Co-Creating A Sustainable Local Food System
Get Local is a partnered projectwith the Vancouver Farmers Market. Get Local is a public program to educate consumers about the benefits of eating locally, where to find local food, and how to adopt a diet consisting of more local food products. Our web-site and educational materials are in English, Chinese and Punjabi. Our rack cards are distributed through the Get Local Business Alliance, Coastal Health Authority, City of Vancouver Parks & Recreation, and the Vancouver Public Library. Behind the scenes, in partnership with several organizations, including Local Food First, we work with food producers and food buyers to increase business relationships and address some of the food supply and distribution issues that are facing British Columbia. Our bigger goal for this project is to increase consumer demand for BC food products and provide BC producers with a solid market to increase production. Website
Brian has been working with us to develop a line of photo based products, including art calendars and greeting cards, that honour our local sustainable food and agriculture community.
FarmFolk/CityFolk organizes 3 annual Feast of Fields events during August and September, one in the Lower Mainland, one on Vancouver Island, and one in the Okanagan. These events are a celebration of our local harvest and provide an opportunity for city folks to spend an afternoon at a farm, sampling the best of BC's food and beverages prepared by local chefs, vintners, brewers, and food artisans. Feast of Fields also provides a networking opportunity for farmers and chefs, chefs and vintners and brewers, and food service professionals and artisan food producers. Feast of Fields is also a wonderful opportunity for small-scale producers to introduce new product lines to potential buyers.
Incredible Edible Tours
This project was developed over a period of three years with the goal of not only developing a successful farm tour program, but also building it into a financially self-sustaining program. We are pleased to have succeeded and to those interested in starting similar tours in other areas of British Columbia, read our "Organizing Farm Tours" report. (pdf 2.2MB)
There are lots of wonderful initiatives in BC for children to learn more about our food system. We have searched our database and the Internet and are pleased to list the following for your use.