BSC2009 – Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture – Part 1

Food for thought: Local Government Action for Food Secure Communities

The document “A Seat at the Table” is intended to empower municipalities to take control of their food security. The presentation this afternoon is co-presented by Provincial Health, the Village of Hazelton and Kamloops Food Policy Council.

Local Economy

  • Connect consumers to suppliers
  • food dollars remain in the community


  • reduce food miles
  • reduce waste going to landfills

Health and community

  • Increase physical activity in collecting fresh foods
  • Opportunities for connecting community
  • Social networks

Food Security Continuum

  • Stage 1 – Short Term Relief (efficiency) – Emergency Charitable Food Programs
  • Stage 2  – Capacity Building (transitional) – Community Kitchens and Gardens
  • Stage 3 – Redesign – Local Food Economy, Food Policy Networks

Kamloops Initiatives

  • Foodshare
  • Gleaning
  • Collecting from Supermarkets
  • Partnerships with Local Government
  • Community Kitchens
    • Teaching
    • Canning
  • Community Gardens – four in Kamloops – council planning sixty more plots.
  • GardenGate – organic urban agriculture on land owned by Interior Health
    • Training Centre
  • Farmers Markets
  • Food Policy Organizations
  • Food policy is embedded in Kamloops Social Plan with elements in health and employment
    • Working toward 100-Mile Diet
    • Storefront of local food.
    • Contracted to Delta Sun Peaks
    • Farm to School – supplying salad bars
    • using public parks and lands
    • Best Practices in Urban Agriculture (BC Food Systems Website)
    • Urban Hens pilot project didn’t get ongoing support
    • Connecting People.

Building Food Security in Canada 2nd Edition is a good resource on this topic.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.