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.
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!Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, January 21, 2015Let’s Talk: Food and Urban Agriculture Plan – Harvesting Our PotentialKamloops, 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 SupervisorCity of Kamloops
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!
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.Read More
Check out the article in Kamloops This Week on the amazing JUMP program!Read More
The Centre for Seniors Information (CSI) has made the semi-final round in the Aviva Community Fund competition! Their project is to build a quality commercial grade kitchen in Brocklehurst that will serve not only the CSI but many other groups in the community. But they will not get the funding without community support translated into online votes.
It is easy to register. And you can vote every day. It just takes a few seconds.
Competition is stiff. It would be wonderful to get the funding from the Aviva fund to make the kitchen a reality. Here is a quote from Brenda Prevost, the Executive Director of CSI and a Kamloops Food Policy Council member:
“Increasing our voter turnout at this point is vital for us to move up into the top 20 in Canada. The voting right now is really competitive but Kamloops believes in this project and what it will offer for many organizations. If we can reach enough people we have a good chance to achieve this last step and make the Community Kitchen a reality.”
Here is a link to a YouTube video that explains the project further.Read More
To further strengthen the governance of the Kamloops Food Policy Council, a strategic plan is being developed. This plan articulates who we are as an organization, what we wish to accomplish, and how we wish to undertake our tasks. This document will provide a general guide to our organization for the next 5 years. In addition, it will provide the context for more detailed annual plans which will guide our activities on a year to year basis.
The KFPC board has drafted a Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals for our organization. Now we need to hear from KFPC members. Are we on the right track? Did we leave something important out?
Please review this document kfpc_strategic_plan_nov14_draft and provide comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 28. It is the intent of the board to bring a strategic plan to the membership for approval at a general meeting in 2015.Read More