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Potluck at the Farm

This is an annual event for us. Visiting Maynard's Pony Meadows makes you feel as though you have left Vancouver, but it is a real farm right here in the city, in Southlands.

 

You are welcome to visit the rescued goats, and other barnyard animals such as the many horses, chickens, ducks, and the Vietnamese potbellied pigs.

 

This event is really not to be missed!

 

If it rains, the event will be postponed to Sunday.

 

Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on because the grass tends to be long so you won't be as comfortable sitting on the grass as you would at the park.

 

We ask that you bring your own plate and utensils and water bottle. There is no where to wash dishes so please bring a bag to take your dirty things home in.

 

Food wise, just make sure your dish has no animal products in it so everyone from omnivore to vegan can partake. People appreciate it if you bring an ingredient list so they know what's in your dish in case of allergies. Try to bring enough so several people can take a scoop of your food to try it. Don't forget the serving spoon.

 

Some people are less versed in preparing plant based dishes. Fruit salad is always an easy very welcome addition as is store bought vegan deli food from places like Choices or Whole Foods. Bringing nothing or just some chips or uncut bananas or oranges, however, is not acceptable, as it results in complaints to the organizers. So, buy something or prepare something please, if you want to join in.


And, as always, you don't need to know someone who is coming in order to comfortably attend. There's lots to see and do at the farm and many people to talk to.

 

 

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  • Jay

    Very nice to see the goats, two sheep, the pig and horses. Thanks to all who brought the tasty food.

    It was the first time I've seen a rescued battery hen "up close" for real. I felt very sad, that being having to go through life as it did for the sake of humans petty desire to consume eggs.

    I've posted some pics of the food.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Vancouver V.

    Thanks for organizing that wonderful meetup, Nancy. It was so nice of Rick & Jen to open up their farm to us. I loved spending time with all of the animals. It was heartwarming to see those sweet hens and their resiliency. I can't imagine what they have been through. I really enjoyed the goats and lambs, as well. On another note, I would really like to get my food container back. When I went to retrieve it, it was gone. It is a 9 X 9, hard, clear plastic container, with a heavy, black rubber lid. It belongs with a set I have. It had a sign on it that said Veggie Dogs in a Blanket.

    July 14, 2013

    • John B.

      Your nice Rubbermaid container is safe. It got cleared away in the general cleanup which you missed somehow. Nathalie who kindly volunteered to take away the garbage has it.

      July 14, 2013

    • Vancouver V.

      Nathalie, I appreciate you taking my container home with you. Please contact me, privately through the site, so I can make arrangements to pick it up from you. For those who volunteered to cleanup afterwards, I'm sorry I wasn't there for that. Please accept my sincere thanks for your efforts.

      July 15, 2013

  • Merlin

    Awesome!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an interesting and eclectic bunch we are! Really enjoyed the setting, the conversations and - of course- the food!

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Nancy

    It was really moving seeing the sickly rescued battery hens, such a contrast with the healthy hens--only two days ago was their first time seeing the sun. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped with set up, clean up and food table. Thanks to Jay, Kip, Suzie, Mannie, Amanda, Silvia, Scott, iorgi, Brian, Duane and anyone else I forgot. Thanks to everyone for the high quality food, especially to Michael and Neda from Graze restaurant for the beautiful boards they brought.

    July 14, 2013

  • Juanita

    I work at Pro Organic's Market on Saturday. With the start time change, I would be absurdly late. I hope to meetup very soon, at another event.

    July 13, 2013

  • Christie

    Looks like my ride has bailed, so I won't make it. Sorry. :(

    July 13, 2013

  • Lilac

    We were really looking forward to this but my kid sister is sick and we aren't going to make it. So sorry for the short notice but have fun!

    July 13, 2013

  • Marie G.

    Nancy, is Dave correct? Does Southlands kill chickens for food? Not judging, just asking!

    July 12, 2013

    • Drina A. R.

      What about "Blue" the rooster? I heard that they were going to have him killed because they couldn't find him a home.

      July 13, 2013

    • Nancy

      I cannot keep calling back and asking but it does not sound like something they would do. Best to ask Jen. She is the owner and will be there this evening.

      July 13, 2013

  • Margaretha

    Friends bailed and I'm not sure. Will bring food if I do.

    July 13, 2013

  • Takako

    i am not sure if i can make it on time but if i can i would like to attend

    July 12, 2013

  • Jay

    Just a note to everyone attending.

    Please bring a food dish. If there is not enough food and people just bring drinks or a bag of chips, it's unfair to the others who bring food and expect to sample other food at the potluck.

    There is no way to determine how much food will be at the potluck, so we must either bring a dish, or a buy a dish and bring it.

    Drinks - people can bring their own to enjoy themselves. usually people bring their own water bottle to a potluck. People come to the potluck for food, not drinks.

    I hope everyone understands, it's good to be fair for all involved.

    Kindest regards
    Jay

    July 12, 2013

  • David S.

    I can't go. This place seems to advertise itself as the only livestock farm withing Vancouver city limits. They seem also to be fine with killing chickens for food. Sorry, but i can't be a part of this.

    July 12, 2013

    • Nancy

      See other comment. Jen, the owner, says no way, not true. They are not killing chickens.

      1 · July 12, 2013

    • David S.

      It seems that the claim i saw online is not true. I retract my complaint.

      2 · July 12, 2013

  • Christie

    I'm in the process of choosing/transitioning to a vegan lifestyle and was hoping to meet some people with the same views. This seems perfect!

    July 12, 2013

  • Nancy

    Looks like we will be short on tables at the farm. Anyone have a folding card table or anything similar they could bring?

    July 12, 2013

  • julia

    we love the opportunity to visit a farm with rescued farm animals, and are fond of trying out vegan/vegetarian recipes! looking forward to Saturday.....

    July 8, 2013

    • Nancy

      Please note that not all the farm animals are rescued. The horses, for example, are used for riding lessons.

      July 9, 2013

  • Candice

    Is there an entrance fee to the farm?

    July 9, 2013

    • Nancy

      No, there's no fee. It's a real farm, not a petting zoo. The only cost is the requirement to bring a vegan dish to share.

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super fun event,,, and yummyliscious food

    July 8, 2013

  • Mary

    Hope to be there; will know for sure that morning.

    July 5, 2013

  • Nancy

    We need greeters, food table volunteers and clean up volunteers for this event to make it go smoother. Anyone interested?

    July 5, 2013

  • Ashley G.

    This will be my boyfriend's and my first meetup with you lovely people, can't wait!

    June 7, 2013

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