Upcoming Events


upcoming-events2 (1)Events happening in NL and beyond. Some of these events were featured in the latest monthly FSN E-News. Check back here often because we will update with more events as we learn of them. If you have an event you would like posted here or in the E-News email e-news@foodsecuritynews.com.

Farmers' & Community Markets

1. St. John's Farmers' Market

When: Saturdays, June - December Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Where: Lion's Club Chalet (behind the Remax Centre), Bonaventure Avenue

All local products - made, baked or grown in Newfoundland and Labrador. Vegetables, meat, flowers, fruit/berries, jam/jelly, preserves, breads, bagels, cupcakes, mini donuts, chocolate, hot prepared international foods, waffles, art, photography, jewelry, clothing, craft, kids craft and toys, and lots more. Visit http://stjohnsfarmersmarket.org/ for weekly lists of vendors and performances.

2. Grand Falls-Windsor Farmers' Market

When: Saturdays, June - November Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Where: 14 High Street

Fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, beef, berries, and crafts. If you are a farmer/vendor and "Make it, Bake it, or Grow it" and would like to be part of the Farmers Market, contact the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor at 489-0483. The last market will be held in November, exact date depending on weather. Visit the market online at www.facebook.com/GrandFallsWindsorFarmersMarket for the latest news.

3. Fogo Island Farmers’ Market

When: Saturdays, July - fall Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Where: Fogo Central, next to the Credit Union

Local fresh produce and more. Now serving Flat Earth coffee, roasted in Fogo. For more information contact Winston Osmond: osmond.winston@gmail.com or (709) 270-0748.

4. Some Good Market

When: Saturdays, biweekly (November 23, 24, December 7, 8) Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Where: Makinsons Community Centre Admission: $1 (includes entry for door prize)

Local fine handmade craft and farmers market with authors, publishers, musicians and farmers welcome. Featuring seasonal produce, free range eggs, baked goods, preserves, jewellery, photography, prepared food, and more! Please contact for more information through FacebookTwitter, or somegoodmarket@gmail.com.

Some Good Market Goes to Town - special market in St. John's: November 16th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at St. Thomas Church, Military Rd.: www.facebook.com/events/601343879896333/

5. Salmon Cove Community Market

When: Saturdays, monthly (Last: December 7) Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Where: Salmon Cove Community Centre (Fire Department) located on the main highroad just before the road to the Sands, Route 70

Hosted by the Salmon Cove Future Development Association. Featuring crafts, baked good, jewelry, artwork, vegetables, preserves, and local entertainment. Lunch is available for a small fee. Admission is free. For more information or to become a vendor visit: www.facebook.com/SalmonCoveCommunityMarket

The last market has been moved from November to December 7th: come out to the Salmon Cove Community Christmas Craft Market!

6. Wonderful Fine Market

When: Saturdays, until December 21st Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 7 West Street, Corner Brook

Handcrafted Locally Made Food, Art, Craft & Beyond. New vendors welcome. Visit the Facebook event for more details and to contact organizers: www.facebook.com/events/247060425418744/



1. Sobeys Nutrition Events

When: Throughout November Where: St. John's, Mount Pearl

Sobeys dietitians at the Howley Estates, Kelsey Drive, and Mount Pearl Sobeys locations are hosting free healthy eating information sessions, cooking classes, and label reading tours throughout October. For the full schedule and registration information see the attached PDF.

2. Beginners Cooking Workshop: Preparing Local Vegetables

When: Tuesday, November 5 Time: 7:00 pm Where: 44 Torbay Rd. (MWONL Office)

The Multicultural Women's Organization of Newfoundland & Labrador (MWONL), in partnership with the Food Security Network NL, presents a Beginner Class with facilitator: Yamuna Kutty and Team, preparing am Indian Recipe from Kerala. This session is part of a monthly cooking session. Explore the flavors, techniques and traditions from different corners of the globe. Discover how every culture has a new taste experience to offer.

The session is free of cost, but donations are welcome. To attend the 1st session, please contact Kaberi at kaberi.debnath@gmail.com, or by phone: 726-0321.

3. Great Meals for a Change Fundraiser

When:Wednesday, November 6 Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Blow Me Down Cross Country Ski Lodge, Corner Brook

Come out and enjoy a great meal while supporting a local community group! The Western Environment Centre is hosting a fundraiser called Great Meals for a Change, featuring a four course sustainable meal and some lively discussion. Proceeds from the event will go towards the initiatives of the Western Environment Centre including support for the Blow Me Down Community Garden.

Monday, November 4th, is the last day to get your tickets! Tickets must be purchased in advance at More for Less Foods (9 Herald Ave) or at JL Gallery (79 Broadway). Tickets cost $40, and meat or vegetarian options are available. For more info contact the Western Environment Centre at 639-0937. Poster and latest information (Facebook).

4. Info Sessions: Fisheries Conservation Funding Sessions

When: November 6- 13, 2013 Time: 7 pm - 9 pm Where: Multiple Communities

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced the launch of the 2 year $10 million Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program (RFCPP). This 2 year National Program is designed to support recreational  fisheries habitat conservation activity through partnerships with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and local recreational fishing and conservation groups interested in undertaking habitat restoration works.

The application period for the second year (2014-2015) will be November 4 – December 18, 2013.  Therefore, Fisheries and Oceans in the NL region will be holding three RFCPP application orientation sessions to provide information on the program, the application process and to address any questions.  The sessions will be held in the following areas:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:00 PM – Grand Falls-Windsor

November 7th, 2013 at 7:00 PM – Corner Brook

November 13th, 2013 at 7:00 PM – St. John’s

Please confirm your organizations attendance including number of individuals and meeting location that you plan to attend no later than November 1st, 2013 by emailing: connie.dobbin-vincent@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.  Please note that refreshments will not be provided and any expenses associated with attending this session will be the responsibility of the participant. Further details on meeting site will be provided at a later date.  Please feel free to pass this information along to potential groups. For more info visit the website at  http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/habitat/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.asp

5. The Potential of Biochar Free Public Workshops

Common Ground Community Development Corporation presents two free public workshops in St. John’s to promote the agricultural use of biochar, an organic soil amendment which is making waves internationally for its ability to dramatically improve soil health and fertility, restore degraded lands, and increase crop yields. Seating for both days is limited. Pre-registration by Monday, November 4th, is recommended. To register, contact Lori Heath at 709-738-7542 or rootconnection@gmail.com. Presented with the generous support of the Agricultural Research Initiative.

“The Potential of Biochar for Newfoundland and Labrador Agriculture”

When: Friday, November 8 Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Courtyard Marriott, 131 Duckworth St., St. John’s

Dr. Julie Major, Faculty Lecturer at McGill University, and former Agricultural Extension Director of the International Biochar Initiative, will deliver an in-depth, full day workshop that will include detailed information on the applications and benefits of biochar, scientific findings of current studies and practical considerations for the use of biochar in the field. The event will also include a presentation by Dr. Bob Helleur of Memorial University’s Department of Chemistry on the findings of his recent study of biochar produced from locally sourced municipal solid wastes, supported by The Harris Centre and The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board.

“An Introduction to Biochar” & “Do It Yourself Biochar”

When: Saturday, November 9 Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Where: North Bank Lodge, Nagles Place, Pippy Park, St. John’s

Dr. Hugh McLaughlin, Director of Research at Alterna Biochar, will conduct two workshops: “An Introduction to Biochar” from 12pm – 1pm, (geared especially to those who are interested in biochar but who could not attend the full day workshop on Friday), and “Do It Yourself Biochar” from 1pm-4pm, a hands-on instructional workshop demonstrating small scale biochar production using inexpensive and readily available materials.

6. FSN Teleconference: Bulk Buying Clubs

When: Wednesday, November 13 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Newfoundland time) Cost: Free

Come join us to learn about bulk buying clubs with a presentation about the Level Best Bulk Buying and Cooking Club of the Community Action Committee Family Resource Program and Bay St. George Women’s Centre.

Presentation: Bernice Hancock, Program Director, Community Action Committee for Southwestern Newfoundland Enhancing food security is the primary goal of the Level Best Club. The Club helps parents and caregivers provide nutritious food for their families through monthly group bulk food purchases. The program is inexpensive, community-based and flexible.

Networking: Bulk Buying Club organizers are encouraged to stay on the line after the presentation for a networking session - an opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns, share best practices, and identify new resources needed. To register please contact Rick Kelly at richardkelly@foodsecuritynews.com or at 709-237-4026.

7. Friends of Pippy Park Annual General Meeting

When: November 14, 5- 7 pm Where: Mount Scio House Board Room (15 Mount Scio Road), Pippy Park, St. John's

Friends of Pippy Park invite the public to its Annual General Meeting. Joins us and have a voice!

8. Foraging for Food and Wellness Workshop: The Generous Yield of Common Wild Plants

When: November 16, 9 am- 4 pm Where: Points East Guest House, 34 Sullivan's Loop, Pouch Cove

An immersion into the world of wild edible plants, this workshop—the first of four this fall—introduces new and novice foragers to the surprising benefits that weeds and trees offer us. Basic foraging skills are presented, intended to give participants confidence to recognize and consume edible plants that grow nearly everywhere on the Newfoundland landscape.

Weather permitting, you’ll join Christine Bruce, a mentor and weed enthusiast, on a hike into a nearby pasture to spot and discuss the value of local, edible plants. Back at the guesthouse, several dried plants will be passed around to touch and taste.

Lunch will include a few dishes made from items discussed in the morning. In the afternoon, learn to make a simple, healing poultice. To end the day, we’ll have an old-fashioned tea party so you can sample a variety of healing, herbal brews.

Bring rubber boots and your favourite teacup! Workshop fee, which includes lunch and tea, is $45. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact (709) 335-8315 or rusticscribe@gmail.com, or visit www.pointseast.ca/events

9. St. John's International Food and Craft Expo

When: Sunday, November 17, 2013 Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  Where: Holiday Inn, St. John's

Local and International Food and Craft Sale, and Multicultural Entertainment. Admission: $5 (free admission for kids 12 & under)

10. Webcast: How to Feed 9 Billion on a Small Planet

When: November 19, 12-2 pm EST (1 pm in Labrador, 1:30 pm in Newfoundland) Where: Online

Growing evidence shows that agroecology will feed the world. Business as usual will not. Miguel Altieri from the University of California (Berkeley)– a widely published, leading authority on agroecology– will speak on ecological agriculture as a key solution to food insecurity, hunger, and climate change, later in November.

He’ll be joined by panelists:

  • Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of Le jardinier maraîcher (coming soon in English as The Market Gardener), and
  • Sarah Archibald of the Meal Exchange Campus Food Project
  • Henry Lickers, Environmental Science Officer, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
  • Bob Carty, former CBC Radio host, will moderate the webcast.

Register to participate here: http://usc-canada.org/feedingtheworld/. Consider hosting a group viewing. For more information, please contact genevieve@usc-canada.org.

11. Film Screening: Salmon Confidential

When: Tuesday, November 19 Time: 7:00 pm  Where: MUN Arts & Admin Bldg. A-1049, St. John's

Salmon Confidential: Biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film provides rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply. http://salmonconfidential.ca/

Speaker: Dr. Ian Fleming, Memorial University Professor of Fish Ecology, has worked on environmental issues surrounding fish aquaculture for over 20 years in Norway, Canada and the US and testified at the Cohen Commission, Canada's Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River.

Admission is free, donations accepted. Co-presentation by Cinema Politica and People and the Sea Film Festival.

12. 2013 ACORN Conference & Trade Show

When: November 20 - 22 Where: Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, NB

ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) presents over 60 workshops covering farm management, finances, season extension, wholesale, tree-fruit and many more organic farming topics! Until October 3rd all online registrants will receive a SIGNIFICANT discount off their registration fee. Volunteer opportunities and a limited number of bursaries are available. For online registration and full conference schedule visit: http://acornconference.org/

13. Climate Change and Energy in Atlantic Canada

When: Saturday, November 23 Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm) Where: Gower St. United Church, 99 Queen's Rd., St. John's

Attend the movie premiere of “Climate Change in Atlantic Canada” A compelling documentary on the impacts of climate change in Atlantic communities. Followed by a panel discussion with Dr. David Suzuki, researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro, and local and national experts.

Buy your tickets online at www.davidsuzuki.org/atlantictour Limited tickets at the door. All funds generated from this event will be donated to the Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network.

14. FSN Annual General Meeting

When: Tuesday, November 26 Time: 1 pm- 3:30 pm Where: Foran Room, St. John's City Hall, 10 New Gower Street

The Food Security Network NL (FSN)'s 2013 Annual General Meeting is happening soon! The AGM is open to all members of the public. Learn about FSN’s activities this past year, become a member, & get involved!

The AGM will be followed by a reception with opportunities to learn about local food security groups. Community groups and organizations are invited to contact us about setting up displays at the AGM.

Healthy, mostly local snacks & beverages will be provided. Teleconference options are available.

To attend please register by Friday, November 22nd, by contacting Rick Kelly at richardkelly@foodsecuritynews.com or 709-237-4026. FSN is committed to accommodating all participants to the AGM. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation.

For FSN membership details visit http://www.foodsecuritynews.com/getting-involved.html#membership

To sign up for the FSN Monthly E-News and stay up to date about future events and opportunities visit http://www.foodsecuritynews.com/enews.html

15. FEASt Annual General Meeting

When: Saturday, November 30 Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Where: Sobeys meeting room, Merrymeeting Road, St. John's (To be confirmed)

FEASt is a volunteer-run initiative, taking action on local, healthy, sustainable food issues. Opportunities to learn more about FEASt, become a board member, and review of financial statements. More details to come. Check the FEASt website for the latest information: www.feastnl.ca

16. Fall Harvest and Agricultural Festivals

Throughout the fall there will be many community events across the province celebrating local food, music, and culture. A great search engine for those events is available at the Newfoundland and Labrador tourism website. Search for a list of events in your area: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlanYourTrip/FestivalsEvents