Welcome Kamloops to Farm to School BC

Kamloops is one of three new regional hubs for Farm to School BC and as the  Community Animator I’ll be working with  schools in and around Kamloops to bring more local food into  schools, create opportunities for hands-on learning and strengthen community connections. I’m working closely with the School District #73, especially Sherry Stade, the Health Promoting Schools Coordinator, the Interior Health Authority, local farmers and food producers, and the Kamloops Food Policy Council.

By way of introduction, I’d like to share a personal story about some travelling seeds- from the Community Garden located in X̱wemelch’stn / Squamish Nation Capilano Reserve to gardens all over North America, via a school garden in East Van, around the corner from where we used to live.

Harry's business planB

When my son Harry was 8, he came with me to the annual Table Matters forum- where citizens, municipal government leaders, community organizations and local business gather to talk about sharing food on Vancouver’s North Shore. Harry was always happy to come to my meetings: he’s always hungry and there is always lots of delicious food.

Scott Rowe (now working on this innovative food recovery project) was on stage sharing his dream to compost more food waste locally to support urban agriculture projects.

Harry was getting a bit squirmy, so I pulled out a sketch pad and whispered to him a bit about Scott’s ideas and he took off drawing and scheming about bikes, gardens and compost.

We shared it on our school garden blog and offered some seeds as a give-away to our first commenters. The kids loved it as did our friends, many of whom are educators.  Jason won a packet and started blogging his seeds progress. At season’s end Jason offered his harvested seeds….and so it goes.

In the years since,  those seeds have now been grown and shared  all over North America.  People have been sharing the progress of their seeds on Twitter the last few years, tagging it #seeditforward

The sunflower seeds were gifted  to us at Table Matters by  the gardeners at Harmony Garden,  a project to grow Indigenous food security through growing food and habitat restoration.  Thank-you to all the gardeners and your stewardship of the land.

First light, final sunflowers.

Here’s to a great season of growing and sharing food and connections…

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