Have you heard?! Lillooet Grown is now on Instagram!We’re excited to be connected in on one of today’s most-used social media platforms. Bi-weekly posts of locally grown goodness and recipes, as well as a “Friday Feature” of local businesses – growers, producers and makers. Hop on over to Insta and give us a follow now @lillooet_grown to keep up with the amazing things that are grown, hand-crafted, and created right here in Lillooet. If you’re a business and have a really great post that you would like to have featured, don’t hesitate to send us a DM with your request. Our aim is to support the food system, but artisanal goods available at the market or around town are also welcome additions to the feed. Happy to share events to get the word out, as we are aiming to connect with business locally as well as regionally in order to strengthen networks and knowledge. What would you like to see on our Insta? Drop us a line! Facebook, Instagram or email – email@example.com – are all options for reaching out and making suggestions or asking questions.
Looking forward to a year of discovering Lillooet Grown products, produce and people!
If you read our blog, our saw the article in our July newsletter, then you know that Megan was working for LAFS this summer as our Loans and Grants assistant. Here is a little bit about what she accomplished!
Megan was able to get funding from the SLRD for Lillooet Food Matters’ Mushroom workshop that happened at the end of August/beginning of September. The event was a great success, you can read more about it on Lillooet Food Matters blog here.
The major summer project was a BC Community Gaming Grant application. We applied for funding to cover more education and outreach, and workshops for 2020. This proved to be quite the project!
Megan also applied for a Nutrition Link grant specifically for workshops. The plan is to run a series of food preservation workshops next summer if we are successful. Workshops would follow the fruit, with a July workshop about preserving apricots, an August workshop about preserving peaches and a fall workshop for apples, plums and pears.
Part of the job this summer was to connect local producers with funding opportunities available to them. Megan reached out to several farms, and did lots of research on programs and funding available.
We were looking into funding to have a workshop/forum with keynote speakers at the end of the year. Topics would be on aspects of a food hub, for example, having someone speak on running a co-op and another speaking on distributing products as a group. Andrea Harris from the BC Co-Op Association is keen to come and speak here in Lillooet, and we are planning to collaborate with our Community Coordinator to hold the event late this fall.
A big thank you to Megan for all of her work applying, connecting with people and researching for LAFS this summer!
“It has been a pleasure working for LAFS these past few months. I have enjoyed playing part in the inner workings of the society and seeing what is being done in our local community to support and enhance the agricultural industry. I only hope that my small role has made a valuable contribution, and that LAFS continues to be able to offer support to local farmers and a connection to the general population.” – Megan
If you don’t know what gleaning is, it means collecting of fruit that is not going to be used and finding people and places who would like it! Produce that might have gone to waste becomes a welcome source of fresh food for many who might otherwise go without. – KFPC
Every community does this a little differently, for example, the Kamloops Gleaning Abundance Program donates to community programs including the Kamloops Food Bank, ASK Wellness and Centre for Seniors Information.
“Traditionally the structure of gleaning is organized such that, the pickers receive ⅓ of the fruit, the homeowners receive ⅓ of the fruit, and the last ⅓ goes to a foodbank or other charitable organization. The Lillooet Foodbank did not have the capacity to deal with fresh fruit, and was only open a few days a week. It was important that this free food could still be given to those in need, so some smaller donations were made directly to individuals who could not get there.” – Wren Kerslake
This year in Lillooet, donations went to P’egp’íg’lha Community Centre, and several local residents. With a total of 22 trees gleaned, and lots of conversation and connection on the Gleaning for Life Facebook page, for a first year of dedicated gleaning, we were very happy with the project!
“Thank you so much Wren, for doing such an awesome job this summer I can’t express how much appreciation I have for all your efforts and how much Wildlife conflict was avoided thanks to the gleaning program.” – Jennifer Davidson, District of Lillooet Bylaw Enforcement Officer
A big thank you from all of us! We are planning on continuing the Gleaning Program this fall and starting up again next spring. If you have fruit, want fruit, or would like to come out and help, connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Gleaningforlife/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lillooet Agriculture & Food Society needs a Cold Storage Facility Pitch Package and Feasibility Study and is accepting proposals in response to this Request for Proposal to find a qualified source to provide a Cold Storage Facility Pitch Package and Feasibility Study. The goal of the Study is to:
- Determine the economic viability of a cold/dry storage facility in Lillooet
- Evaluate the market and assess the financial feasibility
- Research and recommend partnerships, land acquisition/lease and optimal size
- Gather Input from St’át’imc Bands as to their interest in partnership/use of the facility
- Create a list of recommendations for next steps
- Create a pitch package to present to potential investors/partners
The objective of this Request for Proposal is to locate a contractor or professional that will provide the best overall report to the LILLOOET AGRICULTURE & FOOD SOCIETY. While price is a significant factor, other criteria will form the basis of our award decision, as more fully described in the Evaluation Factors section of the Request for Proposal below.
You can find the RFP here.
Proposals must be received prior to September 5, 2019 to be considered.
Check out the job descriptions below for more information.