Full steam ahead for the Local Food Initiative

The Local Food Initiative, which became an official non-profit society earlier this summer, is hold its last meeting of the summer on Monday, August 31, at 7 pm at the Community Centre.
This meeting promises to be a very interesting one.
There will be a guest speaker in the form of Dean Strachan, the City’s manager of development services, who will discuss ways to get food-friendly changes into the Official Community Plan and municipal bylaws.
There will be an update on plans to hold this autumn’s Harvestpalooza, discussion about the plans to have a table at the September 12 Farmers’ Market and talk about ways to finance a study of the Community Gardens. That particular project also needs a dedicated volunteer to see it through to fruition. As well, the LFI needs to discuss some housekeeping items such as its hiring policy, contract renewal with landowners, the Vessey Seeds tulip giveaway and other subjects. Please click here to read the agenda for the August 31 meeting.
One very important topic of discussion will be LFI memberships.
“Now that we are officially a society we are offering memberships for sale that will support the work that we do plus get you access to our equipment loans and discounts at Big Mountain Kitchen & Linens and Rona Garden Centre,” said an e-mail from the LFI. “Already an NCES member? For a small add-on fee you can become a member of both of these fantastic organizations.
“To purchase your membership you can email revelstokeLFI@gmail.com, come to our meeting, come to an LFI event, or watch for our booth at the farmer’s market.”
Here is the membership fee layout:

Annual Individual$30 
▪   $10 for a membership to the North Columbia Environmental Society
Annual Family$50
Annual Student/Fixed Income$20
Annual Business$150
Lifetime Individual$75•    $25 for a membership to the North Columbia Environmental Society
Lifetime Family$125
Lifetime Business$300

Here’s a list of interesting upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, September 8. Garden Guru Session – Tomatoes Part 2: In the Italian Kitchen – 7 @ the United Church;
  • Saturday, September 12. Little Sprouts Harvest Party – all kids aged 3-5 are welcome to attend this free, fun event from 10-12 at the Downtown Community Garden; and
  • Monday, September 21. Garden Guru Session – Kombucha & Fermented Drinks w/ Sarah Boyle 7:00 @ Birch & Lace.

The e-mail also said members should not forget to take advantage of the LFI’s Food Processing Equipment Loans at Big Mountain Kitchen. Click here to check out the list of equipment available for borrowing — if you are an LFI member, or $5/week rental fee for non-members.
LFI members with a taste for the wild should check out the NCES’ Hunting & Gathering Guru Series. Here’s a link to this new program about fishing, hunting, plants & mushrooms.