KFPC workshops only. If a workshop by a network partner, categorize “our network”.

Do you have a small or emerging food business? Join our upcoming Market Validation Training workshops.

These workshops are hosted in partnership with Kamloops Innovation, as part of the KFPC’s Food Hub pilot project. Led by an experienced entrepreneur, the sessions will help you define your business, product and customers. Shift your focus to what differentiates your product, and how to build reliable revenue streams.

Dates:

  • Sunday, September 15th            9AM – 1PM
  • Wednesday, September 18th    5PM – 7PM
  • Wednesday, September 24th    5PM – 7PM
  • Sunday, October 20th                9AM – 1PM

Location:

Cost: $100 for 4 workshops*

*Note: business owners are welcome to attend the workshop on Sunday September 15th and evaluate whether the workshops will suit the needs of their business, before committing to the remaining dates.

 

For more information and to register:

Email: foodhub@kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com 

Phone: 778-376-2141

Tired of dull knives? Whether you need to get your carving knife ready for a Christmas turkey, or just want to have a sharp blade to reach for, join us for a hands-on session of learning with Lawrence Barichello, our knife-sharpening guru. You’ll learn about types of knives, whetstones and other equipment, sharpening techniques, and get the chance to practice on your own knives under the supervision of an expert.

This class is being offered in partnership with the City of Kamloops and will take place at the Parkview Activity Centre on Saturday, December 8. Details and registration form can be found here.

Fermentation is a great way of preserving the harvest and producing your own nutritious snacks and condiments. Have you been wanting to get in on the fermentation trend, but just haven’t gotten around to it? Or maybe you’ve dabbled at fermenting, but want to try something different? Read more

Ten people braved the smoke last night to hone their pruning skills and help repair some damaged and badly pruned trees and shrubs in the McDonald Park Public Produce Garden. Thanks to Greg Houghton for spending an evening sharing his expertise!

 

 

 

Some of the shrubs in the garden have been randomly hacked-off.

 

 

 

A lovely Saskatoon bush after a good pruning

The social enterprise project had its first Food Literacy Workshop with the Boys and Girls Club on July 23rd, and it was a blast. Nine children from the Club tagged along with us for the day. In the morning, they helped harvest apricots, and afterwards we joined them in the kitchen. The kids pitted and cut the fruit and we used it to make a puree for dried fruit leather. While that was being made, we busted out a pedal-powered bike blender, courtesy of TRU. Everyone had a turn at the pedals making apricot and berry fruit smoothies. Once they were done having fun on the bike, the puree was ready and the kids could fill the dehydrator. I hope they liked their fruit leathers the next morning!

 

The project was a hit, and we’ll be returning this week for another round of fruit leather fun. Yay!

Boys&Girls Club                                     

‘Bee’ a Citizen Scientist

Friday – Sunday July 15, 16, 17

A three-day workshop with Lincoln Best.

Includes 2 days in the lab at TRU, plus 1 field day collecting, identifying and photographing native bees.

Cost $145, + participants should purchase Bumble Bees of North America, by Williams et al (Princeton Press); and The Bees in Your Back yard by Wilson & Carrill (Princeton Press). These are great books for novice bee enthusiasts and exceptional references for experts.

Contact Elaine Sedgman to register. Seats are limited – so register soon!

emsedgman@gmail.com

Lincoln Best has surveyed pollinator diversity in western Canada for almost 15 years and produced new data for more than 600 species while discovering new species in Canada.

Lincoln studied Zoology and Ecology at the University of Guelph and conducted graduate research at York University on the geographical distribution and genetics of the bees of British Columbia. He has also led field teams through Central and South East Asia, observing native bees in more than 10 countries.

Lincoln is passionate about floral/ bee relationships, especially the visitors to rare and unusual flowering plants in the Southern Interior.

Lincoln Best will also be presenting a public lecture at the Big Little Science Centre, Thursday July 14th, 7:00 pm.

Bee a Citizen Scientist

Thispesticide free presentation focuses on the ingredients that create a healthy environment for a backyard orchard – soil management, water use, tree and small fruit nutrition and organic tree fruit management. Tamara will also discuss management of specific pathogens and pests of berry crops and tree fruits.

Check out the post for more details!

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Water harvesting Kamloops 2014-1Shelaigh Garson is delivering a workshop on water harvesting on July 6.  See attached poster for further information.  Water Harvesting Workshop Kamloops 2014

Eat Your Yard Kamloops, April 2014How to Start your Permaculture Garden

Learn the Essentials of Permaculture Design
and the building blocks for an Edible Garden! Read more