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Project Description

There is a growing movement in our region toward consumption of locally grown food products.  Locally produced food products are often grown with minimal or no exposure to pesticides or fertilizers.  Consumers want to purchase high quality food products, however, they may have a difficult time finding a place to purchase them locally.  “Connecting Consumers and Producers” is a marketing project that will promote local food producers and provide resources to consumers that support eating locally produced food all year round.

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Project Components

  1. Connecting Consumers and Producers Brochure
  2. Connecting Consumers and Producers Community Events
  3. Agriculture Resources for Local Libraries

Project Goals

  1. To support the production of food products grown in the region.
  2. To increase local consumption of local food products.
  3. To improve the economic viability of the agriculture industry by growing the local food market.
  4. To improve access to resources which support local food production.
  5. To increase economic development opportunities.
  6. To encourage local level inter-relationships to continue after the project is completed.

Connecting Consumers and Producers Brochure

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This brochure provides information for consumer about how to connect with local producers.  In addition the brochure features sections on preserving food, Farmer’s Market Directory, and activity pages for kids.

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Connecting Consumers and Producers Community Events

 There is a growing movement in our region towards eating locally produced food. Locally produced food often is grown without pesticides or fertilizers. We, as consumers, want to purchase high quality food but may have a difficult time finding a place to purchase locally. Connecting Consumers and Producers is a regional economic development project that began in 2014. It promotes local food producers and provides resources about how to eat locally produced food all year round.

The 2015 Connecting Consumers and Producers project saw numerous successes.

  • 82 producers listed in the Agriculture Brochure
  • 900 Agriculture Brochures distributed
  • 8 community events hosted
  • $6,830 locally produced food purchased for the 8 events
  • 20,000 consumers reached

Events included interactive farming education for kids at two of our fall fairs, three harvest dinner celebrations, support for our future producers, and two Farmers’ Market events.
“It was great to see so many aspects of country life, vegetables, eggs, the animals…plus the Agriculture Brochure from the RDBN, I found to be an excellent source of where to get local food from and how to preserve and store it.” Ruth Lloyd on the Bulkley Acres Farm at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition

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Agriculture Resources for Local Libraries

Funding was provided for local libraries within the region to purchase resource materials (worth $350) from the Beyond the Market, Farm Resource Library list.  All 8 libraries within the region participated and a total of 121 resource books were purchased.

“This donation will add significantly to agriculture and marketing resources in our library.  It is both timely and relevant to life in our northern community as we support the quest for gardening and farming skills that will sustain us in the future.”

Kathy Wilford, Library Director, Smithers Public Library

“The Connecting Consumers and Producers agriculture marketing project has touched on something that is near and dear to my heart!  I was so thrilled about the support it has provided to the Houston Public Library to purchase new books, to raise awareness, and to help people achieve sustainable, local food production in and around Houston.  It is exciting to see this trend growing and flourishing and being supported by our regional representatives.
To be able to expand the library’s resource collection by choosing titles that fit out collection development strategy and the needs of our patrons is greatly appreciated.”

Toni McKilligan, Library Director, Houston Public Library

Resource books purchased

Vanderhoof Library

  • Making Your Small Farm Profitable
  • Grass Fed Cattle: How to Produce and Market Natural Beef
  • Mason Bees for the Back Yard Gardener
  • Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
  • The Organic Grain Grower: Small Scale Holistic Grain Production fot the Home and Maket Producer
  • Natural Bee Keeping
  • Sharing the Harvet: A Citizens Guide to Community Supported Agriculture
  • Hot Beds: How to Grow Early Crops Using an Age-Old Technique
  • The New Farmers' Market: Farm-Fresh Ideas For Producers, Managers, and Communities
  • The Fleece and Fiber Source Book: More Than 200 Fibers, From Animal to sPun Yarn
  • The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques
  • How to Grow Winter Vegetables
  • The Flower Farmer: An Organic Growers Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers
  • Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables

Houston Library

  • Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds
  • The Soul of Soil: A Soil-Building Guide for Master Gardeners and Farmers
  • How to Grow Perennial Vegetables: Low maintenance, Low-inpact Vegetable Gardening
  • The Fleece and Fiber Source Book: More Than 200 Fibers, From Animal to sPun Yarn
  • The Small Scale Poultry Flock: an All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl fot Home and Market Growers
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits
  • The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production
  • The Flower Farmer: An Organic Growers Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats
  • torey's Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock
  • Breeding Your Own Vegetables Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmers Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving
  • Growing Great Garlic: The Definitive Guide for Organic Gardeners and Small Farmers
  • Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

Telkwa Reading Centre

  • The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques
  • Starting and Running Your Own Small Farm Business: Small-Farm Success Stories, Financial Assistance Sources, Marketing & Selling Ideas, Business Plan
  • Natural Bee Keeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture
  • The Chicken Health Handbook
  • The Complete Root Cellar Book: Buliding Plans, Uses, and 100 Recipies
  • The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook & Business Advice for Organic Farmers with Richard Wiswall
  • Keeping a Family Cow: The Complete Guide for Home-scale Holistic Dairy Producers
  • Hot Beds: How to Grow Early Crops Using an Age-Old Technique
  • How To Grow Perennial Vegetables: Low maintenance, Low-inpact Vegetable Gardening
  • Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year Long
  • Lasagna Gardening: A Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding. No Kidding!
  • The New Seed Started Handbook
  • The Organic Farming Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Running a Certified Organic Farm

Burns Lake Library

  • How to Grow Food in a Polytunnel: All Year Round
  • Top-Bar Bee Keeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell
  • Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament
  • Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Gude to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
  • Sharing the Harvet: A Citizens Guide to Community Supported Agriculture
  • The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques
  • Business Advice for Organic Farmers with Richard Wiswell
  • Small-Scale Grain Raising: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritous Whole Grains for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers
  • Roots Demystified: Changing Your Gardening Habits to Help Roots Thrive
  • Lasagna Gardening: A Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding. No Kidding!
  • Breeding Your Own Vegetables Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmers Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving
  • Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind
  • The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production
  • Grass Fed Cattle: How to Produce and Market Natural Beef
  • Surviving and Thriving on the Land: How to Use Your Spare Time and Energy to Run a Seccessful Smallholding
  • How to Grow Winter Vegetables

Fraser Lake Library

  • The Complete Root Cellar Book: Buliding Plans, Uses, and 100 Recipies
  • Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year Long
  • The New Organic Grower
  • Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Gude to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
  • The Soul of Soil: A Soil-Building Guide for Master Gardeners and Farmers
  • The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production
  • Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops
  • Hot Beds: How to Grow Early Crops Using an Age-Old Technique
  • How to Grow Perennial Vegetables: Low maintenance, Low-inpact Vegetable Gardening
  • Sharing the Harvet: A Citizens Guide to Community Supported Agriculture
  • Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit
  • A-Z of Companion Planting
  • The Garden Primer
  • Growing Food in a Short Season: Sustainable, Organic Cold-Climate Gardening
  • Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health

Granisle Library

  • The Apple Grower
  • The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production
  • The Complete Root Cellar Book: Buliding Plans, Uses, and 100 Recipies
  • Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops
  • The Flower Farmer: An Organic Growers Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers
  • Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year Long
  • Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
  • The Grafters Handbook
  • How to Grow Perennial Vegetables: Low maintenance, Low-inpact Vegetable Gardening
  • The New Farmers' Market
  • The New Organic Grower
  • Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Gude to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening

Smithers Library

  • Hot Beds: How to Grow Early Crops Using an Age-Old Technique
  • Making Your Small Farm Profitable
  • The Polytunnel Handbook
  • Year-Round Vegetable Production
  • A Forest Garden Year (DVD)
  • The New Farmers' Market
  • The Complete Root Cellar Book: Buliding Plans, Uses, and 100 Recipies
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens
  • Farms With a Future
  • Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Gude to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
  • Grass Fed Cattle: How to Produce and Market Natural Beef
  • The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production
  • Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament
  • Small Farm Canada

The 2014 Connecting Consumers and Producers project was made possible through financial support from

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Grant-in-Aid Electoral Area A-G
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$9,124.00 $8,381.00 $7,700.00 $4,425.00

 

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$350.00 $350.00 $340.00 $350.00 $350.00
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