November 29 - Making Food Matter! An Important Event for South Island Foodies  


Making Food Matter! : Taking the Next Bite

A Local Food Gala @ the Atrium

1321 Blanshard Street

On Tuesday November 29th from 7pm to 9pm the Vancouver Island Community Research Alliance (VICRA) will showcase the findings of the Vancouver Island Local Food Project Report entitled:

“Strategies for Increasing Food Security on Vancouver Island”

Two years of research and collaboration has resulted in a plan for action focused on four themes: Climate Change, Indigenous Food Systems, Urban Agriculture and Institutional Food Purchasing. The project included all 5 Vancouver Island campuses, 20 researchers, 58 students, 18 food and community groups.

This event is also a fundraiser for the Lifecycles Project Society, a local non-profit society that works to cultivate awareness and initiate action through innovative projects around food, health and urban sustainability.

The evening will be hosted by Carolyn Herriot, a broadcaster, organic gardener and the bestselling author of The Zero Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food.

Keynote Speaker is Corky Evans, a former municipal councillor, MLA and Minister of Agriculture, who has dedicated large parts of his life to trying to make farming pay, both in the public sphere as public policy, and, as a farmer himself.

Short presentations by our Guest Speakers include:

Linda Geggie (VICRA LFP Coordinator) Highlights of VICRA LFP findings

Peter Keller (Dean of Social Science UVIC) The power of collaborative research

Ken Babich (Director of Purchasing Services UVic) The power of institutional food purchasing

Come for a great evening of inspiration, tasting, sharing, and early holiday shopping!

  • Sign the Local Food Pledge and commit to the local food movement
  • Hear how Vancouver Island institutions can dramatically reshape the food chain
  • Watch star chef Cosmo Meens prepare apples from the simple to the sublime
  • Bid at the silent auction (including an original painting of three butternut squash by local artist Phyllis Serota)
  • Buy at the kitchen shop, Cook Culture – percentage of the evening’s sales will go to Lifecycles
  • Taste a stellar line-up of the world’s finest artisan fair trade chocolate bars with chocolate guru, David Mincey
  • Check out displays of local collaborations and groups making a real difference to food security
  • A great networking & learning opportunity

The use of the stunning Atrium Building is by generous donation of the Jawl Foundation

Admission by Donation ($20. suggested) / Cash Bar & Local Food Tastings

Please RSVP (to anticipate numbers): email or phone 250-744-9304

See the Local Food Project report at:

For more information contact:

Penny Murray email Cell 250-744-9304

After a year of waiting....  


After a year of waiting for the Minister of Agriculture to release a report written by the Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission, we finally got to see the ALC Review.

The review was released coincident with an introduction of legislation to make amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act. This legislation, Bill 19 - 2011 Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act had its second reading yesterday.

I was grateful to have the opportunity to rise in the Legislative Assembly to speak to this Bill - I pointed out the positive, yet small, steps that it represents. I also pointed out some truly glaring challenges - the Government side of the house sure didn't like it.

Watch for yourself.

As always, you can read the Hansard for all debate, questions and statements that are on the record. The record of my comments on Bill 19 - 2011 can be found at this link.