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Why We’re Switching to a Quarters Model

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Kamloops Food Policy Council’s Gleaning Abundance Program (GAP) is trying something new. We’re switching from a thirds model to a quarters model. What does this mean, you ask? It means that we’re starting up a social enterprise to help subsidize our operation!
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SHOP Volunteers Cooking Up a Storm

It’s always a pleasure to stop by the SHOP kitchen on Thursday mornings. The volunteers there cook up a delicious, nutritious meal for some of our communities most disadvantaged women and give them extra food to put in their packs. They rescue discarded produce from the food bank and this year, grew their own organic heritage tomatoes and cucumbers with plants donated by SSOL Gardens.

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A lovely box of  GAP fruit ready to share with SHOP participants!

 

Food Recovery, Recovered Onions

 

 

 

 

Barb with some recovered onions from the food bank chopped and ready to go into a delicious meatloaf.

Amazing Apricots

 

Once again, I am in awe of the incredible abundance of apricots produced in our area. Canada does not even figure in the ranks of worldwide apricot production, which is topped by countries like Turkey, Iran and the Mediterranean lands – but they certainly thrive here in the Southern Interior.

While not everyone is a fan, to me they are sweet and succulent and I enjoy every delicious morsel. An excellent source of vitamin A, and a good source of vitamin C, copper, dietary fiber and potassium, apricots are not always given the respect they deserve.

So far this year we’ve organized 16 apricot harvests and gleaned over 3000 pounds, but there are approximately 150 apricot trees on our GAP list, so that probably means a lot of unpicked fruit and disappointed tree-owners. Each year we ponder how to capitalize on this abundance and turn what is often seen as a nuisance into the cherished resource it should be. This year, through our social enterprise project, we’ve processed and frozen a small freezerful of apricots to donate to the Boys & Girls Club and also to use for product development over winter. It’s a start – and while we’re in the kitchen cooking up apricot jam or salsa or chutney, we’ll be thinking about 2019 . . .

 

 

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Bike Blender Smoothies, Anyone?

The social enterprise project had its first Food Literacy Workshop with the Boys and Girls Club on July 23rd, and it was a blast. Nine children from the Club tagged along with us for the day. In the morning, they helped harvest apricots, and afterwards we joined them in the kitchen. The kids pitted and cut the fruit and we used it to make a puree for dried fruit leather. While that was being made, we busted out a pedal-powered bike blender, courtesy of TRU. Everyone had a turn at the pedals making apricot and berry fruit smoothies. Once they were done having fun on the bike, the puree was ready and the kids could fill the dehydrator. I hope they liked their fruit leathers the next morning!

 

The project was a hit, and we’ll be returning this week for another round of fruit leather fun. Yay!

Boys&Girls Club                                     

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Apricots in the Community!

The GAP shares a lot of gleaned fruit with our partners at JUMP.

GAP apricots

JUMP is a volunteer-run Not-For-Profit organization operating a drop in centre on the North Shore that provides free community meals, produce markets, and urban community gardens. JUMP creates opportunities for people of all ages who may be struggling economically, socially and nutritionally to stabilize their lives and meet the challenges of sustaining a healthy lifestyle. It facilitates a network of peer support that helps individuals and families build personal capacity as well as our community by participating together as volunteers to achieve food security, social integration and community development.

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