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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.

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How To Get Your Garden Tools in Shape for the Season!


Garden Tool Maintenance Workshop

Lawrence, our tool-sharpening guru, will help you get your garden tools in shape for gardening season and talk about how to care for them so they will last longer and work better. Read more

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Citizen Science on Pollinators – May 2 Network Meeting

Citizen Science is a way of engaging the general public with and democratizing science. What makes citizen science dependable is the training and the following of protocols.

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Community Seed Library Get-Together


Community Seed Libraries are cropping up everywhere and we are very excited to be starting one here in Kamloops! Seed libraries can have many benefits to the community, including:

  • protecting genetic diversity
  • helping develop locally-adapted plant varieties
  • promoting self-reliance and public access to seed
  • contributing to public education about seed saving and the importance of biodiversity

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Layer Mulching Workshop


Would you like to grow more of your own food? It’s easy with layer mulching (aka lasagna gardening). Join us to get some practice with this simple, cost-effective method for converting lawn (or bare ground) into a productive veggie garden or mini food forest. This is a hands-on workshop so come prepared to work and get dirty!  Read more

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Network with the Young Agrarians in April!

Join us for our monthly Network Meeting, where we will provide Kamloops Food Policy Council & Interior Community Services updates, feast together, share event announcements, and hear about what the Young Agrarians has been up to recently. Read more

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

We are happy to once again be able to offer a fruit tree pruning workshop with Greg Houghton this Sunday, March 18, from 1-4 pm. Come out and learn the basics and practice under Greg’s expert supervision.

** This workshop is FULL **

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Food Security in the City – March Network Meeting

At March’s Network Meeting, Jason Locke (left) and Ben Chobater from the City of Kamloops will be shedding light on the purpose of the Official Community Plan (OCP) — the City’s guiding land use and development document. Locke and Chobater will describe how the OCP relates to food systems and food security in the community, as well as any food security actions as a result.

Remember to bring a dish to share for the potluck! The Network Meeting runs from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Mt. Paul Community Food Centre (140 Laburnum Street).

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Baby Lucy, McArthur Island Re-Visioning & FOODprints: December 6, 2017 KFPC Network Meeting Summary

Kamloops Food Policy Council and Interior Community Services Updates

During the territory acknowledgement, Bonnie was invited to teach the group a couple of Secwepemc words, as she is taking Secwepemctsin this term from Secwepemc elder, Mona Jules.

Weyt-k – hello
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City Council: On food literacy, climate change, and community building

Recently Carole (our Board chair), Laura (past Board chair) and I presented to City Council. It was the end of the Kamloops Official Community Plan input session, so we wanted to talk about that, and also give an overview of the work the Kamloops Food Policy Council has been doing. You can watch our presentation here (starting at 6:47).

During the presentation, we had the opportunity to communicate our keen interest in helping to implement food related aspects of the Official Community Plan, including:

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