We have come a long way in 4 years!
2016 brought some new and exciting changes! We were able to purchase a Gleaning Van and hire a summer student!
Farming and Gardening
There are a lot of people in Kamloops working to improve our local food system and local and regional food security. GAP volunteers were more than willing to lend a hand!
GAP volunteers helped plant garlic, shallots, onions, lettuce and more at SSOL Gardens in Rivershore and helped with weeding and planting at Silver Springs Organic Farm in Deadman’s Creek. Our gracious farm hosts gave back in knowledge-sharing, seeds, plants, Farmers’ Market vouchers and/or food!
The GAP also organized garden work parties for the JUMP public garden across from the food bank and the collective garden at what is now the Mt. Paul Food Centre. “Many hands make light work” and a lot can be done in a few hours with a hard-working crew!
Fruit Tree Pruning
A well-pruned fruit tree is healthier, more esthetically pleasing, and produces better quality fruit. And, as GAP volunteers well know – it is much easier to pick! Many people are afraid to tackle a pruning job for fear of cutting the wrong branches. Once again, Greg Houghton lent his time and expertise to help some of us learn and improve our fruit-tree pruning skills!
Wild Salmon Caravan
Wild salmon is an ecological keystone species and an indicator of the health and integrity of our environment, but the future of wild salmon is uncertain as the species is threatened by various environmental and socio-economic issues. The Wild Salmon Caravan is intended to draw attention to and support the work of Indigenous Peoples and others in protecting, conserving and restoring wild salmon and its habitat in the Fraser Basin and Salish Seas corridor.
As the caravan traveled from Mount Robson to Victoria during the week of June 6 – 12, 2016 , 10 communities hosted dinners, lunches or breakfasts for participants . Once again, GAP volunteers stepped up to the plate to help the Kamloops Food Policy Council put on a feast for the Wild Salmon Caravan participants as they came through our city.
A Year of Abundance!
In 2016 our GAP crews harvested over 25,000 lbs of cherries, apricots, plums, pears, apples, grapes, and more!
Volunteer Harvest Leaders
There is often more produce available to us than we have the capacity to harvest. Harvest Leader volunteers make an immense difference in our ability to accept all the offers of fruit and vegetables we receive. We would like to acknowledge the following volunteers who stepped up to lead one or more harvests in 2016!
Kailee Streichert Patti Wright Sylviane Perriard
Brandi Farmer Bea Felker Glen Morris
Barry Dooley Charlene Ross Linda Cameron
Sharlene Froese Jane Gingrich Miranda Brooke
Donovan Cavers Heather Crowe Nancy Bartlett Carpenter
In 2016 we delivered over 16,000 lbs of fresh picked produce to numerous community organizations including the Kamloops Food Bank, Community Kitchens, CSI Brock Activity Centre, JUMP, New Life Community, ASK Wellness, St Vincent De Paul, Canadian Mental Health Association, and more. Many of the people who receive our donations would not otherwise have access to this abundance.
The GAP has partnered with Farm to School BC to help bring healthy local food, community connections, and hands-on learning to students in School District 73. In 2016, Brock Middle School students took part in two harvests, and were able to supply a fresh healthy snack for themselves and their schoolmates. Windfall apples were made into pies for sale at Parents’ Night. The GAP also delivered apples to Arthur Hatton Elementary to be juiced up with school-grown micro-greens and wheatgrass for nutritious drinks.
We have been delivering produce to the Centre for Senior’s Information(CSI) for several years, but this year, with the addition of their commercial kitchen, they were able to use a lot more fruit which they dried or froze for winter use or turned into delicious baked goods for their centre.
In collaboration with GAP and Farm to School, CSI staff made many litres of grape juice to be used by Brock Middle School students in smoothies over the winter.
We were happy to welcome a group from Interior Community Services’ – Options and Opportunities program to one of our harvests this year. Participants got a fun outing and some transparent apples to use for cooking or baking, and we got some much-needed extra help on a big harvest!
For the last two seasons, the GAP has partnered with the Valleyview Bible Church summer youth camp to organize work parties for local and visiting youth looking for volunteer opportunities in the community. Their energy and enthusiasm was much appreciated!
We would like to thank all our 2016 volunteers for helping to make all this possible! Rest up, enjoy the food you have “put by” and we hope to see you again next season!
*Thanks also to those of you who took the time to complete our volunteer survey. We appreciate your input and will keep it in mind as we plan our 2017 season.