CERIP Funding for Storage

LAFS applied for funding through the Canadian Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program to build on the work that we have done for the last three years around agricultural storage facilities.

We are very happy to announce that we were successful in our application for Agricultural Storage for the Lillooet area. A huge thank you to the Province of British Columbia for funding this project, and all of the other great projects that were awarded funding.

This project dovetails perfectly with our current Investment Readiness Project, which is currently in progress.

LAFS is now working on finding suitable locations for Agricultural Storage in Lillooet, and figuring out the next steps in terms of drawings, plans, organizational structure, and possible business models.

As an organization, we aim to support all agricultural endeavours, and hope to include a processing facility in the building to assist with the next stage of getting our local farmers’ products to market.

The project will start this year, and may take a year or two to complete. We will continue to post updates on here, as well as on our social media channels. If you have any any questions, or would like more information about the project, please contact us to discuss!

Investment Readiness Program Project

The Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society has been working on plans for an Agricultural Storage Facility for the last two years. A Cold Storage Facility Pitch Package & Feasibility Study was published in January of 2020, and followed up by Agricultural Storage Business Planning work with Roots and Rivers in the summer of 2020.

From this, LAFS felt ready to apply for the next steps – and wrote a proposal to the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) to do just that. We were successful in our application, which will build on the work we did through 2019 and 2020.

The next steps involved hiring a consulting team to further research best practices and industry standards, looking specifically to similar models which include a food coop aspect and community-first approach. With this IRP project, LAFS will also work to determine the ownership and operational structure and build the membership and team that will manage it,  secure the location for the facility through lease or partnership, and have concept drawings completed for the facility.

Consultants and LAFS’ Storage Facility Committee Members during their site visits.

We are excited to announce that Greenchain Consulting has taken on the project this spring, in partnership with Motiv Architects and Sustainability Ventures. The consulting team visited Lillooet last week and talked to a number of food producers as well as visited some potential sites for the cold storage.

If you would like to talk to the consultants about food storage needs, please contact LAFS at lillooetagricultureandfood@gmail.com. We are working on compiling a list of food producers in the region for the consultants to connect with.

The project is set to wrap up by the end of June, so stay tuned for an update in our next newsletter!

LAFS AGM

Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society’s Annual General Meeting
will take place on May 5, 2021 at 12:00pm.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Dial in: +1 778 907 2071 Canada
Meeting ID: 867 0581 7507
Find your local number.

Below are the links to our AGM minutes from last year,
as well as the upcoming year’s agenda, and the proposed changes to our mandate,
for your review.

Let us know if you have any additions, comments or questions,
or trouble connecting!

Email, call, or text our Executive Director, Sarah Petznick:
lillooetagricultureandfood@gmail.com or 778-887-2027

Lillooet Grown Videos

Last year, the Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society applied for funding to create promotional videos for our local food and agriculture scene.

LAFS hired Brad Kasselman of Coast Mountain Photography to create four segments, each with a different theme. We are very excited to be launching this amazing work this spring!

The videos really do speak for themselves, and each have a slightly different variation on the Lillooet Grown theme – Taste, Discover and Grow are shorter edits, which you can find on our website at About > Lillooet.

On our main page, you will find the full length video, Destination Lillooet: www.lillooetagricultureandfood.org

When you have time, sit down, take a moment, and appreciate this wonderful place that we get to grow and share food.

Where to buy Seeds!

Here’s a list provided by Lillooet Food Matters (via Farm Folk City Folk) of BC Seed companies who grow their own seeds.

  • BC Eco Seed Co-op
  • Good Earth Farm
  • Laughing Swan Farm
  • Omega Blue Farms
  • Planting Seeds Project 
  • RavenSong Seeds
  • Rebecca’s Garden
  • Saanich Organics
  • Small Island Seed Co.
  • Sunshine Farm Seeds
  • Naramata Seeds
  • Full Circle Seeds
  • Salt Spring Seeds

Another excellent source for seeds companies, though it is Canada-wide, is Seeds of Diversity www.seeds.ca. Their website includes an easy-to-use search engine. And of course there are seeds available in Lillooet! Timber Mart and True Value carry West Coast Seeds and Pacific Northwest Seeds.


We encourage you to order seeds soon as there is a high demand this year due to the increased interest in food security.

Farm Tour Schedule

Friday, September 18th

Lillooet Farmers’ Market 8:30am to 1pm

Seed to Culture ~ Open 1pm to 6pm

Fort Berens Winery ~ Open 10am to 6pm

Riley Creek Farm ~ drop-ins welcome from 12pm to 5pm

Cliff and Gorge Vineyards ~ call to book a tour 250-256-8000


Saturday, September 19th

Fort Berens Winery ~ Open 10am to 6pm
Concert at 6:30pm!  Book tickets in advance.

Riley Creek Farm ~ drop-ins welcome from 12pm to 5pm
1 hour guided tour starts at 11am
Spray Creek Ranch ~ drop-ins welcome 10:00 - 17:00 
1.5 hour guided tour starts at 2pm!

Cliff and Gorge Vineyards ~ call to book a tour 250-256-8000


Sunday, September 20th

Fort Berens Winery ~ Open 10am to 6pm

Riley Creek Farm ~ drop-ins welcome from 12pm to 5pm
1 hour guided tour starts at 11am!

Spray Creek Ranch ~ drop-ins welcome 10:00 - 17:00 
1.5 hour guided tour starts at 2pm!

Cliff and Gorge Vineyards ~ call to book a tour 250-256-8000

Lillooet Grown (LG) Video Marketing Campaign

The Lillooet Agriculture & Food Society, a non-profit society supporting local farmers, ranchers and growers, needs a LILLOOET GROWN VIDEO MARKETING CAMPAIGN and is accepting proposals in response to this Request for Proposal (this “RFP,” or this “Request for Proposal”) to find a qualified source to provide a LILLOOET GROWN VIDEO MARKETING CAMPAIGN. Our goal with the LILLOOET GROWN VIDEO MARKETING CAMPAIGN is to:

Assist the agricultural community with the development of a common local identity or brand.  This video series will continue building brand recognition and trust with our target audiences by producing and deploying a series of short promotional videos. 

The objective of this Request for Proposal is to locate a contractor or professional that will provide the best overall plan 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 this Request for Proposal here.

Proposals must be received prior to July 22, 2020 to be considered.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE COLD STORAGE FACILITY STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN

The Lillooet Agriculture & Food Society, a non-profit society supporting local farmers, ranchers and growers, needs a STORAGE FACILITY STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN and is accepting proposals in response to this Request for Proposal (this “RFP,” or this “Request for Proposal”) to find a qualified source to provide a COLD STORAGE FACILITY STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN. Our goal with the COLD STORAGE BUSINESS PLAN is to:

Allow stakeholders to align their business activities with the vision of the venture and to set realistic goals, as well as keep them on track and benchmark progress. The plan will allow the business enterprise to adapt quickly to a changing environment, both internally and externally, and overcome potential problems by looking to the future. The business strategy will help build consensus with stakeholders on venture direction, financial projections and building costs. 

After the completion of the business plan, stakeholders would leverage this business plan to implement necessary steps and to attract more funders and partners in the enterprise.

The objective of this Request for Proposal is to locate a contractor or professional that will provide the best overall plan 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 this Request for Proposal here.

Online Market in Lillooet!

While Farmers’ Markets have been deemed an essential service, they will be very limited both in vendors and access. At least for a while longer.

In light of this predicament for farmers and producers, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is helping markets across the province go online this year!  Thanks to the generous support of the Ministry of Agriculture Buy BC program and Vancity, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets will cover the fees for the 2020 season.

The Lillooet Market will be online on the Local Line platform.
Here, you will be able to order from lots of your favourite farmers, and have your food delivered to a pick up location that is convenient for you!

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Here is the link to our online market:
https://www.localline.ca/lillooet-farmers-market

With the support of Area B Director Vivian Birch-Jones, the Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society applied to the SLRD for funding to support having a staff person for pick-up and delivery.  

Starting May 22nd, Seed to Culture will be open on Fridays from 1pm – 6pm for Local Line order deliveries and pickup.

(Don’t forget that you are welcome to order from our online store starting today!  You can specify pick-up or delivery details with each vendor.)

The Farmers’ Market board of directors will be re-assessing having a physical market at the end of the month, so keep an eye out for more info about our physical market.

Don’t hesitate to email us at lillooetagricultureandfood@gmail.com or call 778-887-2027 if you have any questions about your local, online shopping experience!

New Code of Practice: Agriculture Environmental Management (AEM Code)

The BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has recently released a Code of Practice for Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM Code). This new regulation is set up to ensure the protection of drinking water, watercourses and air.

This applies to all agricultural operations in BC; from small hobby farms to large scale commercial operations.

This code applies to you if you do any of the following activities on your farm:

  • Agricultural composting
  • Growing plants
  • Keeping livestock or poultry
  • Spreading manure, fertilizer or other nutrient sources
  • Storing manure or other agricultural by-products
  • Using boilers and heaters
  • Using and storing wood residue

We have added this resource to our database, so you can learn more about the requirements of this code, how the code will be enforced, and what you need to do.

You can find out more about the AEM code by visiting the BC government website.