Peace Community Food Hub

Hello Northern Food Producers,

The Northern Cohort is inviting you to share your perspective of a Food Hub for the Peace Region. We have put together a comprehensive survey:  to begin click here! Thank you for taking the time to provide your input. We anticipate this will take you less than 30 minutes. Read on for alternative ways to connect and have your say in the month of June.

On Farm Food Hub Info Sessions Next Week

Join Bess, Pippa, and the Eco-Farm Skills Team to learn about Northern Cohort and this exciting new opportunity to support food security for the Peace Region. Come for a farm tour, lend a hand, and share your perspective on a food hub in person.  We hope to see you there!  

Monday, May 25 from 4-6 pm @ Paulette Flamond’s Boreal Gardens in Charlie Lake

Wednesday, May 27 from 4-6 @ Cait Vince’s Rustic Market Garden at 12804 Carter St, Hudson’s Hope, BC

Background

The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) has been supporting farmers through our Northern Co-Hort program since fall 2018. It is our goal to see food security achieved in the Peace Region. The Northern Co-Hort has connected a community of farmers interested in diversifying their farm products to support a community of food consumers in the north. The Eco-Tactics Report conducted by the PRRD in 2017 recognized the potential for diversifying agricultural products, identifying a lack of overarching institutional support. More recently, the Provincial Ministry of Agriculture funded a series of food hub feasibility studies, which mainly took place across the lower mainland to support farm businesses and food entrepreneurs. Drawing on our previous work and our community of farmers and ranchers, the Northern Co-Hort has undertaken the creation of a food hub tailored to the needs of producers in the Peace Region and across the north.

Strategy

We are working with Strategies North to conduct research around the feasibility of this Food Hub concept. Our vision for a food secure north cannot take place without input from you – our producers! The Peace Region is unique and holds a wealth of farming knowledge and agricultural capacity. We are excited about hearing from a group of innovators willing to explore creative solutions to develop food security for our northern communities. Your answers will guide us through determining the feasibility of building a food hub for the region. 

You can find the survey at > https://strategies.engage-sn.ca/en/projects/neat-food-hub <  

Northern Farmer Connections

If you or another producer you know may not find it convenient to fill out online surveys, we understand! We also understand that it is a busy part of the production year so we will be popping up at Co-Hort member farms in a community near you over the next month. We invite you to join us to lend a hand, take in a farm tour, share knowledge of our food hub concept, and in the process we hope to gather some valuable information from any interested producers. This is a great opportunity for landowners who may like to start their own Market Garden or Northern Orchard with an established market for sales in the Peace. Talk to us about becoming a Cohort member and the benefits included, more info here.

In Cooperation,

Bess Legault

Northern Co-Hort Coordinator

Northern Environmental Action Team

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