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 email@example.com
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.
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This year, the Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society will again be partnering with the Friendship Centre Society, First Nations Health and Interior Health to run the BC Farmers’ Market Nutritional Coupon Program for the 2019 season.
If you haven’t heard of the Coupon Program, here is a little bit about it:
The program provides a way for low-income families and individuals to access fresh, nutritious foods at our local market. Each week, the person enrolled in the program through one of our partners is given $21 in coupons that can be spent on fresh meat, eggs, fruit and vegetables.
The BCAFM Nutritional Coupon Program supports underprivileged families and individuals, giving them access to fresh food that is otherwise expensive and not always an option at the Food Bank. In addition to this positive contribution to our community’s health and wellness, having the program here last year was a huge catalyst for making our market more viable. Vendors who in the past had come irregularly were showing up every week, which meant much more fresh produce available for the community. Everyone involved (our three community partners, the farmers’ market board, the participants and LAFS staff and directors) were strong supporters of the
We had great success last year, and all those involved had positive feedback about the benefits of being a part of the program. Lillooet was allotted 12 families by the program, and last year 100 People Who Care donated funds to support 12 more families/individuals in need. And we still had a waitlist!
If you are interested in being involved in the
Our goal is to support as many people in Lillooet as we can, and we hope to be able to support at least the same number as last year (24).
To learn more, check out the link to the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets video below. Note that the coupons are now $21 a week, instead of $15.