An Urban Agriculture Revival
Who knew it would take a global pandemic to bring about an urban agriculture revival! In recent years, interest in things like vegetable production, bee-keeping and urban hens has been on the rise, but this year it skyrocketed. Empty grocery store shelves and limits on staples like flour, sugar, and yeast exposed the vulnerability of our food system and got people thinking about their own food security. Garden boxes and chicken coops have been popping up everywhere.
For the Kamloops Food Policy Council, this resurgence of interest in food production is something we’ve been striving for all along. A strong local food system is part of our vision and mission. One of our newest projects is the Butler Urban Farm, a small parcel of land on Clapperton Road across from the Kamloops Food Bank. When the Butler family was approached with the idea of creating a cooperative growing space on their empty North Shore property, they readily agreed and we are continually grateful for their generosity and community spirit that makes this project possible. What was not long ago empty ground is now in full production with rows of veggies, a couple of herb gardens, beautiful sunflowers and more. As well as vegetables, we’re growing resilience through knowledge-sharing and community engagement. Several aspiring growers have been able to take over small plots for their own use, and other volunteers come to spend time planting or weeding and go home with a handful of fresh vegetables. The bulk of the harvest will be donated to local emergency food providers like the Mount Paul Community Food Centre, the Mustard Seed, and the Covid Meal Train.
Thanks to our many supporters, including Peavey Mart, Breath Integration, the Kamloops Naturalist Club, the Fraser Basin Council, BC Interior Community Fund, Interior Savings Community Relief Fund, and Snap Up Real Estate - we look forward to a busy and productive season.