Small Scale Food Processor Association SSFPA
What's New

BC FARM Knowledge Network discussion forum

February 2010 – The BC FARM Knowledge Network discussion forum is up and running. The pilot project is designed for the BC agriculture community as a way of networking, sharing ideas, offering services, marketing and trading, for example. The hope is that the forum will become a valuable and ongoing resource for all players in the BC agricultral community.


Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI)

September 2009 – A new report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) has proposed an integrated system for food, health and agricultural policy, to tackle health problems from a food and nutrition perspective.

The CAPI report, entitled Building Convergence: Toward an Integrated Health & Agri-Food Strategy for Canada, says the starting point should be to drive consumer demand in the direction of more nutritious foods, thereby leading businesses to supply that demand. Click to see report.


First Nations Agricultural Association

Find out what's happening among producers in this important and growing segment of the BC food sector. Click here


Mountain Ash Farms Makes Transition
to Successful School Program

Powell River Peak (November 2009) – "A new course called management initiative 12 is teaching Brooks students how to produce and market preserves in a real-life business venture. Powell River Educational Services Society (PRESS), set up by School District 47 to administer educational programs outside of the traditional classroom environment, purchased a business formerly called Mountain Ash Farms, from Elaine Steiger. The new name of the business is Mountain Ash Preserves and many of the clients that Steiger supplied plan to continue to support this student-operated business."

Click here to read article.

SSFPA makes the Financial Post

November 2009 – The Small Scale Food Processor Association referenced in article on food safety regulations in the Financial Post: "One of the best ways for smaller companies to develop a clear understanding of what's required is to tap into the expertise of consultants and industry associations. The Small Scale Food Processors [sic] Association in B.C. represents a wide range of farms, vineyards and other producers who ship products throughout Canada and the world. It offers assistance with food safety through education and funding initiatives, such as a joint program between the federal and provincial governments called the Food Safety Systems Implementation program. It also helps smaller producers connect with consultants -- often at little or no expense -- to ensure compliance."

To read the complete article, click here.

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