The first round of engagement for the Boundary Agriculture and Food System Plan is happening the first week of May.
Consultants will be touring Boundary communities to meet with farmers, ranchers, and food security advocates.
There are two open house planned:
- Thursday May 4th at the USCC (Doukhobor Hall) in Grand Forks from 6:00-8 p.m.
- Friday May 5th at the Westbridge Community Hall in Westbridge from 6:00-8 p.m.
A light meal will be provided at both open houses.
Members of the public are invited to drop-in at their convenience to meet with the consultants and discuss issues and opportunities related to agriculture and food security in then Boundary and the future of the local food system. The evening will also include a food asset mapping exercise (maps will be available).
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) is developing the Boundary Agriculture and Food System Plan to update to the existing Boundary Area Agriculture Plan (2011) and the create a new plan that addresses the entire food system, including food access and affordability, among other topics.
The Agriculture and Food System Plan will be developed with input from farmers, ranchers, foragers, frontline food access workers, health advocates, and consumers, and it will provide a valuable opportunity for Boundary Area residents to dialogue about the future of agriculture and food in their communities.
In an effort to meet with as many individuals as possible, the team of consultants, led by Upland Agricultural Consulting (Ione Smith) with Urban Food Systems (Janine de la Salle) and Peeling the Onion (Abra Brynne), will be touring farms and hosting discussions with local food security organizations during their visit.
A survey is also being developed to collect feedback on a number of issues pertaining to the plan.
There are two versions of the survey: one for farmers & ranchers and one for non-farming community members. Copies of the surveys will be available at the open houses, and they can be filled out online through the RDKB’s website.
The RDKB wishes to acknowledge the financial assistance of Interior Health Authority and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC for making this plan possible.