Posts from Our Network (any groups that come to network meetings past or present).

The GAP shares a lot of gleaned fruit with our partners at JUMP.

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JUMP is a volunteer-run Not-For-Profit organization operating a drop in centre on the North Shore that provides free community meals, produce markets, and urban community gardens. JUMP creates opportunities for people of all ages who may be struggling economically, socially and nutritionally to stabilize their lives and meet the challenges of sustaining a healthy lifestyle. It facilitates a network of peer support that helps individuals and families build personal capacity as well as our community by participating together as volunteers to achieve food security, social integration and community development.

We talked to Addie de Candole about how the KFPC network helps to support Kamloops’ Farm To School BC program! The network model we have is pretty unique, and quite powerful!

Check out the video HERE!

For more information about Farm to School, check out their website.

For more information about the Kamloops Hub Region, check out this page.

Check out this great video to learn more about what Logan Lake is doing to get their students to eat healthier and more locally!

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This document highlights the activities of the Kamloops Food Bank and provides statistics for 2015 (and previous years for comparison)

2015 – KFB Summary

Farm2School Meeting 11-10-15

Many of our KFPC board members attended a Farm2School meeting today to discuss the next steps of the program here in Kamloops. There was great energy and ideas being shared, and we at the KFPC are excited to be a part of this wonderful group of people!

If you have any questions about the Farm to School program here in Kamloops, email Keira McPhee at keiramc [at] gmail.com.

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Funding has been announced for the Centre for Seniors Information to update their kitchen to a fully functioning, large-scale community kitchen to create a hub for social inclusiveness and teach people about cooking, baking, canning and freezing food! The funding was provided by the BC Ministry of Health.

(Photo: Laura Kalina, MLA Todd Stone, a volunteer, MLA Terry Lake, Brenda Prevost, and another volunteer at the Centre for Seniors Information) Read more

Exciting news, Kamloops has been chosen as one of the three provincial Farm to School Regional Hub! This means that more local food will be working its way into eight of our local schools! To do that, we are looking to hire a part-time Community Animator in the Kamloops region to develop a Farm to School Regional Hub, including the formation of a Steering Committee and eight new Farm to School programs. Spread the word far and wide, the deadline to apply is December 16, 2015!

Job Description: Kamloops Farm to School Regional Hub Community Animator

BACKGROUND

Established in 2007, Farm to School BC (F2SBC) is a diverse and expanding provincial network that promotes, supports, and links F2S activity, policy and programs across the province.

Farm to School (F2S) programs bring healthy, local food into schools, and provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that foster food literacy, all while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness. F2S empowers students and school communities to make informed food choices while contributing to vibrant, sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people, place and planet.

At this time F2SBC is preparing to grow the number of Farm to School programs across the province and develop F2S Regional Hubs in three urban centres. The development of the three Regional Hubs will help foster collaboration and collective impact at the regional level.

The Regional Hub Community Animator will enable and facilitate the development of a Farm to School Regional Hub in the Kamloops Region. The role of the Animator will be to build capacity and resilience within the community around Farm to School, unleashing the creativity of the community and schools in the region to sow the seeds for long term Farm to School success.

Water harvesting Kamloops 2014-1Shelaigh Garson is delivering a workshop on water harvesting on July 6.  See attached poster for further information.  Water Harvesting Workshop Kamloops 2014

farm2chefMeet Farm2Chefs Collaborative member and Terra Restaurant chef/owner David Tombs and Master Gardener Elaine Sedgman at MacDonald Park Public Produce Garden on Wednesday June 25th at 11:00 am.  Try some currant & bergamot tea prepared from the garden & nosh on some muffins & strawberries.

Elaine will present David with the newly printed Public Produce, Growing Food in Public Spaces: A Start Up Guide that the Collaborative funded.  David & Elaine will then take you for a tour around the garden to talk about the possibilities and potential of Public Produce within city landscapes.

Elaine Sedgman conducted two years of research for the Kamloops Food Policy Council to write the eighty page guide on how to grow Public Produce (edible landscaping on public land).   Darrin Nordahl, author of Public Produce (2009), whose visit to Kamloops in 2011 inspired Kamloops to try growing food on public land, considers this start up guide as definitive.

The guide includes a brief history of Public Produce in the City of Kamloops, a plan on how to develop and maintain a Public Produce project and a detailed guide for preventative integrated pest management. It incorporates many of Elaine’s own photographs and graphic drawings. The appendix includes resources, a bibliography, planting plans for city snack stops and a comprehensive recommended plant matrix for public produce in the southern interior. The guide is also available on this website in the KFPC documents under the resources link.