Minutes January 23, 2013

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KAMLOOPS FOOD POLICY COUNCIL

Minutes of meeting, January 23, 2013

PRESENT:

Laura Kalina, co-Chair

Carole Hebden (minutes)

Anne Grube, Farmers’ Market

Nicole Beauregard, Parks Department, City of Kamloops

Dave Whiting, Community Mapping, Thompson Shuswap Food Connections

David Hoar, Open Door Group & Gardengate

Daphane Nelson, Thompson Shuswap Chef-Farmer Collaborative

Elaine Sedgman, Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners

Erin Edwards, Kamloops Public Produce Project

Dede Bone, Community Kitchens

Shelaigh Garson, Community Gardens

Wendy Gardner, TRU

Jacquelyne Foidart, Aboriginal Friendship Centre

Walt Klenner, BC Honey Producers Association Kamloops Division

Bill & Pat Davies, Kamloops Organic Gardeners

Sandra Frangiadakis, MEd Student

Dylan Houlihan, Urban Systems

Addie Houlberg, TRU/UNBC Student

Louise Marcelet, Master Gardener

Sarah Harder, Urban Agriculturist

Jenna Nickles, Kamloops Urban Hens

REGRETS:

Paula Rubinson, co-Chair

Maren Luciani, Planning Department, City of Kamloops

Mendel Rubinson, Farmers’ Market

Robin Reid, TRU Faculty

 

Welcome and Introductions

MINUTES from December, 2012 are available at http://kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com/

1) AGM Planning – L. Kalina

D. Whiting proposed that the AGM focus on networking amongst council members, political candidates for the May BC election, and the community.  D. Nelson described the success and limits to the “speed dating” model used at the Farm to Chef Collaborative AGM.

Feb. 20 (date/location TBA) will be the business aspect of the KFPC AGM and also the stakeholder presentation by M. Luciani on the City of Kamloops Agricultural Area Plan.

March (date/location TBA) will be the public networking AGM.

L. Kalina spoke to the need for KFPC to update its vision and mission statement and suggested a special meeting with a facilitator for this purpose.  Discussion.

Action: Formed an AGM Planning Committee L. Kalina, D. Whiting, C. Hebden, D. Bone, D. Nelson

 

2) Community Liaison Updates

Master Gardeners, E. Sedgman – Seedy Saturday will not be held this year.  In its place, Master Gardeners will run advice clinics at the Sahali Mall Farmer Markets Feb. 02, 16 and March 02, 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Seeds will be given away as “Veggie Garden in a Bag”

Seedy Saturday organizers are arranging for Dan Jason, founder of Seeds of Diversity Canada, to talk on “Starting a Seed Bank” in Kamloops. Date TBA.

April 19 – Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners assoc. is organizing a free public presentation titled “Life After Pesticides” with entomologist Dr. Linda Gilkeson.

Two master gardeners are developing a book titled “Kamloops Grown Heirloom Tomatoes”

 

Aboriginal Friendship Society, J. Foidart – Offering three 6-week long Food Security Programs.  The programs are free with a certificate upon completion.  The next program begins Feb. 22.

 

Community Mapping, D. Whiting – Continues to support R. Reid’s work through TRU – an analysis of community garden users in Kamloops.  This data will link in with D. Whiting and C. KC mapping program.

 

Community Gardens, S. Garson – Some gardens remain unallocated at Mac Park, Rotary Garden and River Street.  Waiting lists exist.

Has 250 boxes of organic seeds, each box with about 400 seed packages.

Working to develop a garden and mini-horticulture program at KRCC.

 

Community Kitchens, D. Bone – Three specialty kitchens (gluten-free baking, diabetic meals, healthy snacks) are advertised in the City of Kamloops Activity Guide.

 

Food Bank, L. Kalina – renovations soon underway.  They will affect our KFPC meeting space in March.

 

Farmers’ Market, A. Grube – Markets at Sahali Mall Feb. 02, 16 and March 02, 16 and 30.

April 20 is first regular market downtown.

Recently updated mission and vision statements.

March 01-03 is BC Association of Farmers Markets Conference in Kamloops.  Register at their website.  Possibly some presentations will be open to the public.

 

Thompson Shuswap Chef-Farmer Collaborative, D. Nelson (www.tscfc.org) – Strategic plan will be finalized soon.  Mid-late Feb is AGM.

Has submitted RFP to supply protein to TRU Culinary Arts Program.  Thank you to KFPC for letter of support.

Discussion: changes in food connections that are enabling institutions to purchase local food and contribute to local economies.  A ‘collaborative’ plays a critical role in meeting contract requirements.  Kamloops is making good inroads in this food security aspect.

April 25-28 Canadian National Slow Food Conference in Osooyos.  D. Nelson will attend and speak on behalf of KFPC.

 

TRU, W. Gardner – Student poster projects will focus on industry issues and solutions as raised during the City Agriculture Area Planning process.  April 8 2:30-4:30 at TRU is poster day.

Twenty TRU students who intend to transfer to UBC Dietetics Program are seeking community service opportunities.

 

Gardengate (Open Door Group), D. Hoar (http://www.opendoorgroup.org/)

SAGE – Seniors Action for Gardening & Education – fundraising and promotions to support this group of avid former gardeners.  City of Kamloops Seniors Advisory Committee offered to assist.

Are receiving calls from seniors who can no longer garden and are willing to let their land be used as long as it is “kept nice”.

Winter Activities include bulb forcing, and sign making.

 

City of Kamloops, N. Beauregard, Parks Department

Program facilitation with Master Gardeners, Community Kitchens and City of Kamloops gardening programs, as well as, KFPC Public Produce workshops. City greenhouses tours will happen again this spring.

Circulated information on a matching grant opportunity www.cnfromthegroundup.ca. This program helps municipalities and First Nations communities across Canada green public properties with its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom.

Urban Agriculture Plan and Social Plan review is currently underway.

Public Produce signage for MacDonald Park has been funded.

Introduced Walt Klenner, BC Honey Producers Association Kamloops Division who spoke about this group’s project to increase public awareness about bees and the current by-laws that prevent backyard bee hives.  Demo hives are planned for the MacDonald Park community gardens.

Urban hen advocates are working with appropriate City channels.

 

3) Working Groups – Updates

a)    Gleaning Program – no update

b)    Public Produce Project, L. Kalina - Applied for Social Planning Grants for Phase III to develop and deliver training sessions for community groups interested in implementing their own public produce gardens. Planting food in the planters outside the Library/TNRD building will not be pursued any further. Two students are available in March to assist with other projects.

c)     BC Election – making food security a provincial priority Approval given for small honorarium to help with the letter writing campaign.

 

4)  ROUND TABLE

NEXT MEETING:

AGM Business Meeting is February 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Venue:  Tournament Capital Centre, Meeting rooms C & D

Potluck appies

Following dinner, M. Luciani will make a presentation on the City of Kamloops Agriculture Area Plan.