The next stage of the City’s Food and Urban Agriculture Plan will involve public input. Head out to one of the two events to make your voice heard! For more information, visit the city’s website.
Open House Information:
Tues May 26, 4:30pm to 7pm, Northills Mall
Sat May 30, 11am to 2pm, Interior Savings Centre – Parkside Lounge
Food security is a key area in both the Sustainable Kamloops Plan (2010) and the Kamloops Social Plan (2009). Over the past 15 months, the City has been developing a Food and Urban Agriculture Plan with the help of an advisory committee. Backyard hens, community gardens, composting, farmers’ markets, educational opportunities and more – this plan will provide policy direction and recommendations on just about anything to do with local food and urban agriculture.
And now, a draft version of the Food and Urban Agriculture Plan is here! The plan draws from the extensive stakeholder and public input received over the last year, as well as research into best practices and promising approaches in other communities. 645 surveys were completed, hundreds of people attended our open houses, and over a dozen meetings were held with a broad range of stakeholder and community groups – thank you to everyone who participated! The draft plan has been reviewed by Council and by the plan’s Advisory Committee. Please see the link on this page to view the draft Food and Urban Agriculture Plan now!
We are bringing the plan to the public for a pair of open houses later this month. We’ll have food samples, informational displays, staff on hand to discuss the ideas within the plan, and laptop stations with interactive maps of local food system resources. This is your chance to provide input on the action items within the plan itself before it goes to Council for adoption later in the summer. Let’s Talk!Read More
Join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Kamloops Food Policy Council on Wed, May 6th. See the poster for further details AGM_Poster15Read More
Symphony of the Soil
Part of “Films for Change”
Sponsored by TRU’s Office of Environment and Sustainability
Presented by Kamloops Food Policy Council
April 29, 2015 @ TRU Alumni Theatre (Clocktower), Kamloops, BC
Doors open at 6:30. Admission is by Donation
Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems
Symphony of the Soil was an official part of the United Nations Celebrations for the International Year of the Soil at the United Nations in New York and in Rome, Italy. 2015 is the International Year of Soils as declared by the United Nations.
Panel discussion follows with a TRU scientist, current president of the Kamloops Shuswap Master Gardeners, and a local organic farmer. Plan to stay after the movie to enjoy a lively discussion about the critical need to understand and treat our soil with respect.Read More
The Real Estate Foundation of BC is hosting a webinar on April 14 at 12pm to review the findings of the Regional Food Dialogues and the recent report, Local Food Futures for British Columbia. See previous posting below for a copy of the document. The webinar will include a panel discussion and a Q & A.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Further information can be found here. Webinar BC Local Food April 14
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.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