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Generous Gifts from the Community

Call it providence, karma, serendipity, or what you will, but sometimes just what you need shows up just when you need it . . .

The Kamloops Food Policy Council has a couple of projects on the go at the Public Produce garden and  the Community Garden in McDonald Park. We had an RBC “Day of Service” scheduled at the park, and I was on the lookout for some plants so the team could fill some empty spaces in the Public Produce beds. While I was at the park the day before thinking about where I should go to find some good, inexpensive veggie plants, a guy drives up in a van and shouts out the window, “Hey, do you want some tomato, eggplant, and pepper plants?” “Seriously?”, I replied?

He opens up the back of his van, and there are several flats of beautiful, healthy-looking, vegetable transplants. Neto, and his daughter, Giovanna, help me carry them over to a shady spot where they can sit until the next day. “You made my day”, he says. “I didn’t know what I was gonna do with all these plants and I couldn’t bear to just throw them out”. Then they drove off, smiling and waving.

I made HIS day? I was just left standing there in amazement at what just happened. There were enough plants to fill the spaces in the beds as well as some extras to pass on to our friend Barb Lundstrom who grows a garden for the SHOP kitchen at ASK Wellness.

The RBC team showed up the next day as planned, and as well as planting all those veggies, they prepared and planted two “Three Sisters” beds with corn, beans, and squash, and cleaned up and weeded a couple of vacant Community Garden plots. All this in the 30 degree plus heat of the afternoon! On top of all that, they donated $1000 to the KFPC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank-you so much RBC for an amazing program and an amazing team! You have made a real difference – none of that work would have gotten done without your efforts!

And thank-you Neto, for your kind gesture and your community spirit!

McDonald Park Garden Collective

Perhaps you’d like to have a garden and grow your own food, BUT . . . you don’t have access to a suitable plot of land you don’t have tools you don’t have enough knowledge to do it yourself you want to do it in a community of others who share your values Our Garden […]

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SEED: The Untold Story

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind.

SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Part of the Films for Change series
Sponsored by TRU’s Office of Environment and Sustainability
A panel discussion to follow the screening | Admission by donation

Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 7 PM
TRU Alumni Theatre (Clocktower) | 900 McGill Road

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Edamame and Kiwano

One of the awesome things about a seed library is that it attracts  generous people who love to grow unusual fruit and vegetables. Ann-Marie Hunter is thrilled with the soybean varieties she’s been growing, and wanted to share them, so she contacted us about donating some to our library. Of course we said, “Yes, Please!”

CC photo by Jessica Lucia

We are also awaiting a donation of some kiwano (horned melon) seeds. I turns out they are not only beautiful to behold, but are packed with antioxidants and have a lot of health benefits.

Sharing seed is the best way to ensure that unusual or heirloom varieties continue to survive and thrive. The more people growing them, the better the chance they have. A small amount of seed can go a long way – the estimated return on a bean seed is 120/1!

For more information, check out the Seed Library page on our website or look for us this summer and fall at the Farmers Market and other local events.

June Bounty – Kamloops Food Policy Council Partnerships at Work.

The KFPC is a network of groups and individuals who value our local food assets and don’t mind sharing! The Mount Paul Community Food Centre often has volunteer groups come to help out in their garden. Today’s crew harvested beautiful strawberries and then sat in the shade to cool off and enjoy some.

Some of the amazing, fresh-picked strawberries along with vitamin and mineral-packed organic spinach donated by Gardengate – ready to be washed and used in the Mount Paul kitchen. What would you make . . . ?

 

We’re Hiring a Social Enterprise Coordinator!

 

 

 

This is a One-Year Contract Position (subject to budgetary approval), which commences June 4, 2018, and could potentially be extended at the end of the contract.

Approximately 15 hrs per week at $25.00 per hour

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Pollen Pants, Hairy Belly Pollinators, and We’re Hiring!

Network Meeting Summary – May 2, 2018

Board Updates
Congratulations to Laura Kalina for being recognized by the City of Kamloops with the Overlander/Pioneer Spirit Award! This is a rare award, last given four years ago. Read more

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A Sharp Way to Spend a Saturday Afternoon!

A big thank-you to Lawrence for inviting us into his workshop and spending his Saturday afternoon guiding us through the process of taking apart, cleaning, sharpening, and putting back together our shears and clippers! The best thing is that I now feel confident enough to take a tool apart and put it back together on my own. It was super fun and the results were amazing! Check out the before and after pics below.

 

 

We’re Hiring!: Gleaning Abundance Program Leader

Seasonal, Full Time for 8 weeks

July 2 – August 26, 2018, 30 hours/week at $15/hour

This position is open to a full-time university student who attended the 2017/18 school year and is returning to school full time in September for the 2018/19 year, and who will be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.
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We’re Hiring! Social Enterprise Program Leader

Seasonal, Full Time for 8 weeks

July 9 – August 31, 2018, 30 hours/week at $15/hour

This position is open to a full-time university student who attended the 2017/18 school year and is returning to school full time in September for the 2018/19 year, and who will be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.

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