We envision a sustainable and secure local food and agriculture system that provides safe, sufficient, culturally accepted, nutritious food accessible to everyone in the Capital Region through dignified means.
- Regional Food Charter, 2008
Do you care about ensuring that we have a healthy and sustainable regional food system? You aren't alone. We are dedicated to connecting you to the resources you need to make a difference. Find out more about what is going on right now in your community and how you can get involved.
CRFAIR believes that youth engagement is key to successful change in our food systems - that's why it's using a number of ways to connect with young people. From a Youth Food Action Team to a Bike 2 Farm Program, youth are getting involved in food action across the region.
Having a supportive policy environment for local food production, education and health is critical. Over the years, CRFAIR has worked alongside local governments, school districts, Island Health, and other partners to ensure that sound public policy and practice is in place to enable the development or a vibrant, robust and sustainable local food system.
CRFAIR is currently one of the Island Health Food Hubs and as such, we support information sharing and networking, collaboration and policy development around healthy food systems in the region. There are seven hubs on Vancouver Island that are connected to and supported by Island Health. We are working with the Island Food Security Hubs across Vancouver Island to develop an Island Food Charter.
Across the Capital Region, neighbourhoods and communities are working to address food insecurity and increase individual and community health. This has led to the emergence of a matrix of food hubs, networks, and centres that operate diverse programs and services that collectively provide citizens with opportunities to access, learn about, cook and grow food. These initiatives are also aimed at building social relationships, supports, and community
CRFAIR is pursuing opportunities to increase our regional farm sector capacity by connecting smaller scale growers to larger regional markets. Most farms in our region are less than 10 acres with mixed fruit and vegetable production. The majority of these small farms market through farm gate sales or other direct-to-consumer models.
Our local lands and waters are under incredible pressure for development. CRFAIR is committed to finding ways to protect these valuable parts of our regional food system while granting access and stewardship to those with the skills and knowledge required to create food in a sustainable manner.
The Farm to School initiative links students to food growing, preparing and celebration activities. These include, among others, the development of school gardens, lunch and salad bar programs, farm intern experiences and school field trips to farms.
Flavour Trails celebrates community and local food and farms. It encourages residents and visitors alike to “explore and experience the Tastes of the Capital Region” and includes a wide range of farm and food tours, events and activities designed to increase the visibility, production, sales and consumption of locally produced foods.
Farmer2Farmer grows farm sector capacity through peer support and development. The annual Farmer2Farmer Gathering is the primary activity and is complemented by a series of other initiatives that support new farmers.