Includes social enterprise (tag posts “social enterprise”).

Saskatoons Galore!

photo by Marilylle Soveran

Just got a call from someone in Chu Chua that there are enough saskatoons growing along Dunn Lake Rd north of Barriere to feed the whole city of Kamloops!

Also plenty more in Clearwater across the highway from the Wells Gray Hotel.

It’s Apricot Season!

 

GAP Harvest

As you have probably noticed as you’re out and about in the city, the apricots are ripening! We hope to save as many as possible from going to waste, so if you’re not already a GAP volunteer, please consider joining the GAP and helping us harvest and share this awesome local abundance!

 

Meet Faith – Our New Summer Student!

 

 

Faith is studying Environmental Science and Languages at TRU. She is fluent in French, and recently spent a semester in Belize! She loves animals and has spent many volunteer hours walking dogs, socializing cats, and helping out at animal shelters. We are excited to have her on board!

Gleaning Season off with a Blast!

Cherry Harvest

 

We’re definitely off and running! We had six harvests our first week and picked over 800 pounds of cherries (and had fun doing it!). Over 400 pounds of delicious fruit went to the Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club, ASK Wellness, Brock Activity Centre, Kamloops United Church PIT stop, and the Mount Paul Community Food Centre, and more.

Gleaners

Thanks to our hard-working volunteers, generous tree owners, and community agencies for helping us share the abundance!

 

 

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We’re famous!

There has been a flurry of media coverage about our Gleaning Abundance Program, we hope this gets the word about about this fabulous program! Check out this article and TV interview we did recently. For more information about the program, check out GAP’s website.

http://cfjctoday.com/article/540070/gleaning-abundance-provides-fruitful-return-community

 

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Kamloops Foundation Grant!

Kamloops Food Policy2

We were successful in receiving a $2500 grant from the Kamloops Foundation back at the end of June. The grant continues to promote Urban Agriculture with a major emphasis on Social Enterprise.  We will be partnering with GAP (Gleaning Abundance Program) and Gardengate, as participants will be exploring what social enterprise can come from the gleaned fruit. (In the photo: Mike Simpson (far left) is Senior Regional Manager with the Fraser Basin Council here in Kamloops.  Dave Whiting (second from left) represents the Fraser Basin Council at the KFPC.  Mike and Dave received the cheque on behalf of the KFPC.)

What’s ‘social enterprise’? KFPC’s Social Enterprise in Urban Agriculture (SEUA) will receive excess harvests from gleaning, public produce, backyard sharing, farmers markets, local farmers, and the food bank and food share and transforms the fresh produce into healthy, and often organic, by-products in the form of baked goods, dried and canned goods as well as prepared soups and meals.

These new products are prepared and cooked by newly trained employees, who before had difficulty finding and keeping meaningful employment. The SEUA both supports urban and local farmer/growers as well as the efforts of citizens to capitalize on urban agriculture opportunities that will benefit those most in need of assistance for affordable, fresh local produce and other food products – the working poor, single parent households and those on fixed and limited incomes including seniors. The SEUA is a marriage of social action and the promotion of healthy lifestyles while at the same time creating good paying sustainable jobs in the not for profit sector.

Partners involved in the plan: First Nations, City of Kamloops, Food Bank and Food Share, Kamloops Farmers Markets, Interior Health Authority, Interior Community Services (community kitchens and community gardens), and the Kamloops Food Policy Council member organizations (like the Gleaning Abundance Program).

Total project budget? $25,000. We are on our way ladies and gentlemen!

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GAP on CBC!

Check out the link below to hear this morning’s interview with Sandra (the new coordinator) about the Gleaning Abundance Program (GAP)!

http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/British+Columbia/ID/2473593897/

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Kamloops Gleaning Abundance Program

A quick video clip from the media event on September 26th on Columbia by CFJC TV. Read more