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Food gathering gathers people and information
The 13th Annual BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) Gathering held at the 100 Mile Lodge Conference Centre on July 7-10 was very well attended, says Trish Chung.
"We had 80 registrants and more than 125 people for dinner. I don't have the exact numbers yet, but our wine-and-cheese reception was great, as the room was full."
Topics of discussion for the weekend centred on the diversity of each community, the resilience of the broad variety of plants, flora and fauna, as well as the needs of people and the environment.
Part of the weekend included a tour of the Horse Lake Community Farm. Chung says they had received money from the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition to put on the tour.
"We will be expanding on the project to include other farm and culinary destinations and points of interest for next year."
The farm tour was just amazing, according to Nathalie Chambers, the Land Conservancy, agricultural program assistant & co-ordinator.
"This type of farming is economically viable, providing to restaurants and participants of the box program," says Chambers.
"It showed a way in which farmland can be secured for farming to provide local food security, and how people can work together to preserve and enhance the agricultural and ecological capacity of its land."
Chung, who was the local liaison, says she appreciated all the generous support of the community, from the food donations to the billeting.
"It was a great turnout and a great weekend."