New chapter written in story of food

The Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agriculture Society (GFBRAS) held a public forum to discuss all things food related

Leda Fair of Midway sums up her group’s findings after the round table discussion at the Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agriculture Society’s public forum at the seniors’ centre on Nov. 17.

The Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agriculture Society (GFBRAS) held a public forum to discuss all things food related in the Boundary at the Grand Forks Seniors Centre on Nov. 16.The food forum was designed to inspire and inform the local community about the local food system and reveal pieces about other food systems in other places, said Sheila Dobie, president of the agriculture society. “It was also a chance to get feedback and to talk to each other about what they think should be priorities for a local food system with the idea being that we as an agricultural society would look at partnerships and look into the community and try to implement some of these missing pieces and add them to a vibrant food secure, local food system,” she said.The forum featured several speakers—such as Colleen Ross and Roly Russell—and round table discussions. At the end of the round table discussions, a representative from each table made a presentation to the whole group of that table’s findings.Dobie said the forum went very well and the society was able to get a lot of great information.“People were engaged and they all contributed,” she said.A second forum planned for Jan. 11 will compile a lot of the information from Saturday, Dobie added, as well as from the online survey.“That will pull together common threads and themes from the conversations,” she said. “We’ll start setting up some priorities and figuring out the who and what’s next for implementing more pieces.”Dobie said some of the key ideas that were brought up at the forum were taking a bigger look at the regional view and to try to set up some way so people know what’s out there and can access it.

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