The Good Food Network

The Good Food Network

The Good Food Network is a large umbrella network that brings together many individuals and organizations seeking positive food system change. It is meant to be open and inclusive, with members ranging from food- and farm-related organizations and businesses to government, health promoting agencies, academia, and other practitioners who are connecting to work towards a healthy and sustainable regional food system. Interested in finding out more about what's going on around local food in the region? Register your organization or become an individual member.

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Farm to School Advisory and Network

Farm to School Advisory and Network

This network focuses on the wide range of school-based initiatives that link students to food growing activities and healthier food in schools. The group is made up of parents, teachers, students, and school board officials who are interested in moving forward a wide range of programs in schools from lunch programs, to school gardens, to farm intern experiences. To learn more, join the network or attend our next meeting send an email to capitalregion@farmtoschoolbc.ca.

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CRD Food Strategy Working Group (ad hoc)

CRD Food Strategy Working Group (ad hoc)

Over the years there have been various incarnations of a regional food policy body, bringing together experts to promote a food and agriculture friendly policy environment in the Capital Region District (CRD). Recently, the CRD has pulled together an ad hoc Food Strategy Working Group to advise on the development of the Regional Food Strategy within the Regional Sustainability Planning Process. The region is now moving towards a more formalized Food and Agriculture Advisory that operates under the CRD. Contact Jeff Weightman for more information.

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Farm Networks and Associations

Farm Networks and Associations

There are a number of farm organizations in the region including the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketers Association, the Island Organic Producers Association, and 4H. Farmer2Farmer is another initiative, coordinated by CRFAIR, that brings farmers of all stripes together – local people, local issues, and local solutions! Farmer2Farmer is overseen by an advisory that includes representatives from many different farm and farm-related organizations. It provides networking and learning opportunities for farmers and food producers in the region through an annual conference, farm tours, and trade shows. In addition, there is a Farmer2Farmer communications network list and mentor pool available through the Farmer2Farmer website.
 

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Food Share Network

Food Share Network

The Food Share Network is an innovative umbrella that enhances food security in the Capital Region through collaboration and cooperation among food banks, community centres, donors and other participating organizations. The network is emerging as a response to the challenges of coordination in meeting the needs of people accessing food banks and meal services. To learn more read the Food Share Action Plan

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Flavour Trails Advisory

Flavour Trails Advisory

The Flavour Trails Advisory is made up of local governments, food, agriculture, and tourism industry representatives, communications experts, and local food enthusiasts. The group has been successful in fulfilling its goal of promoting local farms and the scope of work continues to expand as the Flavour Trails has grown from a standalone weekend of activities in North Saanich to a season of linked regional events. Check out the Flavour Trails website to learn more.

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Island Chefs Collaborative

Island Chefs Collaborative

We are blessed to have an active community of chefs in our region who do outstanding work to support local farmers and grow the local food scene. The Island Chefs Collaborative (ICC) is a group of like-minded chefs and food and beverage professionals with a common interest in regional food security, the preservation of farmland and the development of local food systems. Check out their fundraising events, where participants get to eat delicious food and help fund local farms with every ticket purchased. To learn more: www.iccbc.ca 

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Island Food Security Hubs Network

Island Food Security Hubs Network

CRFAIR is one of the Island Health Food Security Hubs working to support information sharing, networking, collaboration, and policy development around healthy food systems in the region. There are over five 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. To find out more: www.viha.ca/mho/food/food_security/VIHA+Food+Security+Hubs.htm  

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Peninsula and Area Agriculture Commission

Peninsula and Area Agriculture Commission

The Peninsula and Area Agriculture Commission’s mandate is to advise the municipalities of Central Saanich, Metchosin, North Saanich, Saanich, Sidney and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area on matters involving agriculture and to facilitate the development of programs that implement the Saanich Peninsula Agricultural Strategy. In addition to the regional commission, there are a number of subregional Agriculture Advisories (Central Saanich, North Saanich, Metchosin, and Juan de Fuca) and the newly proposed Saanich Food and Agriculture Task Force.

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Urban Agriculture Hubs and Networks

Urban Agriculture Hubs and Networks

There are a number of organizations that work to promote and support urban agriculture in the region in different ways. One of the most comprehensive in its programming is LifeCycles with its Urban Agriculture Hub. The Victoria Compost Education Centre also has programs and a demonstration site. The Gorge Tillicum Farmers are a very active group of neighbourhood-based gardeners who have taken on larger projects like the creation of the Gorge Tillicum Community Garden. Other neighborhoods have also been inspired by their model and have organized. The Urban Farmers Alliance is a group of urban farmers collaborating with one another in the growing and marketing of food in the CRD. They grow in urban spaces and sell directly to the public at the Downtown Public Market, James Bay Market, and to small, locally-focused retail stores around Victoria.

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Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Indigenous Food Network

Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Indigenous Food Network

The Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities Indigenous Food Network (VICCFN) is a collective of passionate and dedicated members with a shared vision of a healthy future based upon reconnecting with First Nations cultural teachings and practices. The membership is made up of culturally knowledgeable food harvesters and gatherers, health professionals, community development workers and members of the scientific community. VICCFN aims to build collaborative approaches in addressing issues of traditional food access and security. In addition, the connected Vancouver Island Traditional Food Network intends to research, document and share the ancestral strengths that are deeply rooted throughout Vancouver Island for the preservation for future generations.

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