THE LOCAL FOOD INITIATIVE CULTIVATES A VIBRANT, RESILIENT LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM.
THROUGH EDUCATION, FACILITATION AND ADVOCACY WE WILL EMPOWER THE COMMUNITY TO ENHANCE LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION.
Provide educational opportunities to increase awareness of our dependence on the fragile global food system and of the social, economic and health benefits of a resilient, sustainable, and more localized food system.
Work with other community or regional organizations and their members to facilitate and promote food security initiatives.
Increase accessibility to and production of local foods.
Grow the self-sufficiency of our organization and of our programs.
Advocate for resilient food policies, by-laws, and programming in partnership with our municipal, regional, and provincial bodies.
The LFI formed as a committee of the North Columbia Environmental Society in 2010 with the creation of the Downtown Community Garden and the Garden Guru Series. The committee grew in numbers, activities and capacity until it was time to break off and form our own society in 2015. The LFI maintains an excellent relationship with the NCES and continues to partner on many projects.
Food Security, a term that encompasses our access to healthy, sustainable and affordable food, has become an important topic in recent years. There is a growing trend towards all things local, fresh and home-grown. The LFI sees the potential to nurture this trend as it benefits our health, our economy, our earth and our culture.Through education, facilitation and advocacy we will empower the community to enhance local food production and utilization.
The Food Security Coordinator, a position with Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society, works to implement recommendations within the 2014 Revelstoke Food Security Strategy in an effort to increase food security in our community. Food Security exists when all people, at all times, have access to safe, affordable, nutritious foods to meet their needs.
The recommendations in the Food Security Strategy encompass programs, policies and economic opportunities to strengthen our local food system. One such recommendation is for the Food Security Coordinator to support the LFI and its programs through capacity building and resource sharing.
The Food Security Coordinator works with an advisory committee to set priorities and workplans. Funding for this position is provided through Interior Health, Columbia Basin Trust and the City of Revelstoke.
The Local Food Initiative
In 2013 the LFI developed the Revelstoke Food Charter in collaboration with the City of Revelstoke Department of Community Economic Development and a steering group made up of local residents and specialists in food security. This was followed by the development of the Revelstoke Food Security Strategy which identified gaps and made recommendations for different groups to enhance the food security of this isolated mountain town. The LFI uses these documents as well as our strategic planning to guide our initiatives and behind-the-scenes work.
We Are Here to Celebrate Local Food
In response to current discussions about the annexation of ALR land into the City of Revelstoke, the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative, in accordance with its mission to cultivate a vibrant, resilient food system, wishes to remind citizens and municipal personnel of statements within the Revelstoke Food Charter, which was ratified by City Council:
"...We are committed to strengthening our food security to support the economic, ecological and social well-being of the community..."
"To create a Just and Sustainable food system we can:
- Consider potential impacts on food security in all government, business and personal decisions
- Help to preserve regional farmlands and increase use of arable land for sustainable food production
- Support local and regional farmers and food producers"
The LFI sees its role as educating, supporting, and celebrating those who grow food locally. The LFI would like to see actions that reflect the commitment to this charter, made in the spirit of improving Revelstoke's local food security.