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We are seeking a talented part-time Event Coordinator to join our team. For complete details and application instructions, please view our posting.

Food Forward Forum

CRFAIR and the Victoria Foundation present our Annual Networking and Food System Checkup! Come share your passion for local food and connect with others working to promote health and sustainability in the Capital Region.December 3, 2015 from 9:00  to 12:30 at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific, Couvelier Pavilion

Register now at Eventbrite.

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CRFAIR and the Victoria Foundation present our Annual Networking and Food System Checkup! Come share your passion for local food and connect with others working to promote health and sustainability in the Capital Region.

December 3, 2015 from 9  to 12:30 at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific, Couvelier Pavilion

Register now at Eventbrite.

Youth Food Action Team

Are you passionate about food? Do you love to cook, grow or share food? Do you care about the future of food, where your food comes from and how your food gets to your plate. Join the Team!

To learn more about getting involved click HERE.

 

 

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Join us for the Ideas Fair-October 15

On-site “walk and talks” throughout the fall

Click HERE For more info.

 

Future of Farmland and the ALR in BC

An evening with Richard Bullock, Harold Steeves and Nathalie Chambers

October 28 or 29th details can be found HERE.

 

 

Summer and Spring Events

Spring Newsletter 2015

Click here for the Spring Newsletter 2015

BC Food Systems Gathering

Registration is now open for the 2015 BC Food Systems Gathering June 25-28 in Prince George, BC, in the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. ​Click to register The Call for Workshop Proposals is also open. Please submit a one or two paragraph description of your proposed workshop, presentation, or activity (as well as a short bio) by May 30, 2015 to gathering@bcfsn.org

Community Farmland Forum –all invited

Date: Monday May 25 Time: 7pm – 9pm Location: Saanich Commonwealth Place, Arbutus Room 4636 Elk Lake Dr. Saanich, BC

 

Food Literacy Roundtable

On February 2014, the Food Literacy World Café and Long Table Lunch was held at the Victoria Downtown Public Market to explore food literacy in the region. From this gathering of over 70 organizations and individuals we were given a tangible direction to support, and increase food literacy in the region. It has been a year since we last met, we are bringing everyone back around the table on Wednesday June 18th to present several strategy and begin align our work and efforts. Click HERE to register for the event or contact Aaren Topley (aaren.topley@gmail.com) for more info.

Read the report from the Food Literacy Roundtable, click HERE

Connecting for Healthy Food in Schools Network Meeting

The Network has been meeting since 2012. It was formed recognizing that there was a proliferation of activities happening in schools related to food, but that there was a need for connection, sharing of resources, learning and coordination that could help to lift up everyone’s work. Email Aaren Topley (aaren.topley@gmail..com) for more information and to connect with other people in your community who are putting healthy local food in schools. .

 

April 2015 Events

Get Ready Get Local poster Local food champions Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), FarmFolk CityFolk and the Island Chefs’ Collaborative (ICC) are joining forces to present Get Ready, Get Local, a new local food and sustainable agriculture expo for Vancouver Island.  The event will showcase Island foods, and the farmers, ranchers and fishers that produce it, alongside local food artisans, craft brewers, vintners, recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders including home food and garden professionals. Capturing the energy and enthusiasm driving the local food movement on Vancouver Island, Get Ready, Get Local seeks to address specific business needs of local producers and buyers through networking and marketing opportunities and targeted workshops, and providing them with an opportunity to market their amazing local food products and services to a engaged public through a public marketplace. CRFAIR coordinator Linda Geggie is excited to work with FarmFolk CityFolk and the ICC on this venture: “We have common goals of building a sustainable local food economy and believe we can help build Island food businesses by creating industry and public networking opportunities like this.” Get Ready, Get Local will also give the public a chance to “get local” with opportunities to sign up for a community-supported agriculture (CSA) box, orient themselves with their local farmers’ markets, or attend workshops on how to make the most out of the local food bounty, including preserving the harvest, backyard chickens and edible landscaping, for example. Get Ready, Get Local will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Victoria Conference Centre.  The public marketplace will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (admission $5), followed by an industry-only reception from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  For more information visit the event website www.getreadygetlocal.com. Advance tickets and tradeshow registration available through Eventbrite (Get Ready Get Local Vancouver Island).

Past Events

Farmer2Farmer -networking and peer learning event for the farm community February 19th at the Saanich Fairgrounds-see Farmer2Farmer.ca to register Seedy Saturday- CRFAIR led panel Fresh Ideas for Growing Food in Cities -February 21 Seedy Saturday  Come attend the panel and roundtable on growing food in cities! Watch for the CRFAIR newsletter this month!

Report on the Food Forward Annual Gathering 2014

Thanks to all of you for joining us at the Food Forward Forum this year! We learned a lot from all of our speakers and from the roundtable discussions. Click HERE to read the report. We are looking forward to moving many of the great ideas forward in 2015. Enjoy the photos below! FoodForwardSummit_2014_FoodEconomyFoodForwardSummit_2014_FoodLiteracy

Food Forward Summit – November 25th/2014

On November 25th/2014 the Food Forward Summit will brings together leaders from community, local government, food and farm industry, funding agencies, and health and education sectors. Come hear about current policy, planning, education and action projects that address local issues with local solutions! Click HERE to register. $10 @ the door, includes a local lunch provided by Nourish. FoodForwardPoster_WithoutEventBriteLink_Picture

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Policy that supports the growing of  local food

Photo Courtesy of Hannah Roessler

What is the Story of Our Foods? Food, we eat it three times a day. But what is it’s pathway to our plate? Most of us get our food from the grocery store through a global food system. This system, while it has provided cheap food, currently contributes to environmental destruction and climate change, to poor health and nutrition, and to great inequity worldwide. We know we can do better, and there is a significant and concerted effort afoot to build a healthy and sustainable regional food system and support equitable and responsible trade. Over 20,000 people in the region are food insecure. One third of the population suffer from diet related chronic health issues (diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension). And although there are over a 1000 farms and over 9000 hectares of some of the best lands in Canada, we only consume 5% grown from the region. New generations are losing valuable food skills and knowledge and Indigenous people are struggling to regain their food culture, lost through colonization. Knowing our challenges, we also see our assets, and we know we have the ingredients here to make change for the better. CRFAIR is a network of food, farm, health organizations working together to shift how we grow, share and eat food. Over ten years ago the Regional Food Charter was created and set out the vision for a sustainable, secure and health promoting food system. This website explores the issues and the opportunities to work together for change.  Click on the image below to view.

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Food connects us all. 

Do what you can. Some of the simplest things can be the most powerful!

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