to the above sponsors for their support of sound bits,
Local Flavours Products & Services Co-operative,
and the Recipe for Success Program.
As this sound bits is
being prepared, much of BC (even the coast!) lies under
a blanket of snow... but already crocuses like this have
appeared and a new season offers promise.
Specialty Foods Directory: Get
This new, web-based specialty foods directory,
organized by SSFPA, will soon be on-line. The goal is to provide
small scale producers and processors with greater access to
alternative sales channels and a simpler, faster and more convenient
way for the food service industry to source local foods.
As this issue of sound bits
is being edited, SSFPA's data entry team is busy inputting and
editing the numerous applications that have been submitted for
the initial launch of the Directory. If you would like to be
included in this initial launch of the BC Specialty Foods Directory,
act fast and complete the on-line
application (mailed applications, at this point, will arrive
There are no costs associated for being
listed in the Directory. However eligibility criteria do exist,
as listed in the application form.
If you have questions regarding this initiative,
please email or call
SSFPA at our toll-free number, 1-866-54-SSFPA (1-866-547-7372)
SSFPA Annual General Meeting
The Annual General
Meeting of the Small Scale Food Processor Association takes
place by teleconference on Sunday, March 26, 2006, 4 pm - 4:45
pm Pacific Time. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bargain on Boxes
Do you need plastic storage
boxes? Urban Peasant has 200 of these boxes for sale. Dimensions
are 9 inches (depth), by 21 inches (length), by 15 inches (width).
The price is $3.50 per box for quantities over 10 and $4 per
box for quantities of less than 10. Market price for these boxes
is at least $7 apiece!
To take advantage of this bargain,
contact Nelson Rodriguez at (250) 598-6223.
EAT! Vancouver: A Consumer Show
Organizers for EAT!
Vancouver note that it is the only "consumer food and
cooking festival where exhibitors can interact directly with their
target audience; sample, taste-test and discuss their products
and services; and receive instant feedback from potential customers."
Statistics for 2003-2005 show significant attendance increases
for the event each year. If you have a food product to feature,
consider participating in EAT! Vancouver, May 26-28 at BC Place.
on Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating
Canada's Food Guide, put out
by Health Canada, is undergoing revision. A half-day regional
meeting will take place in Vancouver, providing an opportunity
for stakeholders to ask questions and provide feedback on proposed
changes. The focus will be on two specific content issues, food
intake patterns and energy balance. Registration is limited. If
you wish to participate, complete the attached form
and return it to Health Canada by April 3.
The meeting takes place on April
10, 2006, 9 am, at the Segal Center at Simon Fraser University's
Harbour Center in Vancouver.
Agri-preneurs' Fact Sheet
Developed by the Canadian Farm
Business Management Council (CFBMC), the Fact
Sheet is a tool designed to help beginning and future farmers
to familiarize themselves with farm management principles and
map out their business plan. It features five profiles of farm
producers who have successfully learned the management aspects
of agri-business and a list of resources readers can turn to.
Getting Food on the Table: An
Action Guide to Local Food Policy
Put out by the Community Food
Security Coalition and California Sustainable Working Group, this
guide includes a department- by-department inventory of local
programs, policies and functions that support community food security.
The guide, which can be downloaded from the Community
Food Security website, includes case studies, advice from
experienced food policy advocates, a resource guide and more.
The website itself includes a wealth of other information and
publications, all related to local food security issues.
Resources for Small Businesses
The Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations has a great manual/guide
for small scale food processors. It's both comprehensive and free.
Nutrient Value of
Some Common Foods
This detailed guide
belongs on your shelf or in your hard drive.
Whether you are a producer, processor,
or consumer, you will find this Health Canada report chock-full
of valuable information on nutrients; energy values; vitamin, mineral,
and fat content; and a wealth of other information about everyday
foods. It even includes a list common abbreviations and a metric
conversion chart for typical measurements.
Canadian Who's Who in Non-Timber
Forest Products (NTFPs)
The Centre for Non-Timber Forest
Products at Royal Roads University is pleased to announce that an
on-line compendium, the Canadian Who's Who in Non-Timber Forest
Products, is nearing completion. Its purpose is to provide
information about individuals and organizations working with NTFPs
across the country. Registration in the compendium allows you to
share information about your NTFP expertise, services, products
or projects. This will help to create new opportunities for partnerships,
collaboration and business development in the NTFP sector. An added
feature is that you will be able to update your own information
once "Who's Who Online" goes live.
Goedhart at Royal Roads for more information.
Canadian Cooperative Movement:
Group Affairs and Policy Update
Canadian Cooperative Association
and Credit Union Central of Canada have published this policy
update focusing on the new Conservative minority government
and its likely effect on the cooperative sector. This is a "must
read" for anyone involved in this historic and dynamic movement,
which unites producers and consumers in various enterprises across
FDA Guidance on
Food Safety for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
report has been recently submitted by the US Food and
Drug Administration for comment purposes. Canadian producers, processors,
importers, and exporters may also find it illuminating.
Reports from BC Research Fisheries Technology Division
After BC Research's Fisheries
Technology Division closed down some years ago, the Technical
Reports and Industry Information Reports (for the years 1979-1989)
were entrusted to Denise DeLeebeeck, Instructor/Coordinator at BCIT's
Fish Harvesting & Processing Technology/ Food Technology Program.
They can be distributed to anyone interested at no cost for single
copy requests within North America. Batch requests and requests
from outside North America will incur shipping charges. Email Denise
if you are interested. Please provide your name and full mailing
address with your request.
Give a Listen to "Deconstructing
Dinner": How Does a Small Operation Survive in This World of
In our last issue we noted a new radio series,
Dinner, put on by Kootenay Co-op Radio and hosted by Jon Steinman.
The program broadcast on February 16, now archived
on the station's website, focuses on this question, discussed by
Brent Warner of BC's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
and members of the Kootenay Organic Growers Society.
SSFPA Reports, Publications,
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