Closing the Supply Gap

Closing the Supply Gap

CRFAIR is working on a new initiative to increase agricultural produce production in the region. CRFAIR is joining forces with researcher Patricia Reichert of Royal Roads on this work.

The first stage is to create a supply model with leadership from community social and economic development leaders, food producers and wholesale buyers. Using a community-based research and planning process the initiative will identify the opportunities and hurdles for changing the current imbalance in the supply of local food compared with global sourcing.

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Community Food Hubs

Community Food Hubs

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

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Good Food Policies

Good Food Policies

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.

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Island Health Regional Food Security Hub

Island Health Regional Food Security Hub

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.

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Local Purchasing Project

Local Purchasing Project

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.

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Flavour Trails

Flavour Trails

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.

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