Welcome to the FASNO Website
Join us, the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, in cultivating a healthy, sustainable, regional, food system. The local projects we administer or support are listed below;
What a fantastic night it was for our major fundraiser of 2015, held September 19th at the Vernon Lodge in Vernon BC.
It wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donations from all those involved with the event; from the Vernon Lodge, our farmers, musicians, chefs, wait-staff, to those who donated items for the silent auction and of course, our wonderful supporters who bought tickets and came out to enjoy the best that the North Okanagan has to offer.
Your support of this event ensures we can grow and maintain our local food programs for the coming year. A great big thanks to all of you.
Food security in a community doesn’t exist without local farmers. Help our local family farms remain viable by purchasing their produce and other food products. Use this Food Directory to connect with local farm producers eat better and help sustain the region’s farm and food businesses. If you are a local farmer, food producer, or retailer of local foods sign on to the directory…it’s free and we’d love to help support you.
Cook it. Try it. Like it!
This Year the Food Action Society is administering a 5-week after school cooking program called “Cook it. Try it. Like it! for children in grades 4-7. It will run seven times in various community agencies and schools in Vernon, Lumby and Armstrong until June 2015. Children will learn to prepare healthy snacks, where their food comes from, and how to be food safe.
For more information call Linda Boyd, Phone: 250 549-5715
Community Nutritionist and Food Action Society board member.
Even without land of your own you can grow your own produce in your own plot in one of the three local Community Gardens. The Food Action Society has supported the development of the Community Garden Network to date and is an active partner in its continued operations and development.
Sign up with the Good Food Box program. This fruit and vegetable bulk- buying program provides you with a box of high quality produce monthly at a fraction of the cost of purchasing it at your local chain grocery store. The Food Action Society is the host organization for the Good Food Box program. Visit www.goodfoodbox.net for more information.
Work Together for Economical, Healthy Meals
Build food skills and knowledge by joining up to work in the community kitchens. There’s room for participants and volunteers. http://communitykitchens.webs.com/
Are you a commercial or backyard gardener with a surplus crop? It is estimated that about half of all food produced ends up wasted. There are enormous food recovery opportunities right here our North Okanagan communities. For the past several years a Gleaning program has been offered by the Salvation Army in Vernon. For 2015, the Food Action Society is working towards a funded community-scale program in our region. Stay tuned.