“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 talked to Addie de Candole about how the KFPC network helps to support Kamloops’ Farm To School BC program! The network model we have is pretty unique, and quite powerful!
Check out the video HERE!
For more information about Farm to School, check out their website.
For more information about the Kamloops Hub Region, check out this page.Read More
We had a blast at our AGM back in May, and realized we had forgotten to post it on our website, so here are the minutes and a few photos!Read More
We had a great meeting on Nov 2, as we learned more about the GE Free group, how ICS has purchased the Mt Paul United Church and will be converting it to a Good Food Center, and did a short exercise about how people use our website. We also learned about how JUMP has a new home at the old Cost Savers building and will be working with Ask Wellness, and a bit about how the organization started all of those years ago.
– Indoor Farmers’ market runs every Wednesday at the Sandman Center from 9:30am-1pm
– Breastfeeding Matters is having a milk drive on December 1st
– Mt Paul Fall Tea November 19th, served by Community Kitchens
– First Nations Agricultural Conference on Nov 16-17 at The Coast, call Grace 250-828-9844, or firstname.lastname@example.org to register, entrance is free
This PlanH short video highlights the important work being done by the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC). They engage the entire community around social, environmental and economic issues through food security programs, policies and partnerships. The KFPC was one of the very first food policy councils in Canada and boasts an impressive roster of programs, including community gardens, Farm to School BC, the Gleaning Abundance Project, and community kitchens.
Food security and healthy eating are integral supports of social, physical, and mental well-being at all ages and stages of life. They also contribute to the overall health of individuals, families, and communities. Food security at the community level is when all citizens obtain a safe, personally acceptable, nutritious diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes healthy choices, community self-reliance, and equal access for everyone. Food security is vital to the health and well-being of a community and is the foundation for healthy eating.Read More
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Mt Paul Church from 5:30-8pm. We will be learning more about the JUMP program here in Kamloops. If you would like to be added to the agenda, please email us at kamloopsfoodpolicy [at] gmail.com. See you there!Read More