In 2016, a group of local food activists began meeting to discuss food security and agricultural related initiatives in Rossland. By Dec 2016. the 'Foodies' had developed the first draft of a Food Charter for Rossland. The group consulted with the community and presented their findings and the draft charter to Rossland City Council.
Council suggested that the group become a Task Force of the Sustainability Commission and in December 2016, the Task Force was formed.
Task Force Members
Caley Mulholland - Chair of Task Force & Sustainability Commission representative
Hanne Smith - Task Force Member & Sustainability Commission representative
Gill Eames - Task Force Member
Goals for 2017
In 2017, the Food Security Task Force will address food security issues in Rossland by:
- Working to have the municipal food charter finalized & adopted by the community,
- Creating and distributing public education about household composting,
- Coordinating the fall community fruit pressing day,
- Organizing two food production themed public presentations
- Educating homeowners about best practices for electric fencing
- Identify and prioritize Task Force projects for the next two years (2018 & 2019) based on guidance from Council, municipal planning documents, and an assessment of community need
Spring 2017 Food Security Task Force Meetings & Events
April 5 - Food Asset Mapping Exercise: A Fun Brainstorm Session at the Uptown Lounge, ie. Who are all the actors in Rossland’s food system? What are Rossland’s food assets? Map them out....
April 22 - Earth Day Celebrations: Chicken & Compost Crawl
Date TBD -either May 4 or 11 - Free Food Systems Public Lecture with Abra Bryne @ The Old Firehall TBD
Date TBD - Lower Columbia Regional Food Security Workshop with Interior Health & Abra Bryn
June Date-TBD - Composting Focus Group/Brainstorm @ the Library. Why are composts great? What makes a good compost? What barriers prevent Rosslanders from composting?
June Date-TBD Composting Basics Workshop @ The Community Garden