In this issue….Food Hub Reno’s, Jazz Fest Fundraiser, Food Cupboard usage stats, Food for Fines, New books, and more!
** Farmers Market Coupons
We’ve just finished our first season of being involved in the provincially funded Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program, and boy are we loving it! An initiative of the BC Association of Farmers Markets, the program provides weekly coupons to over 20 families and seniors in our community. Individuals can use coupons to buy fruit, vegetables, eggs and more from local farmers at the Kaslo Saturday Market. Recipients of the coupons have let us know how much they appreciate this program as it allows them to purchase healthy, seasonal foods they might not otherwise be able to afford. “I can feel the difference it makes to my health,” one coupon recipient said. Happily, the program recently announced they have received funding to continue through 2018 and we will continue to be part of the program.
** Food Hub Renovations
The Food Hub has been successful in getting financial support to do some long-awaited renovations to our space in the basement of the United Church Hall. Thanks to funding from Columbia Basin Trust, the Hospital Auxiliary and Paul Hunter, as well as donations by Kaslo Building Supply and Intrinsic Energy we have begun renovations and will complete them this fall.
Our renovations include:
* a new refrigeration unit for our walk-in cooler
* a sink and countertop in our Food Cupboard space
* improved lighting for safety and efficiency
* soundproofing the ceiling underneath the United Church hall
* drywall and paint on walls to brighten up the Food Cupboard space
* office flooring
* upgrading electrical capacity
Five cheers for this facelift for our food security headquarters!
Part of our new refrigeration system. Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust for help with this renovation.
** Food Hub Fundraiser at
Kaslo Jazz Fest
Jazz Fest South Beach Campground Managed by Food Hub and volunteers
The Kaslo Jazz Fest was a huge success this year and a big part of it was increased crowd capacity due to campgrounds. Food Cupboard coordinator Dustin East (along with 14 volunteers) took the responsibility to manage the “South Beach” campground. In return, the food hub received half the net profits – $2600! and also made additional revenue serving coffee, smoothies and snacks. $1500 of the money raised has been used towards Food Hub renovations. This venture was both beneficial to the Food Hub and the Kaslo Jazz Fest Society. Thank you to Dale Unruh for the use of his land on “South Beach” and all the hard working volunteers who made it happen. We look forward to working together in the future.
Tool Library – another busy season!
As always, summer and fall provide more food than you can eat. What’s the solution? Process some of it and enjoy it this winter! Our culinary Tool Library has a wide selection of food processing aids that can help make your job easier. Juicers, dehydrators, fruit press, food processor, canners, vacuum sealers, smoker, grain mill, meat grinder, oil press and more. Rent a tool from us for $5-$10/week and let it help make your job of preserving the harvest easier and more efficient. See our complete tool selection athttp://nklcss.org/home/article/tool-library
Our tool library rented out 25 items in the last three months, helping build a more food-secure Kaslo and Area D.
** Food Cupboard – by the numbers
The Food Cupboard (our food bank service) has been a busy place this summer and fall. This past August, we had a record number of clients, serving 277 people from Kaslo and Area D in the month. This compared with 186 clients in August of 2015. As usage increases, the food cupboard will be looking for creative ways to increase revenue, donations, and reduce expenses. The success of it is only possible thanks to our strong volunteer team. We send out our appreciations to all volunteers who make the Food Hub a friendly and safe place to be. Please contact the food hub to see how you can be involved.
Food Cupboard visits (total number of people served) in 2015 totaled 2492, up 11% from the year before. We are on track to service over 3000 in 2016. While alarming, this rise in food bank use mirrors statistics right across Canada.
** Food Safe Level 1
for Hub Volunteers
Eight of our Food Hub volunteers, involved in helping receive, package, and process food will receive Food Safe training this fall. The one-day Selkirk College course will give participants their Level 1 Food Safe certificate and help ensure we follow best practices for food handling here at the Kaslo Food Hub
** Harvest Share
Food Recovery Program
Our Harvest Share Food Recovery Program has been busy receiving and processing food donations throughout the late summer and fall. On top of handing out fresh food weekly at our Food Cupboard, our team of volunteers has stocked two freezers full of amazing fruit that we will be able to give out over the course of the winter, providing smoothie ingredients for our Food Cupboard users. Our food recovery program doesn’t only accept fruit, we also receive garden produce, farm fresh vegetables, as well as bread and other grocery items. We’ve had donations from local stores, ski lodges, individual gardeners and farmers, the Kaslo Community Garden and more. All of this helps to fill our shelves with great product and our clients note the quality and are grateful for the diversity of food that is offered.
If you’ve been a community donor to this program, thank you. It’s your generosity that allows us to distribute healthy and nourishing food.
** KLAS Walking Tractor (make your plans now for next spring!)
Fall is here and there is work to be done in tilling down crops and weeds or prepping the ground for cover crops. Whatever your plans, big or small, the BCS walking tractor is a tool that can help you do the job better. We have arranged with Kootenay Local Agriculture Society to house this community resource here, and make it available to you to rent for your farming and gardening needs. Since bringing the tool here this year, we’ve had three farmers and one gardener rent the walking tractor.
Check out these videos that show what this little machine can do!
Tractor and rototiller: http://nklcss.us10.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=55cfdf63222fb96971ea818d6&id=6c2abec18c&e=835a574d92
Tractor and rotary plow: http://nklcss.us10.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=55cfdf63222fb96971ea818d6&id=0bfe10a087&e=835a574d92
Call us to book your rental this fall or next spring!
** New additions to our
Thanks to Robert and Shelagh Smith for donating two excellent new titles to our Resource Library.
Food Forestry North of the 49th by Richard Walker is a permaculture book based on Richards extensive experience gained developing the much-lauded Dragons Eye farm in Grand Forks.Short and snappy, packed with loads of information on how to develop permaculture gardens here in the interior of BC, and complete with many photos this is a great resource if you want to make your gardens in the style of “permanent agriculture”, known as permaculture.
Symphony of the Soil, a documentary film by Deborah Koons Garcia. Poetic and visionary, it uses footage from four continents to show that healthy soil is the foundation for healthy plants and healthy humans.
The Food Hub Resource Library is a collection of books on food topics such as: gardening, farming, livestock, herbs, cookbooks, nutrition and more. Come check out this community resource and sign something out today, there’s no charge.
We have a great selection of cookbooks. Come down and get some new ideas for warm comfort food this fall!
** Holistic Management Planning for Food Hub
On October 26th some of the staff, management, and board members of the Food Hub and NKLCSS will undergo a holistic management planning workshop focussing on how we make decisions, prioritize resources, and achieve goals here at the Food Hub. This one-day intensive is sure to give us insight and direction into how we can make our programming best serve our communities needs. Training is provided by Adaptive Habitat and funding for this comes from a professional development grant from the McConnell Foundation, the funder of our food recovery program.
** Food For Fines
For the month of November the Kaslo Public Library is offering a chance for you to support the Food Hub and erase your library fines! Bring a non-perishable food item to the library and have your fines wiped clean.
Our wish list includes:
* Nut and seed butters
* Canned goods (especially protein)
* Alternative milks
* Powdered milk
* Cooking oils
* Fruit juices
* Dry pastas
* Bulk goods (nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit)
Please note: no outdated, opened, or homemade items will be accepted.
** Call for Volunteers
Are you interested in volunteering your time with the Kaslo Food Hub? We are seeking volunteers for the following activities:
* Help in planning our Seedy Sunday event in late February, 2017
* Help volunteering in our Food Hub gardens in 2017
If either of these interest you, call us at 353-7120. We’d love to talk to you!