To further strengthen the governance of the Kamloops Food Policy Council, a strategic plan is being developed.  This plan articulates who we are as an organization, what we wish to accomplish, and how we wish to undertake our tasks.  This document will provide a general guide to our organization for the next 5 years.  In addition, it will provide the context for more detailed annual plans which will guide our activities on a year to year basis.

The KFPC board has drafted a Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals for our organization.  Now we need to hear from KFPC members.  Are we on the right track?  Did we leave something important out?

Please review this document kfpc_strategic_plan_nov14_draft and provide comments by email to dave.whiting@shaw.ca by November 28.  It is the intent of the board to bring a strategic plan to the membership for approval at a general meeting in 2015.

The Food Policy Council encourages our members to complete the short, online survey that can be found here.

It’s important that KFPC members help shape the future of this sizeable public land mass that has considerable agricultural potential. For background information visit here.

What do you think about the expansion plans for the Tournament Capital Ranch? Since some of the land is part of the ALR, there are ideas about supporting sustainable farming on the ranch, including incubator farm for new farmers and an agriculture trade show and events center. We like those ideas!

Talk to the city at the farmers’ market booths on August 6 and 9, at an open house on August 14, or through their online survey. Go to the city’s website for more information.

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We were successful in receiving a $2500 grant from the Kamloops Foundation back at the end of June. The grant continues to promote Urban Agriculture with a major emphasis on Social Enterprise.  We will be partnering with GAP (Gleaning Abundance Program) and Gardengate, as participants will be exploring what social enterprise can come from the gleaned fruit. (In the photo: Mike Simpson (far left) is Senior Regional Manager with the Fraser Basin Council here in Kamloops.  Dave Whiting (second from left) represents the Fraser Basin Council at the KFPC.  Mike and Dave received the cheque on behalf of the KFPC.)

What’s ‘social enterprise’? KFPC’s Social Enterprise in Urban Agriculture (SEUA) will receive excess harvests from gleaning, public produce, backyard sharing, farmers markets, local farmers, and the food bank and food share and transforms the fresh produce into healthy, and often organic, by-products in the form of baked goods, dried and canned goods as well as prepared soups and meals.

These new products are prepared and cooked by newly trained employees, who before had difficulty finding and keeping meaningful employment. The SEUA both supports urban and local farmer/growers as well as the efforts of citizens to capitalize on urban agriculture opportunities that will benefit those most in need of assistance for affordable, fresh local produce and other food products – the working poor, single parent households and those on fixed and limited incomes including seniors. The SEUA is a marriage of social action and the promotion of healthy lifestyles while at the same time creating good paying sustainable jobs in the not for profit sector.

Partners involved in the plan: First Nations, City of Kamloops, Food Bank and Food Share, Kamloops Farmers Markets, Interior Health Authority, Interior Community Services (community kitchens and community gardens), and the Kamloops Food Policy Council member organizations (like the Gleaning Abundance Program).

Total project budget? $25,000. We are on our way ladies and gentlemen!

Check out the link below to hear this morning’s interview with Sandra (the new coordinator) about the Gleaning Abundance Program (GAP)!

http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/British+Columbia/ID/2473593897/

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Laura Kalina, the current president of the Kamloops Food Policy Council has received a national innovation award from the Dieticians of Canada.

Congratulations Laura!  Your leadership and innovation has long been recognized in Kamloops and region.  Nice to see you being recognized at the National Level by your professional organization.

Changes to the bylaws of the Kamloops Food Policy Council will be considered by the membership at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Mt. Paul United Church commencing at 5:00 PM.  The current bylaws, together with the Certificate of Incorporation under the Societies Act and the constitution of the Kamloops Food Policy Council are found in the following document.

KFPC society registration, constitution and bylaws

The proposed changes are to the bylaws only.  These changes result from a series of meetings of the Kamloops Food Policy Council led by Glenn Hilke and by Mike Simpson.  The intent of the changes to the proposed bylaws is to provide a structure for the governance of the organization that meets current needs.  Please review the following document prior to the AGM.

KFPC governance – draft 10apr14

Chandra KC has used her skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to analyse the relationships between the neighbourhoods that community gardeners reside in and the community garden location they garden in.  This information is helping Interior Community Services manage the Community Garden program on behalf of the City of Kamloops.  Using a list of gardens with the corresponding postal code of each gardener, GIS is used to analyze the information and map and summarize the results.

This type of mapping and analysis can be undertaken for any list of postal codes associated with a program.  Unlike street addresses, postal codes are non-identifying information.  If you wish to contact Chandra KC regarding these products, use the contact link on this website and the email will be forwarded to her.  Attached are some of the products prepared by Chandra KC.

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Cultivating Community Gardens

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