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
Being near Christmas, we will depart slightly from our regular meeting format on December 3 at Mt. Paul United Church. We will start with our world famous potluck dinner at 6:15 followed by a free showing of the film “Just Eat It. A food waste story”
Here is a link for more information on the film. After the film we will have a community discussion regarding food waste in our local food system.
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
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Here is the agenda for the next Kamloops Food Policy Council meeting. It begins with our customary potluck dinner at 6:15 and is held at Mt. Paul United Church. Agenda includes networking, update on KFPC initiatives, a presentation by TRU Social Work students on their research into gleaning programs, and a presentation by Dave Whiting who has recently returned from working within a community food system in the Philippines.