The Kamloops Food Policy Council celebrated its 25th Anniversary (virtually) on August 5, 2020. Thank you to the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Lana Popham, the attendees of the event, staff, volunteers and the community for the never-ending support, passion, hard work, and dedication that has gone into creating a food system that is regenerative, sovereign, and just over the last 25 years.

At the event, we were nostalgic as we reflected on and shared memories of the flaky, cream-filled desserts, food, and treats shared with over 40 members at the potlucks and the relationships and connections we built as a community.

We are appreciative of the shifts that have occurred in the food system and the programs that have sprung up over the last 25 years some of which involve, the development of the City of Kamloops Food and Urban Agriculture Plan, the involvement of the KFPC in the advisory committee, the legalization of Urban Hens, the Pop cycle Initiative, the availability of local food and food sharing within the community and the community-based food plan implementation project that has brought about huge impacts.

We were privileged to have with us the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Lana Popham, who shared with us the importance of food system networks most especially in the midst of the global pandemic. There have been a shift in thinking and an integration between the rural and urban communities. Seeing that farmers in our community are struggling with issues of connectivity, the Ministry of Agriculture promotes grants to assist these farmers to solve their e-commerce problems through online sales. She explains that following this huge stride in the support of local food and farmers, we need to keep the momentum going. We must Buy BC, Feed BC, and Grow BC. The mandate helps to improve the strength of land reserve and provide farmers with support through education, opportunities, seed networks, and system-level changes.

At the anniversary, we had a pre-screening of our promotional video, which will be launched officially in the following week. Stay connected for updates!

The community also posed several questions to our special guest, Lana Popham. She explained that Food Process Hubs will help increase food security in times like the CO-VID19 Pandemic as stores are unable to keep up with food distribution. By making what we need in BC, we can have a safe food supply. She explains that we are not using the Agricultural Land Reserves to its full potential. The Ministry supports a land trust that matches aging farmers and new farmers such as women, with children that want to make a change to land and promotes reconciliation with the indigenous and natural food system.

Our AGM on August 1 was a combination of a beautiful space to gather (thank you, Gardengate for hosting!), an engaged group as we worked through the business portion of the meeting (wow, so impressed with how people were sticking with the process to find a way through some challenging scenarios), and of course, an […]


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Kamloops Immigrant Services and Kamloops Food Policy Council is hosting an Indian Cuisine Workshop on February 17!

This workshop is FREE and you will learn how to make an array of Indian dishes from scratch.

To register, contact Elizabeth Brown at communityconnection@kcris.ca or 778-470-6101 by February 16.

Making your own cleaning and beauty products is a great way to start reducing your ecological footprint. Sarah Fridriksson has been making her own natural products for over ten years and will teach how to make toilet bowl cleaner, body butter and beeswax food wrap.

February 4
$18
1 – 3 PM
Hosted on the North Shore

Complete details and registration can be found on Eventbrite.

Kamloops Immigrant Services and Kamloops Food Policy Council is hosting a Cuban Cuisine Workshop on February 3!

This workshop is FREE and you will learn how to make an array of Cuban dishes from scratch.

To register, contact Elizabeth Brown at communityconnection@kcris.ca or 778-470-6101 by January 28.

** This Workshop is FULL **

The first collaborative world cuisine workshop was such a success that Kamloops Immigrant Services and Kamloops Food Policy Council is hosting a Filipino Cuisine Workshop on January 24!

This workshop is FREE and you will learn how to make delectable Adobo and Pancit from scratch.

To register, contact Elizabeth Brown at communityconnection@kcris.ca or 778-470-6101.

With new spaces opening up for this workshop, we are pleased to announce registration details for a Knife Sharpening Workshop with Lawrence Barichello.

January 20
2 – 4 PM
Mt Paul Community Food Centre

Bring a couple of knives to work on and a magnifying glass if you have one!

Register here.

Growing microgreens is a great way to get an extra boost of nutrition, add some homegrown pizzazz to your winter meals, and have fun watching things grow at the same time! Paul Denby, our local Farm to School microgreens expert, will show us his tried and true system on Sunday, January 28.

You can find out more or register here

 

Join us for our first (of several) joint cooking workshop with Kamloops Immigrant Services!

There are still spaces available and the registration has been extended. Contact Elizabeth Brown to sign up: communityconnection@kcris.ca or 778-470-6101.