The Revelstoke Local Food Initiative Society is a collection of concerned citizens that aims to cultivate a vibrant, resilient local food system.
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.