Network Meeting Summary
April 3, 2019

Secwepemc Word of the Month: sulénsem (sul-en-sum) = Flower

Table Introductions:

If you were asked to rate Kamloops’ food system, what evidence would you use to do that? In other words, what activities, policies, feelings, characteristics would you use to describe the food system in and around Kamloops?

KFPC Board Update
KFPC hosted a very successful Nourish Forum on March 29. The Board extends a big thank you to Bonnie Klohn for organizing and collaborating with such a diverse group on such an important topic.

PopCycle is ramping up. KFPC member, Sonya Rokosh, conducted a fun and informative field report for CBC about our social enterprise project that transforms gleaned fruit into tasty fruitpops! Listen to it here.

KFPC Staff Update
Nourish was a full house and the broad support to help make it happen is appreciated. The June network meeting will be a report back about Nourish.

March was packed with outreach activities. Bonnie and Sandra presented on how to start a food policy council at the Nicola Valley Food Connection Event in Merritt — interestingly, the room was full of the perfect group of people to form a food policy council! KFPC had a table at Green Drinks  prior to the screening of David Suzuki’s film Beyond Climate. This event raised almost $800 for KFPC! The Kamloops Film Festival features community groups alongside many of the films and KFPC attended with the first-ever film shot in Haida, Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife).

KFPC will be at Green Living Expo on May 11, featuring the seed library and demonstrating how to use the winnower and thresher.

Garden Collective is in full swing at McDonald Park, using part of the Public Produce space with funding from United Way. The first workshop and work bee took place on March 31. The plots are looking fantastic and are thriving on this influx of new energy and attention.

Michelle attended a forum hosted by the North Okanagan Land to Table Network. Hosting an annual forum, this one focused on the environment — looking at how sustainable ways of growing food can be encouraged, how to manage waste more effectively, and looking at impacts and resilience to climate change.

Harriet Friedmann, a long-time member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and professor emeritus, visited Kamloops in mid-March. Over several gatherings with Board and staff, Harriet shared some of her learnings from Toronto (their food policy council is a committee of City Council, therefore is funded through the city) and expressed both fascination and enthusiasm about what the Kamloops Food Policy Council is involved in. In particular, she was excited to hear about our social enterprise project, PopCycle, and how various community partners are coming together to bring policies and plans to life.

Community Spotlight ~ Deep Dive Into Our Ideal Food System with Robyn McLean and Lindsay Harris
Last year, the Board updated the strategic plan, presented this at the AGM in August 2018, and published the new vision and value statements on KFPC’s new website. It was acknowledged that something was missing — there was a need for some wider engagement and collaboration with KFPC members and network to flesh out the value systems. This will help to develop a tool to assess where the Kamloops food system is as a whole.

At the November and December network meetings, members were asked to consider what an ideal food system looks like. This helped to refine KFPC’s vision and value statements. These revised vision and value statements were discussed and rated, by members at the April network meeting, on a scale from seed (little to no development, however lots of potential) to fruit (area is very strong and gaps are well managed). Some of the statements were quite complex and harder to delve into (such as a resilient food system: healthy land and water), while others were easier to find evidence to describe where the food system sits now (such as our network: celebrating people as gifts and the cultivation of connections).

Folks were into this conversation and it was a challenge to bring them to a close to get ready for the next presentation. This level of engagement and interest around our ideal food system bodes well for what is to come. The information from this discussion will be interwoven into the existing statements and a tool to help with decision making will be developed.

Examining Local Food Procurement, Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Environmental Changes in Fort Providence, Northwest Territories with Paulina Ross

Paulina is currently in the Masters of Environmental Science program at TRU under the supervision of Dr. Courtney Mason. Paulina’s research interests include environmental and sustainable policies, as a means to encourage, regulate and respond to environmental issues as they affect Northern Canadians. Paulina was born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, a sub-arctic community with high costs of living and geographical remoteness. She has witnessed first-hand the implications of climate change and the need to carefully manage the delicate and volatile Northern landscapes, cultures and ecosystems.

She spoke about how Fort Providence, a small sub-arctic community, is working towards more resilience in their food system by focusing more on land based food access rather than market foods, which tend to be expensive, low in nutrition, and low quality. One of the key outcomes of Paulina’s research was to highlight the need to include local voices in planning because there is a longstanding experience of ideas/plans being brought in from the South and they tend not to work because they are not a good fit for the community. Paulina indicated a need to focus on land based foods such as whitefish and what the harvesters gather.

Paulina spoke to the many barriers to food security in sub-arctic communities, including:
* economic,
* contextual (gardening is not a traditional way of raising food and has ties to residential schools, traumatic experiences and memories),
* infrastructure (building a greenhouse without a way to heat it sustainably), and
* technical (the government drops off seeds every year, however community members don’t have the knowledge or skills to plant, tend and harvest them).

We just barely scratched the surface of what Paulina learned through her research. Thanks to Paulina for staying afterwards to speak with several people who wanted to discuss this further with her (especially after a day of completing and submitting her master’s thesis — congratulations are also in order)! Although she is headed to Spain to present her research before moving back to Yellowknife, she will be in keeping in touch through our newsletters. If you had more questions or wanted to discuss something further with Paulina, her email address is paulinaross10@gmail.com.

Upcoming Event

Who’s Who
City of Kamloops
Free Agent
Gardengate
Kamloops Food Policy Council
Kamloops Naturalist Club
Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market
Lived Experience Committee
Mount Paul Community Food Centre
My Place
Secwepemc Child and Family Services Agency
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Voice of Homefree
TRU
UBCO

Next Network Meeting: May 1, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30
*Laura Kalina’s Retirement Celebration*
Co-Chairs: Simone Jennings and Glenn Hilke
Set Up:
Clean Up: Sandra

Rural Indigenous communities across northern Canada are experiencing high rates of food insecurity as a result of interconnected socio-cultural, economic and environmental challenges.  This research explores local food procurement activities in the community of Fort Providence, Northwest Territories (NT).  The objective of this research was to consult with key community members to understand the detrimental effects of climate change on land-based food procurement; but also to understand the complex socio-cultural, economic and environmental challenges related to food security.

Join us and Paulina Ross as she shares her experiences through this research. She was born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, a sub-arctic community with high costs of living and geographical remoteness. She has witnessed first-hand the implications of climate change and the need to carefully manage the delicate and volatile Northern landscapes, cultures and ecosystems. She is currently in the Masters of Environmental Science program at TRU under the supervision of Dr. Courtney Mason. Paulina’s research interests include environmental and sustainable policies, as a means to encourage, regulate and respond to environmental issues as they affect Northern Canadians.

Also at April’s Network meeting will be an overview of the information that was gathered over two network meetings in the fall. Find out how KFPC’s vision and value statements have been refined to help build a decision-making framework. Members will be asked to rate where the Kamloops food system or the KFPC Network seems to be for each of these value statements.

Wednesday, April 3
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Mount Paul Community Food Centre
*Please bring a dish to share*

Chair: Robyn McLean
Set Up: Libby, one more helper would be much appreciated!
Clean Up: Libby, one more helper would be fantastic!

Network Meeting Summary
March 6, 2019

Secwepemc Word of the Month: Teyt (Tie-et) = hungry

Circle Introductions:

A project that gives me confidence we are moving in the right direction on household food insecurity is…

When it comes to household food insecurity, we cannot neglect to…

KFPC Board Update
Board and staff are participating in Conversations around Indigenous food sovereignty, truth and reconciliation and unpacking structural racism in the food system with Dawn Morrison.

Developing more sustainable core funding is higher priority right now, so that staff are better able to address community needs as they arise.

The Board agrees in principle to write a letter of support for the recommendations offered by the citizen science pollinator project. This will be sent to the City of Kamloops later in March.

KFPC Staff Update
KFPC, with several partners, is hosting a dialogue on household food insecurity in Kamloops on March 29, 8 – 4:30 PM at TRU. Registration is by donation, with a suggested donation of $15 – $40. There are two main areas of focus for the Nourish forum: 1) Indigenous food systems and how colonization has impacted food insecurity, including the over-representation of Indigenous people experiencing food insecurity and 2) meeting the needs of food insecurity and addressing the root causes through poverty reduction. For more information and to register, visit the Nourish website: nourishkamloops.org

Spaces are filling up. Folks are strongly encouraged to sign up soon to save their spot.

KFPC will be posting two summer positions in mid-March. New rules mean that applicants do not need to be students, but must be between 15 and 30 years of age. One posting is for the GAP Program Leader position for 12 weeks, with the possibility of extending the position into the fall. The second posting is for the Social Enterprise Program Leader position for 10 weeks. Both positions are for 30 hours per week at $15 per hour.

Garden Collective is gearing up in McDonald Park, using part of the Public Produce space, with funding from United Way. Intended for beginner and new gardeners from the neighbourhood, this program will provide workshops to facilitate skill building within the collective. It is $20 to join the collective. There are five or six spots left.

KFPC will be hosting a Kitchen Table Conversation for the Downtown Plan on March 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Red Collar. Input will help shape policies on topics such as transportation, environment, parks, and housing. If you are interested in joining in, please email info@kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com.

Michelle attended a workshop by Dignidad Migrante Society (Dignidad) at the Certified Organic Associations of BC conference. Dignidad is a non-profit worker’s organization, focusing on agricultural workers because it is a labour sector with the biggest needs, greatest vulnerability, and strongest discrimination (there are 10,000 migrant farm workers in BC). That being said, Raul indicated that he is looking for work placements for 15 Guatemalan women who have open work permits, as a result of proving that they had been abused by the employer who hired them with a temporary foreign worker permit. If you know of anyone who is looking for staff on their farm, Raul’s email address is imfarmworker@gmail.com and you can find more information on Dignidad’s website: dignidadmigrantesociety.org.


Social Enterprise has developed a fourth popsicle flavour and had their first public sale at the SEED screening. Keep your eyes open for upcoming pop-up locations to try them out!

Community Updates
Retirement Party Planning for Laura Kalina – The May KFPC Network Meeting will be a celebration of Laura’s career and contributions to the community. We are looking for folks who might want to share stories of how they came to know Laura and her work, photos/videos, and help with spreading the word that there is a party for her on May 1st. The more the merrier! If you have photos/videos and/or would like to share stories, please contact Simone at Simone.Jennings@interiorhealth.ca

Community Spotlight ~ Sneak Peek into Nourish Household Food Insecurity Forum
~ There is an acknowledgement that food programs weave a tighter social fabric, but don’t tackle the ever-increasing number of people who don’t have enough to eat. This requires ‘and’ thinking, so that people are running programs AND looking at policy to impact food insecurity.
~ Moving from feeding (programs) to policy takes around 10 years for a community.
~ Change will happen at the local level, especially when creating parallel systems (e.g., community gardens, food centres) while also advocating at the provincial level.
~ The Farm to School/Fish to School/Local Foods to School/Traditional Foods to School movement was discussed as a way to transform the food system –> bringing local foods into schools, hospitals, daycares and building food literacy.
~ Household food insecurity can be very invisible, with only 25% of people who are food insecure accessing any kind of support.
~ More than 60% of people living with food insecurity are working and a large portion of them are single mothers.
Key Insights:
~ Our ecosystem is changing and we need to step up our sustainable thinking (a very cool idea for a pay-it-forward food truck was presented to the group!).
~ Climate change considerations need to be addressed in planning/strategizing.
~ Ways to transition away from the food bank model were discussed through creating parallel systems and disrupting the status quo.

Who’s Who
BC Green Party
Friends of Kamloops
Interior Community Services: Mount Paul CFC
Interior Health
JUMP
Kamloops Farmers’ Market
Kamloops Naturalist Club
KFPC
Lived Experience Community
Open Door Group: Gardengate
Permaculture Kamloops
Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners
TRU

Announcement
Farm to Cafeteria National Conference (first one ever!)
May 15 – 17, Victoria

Next Network Meeting: Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
** The March Network Meeting ended without finding who our chair and set-up/clean-up helpers will be. If you are interested, let us know at info@kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com **
Chair
:
Note taker: Michelle Tsutsumi
Set up:
Clean up:


March Network Meeting

In preparation for the upcoming Nourish event, our March meeting will be focusing on dialogue around the root causes of household food insecurity. We will be piloting a facilitation method that is held in the round, promoting authentic dialogue between speakers and the audience. We will be featuring Joanne Bays, a population health nutritionist, and founder of Farm to Cafeteria Canada, as well as local speakers who will discuss the relative affordability of food in BC, and the factors that result in so many people experiencing food insecurity.

For more information about Nourish, please visit www.nourishkamloops.org

Network Meeting Details:
Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Chair: Glenn Hilke
Set up: Shelaigh, Alexis
Clean up: Teresa, Rachel

Please bring a dish to share!

Network Meeting Summary ~ February 6 2019

Secwepemc Word of the Month: s7istk = winter; c7ístkten = winter home

Table Introductions: Who was your most memorable teacher?

KFPC Board Update
Glenn and Joe addressed the decrease in accessible meals by hosting a meeting with 25 people who are providing emergency meals in Kamloops. Many had been doing this for years without having met each other. A student, Emily, through the United Way, will be developing an assessment strategy to look at gaps in meals, particularly when five meals per week are stopped over the summer. The aim is to maintain the current level of meals and add one or two more per week.

The KFPC Board wrote a letter to the City of Kamloops regarding the Noble Creek Irrigation System, asking for more time for a solution to be found. The City has delayed the closure of the Noble Creek Irrigation System until September 2021. City staff have been tasked with looking at this more closely.

KFPC Staff Update
KFPC, with several partners, is hosting a dialogue on household food insecurity in Kamloops on March 29, 8 – 4:30 PM at TRU. Registration is by donation, with a suggested donation of $15 – $40. There are two main areas of focus for the Nourish forum: 1) Indigenous food systems and how colonization has impacted food insecurity, including the over-representation of Indigenous people experiencing food insecurity and 2) meeting the needs of food insecurity and addressing the root causes through poverty reduction. For more information and to register, visit the Nourish website: nourishkamloops.org

Join us for a preview of the facilitation methods that will be used at Nourish during the March network meeting!

Social Enterprise has developed three recipes for popsicles, one of which is vegan. There will be pop up opportunities to sample them in the coming months!

The Policy Implementation Project, funded by the Real Estate Foundation, started in the fall when Bonnie and Michelle reviewed several plans/policies and highlighted seven areas of shared aspiration. These were presented to an initial collective in mid-January, including representatives from the City of Kamloops, TNRD, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, Skeetchestn, Venture Kamloops and Community Futures. Based on the shared aspirations, the collective selected four areas to focus on: expanding land to grow food, food hub/social procurement, training initiatives (e.g., incubator farm/farm school), and processing facilities.

SEED: The Untold Story will be screened as part of TRU Films for Change on February 27th at TRU Clocktower (see poster at the top of the post). Doors at 6:30, film starts at 7 PM. Admission by donation. Following the film, a panel discussion will take place with Mojave Kaplan, Daniela Basile, and Robyn McLean. ** Volunteers are needed for set up, selling popcorn, and clean up. Please contact sandra@kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com if you are interested in helping out that night **

Incorporating Seed Growing Into Your Farm or Garden, February 28 from 1 to 4 PM, is an opportunity for market gardeners and people who are interested in growing seed on a larger scale to attend an information session, followed by a demonstration of how to use the winnower and thresher. To register, visit Eventbrite.

Garden Collective will be starting in McDonald Park, using part of the Public Produce space, with funding from United Way. Intended for beginner and new gardeners from the neighbourhood, this program will provide workshops to facilitate skill building within the collective. It is $20 to join the collective.

A Local Workshop Leaders page has been added to the KFPC website to help people find facilitators for a variety of topics. Share the word and if you would like to add your own details, send them to sandra@kamloopsfoodpolicycouncil.com!

Farm to School Update
The Kamloops region has 13 schools participating in the Farm to School program, engaging in activities such as: growing microgreens, building compost, growing gardens, dehydrating fruit, and engaging in field trips. Two new schools are joining this year: McGowan Park Elementary has involved the whole school in caring for four chickens, with a new class feeding them, collecting eggs, and finding innovative ways to use the eggs each week. Dallas Elementary has started a garden with a focus on growing grain. They will also be planting the three fall sisters: popcorn, winter squash, and dry beans, which will be better suited to the school calendar.

A Spring Celebration will be taking place in May at the Mount Paul Community Food Centre. Grade 6 students will be engaging with stations in the hall, kitchen and garden — a fun day with loads of hands-on activities.

Community Updates
Retirement Party Planning for Laura Kalina – The May KFPC Network Meeting will be a celebration of Laura’s career and contributions to the community. We are looking for folks who might want to share stories of how they came to know Laura and her work, photos/videos, and help with spreading the word that there is a party for her on May 1st. The more the merrier! If you have photos/videos and/or would like to share stories, please contact Simone at Simone.Jennings@interiorhealth.ca

Elaine Sedgman, from the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners, provided an overview of the Citizen Science Pollinator Final Report, including six recommendations:
~ protect nesting sites
~ install nesting boxes in parks
~ plant 3-season pollinator friendly forage
~ plant native shrubs and flowering plants
~ pollinator corridors with forage plants are needed to reduce forage islands
~ enhance and enlarge existing bee habitats
~ embed protection of bees in landscape management policy
Letters can be sent to the City of Kamloops, encouraging them to implement these recommendations and adhere to their landscape management policy.

The Big E has just released their second issue. Vendors get 100% of the profits and the paper provides an alternative to panhandling. Anyone can submit something to The Big E by the 20th of each month, whether it be writing, photography, poetry, artwork, or short stories. March will be an A to Z focus on women in the non-profit world titled, ’50 Shades of Greatness,’ and April will focus on the environment.

A new youth environment leadership program, Next Generation Naturalists, is starting in March for 17 to 22 year olds. The Kamloops Naturalist Club has partnered with TRU to offer 35 youth a learning opportunity that spans three years. Learning sessions will take place in the afternoons of the first and third Saturday, approximately 6 – 10 hours per month. Also included is a 40 hour paid practicum. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in this, please encourage them to apply as soon as possible: http://kamloopsnaturalistclub.com/nextgen/

Kamloops Permaculture Group meets every second Thursday at Living Arts Studio and is open to all. They will be setting up a display at Green Living Expo and regularly host workshops. Having helped to design a healing garden with Qwemtsin Health Society and a school garden in Skeetchestn, there will be a need for volunteers this spring to help create the garden spaces.

ICS is holding Food Friday, a drop in cooking program that runs each week at the Mount Paul Community Food Centre from 10 AM to 1 PM. Entirely free, everyone is welcome to arrive, enjoy a coffee and visit, cook and eat together.

The 7th Annual Family Day Festival will be held at Tournament Capital Centre on February 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM. KFPC and Farm to School will be there, so stop in and say hi as you check out the various activities there.

 

Who’s Who
BC Food Security Gateway
Interior Community Services
Interior Health
JUMP
Kamloops Naturalist Club
KFPC
Lived Experience Community
Open Door Group: Gardengate
Permaculture Kamloops
Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners
TRU

Next Network Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
With special guests, March’s network meeting will be a sneak-peek into the facilitation process that will be used during the Nourish forum.
Chair: Glenn Hilke
Note taker: Michelle Tsutsumi
Set up: Alexis, Shelaigh
Clean up: Teresa, Rachel

Network Meeting Nov 2017

February Network Meeting
February 6, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Welcome back! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone after the December/January break and, of course, enjoying our legendary potluck with you.

Because it’s been a while since our last network meeting, we thought it would be nice to have the space for the network to update each other on what is happening these days. Please bring your projects, needs, and offerings to share with the group.

Please bring a dish to share!

Network Meeting Summary
December 6, 2018

Secwepemc Word of the Month: swucwt (swoo-kt) = Snow

Board Update
At the November board meeting, directors discussed the shortage of community meals resulting from the JUMP closure and the need to bring together emergency meal providers to discuss capacity and plans to improve the meal schedule in Kamloops. Directors also discussed progress made on the Community Based Food Plan Implementation Project. Policy/plan aggregation is complete and an initial meeting of plan holders is scheduled for early January 2019. Read more

December Network Meeting

We’re looking forward to continuing to build on the inspiring energy and ideas that came out of November’s network meeting discussion about what an ideal food system looks like to you. The first half of the network meeting will be devoted to furthering this discussion.

In October, we heard from new entrants to the food system. December’s agricultural panel discussion will allow us to hear about what is working well and what challenges are being faced by longstanding farmers and ranchers in our region. We’re grateful to hear from Ted Blackwell and his daughter, Laura Hunter (Blackwell Dairy), Jimmy Dhaliwal (M & J Dhaliwal Green Farm), and John Greenall (John and Judy Greenall, livestock), as they discuss regenerative food systems/agriculture, supply management and the impact of the recently negotiated U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement.

** Please note that the potluck dinner will be starting at 5:40 to accommodate our very full program **

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Mount Paul Community Food Centre
140 Laburnum Street

Please bring a dish to share.

Network Meeting Summary
November 7, 2018

Secwepemc Word of the Month: Tqeltkúkwpi7 (tal kook pi) = creator

Table Introductions
“What would your perfect food system look like?” (in three words)
* local                                * empowering                     * choice
* stewardship                  * regenerative                     * viable
* accessible                      * sustainable                       * variety
* sovereign                      * innovative                         * veggies
* inclusive                       * an honest reflection

Board Update

The Strategic Planning Standing Committee is meeting monthly. They met in October to get things rolling for developing the evaluation rubric — to learn more about what our membership sees as an ideal food system and find ways to measure KFPC’s success in working toward its objectives. Read more

** We have a jam-packed session planned for the November Network Meeting. Because of this, please be ready to start at 5:30 on the dot (the legendary potluck will start shortly after that) **
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