News and Letters:
January 30, 2011
This year’s KFPC Annual General Meeting is just one month away. Join us on March 1st to learn about and discuss last year’s successes and this year’s goals!
June 22nd, 2011
Wednesday June 22 – 12:15 pm :HARVESTING SPRING GREENS (Our first ever LUNCH & LEARN)! Join Elaine (Master Gardener) & Dede (Community Kitchens Coordinator) to learn how to harvest early spring greens! Dede will share a simple & delicious recipe with us too! There may even be a few samples… Bring your lunch over to the garden and leave with healthy, local recipe ideas.
If you have friends who work downtown, please pass this email along to them. We’d love to have a great turn out for our first set of workshops!!
One additional note: We delivered edible containers to downtown businesses today – big thanks goes out to: Brownstone Restaurant, KPA Printers, Beauty Code, Fratellis, Cafe Motivo, The Art We Are, Fresh Cafe, Hello Toast, Hot House Bistro, and Pure Cuisine for partnering with us by adopting an edible.
See you in the garden
June 7th, 2011
There are 2 fun public produce
opportunities happening this week :
(1) On Wednesday June 8 @ 9 a.m. —->We will be planting more food on site and would love your help!! Take this opportunity to learn from two Master Gardeners, learn about how to plant for Bees & Beneficial Insects, and enjoy putting some of the final touches on the garden….! This won’t be a full day plant-in. Just a few hours….
(2) On Saturday June 11 @ 9 a.m. —>(at the Farmers Market) We will be painting signs for the garden!! Bring your friends and family, grab some snacks from the market, and come paint a sign or two!! If you have extra paint or brushes laying around, we’d love to use them!! Please feel free to pop in or stay the entire time!! We’ll probably be there until 12:30 or 1. Look for us up in the school yard!!
(1.) We are looking for a few volunteers who can commit an hour or so per week to watering the garden. If you live downtown, or if you’d like to spend some time in the garden, please send us an email or call Elaine at 250-372-0717. We are going to create a schedule, so please don’t feel like you have to commit to the entire summer – maybe even just a few weeks?
(2.) We are in the process of creating an ADOPT-AN-EDIBLE for the businesses throughout the downtown. This is a great way to spread the word and get the downtown core excited about public produce. If anyone would like to be involved in this initiative particularly, please send us an email!! We will be putting edibles into containers of all and distributing them to businesses who would like to take care of them throughout the summer!!
As always, please forward this email to anyone who may be interested in joining in!! And don’t hesitate to ask us questions if you have them!!
(p.s. some new photos have been posted on the blog – check them out!!)
May 25, 2011
MEDIA RELEASE // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YOU’RE INVITED: KAMLOOPS PUBLIC PRODUCE PROJECT’S FIRST-EVER PLANT IN – MAY 29, 2011.
Planting season has finally arrived and the Kamloops Public Produce Project will be planting downtown on Sunday May 29th at 10 am. Join us for an exciting day of planting Kamloops’ first-ever public produce garden! Master Gardeners will be on site throughout the day, ready to answer gardening questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experts! Parking is free downtown on Sundays and bikes are always free! Either way, make sure you don’t miss the Public Produce Project’s first-ever plant in! Find us on the 100 block of Victoria Street, across from Brownstone Restaurant.
Please Contact us with questions:
Kendra Besanger firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-819-7364
Elaine Sedgman, Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener, email@example.com
May 10th, 2011
Rose Soneff posted the following topic on ICDC online
Public Produce Project Digs In
The Kamloops Food Policy Council is to be congratulated on a hugely successful “Public Produce” project raising awareness by hosting Darrin Nordahl at a public meeting May 4 and having an amazing stakeholders meeting the following morning on how to move this topic forward in Kamloops and other communities. FYI, if you are not familiar with the terminology, this is produce grown in publically and privately owned spaces but is available for the use of the general public and not to be confused with community gardens.
The Public meeting brought in over 150 people who attended an hour-long presentation with people who drove in from as far as Clearwater and Vernon.
On May 5, the stakeholders session opened with a local politician declaring that it was not an unrealistic goal for Kamloops to be the most Food Secure City in BC. What stood out for me was the enthusiasm by city planners, Urban Systems, politicians and even local building developers, and not just the usual suspects of the NGO’s and gardening groups for Public Produce.
I am sure the KFPC will keep you apprised of the momentum generated by this initiative. In his final comment, Darrin said that he has been invited to similar functions across the country and he said, in all sincerity, that these sessions have been the most enthusiastic and he truly believes action will be taken.
Great work to those involved and thanks for having me. I immediately bought bedding plants and am trying to have edible plants in planters for outside the office! Rose
People and community groups working together to build a community where all persons at all times have enough food for well-being.