Farm to School BC- Kamloops Hub Region

Farm to School BC- Kamloops Hub Region

Farm to School BC is a provincial network dedicated to bringing local food, experiential learning and community connections to our schools. In 2014 the Kamloops region was chosen as one of three new regional hubs along with Vancouver and Capital Region in recognition of their already strong local food movements, inspiring school health activity and potential to nurture a strong local network.

The Kamloops Regional Hub is led by Addie de Candole. As our local F2S Community Animator she is responsible for catalyzing and convening a broader network of local school food stakeholders. The Animator is responsible for facilitating steering committees, administering funding to schools, and supporting overall F2S goals in their area by building the capacity of others to take the lead in a true community development approach. Questions? Email Addie at kamloopsregion [at] farmtoschoolbc.ca.

The Kamloops Region Farm to School governance consists of a core advisory team with representation from key stakeholders- School District 73, Interior Health Authority and the Kamloops Food Policy Council. Members include:
  • Nadine Baerg, Public Health Dietician, Interior Health Authority
  • Laura Kalina, Chair of the Kamloops Food Policy Council, Public Health Dietician, Interior Health Authority
  • Sherry Stade, Health Promoting Schools Coordinator, School District 73
The Kamloops Community Animator for Farm to School BC  is also a member of the Kamloops Food Policy Council’s Community Food Action Programs Team who are fostering connections between the local food community and schools.
The Kamloops Hub Region for Farm to School BC is going at eight local schools at this time:
  • Clearwater Secondary
  • Logan Lake Secondary
  • Skeetchestn Community School
  • Barrier Elementary
  • Brock Middle School
  • NorKam High School
  • 4 Directions Secondary School
  • AE Perry Elementary (pending approval)

Learn more at Farm To School BC

The goal of the program is to ensure children have access to fresh, local, nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate foods while at school. Farm to School programs aim to improve student nutrition, and to provide students with educational opportunities about foods and the local food system, while supporting local farmers and the local food economy.

Today, more than 20,000 British Columbia school children are experiencing a new farm fresh crunch in their lunch as Farm To School (F2S) programs sprout up across the province. Parents, educators, farmers, health professionals and others are actively searching for information and tools to start their F2S program – a program that nourishes the body and minds of children, and contributes to the health of farms, community, and the environment.

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