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a busy and productive summer for all our members and readers...
SSFPA and Local Flavours Products and Services Co-operative
The Small Scale Food Processor
Association wishes to introduce and welcome our Board of Directors
for 2005. Co-Chairs Godfrey Ferguson and Nelson Barsi; Corporate
Secretary Pat Reichert; Treasurer John Plough; and Directors Kika
Joy, Herb Theisson, Don Wilde, Kim Stansfield, and Terry Ackerman.
We also wish Nelson a speedy recovery from his recent accident.
Read the biographies of our board
members in a recent Sound
Bites publication. You can learn what they are accomplishing
and planning in this Message
from the Board of Directors. This also contains news about
the Local Flavours Products and Services Co-operative. A membership
application for Local Flavours is available on-line.
You to Sandra Mark and Frank Moreland for Sharing Your Tenacity
On behalf of the Board of Directors
and membership of both Small Scale Food Processor Association
and Local Flavours Products and Services Co-operative, the Co-Chairs
would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation
on so many levels. Our thanks for the vision leading to the
establishment of both organizations and the extensive done by
you to effect the establishment of these two innovative organizations.
The problems of small-scale food processors have existed for
years. The two of you orchestrated the expression of that in
the Forum of 2001. The next event of setting up a body ultimately
known as the SSFPA brought a still-growing number of people
with like minds together to make a difference. This body is
formed and is making a step toward making the difference. This
voice expressing a problem is being heard and heeded.
This was followed by the economic
need for conjoining people for stability and marketing strategy
so that ALL, so dedicated, can survive successfully. This was
envisioned and is being accomplished by the Local Flavours Products
and Services Co-operative or LF. Although in its infancy, IF
is gathering momentum and force as its potential is recognized
and its expression embraced.
A very sincere and heartfelt,
"thank you" to Sandra, our founding Executive Director,
and Frank, the visionary who inspired us.
From SSFPA Co-Chairs, Godfrey
Ferguson and Nelson Barsi
[To read this entire "thank
you" letter to Frank and Sandra, go to this edition of
our publication, Sound
A Crackling Good Time: A Celebration of Local, Farm-Raised Pork,
August 27, 2005
Ever wondered how to get the
perfect crackling on a pork roast ? How to use the shoulder
( the cheap cut ) of pork? How to cook spareribs that will make
you a neighbourhood legend? What to do with ground pork ( soups,
Chinese food, make your own sausage meat and breakfast patties)?
How to deal with a big ham? How to get the basic lowdown on
how to make those wonderful peasant dishes that you may have
eaten once and somehow can never forget? How to buy pork and
how to keep it? What wines, what ciders, what vegetables?
Renowned cooks and local (in
both senses of the word) food promoters James Barber and Bill
Jones are planning a session to answer all these questions at
Bills recently finished commercial kitchen. It is located
on Deerholme Farm, in Duncan, BC right in the middle of the
best pork country in Canada. This 4-hour workshop will include
a 7 course tasting menu with complementary artisan apple ciders,
local handcrafted breads and in-season farm-fresh vegetables.
It will be a fun ( and filling) occasion, and a rare opportunity
to taste and enjoy the best of pork in new and exciting ways.
To register or get directions,
contact Deerhole Farm
at (250) 748-7450. For more information about the event, read
the complete press
release which includes an absolutely mouth-watering menu.
Affordable Small Business Seminars
Business BC offers a wide variety of affordable - any many free
- seminars in Vancouver for small business operators. Check the
for August-December. If you are a small food producer/processor,
there is almost sure to be something of interest.
Upcoming Analysis of Food Tracking
Canadian Foods Safety Management
(CFSM) Magazine will feature an article of extreme importance for
food processors, large or small, in its fall issue. Tracking
and Traceability will ask (and answer) the question: is a traceability
program an innovative addition to overall food safety or a barrier
to world trade? This issue will be examined for all perspectives:
farmers, manufacturers and processors, warehousing and distribution,
retail and consumers. CFSM also welcomes advertising support for
this important issue. Advertising participation closes August 15,
2005. For more information, contact Shirley
McClune or Liz Millar at (604) 538-6074.
Hundred Mile Meals
Read about this innovative new
diet, one with an impact - both real and symbolic - on the development
of a sustainable, local food sector. Its guidelines are simple,
and have nothing to do with counting calories or carbs: eat only
what can be produced within a hundred miles of your home.
The Hundred Mile Meal challenge
is promoted by Farm Folk/City
Folk. An interesting article by someone following the diet can
be found in the July 27 issue of Tyee,
always a good source for thought-provoking, BC-based news coverage.
SSFPA Reports, Publications,
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