Accomplishments & Activities
A complete list of FARMED activities, projects and accomplishments
The North Cariboo Agricultural Marketing Association and the FARMED led Agriculture Working Group continue to focus on building capacity and sustainability for the agriculture industry in the area by providing support to the Agricultural Development Advisory Committee of the North Cariboo (ADAC), now completing its third year of work.
In January, the Agriculture Working Group liaison was asked by the ADAC members to present their annual report and assessment summary to the Cariboo Regional District Committee of the Whole meeting focussing on agriculture.
The ADAC also sponsored several Agriculture Strategic Planning sessions in February and March via Zoom involving members of the agriculture industry and various levels of government. The sessions have been well received and will continue over the next month.
The Growing North Cariboo Society has partnered with FARMED to support the production of a series of virtual workshops via Zoom throughout February and March. The topics included:
Raising Chickens and Turkeys for the Table
Introduction to Backyard Tapping and Birch Syrup Production
Instant Pot 101 – Cooking and Preserving with a Multicooker
Get Ready to Grow: Seed Starting
After providing support for the development of the business plan, FARMED is pleased to see the soft opening of Sprout Kitchen, the Regional Food and Innovation Hub in Quesnel, sponsored by the City of Quesnel, Ministry of Agriculture and the Northern Development Initiative Trust. The chair of FARMED continues to be involved in the Food Hub by serving on the Advisory Committee. Follow these links for more information on Sprout Kitchen:
In early 2020 the Agriculture Education Program Project Management Team assisted in the organization of agriculture career guest speakers for Career Life and science students at the senior school. Unfortunately, with schools closed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were challenges in completing the program. A one-year extension for the program was requested and approved by Rural Dividend. In the fall, FARMED partnered with its sister organization the Growing North Cariboo Society to initiate the planning of virtual workshops through the Empowering Family
Field trip to Fox Dairy – Kersley, BC
Field Trip to Moose Meadows Farm
FARMED continues to support the work of the North Cariboo Agricultural Development Advisory Committee (ADAC) as part of the Phase 3 North Cariboo Agriculture Awareness and Marketing project, which includes working with government to build capacity and sustainability of the agriculture industry in the North Cariboo.
In the first quarter of 2019, FARMED completed the reporting of the $10,000 Rural Dividend Project Development grant after assisting the City of Quesnel with the finalization of the Regional Agriculture Centre business plan. The directors were very pleased to hear the news in July from Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, of the direct
award to the City of Quesnel for up to $500,000 to establish a Regional Food Innovation Hub. In March of 2019, FARMED received another $10,000 Rural Dividend Project Development grant to introduce an Agriculture Education Program including Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC), as a program option for School District 28. FARMED formed a Project Management Team (PMT) for the project and hired a facilitator to work on the project. Throughout 2019 the following activities were completed as part of the project:
- Several professional development workshops for interested SD#28 staff were held, to introduce information on the agriculture industry and the Agriculture in the Classroom program.
- In June of 2019 an Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Ambassador for the North Cariboo was selected to assist teachers with the implementation of AITC.
- The team assisted teachers with the coordination of grant writing proposals for the establishment or expansion of school garden programs.
- In the fall of 2019, an agriculture career awareness program was established as part of the senior Career Life programs. A field trip for senior students to tour several local farms took place in October.
Agriculture Centre business plan meeting
The Agriculture Working Group led by FARMED is working with the City of Quesnel, Alex Fraser Park, College of New Caledonia and the Agricultural Development Advisory Committee on the development of a business plan for the Quesnel Agriculture Centre.
North Cariboo Partnering for Healthier Communities committee led by the Growing North Cariboo Society, a sister organization of FARMED, received $2,500 in funding from the Northern Health Imagine Grant program to support the school and community garden programs at Barlow Creek and Carson Elementary schools.
The Agriculture Working Group led by FARMED announced funding approval by the Cariboo Regional District for the formation of a North Cariboo Agricultural Development Advisory Committee (ADAC) through the North Cariboo economic development function and the adoption on April 13, 2018 of the Cariboo Regional District North Cariboo Rural Agricultural Development Advisory Committee Bylaw No. 5137, 2018.
Members of the FARMED Board of Directors met with the Agriculture Land Reserve Advisory Committee when in Quesnel on March 13th and provided a response to the Discussion Paper for Stakeholder Consultation and Public Engagement.
FARMED received a $10,000 grant from the Rural Dividend Project Development fund to hire the facilitator team from Sonoran Resource Management to assist the Agricultural Development Advisory Committee move forward their strategic plan recommendations.
Food Preservation Workshop sponsored by Empowering Family Health – GNC
FARMED Directors meet with the Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham
FARMED leads the Agriculture Working Group in the establishment of an Agricultural Development Advisory Committee.
North Cariboo Partnering for Healthier Communities committee led by the Growing North Cariboo Society a sister organization of FARMED, received $7,500 in funding from Northern Health to implement the Empowering Family Health project with 119 people in attendance at the workshops on Foraging for Edible Plants, Food Preservation: Dehydration and Pressure Canning and Fermented Foods.
FARMED celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary.
The Growing North Cariboo Society sponsored the Growing North Cariboo Food and Communities Roundtable on November 7. The goal of this roundtable was to work together as individuals and groups to increase local food production and food security. The Roundtable had 35 participants and included an excellent representation of groups and agencies, as well as, Minister Norm Letnick, the BC Minister of Agriculture and Minister Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business & Red-Tape Reduction.
North Cariboo Partnering for Healthier Communities committee led by the Growing North Cariboo Society a sister organization of FARMED, received $20,000 in funding from Northern Health to implement the Empowering Family Health program to enhance rural community garden school programs, create a database inventory of local experts and leaders, facilities, groups and educational resources for those interested in local food production and food security, provide workshops in rural communities related to personal food production and preservation and supplying rural community kitchens with food preservation equipment through the development of the Empowering Family Health program. The 25 workshops held in 25 communities were attended by over 200 participants.
Purchase of a cargo / utility trailer for storage of the organization’s assets.
FARMED establishes a sister organization, the Growing North Cariboo Society, to focus on bringing people together from different areas, agencies, and sectors across the North Cariboo region to discuss and identify barriers to health with a focus on food security.
Thank you to all the sponsors, participants, volunteers and supporters for your contribution to the success of the 2014 Ag & Hort Leap Conference held February 8th and 9th at College of New Caledonia.
This conference was sponsored by the North Cariboo Agricultural Marketing Association (FARMED) with funding support from:
- Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition
- Quesnel Community Economic Development Corporation
- North Cariboo Community Futures
- Growing Forward 2 a BC Ministry of Agriculture & Federal government project
- College of New Caledonia – Quesnel Campus
- HARVEST-Quesnel Farmers’ Market
- Integris Credit Union
- Continuing Adult Education
Meals served at the conference highlighted locally produced food from North Cariboo producers and were catered by Jean’s Side Door Catering and Savalas Steak House.
To view video of conference keynote speakers, forums and workshops from the 2014 Ag & Hort Leap Conference click the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsf9KpTe8shkTCGcnBiroA
Coordinators are hired and the planning of the 2014 Ag & Hort Leap Conference at CNC on February 8 & 9 begins.
The “North Cariboo Farm Country-Grown for You” mural is installed on the outside of the Good for You Market.
The launch of the “North Cariboo Farm Country – Grown for You” brand awareness and marketing program begins at the Quesnel Farmer’s Market. http://grownforyou.farmed.ca/
Through a partnership with Quesnel Community Economic Development Corporation and FARMED, funds for the “North Cariboo Farm Country – Grown for You” brand awareness and marketing program have been secured. The search for a coordinator begins.
FARMED hosted an incredibly successful ROOT CELLAR TOUR today (May 17th, Fri.) through Red Bluff & Kersley. Four sites were visited… all quite different and all very innovative by design.
Funds secured for the 2014 Ag & Hort Leap Conference and the planning committee initiated the planning of the conference.
Quesnel Rotary contributes to the North Cariboo Agriculture Awareness & Marketing project – 2012
Redesigned and launched www.farmed.ca
- “North Cariboo Farm Country – Grown for You” branding completed
- Completed Highway Billboard Signs along Hwy. 97 and “FARM PRODUCT MAP” kiosk in LeBourdais Park, Quesnel
- Farm Fresh Product Map completed (5000 copies) and distributed
Partnered with Quesnel Leisure Services for the 2012 Junior Farmer Program to be held in conjunction with “Imagination Park”
Sponsor of the 2012 Ag & Hort Leap Conference at the College of New Caledonia, Quesnel Campus
- Submitted an application to Northern Health (HEAL) for funding towards the purchase of a salad bar kit to compliment the Junior Farmer Program
- Submitted an application to Northern Development Initiative Trust for North Cariboo Agriculture Awareness & Marketing Project
- Launched Junior Farmer Program at Quesnel Farmers Market;
- 60+ children registered as “Junior Farmers” for the 2011 season
- Submitted an application to Northern Health (HEAL) for funding to purchase a commercial dehydrator for the Junior Farmer Program & Farmer Appreciation Weed.
- Recipient of funds towards this project.
- Sponsor of the 2011 Ag & Hort Leap Conference at the College of New Caledonia, Quesnel Campus
- Purchased booth space at the Christmas Farmers Market for members and FARMED to have presence at these markets
- FARMED members created Crates of Local Farm Products and a FARMED calendar
- Workshops – Social Media (FACEBOOK), Geocaching
- Submitted a Letter of Intent to Community Futures Project Fund for the North Cariboo Agriculture Awareness and Marketing Project. Recipient of funds towards this project.
Sponsored a Golden Rooster Award, Youth Agriculture Exhibit and North Cariboo Farm Display Competition at the 2010 Quesnel Fall Fair
May – September, 2010
- Hosted ON THE FARM events at a variety of member’s farms / business locations (e.g. Music on the Farm, Art on the Farm, Families on the Farm, Horses on the Farm, Fall on the Farm)
- Purchased booth space at the Quesnel Farmers Market for members and FARMED to have regular presence at the market
Hosted a Networking Social for members and to promote the organization to the agriculture community and representatives involved with economic diversification
Sponsored a Golden Rooster Award, Youth Agriculture Exhibit and North Cariboo Farm Display Competition at the 2009 Quesnel Fall Fair
- Launch of the Farm Fresh Product Guide for the North Cariboo in partnership with the Quesnel Farmers Market
- Double page editorial and advertisements in Quesnel Tourism Guides (distributed throughout BC)
FARMED brochure completed to promote organization
FARMED listing on Tourism BC’s website (www.helloBC.com)
Winner of the Tourism Excellence Award at the Quesnel Business Awards
Hosted BC Farm Women’s Network Conference “Creating Healthy, Sustainable Communities”
Hosted Innovative Agriculture Workshops at the 2008 Quesnel Fall Fair
Double page editorial and advertisements in Quesnel Tourism Guide (distributed throughout BC)
Launched North Cariboo Farm Tour brochure; 25,000 copies printed and distributed throughout the province
One day Agritourism Circle Tour of local agri-businesses in partnership with the Quesnel Visitor Information Centre
Hosted one day CFBMC / Canadian Farm Business Management Council Workshop (Marketing Caravan) – “On a Roll with Agriculture”; 90 delegates in attendance (2nd highest in Canada)
FARMED registered as a non-profit society
First Meeting of FARMED