policy Council: trishkellyc@gmail.com; 604.879.1386; 

    Carolyn Mill, Executive Director, Earthsave Canada: office@earthsave.ca  604-731-5885

    Dave Steele, President, Earthsave Canada: dsteele@earthsave.ca. 604-454-1919

    Eleanor Boyle, Author: High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat: eleanorboyle@gmail.com; 604 – 230-2561; 

    More on the city’s proclamation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/266505080159862/

    http://eleanorboyle.com/blog/2013/05/meatless-monday-has-come-to-vancouver/

     

    Please share and include in your posts regarding this healthy, sustainable and compassionate initiative.

  • Wed, June 26, 2013 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    TAKE THE VEGGIE CHALLENGE!

    Sign-up for one week of exciting emails customized to your situation. Tips for shopping and meal preparation, Recipes and meal plans, Recommend books and videos, Where to get protein, iron, B12, etc, Nutrition myths (and a daily quiz).

    This all new stand alone web site is a great place to get yourself started or gather a group and challenge each other to make a difference with your diet.

    Brought to you by our friends at the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA)

    Sign up today!

    http://www.veggiechallenge.com/


  • Tue, June 25, 2013 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    BACK IN VANCOUVER AUGUST 2013!

     
    On May 9th we went to see a new documentary by film maker Liz Marshall called The Ghosts In Our Machine. This is a truly captivating film that allows us to 'look' long enough to see the individuals that haunt our current system.

    The Vancouver premiere at DOXA was a well attended celebration of an important tool in the fight to see animals as more than just property. The after party at India Gate included a delicious vegan buffet was served and the film makers were in attendance to give out raffle prizes and get to know their supporters.
    If you missed the premiere you can take the digital interactive journey on the web site here: http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com/interactive/#/1-0


  • Thu, May 09, 2013 3:57 PM | Anonymous
    Our Spring 2013 newsletter is ready! And coming to your mailbox very soon (along with a copy of our freshly updated 2013 Veg Directory) ! You can also download a copy of the Spring newsletter here (pdf): 
    ESC-Spring2013-Newsletter.pdf

    Feature: Why Say No To GMOs? by Dave Steele

    Recipe - Morning Energy Bars, Kale Waldorf Salad

    Article - Power Food for the Brain by Neal Barnard MD

    Primer  - Community Gardening
     
    News - Farmers Markets, Cookbooks and more
     
    Please log in to our new system to check your preferences, and be sure that your mailing address and other info is correct. Just click on 'forgot password' in the upper right hand corner of the home page and enter the email you have on file with us or email office@earthsave.ca and we will help you.


    Earthsave is one of the groups partnering with Mercy for Animals Canada to put Why Love One? ads all over town. You can help.
    Support the Mercy For Animals Cross Canada Transit Ad Campaign



    Join Earthsave and so many other fine people who are excited to see this important new film at DOXA on May 9th and 10th. Pick up the new veg directory and stick around for lively discussion afterwards.

    THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE
    a film by Liz Marshall. Featuring photographer Jo-Anne McArthur And “Give Up The Ghost” by RADIOHEAD
    (Rated PG / Y for Youth)


    Screening at DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver
    Thursday May 9th, 2013 at 6:00PM at the Vancity Theatre

    Friday May 10th, 2013 at 12:30PM at the Vancity Theatre – Youth Program

    TICKETS: http://www.doxafestival.ca/festival/films/ghosts

    “Instead of bombarding the audience with images of animal abuse, Marshall structures the film around McArthur’s journey, which adds a human centre and allows for necessary moments of reprieve from the horror. For instance, McArthur speaks openly about her PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which she counters by visiting an animal sanctuary. In these moments Marshall seeks to reveal “the beauty and the hope and the change” in a topic that is not often thought of in these terms. As such, Marshall hopes viewers will “walk away in a reflective state of mind, as opposed to arriving at a conclusion immediately.” Kiva Reardon, film critic

    Check out their interactive experience here: http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com/


  • Thu, February 21, 2013 3:56 PM | Anonymous
    Our Winter newsletter is ready!

    Feature: Climate Change Blind Spot

    Recipe - Coconut Bacon (!), Lemon Lentils, Smokey Bean Dip, and Movie Night Popcorn Blends!

    Article - Food Equity

    Transitions - Bif Naked

    News - Vegan Prom, 2012 restaurant round up.

    Coming to your mailbox soon! You can also download a copy of the Winter newsletter here (pdf): 
    ESC-Winter2013-Newsletter.pdf

    If you want to cut down on paper please log in to our new system to check your preferences, and be sure that your mailing address is correct. Just click on 'forgot password' in the upper right hand corner of the home page and enter the email you have on file with us or email office@earthsave.ca and we will help you.



    COMING SOON: Spring 2013 newsletter will include Grow Your Own, Food fight: Dairy-free VS Gluten-free, The Plant-based Family, and Dr. Neal Barnard returns in April!
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