Kaslo Food Hub Newsletter Summer 2018

In this issue….Edible Garden Tour 2018, Kaslo Saturday Market begins, Nutrition Coupon Program expands, Food Hub Gardens, and more!

Edible Garden Tour 2018
Sunday, July 22nd, 10am-3pm.

Mark your calendars and save the date! Green thumbs across Kaslo and area have been busy planting their gardens, and now we’re ready to showcase some examples of great food-producing gardens in our annual Edible Garden Tour. This is your chance to “peer over the neighbour’s fence” and see how they manage to grow all that food! Bring a friend with you and walk through select gardens in Kaslo and area and pick up some tips from the gardeners themselves on how and why the grow they way they do.

A mainstay of our tour is the wonderfully diverse and vibrant Kaslo Community Gardens. The community garden club will be hosting an educational workshop there after the tour, at 3pm, that is open to the public. We’ll announce more details shortly.
Door prizes are donated by local Kaslo businesses and garden tour participants can enter a draw to win!

This is an NKLCSS event supported by Columbia Basin Trust.

Kaslo Saturday Market
10am-2pm Weekly

The Kaslo Saturday Market, brought to you by NKLCSS, has started it’s 2018 season. We’re back with a great diversity of vendors – from farmers selling produce, meat, eggs and flowers to artists and crafters with unique hand-made items, there is something for everyone here. Weekly music organized by the NKL Arts and Heritage council features many of your favourite local musicians, and the Art in the Market tent always has a hands-on art activity to keep you and your family busy exploring your creative side.

Come down to Front Street Park and rub shoulders with your neighbours at this community event!

** Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupon Program Expands in Kaslo, supports 88 participants

Thanks to the BC Association of Farmer’s Markets and the BC Ministry of Health we are once again able to provide low-income families, seniors and pregnant mothers with coupons for the Kaslo Saturday Market in 2018. This program aims to increase the health and nutrition of participants by providing increased access to fresh, seasonal foods like fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy and herbs.

It’s a win-win situation, as each family receives $21 in coupons weekly that can be spent at our local farmer’s market. The money then goes directly into the pockets of our local food producers, increasing their viability. Thanks to this program the Kaslo Food Hub is able to provide a total of $9,072 of coupons to our participants in 2018!
Participating vendors at the Kaslo Saturday Market display this sign to let customers know they can use their market coupons here!

Garden Volunteers Wanted!
Our Kaslo Food Hub gardens are almost completely planted, and we’ve even started some of our first harvests of greens and herbs. This food is distributed through our food bank program, and provides high quality fresh produce. We have a crew of three volunteers helping Patrick and we’re looking for a few more individuals who would like to join us. Contact us if you’d like to spend some time helping in the garden, it’s fun, social and rewarding!

We wish to thank the Kaslo Community Garden Club and St. Andrew’s United Church for donating space for us to grow food in.

Community Root Cellar Helping Local Farmers and Gardeners

One of the services we offer at our Food Hub is access to our “community root cellar” which is actually a high-quality refrigerated walk-in cooler. For a small fee, you can rent space in this cooler, and recently we’ve seen an increase of people taking advantage of this opportunity.

This past winter we had more people storing root vegetables from their gardens than ever before, allowing them to hold carrots, beets and other crops in ideal shape until well into the spring. Proper storage temperatures also mean that food retains maximum nutritional value longer.

Now with the coming of the farming season we already have two local farms renting space in our cooler as ways to get their food to customers and make sure it stays in ideal conditions. There is an extra benefit for our food bank program as both farmers are also donating food to us occassionally. Last month we had 77 bunches of kale donated that we distributed to families in need!

** Our Harvest Share

Food Recovery Program asks…
“Grow A Row for Us”

As the gardening season starts we want to ask our supporters in the community to consider donating any of your surplus garden produce to us throughout the season. We’re blessed to have many generous gardeners in Kaslo stop by to share some of the abundance of their gardens, allowing us to distribute fresh cucumbers, lettuce, greens, tomatoes, zuchinis and more. It makes a big difference to our Food Cupboard offerings when we can put out wonderful fresh produce. So please, keep us in mind when your garden is bursting with so much food you can’t even eat it all. Or, if you have room, consider planting an extra row of carrots, radish or beans, just to donate to the Food Hub. Your contributions make a big difference!

If you’ve been a community donor to this program in the past,  thank you. It’s your generosity that allows us to distribute healthy and nourishing food.

Food Banks BC Conference Delivers Ideas, Connections

Food Hub employees Erin and Patrick recently attended the Food Banks BC annual conference and came home with new ideas on how to deliver improved programming and services. They also made some great connections with other food banks from our regional network including a connection that should result in more regular donations of meat to our food bank program.

Food Hub Supported by Experiential Tourism Company
Our Harvest Share Food Recovery program is happy to be a part of a new experiential tourism venture in Kaslo. Between a Lake and a High Place is marketing a range of unique experiences to tourists and locals alike. One of them is a chance to harvest local fruit that will be donated to our food bank. Tourists experience what it’s like to be a volunteer fruit harvester in our food recovery program, Check out the full description at https://nklcss.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=55cfdf63222fb96971ea818d6&id=8e6a8f1a7b&e=835a574d92
Part of our Food Recovery program as an opportunity for tourists to help local Kaslo food security.

We’re proud to be a Good Food Organization, aligned with many other organizations across Canada who work to build food security in our communities.

Contact the Kaslo Food Hub:
Phone: 250-353-7120
Email: kfsp@nklcss.org