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Notice of Special General Meeting to Approve Strategic Plan on March 4, 2015

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Meetings, News, Upcoming Events | Comments Off

Notice of Special General Meeting to Approve Strategic Plan on March 4, 2015

This post is to serve notice to the Kamloops Food Policy Council membership that there will be a Special General Meeting on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 PM at Mt. Paul United Church (140 Laburnum Street, in North Kamloops).  The meeting will be preceded by a potluck supper beginning at 6:30.  The Special General Meeting is to approve a strategic plan for our organization.

A copy of the latest draft of the strategic plan can be found on this website (About Us > Governance and Strategic Planning) or follow this link.  Please review the document.  If you have questions or concerns please contact dave.whiting@shaw.ca .  If you wish to suggest changes to the document, please email your suggestions to Dave prior to February 25, 2015.

An agenda for the March 4 meeting will be posted closer to the date.

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No Networking Meeting on Feb 4

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in News | Comments Off

Just a reminder that there will not be a networking meeting on Weds, Feb. 4 because many of our members will be participating in the Community Innovation Lab (CIL) being held at TRU.  Members are encouraged to attend the free public lecture in association with the CIL by Gil Penalosa, founder of 8-80 Cities, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public spaces and mobility in urban areas.  The presentation will be held at 7 PM in the Mountain Room of the Campus Activity Centre at TRU.

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Real Estate Foundation Interior Dialogue

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in News | Comments Off

The Real Estate Foundation came to town, and asked a few of us Kamloopsians what we thought of the food system here in the Interior. So we told them! Here is the summary report from that discussion.

Interior Summary Report 01.08.2015

The Real Estate Foundation has a wonderful grant program that funds many food security/sovereignty projects across the province, so it was an amazing opportunity to tell them about what we need here in the Interior’s food system!

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City of Kamloops Media Release: Input for Food and Urban Agriculture Plan

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in News, Upcoming Events | Comments Off

City of Kamloops Media Release: Input for Food and Urban Agriculture Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
 
Let’s Talk: Food and Urban Agriculture Plan – Harvesting Our Potential
             
Kamloops, BC – The City is working on a Food and Urban Agriculture Plan and wants to hear from you.
 
What is the Food and Urban Agriculture Plan? Urban hens, farmers’ markets, community gardens, virtual food hubs, composting, edible landscapes, gleaning, backyard sharing, community kitchens, gardening techniques that conserve or reuse water, and much, much more – come on out and share your ideas on anything to do with local food and urban agriculture.
 
There are several ways to provide input on the plan:
 
Attend an Open House:
These events will feature activities, informative posters, online and hard copy surveys, live music, and local food demonstrations.
                                  
·         Saturday, January 31st, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at North Hills Mall near the Extra Foods entrance. Entertainment will be provided by Johnson Sandwich.
·         Saturday, February 7th, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at the lower level of Aberdeen Mall. Entertainment provided by Margit Bull.
 
A Kamloops-exclusive, Chef David will be participating in a Black Box Food Challenge at the Open Houses. Audience members will choose from a selection of black boxes that hide locally-grown food items. Chef David will then have 20 minutes to prepare a gourmet dish with this mystery item and share with audience members. Learn about local food production while watching the sweat on the chef’s brow as he tests his talents to beat the clock.
 
Contact Your Community Association:
We want to meet with you where you are. If there is an interest in providing input into the Food and Urban Agriculture Plan in your neighbourhood, please discuss with your community association and ask that they contact City staff to arrange a meeting.
 
Complete the Online Survey:
Go to the City’s Food Security webpage at www.kamloops.ca/letstalk and click on the on-line survey link. Leave your name and contact information to be added to the stakeholder contact list, and entered into a chance to win one of four $150 gift certificates from the garden centres at Art Knapp or Lyons!
 
The public engagement phase for the Food and Urban Agriculture Plan will run through the end of February. More information on the plan can be found at:www.kamloops.ca/foodsecurity.
Media Contact:
Carmin Mazzotta, Social and Community Development Supervisor
City of Kamloops
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New Kamloops Farm to School Hub!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in News | Comments Off

New Kamloops Farm to School Hub!

Exciting news, Kamloops has been chosen as one of the three provincial Farm to School Regional Hub! This means that more local food will be working its way into eight of our local schools! To do that, we are looking to hire a part-time Community Animator in the Kamloops region to develop a Farm to School Regional Hub, including the formation of a Steering Committee and eight new Farm to School programs. Spread the word far and wide, the deadline to apply is December 16, 2015!

Job Description: Kamloops Farm to School Regional Hub Community Animator

BACKGROUND

Established in 2007, Farm to School BC (F2SBC) is a diverse and expanding provincial network that promotes, supports, and links F2S activity, policy and programs across the province.

Farm to School (F2S) programs bring healthy, local food into schools, and provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that foster food literacy, all while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness. F2S empowers students and school communities to make informed food choices while contributing to vibrant, sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people, place and planet.

At this time F2SBC is preparing to grow the number of Farm to School programs across the province and develop F2S Regional Hubs in three urban centres. The development of the three Regional Hubs will help foster collaboration and collective impact at the regional level.

The Regional Hub Community Animator will enable and facilitate the development of a Farm to School Regional Hub in the Kamloops Region. The role of the Animator will be to build capacity and resilience within the community around Farm to School, unleashing the creativity of the community and schools in the region to sow the seeds for long term Farm to School success.

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Great article on the JUMP program

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in News | Comments Off

Check out the article in Kamloops This Week on the amazing JUMP program!

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