Ideal Food System Visioning and a Riveting Agriculture Panel Discussion

Network Meeting Summary
December 6, 2018

Secwepemc Word of the Month: swucwt (swoo-kt) = Snow

Board Update
At the November board meeting, directors discussed the shortage of community meals resulting from the JUMP closure and the need to bring together emergency meal providers to discuss capacity and plans to improve the meal schedule in Kamloops. Directors also discussed progress made on the Community Based Food Plan Implementation Project. Policy/plan aggregation is complete and an initial meeting of plan holders is scheduled for early January 2019. Read more

Next Level Food System Visioning & Agricultural Panel Discussion

December Network Meeting

We’re looking forward to continuing to build on the inspiring energy and ideas that came out of November’s network meeting discussion about what an ideal food system looks like to you. The first half of the network meeting will be devoted to furthering this discussion.

In October, we heard from new entrants to the food system. December’s agricultural panel discussion will allow us to hear about what is working well and what challenges are being faced by longstanding farmers and ranchers in our region. We’re grateful to hear from Ted Blackwell and his daughter, Laura Hunter (Blackwell Dairy), Jimmy Dhaliwal (M & J Dhaliwal Green Farm), and John Greenall (John and Judy Greenall, livestock), as they discuss regenerative food systems/agriculture, supply management and the impact of the recently negotiated U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement.

** Please note that the potluck dinner will be starting at 5:40 to accommodate our very full program **

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Mount Paul Community Food Centre
140 Laburnum Street

Please bring a dish to share.

Sharpen Up is Back!

Tired of dull knives? Whether you need to get your carving knife ready for a Christmas turkey, or just want to have a sharp blade to reach for, join us for a hands-on session of learning with Lawrence Barichello, our knife-sharpening guru. You’ll learn about types of knives, whetstones and other equipment, sharpening techniques, and get the chance to practice on your own knives under the supervision of an expert.

This class is being offered in partnership with the City of Kamloops and will take place at the Parkview Activity Centre on Saturday, December 8. Details and registration form can be found here.

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Veggie Fermentation Learning Party

Fermentation is a great way of preserving the harvest and producing your own nutritious snacks and condiments. Have you been wanting to get in on the fermentation trend, but just haven’t gotten around to it? Or maybe you’ve dabbled at fermenting, but want to try something different? Read more

Picturing an Ideal Food System & News from the Kamloops Public Market Coop

Network Meeting Summary
November 7, 2018

Secwepemc Word of the Month: Tqeltkúkwpi7 (tal kook pi) = creator

Table Introductions
“What would your perfect food system look like?” (in three words)
* local                                * empowering                     * choice
* stewardship                  * regenerative                     * viable
* accessible                      * sustainable                       * variety
* sovereign                      * innovative                         * veggies
* inclusive                       * an honest reflection

Board Update

The Strategic Planning Standing Committee is meeting monthly. They met in October to get things rolling for developing the evaluation rubric — to learn more about what our membership sees as an ideal food system and find ways to measure KFPC’s success in working toward its objectives. Read more

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An Opportunity to Learn About the Proposed Kamloops Public Market Coop

** We have a jam-packed session planned for the November Network Meeting. Because of this, please be ready to start at 5:30 on the dot (the legendary potluck will start shortly after that) **
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Our Survey Winner Is…

Julie Rymer

In September, as part of our new social enterprise program, we put out a survey to our community at large. We asked questions designed to help us better understand the market and what kind of products we could produce. It was helpful feedback that we received, with over 90 respondents.

 

We promised a $100 prize for one lucky participant, and we’re happy to announce that the winner is Julie Rymer, from Sahali. Thanks for answering our questions, Julie!

 

The surveys have helped us in our process of developing a product to bring to market. The social enterprise has been an interesting puzzle and there’s been a lot to learn along the way. We’re hard at work, though, and hope to have something we can sell by next spring or summer. So keep your eyes peeled and your taste buds ready!

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Investing in Seed Security

Check out this press release from the Ministry of Agriculture. It’s great to see our governments investing in our food security and supporting local farmers with equipment, skills training and financial support.

Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems

Network Meeting Summary
October 3, 2018

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Exciting Additions to Our Local Food System!

October Network Meeting – Panel Discussion
October 3, 2018

The Community Spotlight for our October Network Meeting will feature new and innovative participants in our local food system. It’s exciting to see what people are starting up and how it makes for a thriving food culture in Kamloops. Our panelists are from Caspian Acres, Hardy Hills Farm, and the new Social Enterprise project at KFPC. Read more