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Cultivating Community Gardens

This publication is a guide to organizations wishing to start a new community garden.

A Cross-Canada’s Speaker Tour

7:00pm to 9:30pm November 27, 2013
Location: Alumni Theatre

Do you have questions or concerns regarding genetically engineered (GE) foods and human health?

If so, this fall and winter, GE Free Kamloops will be hosting an event as part of GE Foods and Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speaker’s Tour, in partnership with the Society for a GE Free BC and Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group.

Scheduled to run from November 2013 to February 2014, GE Foods and Human Health: A Cross-Canada Speaker’s Tour seeks to provide the Canadian public with an opportunity to discuss their concerns around GE foods from a scientific and regulatory perspective.

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Attention Development Community!

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You are invited to the Kamloops Affordable Housing Development Forum 2013, taking place on Thursday November 14th at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre, and brought to you by the City of Kamloops, in partnership with the Kamloops Housing Board and the Kamloops Working Group on Homelessness. Read more

A quick video clip from the media event on September 26th on Columbia by CFJC TV. Read more

Please join Malcolm Allen, Member of Parliament for Welland and NDP Agriculture Critic as he tours the country with his “Farm to Fork” tour.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
4:00 – 6:00 PM

Mohave Room, Desert Gardens Community Centre

540 Seymour Street, Kamloops

RSVP – crawfordndp@gmail.com

Because Canadians deserve practical policies that grow our rural economies, produce nutritious local food and protect our land.

Canada is without a comprehensive food policy—lagging behind other industrial countries in the OECD, like England and Australia.

Now the United Nations has raised serious concerns about food security in Aboriginal communities and a lack of a coordinated food strategy in Canada.

That’s why Canada’s New Democrats are calling on the Government of Canada to implement a pan-Canadian Food Strategy to:

  • support farmers
  • improve access to healthy food
  • market Canadian food at home and abroad.

public produceBe a part of Kamloops’ Public Produce Project

March 28@ The Smorg 3-6pm

Public Produce is a growing project in Kamloops. Urban agriculture in the form of Public Produce gardens transforms any available land into an edible landscape: a space used to grow fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for all members of the community. Read more

 

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20130227/KAMLOOPS0303/130229830/0/kamloops/support-locally-produced-food

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20130313/KAMLOOPS0303/130319959/-1/kamloops0303/equitable-access-to-food-an-important-human-rights-issue

 

 

We’d like to encourage everyone to take a look at the Public Produce Strategic Report that some of our members were instrumental in developing. If you’re wondering about how the Kamloops Public Produce Project came to be, or where it’s going, many answers may be found in here!  There are many wild and wonderful things that could happen with the public produce movement in our city (and province, and country), with support in the right places.

We are currently working on the next phase of the project, which we’re calling Phase III: Public Produce in Your Own Backyard. This next step will lend support and guidance to other organizations and communities who hope to start their own public produce project. If this is something that you or your group is interested in pursuing, get in touch with us at the Public Produce Project and we’ll keep you updated on the next exciting developments! (publicproduceproject@gmail.com)

Without further adieu.. the Public Produce Strategy Report Sept2012 !

In November, members of the Kamloops Food Policy Council put together a grant proposal on behalf of the Public Produce Project and submitted it to the City of Kamloops Social Planning Council. We recently received the good news that we have been allocated $3,000 to go toward running the Public Produce Project in its second year!! Yahooo!!

Laura Kalina receives our ‘big cheque’ from Jen Casorso, the City of Kamloops Social and Community Development Committee’s Recreation Supervisor

This next phase of the project will involve more partnerships with community groups; educational workshops about gardening and related topics; more ‘Adopt-an-Edible’ plants at local businesses; and hopefully a re-planting and continuing care for the garden at 121 Victoria Street.

We are so excited to have this financial support from the city along with the support of many partner community groups and enthusiastic individuals.  If you would like to volunteer with the Public Produce Project in any capacity, or if there is a workshop topic that you would like to see offered this year, please contact us at publicproduceproject@gmail.com.

See you in the garden!!

I arrived at Sahali Mall at 9:15 on Saturday morning, Food Policy Council display board in hand, to a lineup of almost 30 people waiting outside the large room housing Seedy Saturday.  Seedy Saturday is an annual event held in late winter to facilitate a seed exchange between growers just as they are preparing to plant the spring’s fresh garden, and I was looking forward to attending my very first one.  Now don’t get me wrong, this year’s event was far from being Kamloops‘ first Seedy Saturday. The event, organized this year by the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners and Friends of the New Victory Garden, was first brought to Canadians by Seeds of Diversity Canada (www.seeds.ca) in 1989. It has been since popularized all across the country and has been serving the needs of growers in Kamloops since 1995.  Since then, and especially in recent years, the Kamloops event has been growing like crazy in popularity — hence, the line-up of attendees building up for half an hour before the doors were opened on Saturday morning.

As I entered the room, I found myself in a dreamland for gardeners and foodies in general.  The wide open space was packed full of tables offering  baked goods, honey, preserves, information and displays about growing and planting, and of course, a HUGE variety of seeds. And perhaps best of all, the room was full of enthusiastic people who are involved with growing or producing food right here in the Kamloops region. I talked to many people standing by their fascinating displays or tables full of intriguing seed packets or delicious treats.

Event volunteers offered things like a kids’ area where families could come and build their own sprouters, and hand-outs featuring a complete list of seed varieties owned by Monsanto for those wishing to avoid such seed varieties. (For those wishing to see this list and put it to good use, click HERE to have a look!)

 

Canning Project Booth

Canning Information Wanted!!

Maggie Christie of the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners is working on gathering and sharing information about the canning industry in Kamloops’ history. If you have knowledge, experiences, photos or artefacts to share with Maggie and those who will benefit from her project, please contact her at maggiechristie@shaw.ca or by phone at 250-828-1934. Thank you!!

Goji Berries

Goji Berries – Kamloops’ first-ever seed exchange?

Erin Edwards, a Kamloops Food Policy Council member, created a beautiful and very intriguing display all about Goji Berries. I stopped by and Erin told me all about how a variety of the berry (widely publicized as one of the more recent ‘superfoods’) grows right here in Kamloops near the Chinese cemetery, so it may have been the first seed ever to have been ‘shared’ in Kamloops by Asian immigrants. Erin was also full of all kinds of cool knowledge about the growth and history of the city and its Asian population dating back to many years ago. Thanks Erin!

The kids’ booth for colouring, painting, and putting together your very own seed sprouter!

Elizabeth DeVries of KamloopsParents.com, along with volunteers, was running a kids’ area at the event. Sponsored by Simply Computing, Purity Feed, Nature’s Fare, and Mumm’s sprouting seeds, the crew at the kids’ area had a great time helping families decorate and build their own sprouters to take home.

Laura and Elaine spread the word about pollinators

Our co-chair Laura Kalina stands with Elaine Sedgman of the Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners (and KFPC!) at Elaine’s booth where she shared her vast knowledge about planting for pollinators.   (To hear both Laura and Elaine give talks about Kamloops and Public Produce, join us on Thursday March 1st at our Annual General Meeting.. More info here!)

All in all, my first-ever Seedy Saturday experience was one of an extremely successful event that never saw a dull moment.  The energy and enthusiasm for local food production filled the room, charged the atmosphere, and proved that Kamloops’ food production community is blooming, blossoming, growing and thriving as much as all of our gardens will be, come the warm spring weather.