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Richmond Schoolyard Society

The Richmond Schoolyard Project was founded in 2006 by Chef Ian Lai, an instructor at the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver.  Frustrated by his students’ lack of knowledge about how the food cycle works, he embarked on a quest to introduce children to where their food comes from. For Chef Lai, these students are the champions of tomorrow and if they understand the food cycle, they will take care of it, be respectful and responsible for the earth, and appreciate local bounty. He began with a small plot of land donated by the Fruit Tree Sharing Project (which grows food for the Richmond Food Bank) and his daughter’s grade 3 - 4 class from Quilchena Elementary.

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City of Richmond Environmental Sustainability

A series of workshops to look at ways to reduce pesticide use and create a more sustainable community are held from March to November. They are part of City’s pesticide risk reduction, sustainability, waste reduction and water conservation initiatives.

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Richmond Food Security Society

The Society's mandate: "That all people in the community, at all times, have access to nutritious, safe, personally acceptable and culturally appropriate foods, produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially just."

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Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver

The strength of the Academy stems from the fact that every aspect of the school is defined by its instructors, free of managerial friction, politics, hierarchy, bottom-line percentages. All instructors at the Academy are accredited with the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma of British Columbia.  Ian has been a chef intructor since 2001 also holds a Diploma in Adult Education and he is a Certified FoodSafe Intructor.

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Farm to School Program - PHABC

What is Farm to School?

  • One goal
  • Six objectives
  • One name
  • Many models
  • The IMAGE principles
  • Partners in progress
  • Growing community
  • Food security

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CANADA-CUBA Student Chef Encuentro

Come with us to explore the back roads, farms and markets of Cuba! Learn the legend of Moros y Cristianos (black beans and rice) and other authentic local cuisines. Have a hands-on learning experience in a chef-to-chef exchange!

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David Suzuki Foundation

Changes under the surface of the deep blue sea are not easy to see, but the effects of industrial fishing, pollution, and climate change are having a major impact on our oceans.

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Vancouver Food Bank Society - Fresh Choice Kitchens

Fresh Choice Kitchens (formerly the Vancouver Community Kitchen Project) works to create opportunities for people to cook together, thereby building community strength through food.

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