Hosted by the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council (COFPC) The Purpose of this event was (1) to return research done in the community back to the community and (2) to launch the ‘Food Quilt’, a new movement to connect people and groups in support of food security in the Central Okanagan. On Thursday April 21, 2016, over 60 guests gathered at the Canadian Mental Health Association and enjoyed 7 presentations that showcased research related to local food security. These presentations were done in the fast-paced style known as pechakucha. Following the presentations, the guests connected with one another, shared stories, … Continue reading Central Okanagan: From Field to Fork – Research Event Summary
Join the discussion about farm working conditions both near and abroad. When: Friday, June 5, 6:00 PM Where: The Profile – Suite 200 – 375 Water Street, Vancouver “There is so much interest in food, yet no interest in the hands that pick that food.” For additional information about the panel hosted by Discovery Organics click here. As consumers increasingly demand food chain transparency, widespread labour abuses are being documented in the agricultural industry. BC’s almost 10,000 mostly immigrant and migrant farm workers are some of the lowest paid, least protected and most vulnerable in the province. To what extent can we … Continue reading Cultivating Social Sustainability in Our Food System
Originally posted at http://www.nfu.ca/blog/new-farmer-coalition-survey It should not come as a surprise that Canadian agriculture is facing a demographic crisis. In the 1930s, over thirty percent of the population was involved in food production. Today, farmers represent only 1.6 percent of the population and have an average age of 54. In 1991, the number of farmers in Canada under the age of 35 was 80,000 – now it is less than 25,000. The National New Farmer Coalition is a farmer-driven grassroots initiative created in 2014. Our aim is to promote government policies that will reverse these trends and allow new farmers to … Continue reading The National New Farmer Coalition needs you!
Application Deadline: January 20th 2015 Interviews: February 5 & 6 2015 Link to application: Apprenticeship-Application-2015 About the Apprenticeship: This apprenticeship is well suited for individuals with a strong work ethic who are seeking a career path in ecological food production. Many days of this apprenticeship will be fun and enjoyable. Many days will be challenging, wet and monotonous. You will be experiencing life as a production farmer. We will be serving coffee! The Mason Street City Farm is offering 3 full season paid apprenticeships for the 2015 growing season. Apprentices work 2 full days per week with a stipend of $75 … Continue reading Mason Street Farm 2015 Apprenticeship Program
Learn More About Urban Agriculture! Location: Vernon’s Okanagan College Cafeteria When: October 18th. 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. Registration includes lunch and snacks throughout the day as well as a registration package and name tag. Come prepared to take lots of notes and ask lots of questions. **Please Arrive at 8:00am to Sign-in.** **Latecomers will miss the beginning and disrupt the symposium. ** Click Here to Register! Tickets Only $33 Our Speakers and their topics for the day: -Sustainable Environment Network Society- Keli Westgate- 8:30-9:15 am -Winterize Your Soil- Jane Emlyn- 9:30- 10:15 am -Grow Your Own Bread- Cuyler Page- 10:30- 11:30 am -Figs In the Okanagan?- … Continue reading Oct 18: Urban Farming Symposium, Vernon B.C
Why do my partner Nick and I want to grow food in cities? Why have we started a business that lenders and investors struggle to understand and for which there are no existing models or precedents for us to draw from as we plan? And why are we so passionate about this apparently quixotic vision? I guess like many others we see the writing on the wall. We need new ways of doing things, and new ways of thinking, if we want to thrive in the future. We don’t mind being ahead of the curve if that’s what it takes. … Continue reading Urban Stream: Food for the future, technology from the past