Small Scale Food Processor Association (SSFPA)
Site 43, C-53, Fanny Bay, BC V0R 1W0
Drive and Membership Benefits. Over the next few weeks a representative
from SSFPA will be contacting members to present the members benefit
package and the process for paying annual membership fees. The
membership fee this year is $12.50 per member organization plus
$2.50 per Full Tiime Equivalent (FTE) employee. Attractive benefits
come with membership and more are planned as part of the Shared
Services Co-operative Project currently in the initial, pilot
stage (see the item below).
Shared Services Co-operative Pilot Project on the Vancouver Islands:
Report from Frank Moreland. The
project has begun, and the SSFPA Board of Directors is working
hard to have the official media release sometime in September
regarding the incorporation of a for-profit shared services co-operative.
Many of the details of the project are in negotiation
during the summer, but I can describe the four general fee-for-service
packages that are under development.
- Business-To-Business data synchronization.
- Buying club including everything from
jars to merchandising to marketing to retail.
- Food Broker Service in four market streams,
to provide high quality regional branded foods and beverages
to the high volume disposable income consumers.
- As profit allows, non-market services
to be delivered by the SSFPA, peer-to-peer mentoring etc.
What I can tell you now, is that
we have a great partner to get the data synchronization plan in
motion. I spoke to Paul Osland, Vice President, Business Development
for the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC.) He said
they are willing to support our efforts to establish a co-operative
that has the goal of reducing the costs associated with bar coding
and data synchronization. The ECCC has agreed to mail out communications
to the community; work on committees to define requirements and
solutions; provide specific presentations to the vendor community;
assist in the pilot project; communicate a post pilot status update
to the community; and will ensure the SSFPA has an equitable solution
for managing Global Trade Identification Numbers and Global Location
Many other partners are coming
forward. Read more about them in the next sound bits.
promotion. Our deadline to provide Western Grocer
with our members and product information is fast approaching.
It is now confirmed that the Small Scale Food Processor Association
will be featured in the December 2005 issue of the magazine. All
current paid members of the SSFPA are eligible to be listed in
a special pullout SSFPA directory in this issue. The
value of this advertising is approximately $545.00.
Hello from Vancouver. My name is Holly Korstad and I am a
practicum student with the University of Victoria. During the
next few months, I will be contacting and meeting with small-scale
agricultural processors in the Lower Mainland to learn about their
experiences, strengths and concerns. Following this, I will be
writing a report featuring stories of some of the people that
I meet. If anyone would like more information, or would like to
be featured within the report, please contact
and Assessment for Value-Added Enterprises (PAVE) Program:
Cheers to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada!
Cheers for providing a program
that can benefit the producer members of SSFPA and help them to
grow. Cheryl Lockhart with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada called
on Friday, July 16, 2004 to say that this program, designed specifically
for farmers and producers, is up and running, waiting for
applicants. She was very excited that SSFPA will be promoting
the program to its members.
Planning and Assessment for Value-Added
Enterprises (PAVE) will provide farmers and producers with
financial assistance to retain the services of business planning
professionals and develop plans for value-added projects. Farmer/producers
will receive assistance to hire the appropriate expertise to prepare
feasibility assessments and develop comprehensive business plans.
These plans will improve the chances for a successful launch or
expansion of value-added enterprises. As part of the service to
the clients, the consultants will provide counseling that will
improve farmer/producers' ability to present their plans to capital
providers and to use their plans as a management tool for the
launch or expansion of their enterprise. In some cases, these
opportunities may be pursued by individuals or by farmer/producers
Urban Farming in Cuba: A Model
for Increasing Food Security in BC
People in Cuba have now developed
a culture of eating fresh, organic food that has been grown and
purchased close to home. During
the 1990's, global changes led to a severe reduction in Cuba's
imports of food, fertilizers, pesticides and gas. In response
to food shortages, the Cuban government encouraged people to turn
abandoned city lots into farmland. Today the people of Havana
are producing over 50% of their food supply within the city, and
many Cuban farmers are now thinking of adding value to their products.
Urban farm surpluses are given to local schools or sold at the
local farmers' markets. Many organizations around the world, such
as the ACTAF partner LifeCycles in Victoria, are modeling their
strategies around the successes of farmers in Cuba. For more information,
please contact LifeCycles at 383-5800 and ask for Jacinda.
News From Health Canada
- As of June 1, 2004, the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency (CFIA) became responsible for answering
all questions about the new nutrition labelling regulations,
including those related to interpretation, application, enforcement
and compliance. Health Canada is no longer replying to these
questions. A centralized toll-free telephone line (1-800-273-3213)
and e-mail account
have been set up for industry to contact the CFIA.
- Both agencies encourage you to become
familiar with the internet-based resources located on the
site. This page includes links to the 2003 Guide to Food
Labelling and Advertising which has been updated to reflect
the amendments for nutrition labelling, the Nutrition Labelling
Compliance Test, Questions and Answers on enforcement and
compliance, as well as links to Health Canada's nutritional
- Any other labelling
related questions, other than those to do with the new nutrition
labelling regulations, should continue to be directed to the
same contact points as before. A list of CFIA offices that
provide Food Labelling Information Services can be found in
Chapter 1 of the 2003
Guide to Food Labelling and Advertising.
- Warning about "Star Anise":
As a precautionary measure, Health Canada is advising Canadian
consumers not to ingest herbal teas or health products containing
the herb star anise unless they are confident
that it is Chinese star anise (Illicium verum Hook. f). Consumers
should verify that their product contains Chinese star
Read more ....
on the 2004 National CED Conference, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
In May, the 2004 National CED (Community Economic
Development) Conference Communities
Creating the World We Want brought together 570 participants
from every corner of the country for dozens of workshops, plenary
sessions, keynote addresses, site visits and fabulous social evenings.
SSFPA's Frank Moreland and Sandra Mark gave a presentation on
small-scale food systems (see Part
1 and Part
2 of their session). You can read a commentary on Frank and
Sandra's views on page 3 of the Conference's Perspective
newsletter; a Quebec
case study by Agronomist Frederic Pare is also worth a look.
Quick Bits ... Quick Clicks
new Farm and Country Market is running on Saturday mornings
from now until October 9. With delicious products and great entertainment,
it sounds like a wonderful way to end a week or begin a weekend!
Trade Service (ATS) web site is
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's electronic service providing
international trade and market information for Canadian agri-food
exporters. Check it out for market information, export news and
analysis, and much more. Also, July's ATS Service
Bulletin is now available.
courant, the newsletter of the Food and Consumer Product Manufacturers
of Canada, provides information of interest to those who produce
and package consumer goods - including food - in Canada.
BC Food Protection Association's web site is worth a visit.
The BCFPA's most recent newsletter, The
Grapevine, is also available.
Food Guide to Healthy Eating is
undergoing a review. The targeted date for completion of the update
is March 2006. Visit the link to find out what changes are proposed
(Community Economic Development Technical Assistance Program).
These are the great people who helped SSFPA get started and are
still investing in our cause. Windmills on the Toronto waterfront,
fish processing in Saskatchewan, immigrant women sewing conference
bags in Edmonton - learn more about the innovative projects CEDTAP
supports all across Canada.
Food System Masters Project - University of Michigan.
In the US, food travels an estimated 1500 miles before it reaches
the dinner table. Read some interesting research on local food
economies and farming systems.
Farm Canada. The editors of this magazine point out that "More
than 1/2 of Canada's 246,000 agricultural operations are small
farms. Yet you wouldn't know it by reading the mainstream farm
press. All they talk about are tariffs, subsidies and the latest
performance statistics of big tractors." Explore Canada's
"other farms" in this new national publication.
Other Upcoming Events
The Ag Aware Calendar http://www.agaware.bc.ca/Events/list_events.asp:
No reason for us to re-invent the wheel, when AgAware produces
such a good calendar. Here you'll find an excellent listing of
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SSFPA Reports, Sound Bites
Newsletters, and the Living Inventory
SSFPA has carefully presented
and archived all its reports and its "Sound Bites" newsletters.
These documents cover pretty much everything that has been discovered,
discussed, and accomplished in the last two years of organizing
and establishing this organization. Explore our goals, our past,
and our present by going to our Documents
page. [Note: directing others to this web site is a good way to
familiarize them with the general issues facing small scale agriculture
and food processors.]
SSFPA members can also gain access
to the Living Inventory via our web site. The Living Inventory
is an interactive data base which serves as an electronic marketplace,
enabling small processors and producers to buy and sell products,
inputs, and services from one another. To learn more about SSFPA,
contact Mary or Frank as noted below:
Small Scale Food Processor Association
"We're Big on Small"
(250) 335-3001 or (250) 973-6952
Web site: http://www.ssfpa.net/DocsForms/DocsForms.htm
Links and List Serves
For information on sustainable
food economies, community economic development, and other issues
of concern to the small-scale food sector, we recommend these:
Accountability Initiative: This organization promotes collaborative
responses to corporate power in the global food system. Its website
offers a comprehensive overview of problems and solutions related
to his issue.
Food Processors Association: AFPA and SSFPA have exchanged
supporter memberships to be able to work with transparency to
eventually help large and small processors in both provinces.
AFPA has a great web site with both industry and consumer information
galore. Check out its monthly newsletter here.
Co-ops have been vital to Canada's food sector for at least a
hundred years. One of six autonomous regions affiliated with the
Canadian Co-operative Association, the BCCA focuses on the promotion
of co-operative enterprise and the provision of support services
to members and the broader co-op sector in BC.
Economic Development Technical Assistance Program. CEDTAP
is one of the most innovative and helpful economic development
programs in Canada. The "Resources and Links" section
of its web site is, in itself, a prime source of information for
anyone involved in grassroots programs.
for Alternative Technology: The Centre is the UK's leading
provider of environmental, sustainability and alternative technology
and lifestyle publications. You can learn about ecological sewage
treatment, building, architecture, alternative energy, organic
gardening, composting, biofuels, green education, sustainable
careers and energy conservation.
Folk/City Folk: FarmFolk/CityFolk is a non-profit society,
based in British Columbia, that wants one simple thing: for people
to eat local, fresh, seasonal foods, grown using farming practices
that contribute to the health of the planet.
Green. A two-year, collaborative project of West Coast Environmental
Law, Farm Folk/City Folk, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues,
Growing Green has recently wrapped up its operations. Its web
site has reports of interest to small-scale agri-entrepreneurs.
Association for Food Protection: Founded in 1911, this is
a non-profit association of food safety professionals. Comprised
of a diverse membership of over 3,000 Members from 50 nations,
the IAFP is dedicated to the education and service of its members
as well as industry personnel.
International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).
A non-profit organization concerned with the protection of both
biological and cultural diversity, ISEC's emphasis is "on
education for action: moving beyond single issues to look at the
more fundamental influences that shape our lives." Students
and researchers should check out its fact sheet at: http://www.isec.org.uk/factsheet.html#61.
Consumers Association: Look for articles on genetically modified
food and fair trade issues along with general information about
organic food production. If you'd like regular updates from OCA
through its "Biodemocracy News," contact email@example.com.
An awesome collection of information on agriculture and food-sector
business in Australia - with plenty of international information
and links as well.
Food Policy Council: This organization operates as a sub-committee
of the Toronto Board of Health and focuses on "a food system
that fosters equitable food access, nutrition, community development,
and environmental health." Regular updates are available
by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.