“People and community groups working together ”
to build a community where all persons at all times have enough food for well-being.
GAP partners up volunteer pickers with private home owners to glean excess produce from their property. Pickers work in small groups and are sent by the coordinator to private yards to pick produce. Learn More >>
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Established as a not-for-profit organization, the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) acts as umbrella to 20-30 food- related associations in our area. KFPC emphasizes public education on food security issues as well as supports concrete food system programs, of which Public Produce is one. Public Produce is part of Community Food Action Program of the KFPC. The current Public Produce site is located at McDonald Park on the North Shore, on the perimeter of the community garden. There is a second Public Produce site on the corner of Elm St and Tranquille that is currently under construction. In 2011, with the help of a City of Kamloops Social Planning Grant, KFPC brought Darrin Nordahl, author of “Public Produce” to speak to our community. http://www.darrinnordahl.com Soon after, the first public garden (Kamloops Public Produce ) was planted with a small grant from Interior Health Authority on an abandoned city lot in downtown Victoria Street. This pilot project was extraordinarily successful because of community engagement. It was a program that the city residents embraced, either volunteering time and/or by donating services. Commitment ranged from the United Way Day of Caring by the Royal Bank employees, to the installation of an irrigation system by Painless Underground Sprinklers, to help from such diverse institutions as the Kamloops Regional Correction Centre and the Stuart Wood Elementary School. Master Gardeners have always been an integral part of the Program, offering advice and expertise as well as help with maintenance....
We had a great meeting on March 1st, learning all about the ICS Food Programming happening at Mt Paul Food Center including Community Gardens, Public Produce, and Community Kitchens! KFPC Minutes March 1 2017
We also heard from Vessy Mochikas and her Food Sustainability class at Brock Middle School, sign up here for a class if you want to teach one! Amanda from the Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market also came to the meeting to talk about the new community stall at the Farmers’ Market as part of the “Learn and Grow Series”
There are several events coming up, check out the link below!
March 18 – Seedy Saturday, 9:30-1:30pm
March 18 – Pruning workshop, 3:30pm
March 19 – Seed Saving workshop
The full minutes are listed above, we look forward to seeing you at the April 5th meeting!Read More
Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners Association and the Horticulture Program at TRU are excited to bring Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist Lori Weidenhammer to Kamloops for a free presentation Saturday, March 11th 9:00 am, TRU International Building room 1015.
Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Saskatchewan. For the past several years she has been appearing as the persona Madame Beespeaker, reviving the tradition of “telling the bees”. As a food security volunteer and activist Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on growing plants for bees. This work is featured in her book Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees. She is passionate about art that that transforms the relationship between the artist and the viewer and creates community bonds.
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See below for the agenda for our meeting next week, another first day of the month! March 1st from 5:30-8pm, we hope to see you for our legendary potluck and meeting at the Mt Paul Food Center at 140 Laburnum St.
We are going to be hearing about ICS and its food programming, as well as from Vessy Mochikas, the principal at Brock Middle School about her new Food Sustainability class. We have one more time slot open if anyone has a presentation or request to make! Contact us to get on the agenda.Read More
We had a great meeting last week, lots of people turned up! It’s amazing how much we miss each other after no meetings for two months. And what a potluck!
We heard from Jen Casorso from the City of Kamloops about the Green Living Expo coming up on April 29 looking for more groups to reserve booths, from Lindsay Harris (see her presentation below). We also learned more about the Oncore Seniors Society and all of the important work they do to support seniors in the community, and their interest in partnering with other food groups to get seniors eating better! We also heard some exciting news from Gardengate and their new building they got approval for, and that the Farmers’ Market is running again starting Feb 15. Hooray! Check out our KFPC Minutes February 1 2017 for more details.
PhD Research from Lindsay Harris: Feb 1 2017 KFPC
Oncore Presentation: Oncore Program Presentation_Feb 1, 2017_KFPCRead More