KAMLOOPS FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Minutes of meeting, October 24, 2012
Laura Kalina, co-Chair
Paula Rubinson, co-Chair
Carole Hebden (minutes)
Maren Luciani, City of Kamloops
Mendel Rubinson, Farmers’ Market
Anne Grube, Farmers’ Market
Dave Whiting, Community Mapping, Thompson Shuswap Food Connections
David Hoar, Open Door Group & Gardengate
Daphane Nelson, Thompson Shuswap Chef-Farmer Collaborative
Erin Edwards, Kamloops Public Produce Project, Kamloops Food Bank
Robin Reid, TRU Faculty, Public Produce Project
Chris McCuaig, Community Kitchens
Dede Bone, Community Kitchens
Sarah Harder, Urban Agriculturist
Deanna Hurstfield, SPIN Gardener
Jeff Conners, Phoenix Centre
Lisa Ritcey, Bear Aware Program
Nick Barry, TRU Student
REGRETS: Nicole Beaureguard
Welcome and Introductions
MINUTES from September 5, 2012 are available at http://kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com/
1) Kamloops Agriculture Area Plan (AAP):
(a) Farm Tour Report, A. Grube – described some producer challenges with equipment transportation over rail crossings, need for temporary workers (pre-Christmas), the local food distribution system.
(b) AAP Update, M. Luciani – Public consultation phase commences early December with a “road show” of presentations to interest groups/individuals and feedback gathered (KFPC will be included). Clarified that the AAP is for commercial agriculture not urban agriculture but the Farmers Market is an area of overlap. In 2013, the Social Planning Council starts to develop a Kamloops Urban Agriculture Plan. KFPC input on the draft AAP Issues document was forwarded to J. Casorso. Possibility of presenting the AAP draft plan at the KFPC AGM in Feb. 2013. AAP meetings are open to the public.– refer to Agriculture Advisory Committee meetings for specific times and location. ‘Like’ their facebook page for more information.
2) City of Kamloops, M. Luciani for N. Beaureguard
(a) An updated Public Produce brochure was distributed.
(b) Gleaning Program – N. Beaureguard and J. Casorso suggested a Working Group be struck to include 4 KFPC members. The City will not run a Gleaning Program, but can participate as a partner. Applying for a Social Planning Grant by November 13 deadline could be an initial action item.
ACTION: Gleaning Program Working Group was created.
Members are D. Bone, E. Edwards, D. Hurstfield, R. Reid and Lisa Ritcey from the City Bear Aware Program.
(c) Signage at MacDonald Park – by Nov. 01, the City needs to know sign content and costs.
ACTION: E.Sedgman, L. Kalina and E. Edwards
3) Public Produce Project, L. Kalina
(a) Final Report to be posted on KFPC website. Over one year to complete. Reads like a “Best Practices Report”. Darrin Nordhal has included Kamloops as a chapter in his new book.
(b) Applying for Social Planning Grants – to develop and deliver power point presentations that would train community groups in the implementation of public produce gardens throughout the city. Also submitting an application to complete the community garden how-to manual.
(c) A. Grube requested that KFPC support another approach to the TNRD to plant food in the planters outside the Library/TNRD building.
ACTION: L. Kalina to ask permission to present this idea at a TNRD Directors’ Meeting.
4) A. Grube
(a) Described current water metering rates and urged a special rating system for urban agriculturists. M. Luciani suggested this idea be presented to the urban agriculture planning process.
(b) Renaming of W. St. Paul Street multi-use path to Goji Berry Trail in recognition of Chinese workers’ contribution to local food security. Dried goji berries were sampled by members as A. Grube described their history and location and the support for renaming from the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association.
ACTION: KFPC will submit a letter to the City requesting this name change.
5) BC Election – making food security a priority, C. Hebden
Call for a Working Group to develop a plan for KFPC that would elevate food policy on BC’s political agenda. D. Whiting suggested the Ontario Local Food Act would be a good resource.
ACTION: Working Group created. Members are C. Hebden, D. Whiting, A. Grube, M. Greenwood, D. Nelson, and E. Edwards. C. Hebden to call first meeting.
6) Community Liaison Updates
Community Mapping, D. Whiting
Mapping continues to support Community Gardens and R. Reid’s work through TRU.
Food Bank, E. Edwards
(a) “Cost of Eating” report is out. Encouraged members to read it. Low income Canadians are very food insecure. 40% of food produced is wasted in the food management chain.
(b) Music Makes Meals November 10, Kamloops Conventions Centre. Tickets are only $10 to hear 4 bands and help raise food money.
(c) Basics for Babies November 23 breakfast at Hotel 540 with proceeds going to baby food
(d) Trailer fire was a serious loss. Will be applying for grants to construct a fully accessible client use area.
Farmers’ Market, M. Rubinson and A. Grube – AGM was recently held. Food bank donations were made by vendors. Research reports are available for Wednesday and Saturday Farmers’ Markets. These reports need to be put onto the internet for KFPC.
Thompson Shuswap Chef-Farmer Collaborative, D. Nelson (www.tscfc.org) – Grants are available for C-F Collaborative members who have non-profit projects. Application form is on their website.
Gardengate (Open Door Group), D. Hoar (http://www.opendoorgroup.org/)
(a) Pumpkins of Light – October 25
(b) Increasing by 12’ their greenhouse to accommodate seedlings.
(c) School tours of their program
(d) cold storage built last October, now have shelves filled with beets, carrots, onions, squash, potatoes. Community Kitchens (D. Bone) thanked Gardengate for being their largest food donor.
Community Kitchens, D. Bone – need new stove.
ACTION: D. Bone and C. Hebden to prepare a grant proposal.
Shuswap Thompson Organic Producers Association, P. Rubinson – urged members to support local farmers and resist GMO.
7) ROUND TABLE
R. Reid – is conducting a comprehensive survey of citizens who use the community gardens. This data will link in with D. Whiting and C. KC mapping program. More results will follow.
D. Bone – stressed the ongoing need to educate people on food preservation and preparation. Stated that insurance coverage is a barrier to more people running community kitchens in our City.
D. Bone – a Food Swap will be held December 5.
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 5:00
KFPC scheduled meetings in 2013 are Jan. 23, Feb. 20 and Apr.03.