Shuswap Food Action

NEW

Let's Get Growing - Community Garden now underway!

After almost 2 years of planning, we are pleased to announce that the new community garden is nearly ready for it's first season of growing food for our community!

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GM Fish approved

GM fish approved by Health Canada - it won't be labelled and iit puts wild salmon at risk.

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Shuswap Food Conversations (click here for more info)
Weekly sessions
Intro Session on Thursday, May 12, 2016 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the Downtown Activity Centre
Followed by six sessions on Thursdays - 7:30 to 9:00 - from May 26 to June 30 at the new Urban Market at Village West (Lakeshore Dr & 10th St SW) Salmon Arm.

Farmland for Lease?
New! Land Database Project underway

Complete this fillable PDF or this Word document and e-mail in confidence to shuswapfoodaction@gmail.com

Contact Shuswap Food Action for more information about leasing your farm land to a local farmer. Contact us at shuswapfoodactioncoop@gmail.com to get the process started or consult with the FarmLink, the Young Agrarians and/or the LLAF (contact info below).

 

Reduce Property Taxes by Leasing Land

Call BC Assessment – Farm Assessor at 866-825-8322 Ext 19242
Ask if you would be eligible to lease your farmland to reduce property tax.

FarmLINK
farmlink.net

Post your land on the Map: https://www.farmlink.net/farm_map.html?view=map
Create an account first.

Phone: 519-836-7046 Ext 103
Email: farmlink@farmstart.ca

Young Agrarians
youngagrarians.org

1. Email a description of your land & photos to theyoungagrarians@gmail.com and ask them to add on their Land Blog. See what others have posted http://youngagrarians.org/category/land-2

2. Post your land information on the map http://maps.youngagrarians.org

3. Find detailed information in the BC Land Access Guide & Lease Templates: http://youngagrarians.org/young-agrarians-bc-land-access-guide-lease-license-templates
Email: theyoungagrarians@gmail.com

Linking Land and Farmers (LLAF)
llaf.ca

Land Owner information: http://llaf.ca/landowners

Sample Agreements: http://llaf.ca/agreements-contracts-2

Email: info@llaf.ca

Shuswap Food Action is an organization that has taken up the challenge of raising awareness around food security issues with the ultimate goal of initiating a local food policy.

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NEW! BC Business Mentorship Network and Young Agrarians - NOV 1 deadline

Are you a new animal or vegetable producer located in British Columbia between the ages of 18-35? Are you running a new farm and are looking for mentorship to grow your business?

Young Agrarians is running a BC Business Mentorship Network to pair up new farmers with seasoned farmers to cultivate the skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Mentors will work to help you analyze your operations and chart a course to move forward towards financial sustainability.

What You Get: 20-40 hours of one-on-one mentorship with an experienced farm business mentor, financial training, opportunities for peer networking, and greater online visibility through YA social channels.

Priority will be given (but not limited) to applicants who are new entrants into agriculture, residing in British Columbia, ages 18-35, having been in operation for 1-5 years.

Mentors will help evaluate production, operations, marketing, financial and risk management, as well as assist in developing and implementing strategic business goals for the upcoming season and beyond.

We would greatly appreciate you passing this around to your networks and encouraging any new farmers, producers, co-operatives to apply.

DEADLINE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2015

For all the details, visit our Business Page, or view the Mentorship Application.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!

Funding for the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network is provided in part by Salt Spring Coffee, Vancity Credit Union, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation
of BC.

Locally grown food helps support a sustainable environment.

Shuswap Food Action is an organization that has taken up the challenge of raising awareness around food security issues with the ultimate goal of initiating a local food policy.

Food security occurs when every member of the community has reasonable access to affordable, safe, nutritious food that has been locally produced.

The promotion of a sustainable local food system lays the foundation for a more prosperous economic climate.

By maintaining the agricultural character of the area and enhancing the availability of unique regional products the Shuswap will become even more attractive to residents and prospective visitors.

In order to bolster our local food network, Shuswap Food Action, in conjunction with a number of other groups, plans to facilitate lasting relationships between producers and retailers, to encourage low income and “at risk” groups to eat more nutritiously and to promote wider accessibility of local products for the general public.

A strong local food system means residents benefit from the availability of safe, nutritious food, while producers benefit from the increased revenue and the business community benefits from more money remaining in our local market place.

“Eat Local” is a relatively simple concept with implications that resonate throughout the whole community.

If you wish to learn more about us or become a part of the Shuswap Food Action Co-op contact us at shuswapfoodactioncoop@gmail.com.