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Category Archives: Peachland
1. What do you think are the top priorities to ensure a food secure community?
To support the concept of the 100 mile diet; encourage organic farming and food production methods; understand and respond constructively to the needs of local food producers; and support the work of the Agricultural Land Commission.
2. What are some ways you will support local farmers?
We are prohibited by law from providing financial assistance, however each of actions identified above can be of benefit. Supporting a Farmers’ Market is another method for helping.
3. What are your plans for a permanent farmers market, which is easily accessible by transit, pedestrian, and vehicular traffic.
We have actively supported the local Peachland Farmers Market by making space available and by securing parking spaces for the participants. The market seems to work best as a summer seasonal event, but if the demand is there to expand the window then it is something additional to consider.
4. Would you change the regulations surrounding chickens and / or bees in urban areas?
That is not an issue that has come to our Council for review. If it did, I would want to be better informed than I am currently about the issues involved and the implications of changing the regulations before taking a position.
5. How are you going to increase the number of community gardens and farm-to-school programs?
By supporting the functionality of existing community gardens and by being willing to champion initiatives that will support the provision of safe local food production.
I am very supportive of local agriculture; farms and orchards are a big part of the beauty of the Okanagan valley.
Vineyards and wineries have done well recently but there seems to be little money to be made growing fruit; we need to try to change that.
I am very upset when I see Washington fruit on sale in BC especially here in the valley; but we have to work within the NAFTA.
At our home, we have organic fruit and vegetables delivered regularly and we visit farm markets whenever possible.
Do I support such things as urban chicken coops? – not in every area.