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Vision Viewfield Community Collaboration

Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

Vision Viewfield Community Collaboration

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You are invited to engage in the development of the vision for Viewfield Food Security and Redistribution Centre!

 

The Centre currently houses the Food Rescue and Redistribution Project of the FoodShare Network, but has space to grow and there is the opportunity to look at how this large Warehouse and infrastructure could benefit food and farm sector and related business development and social enterprise opportunities.  What opportunities are there? Who would be involved? What infrastructure is needed?

 

When: June 25th, 1 to 3 pm


Where:  808 Viewfield Rd.

 

What:  The Vision Viewfield process brings stakeholders together to identify needs and opportunities and engage in the development of the Viewfield Food Centre as a thriving hub for social good and regional food and farm sector economic development. Tour starts at 1 pm with discussion to follow.

 

 


 

 

 

Background on the centre

 


 

808 Viewfield Road is a commercially zoned building owned by the Mustard Seed and Spinnakers Brew Pub. The Mustard Seed has operated the food rescue and redistribution project in partnership with the FoodShare Network there since 2016.

 

Currently there are loading bays, cold storage, certified processing kitchen and a large warehouse.  Approximately 13,000 square feet are in use of the 22,000 square foot facility, and we are looking to develop the additional 9000 square feet.  

 

Current infrastructure on site includes:

 

  • 4 loading bays
  • Weighing, sorting, washing and packing area
  • Island Health Certified Processing Kitchen:  contains a rational oven, 2 convection ovens, six burner stove, and oven, steam kettle 65 litre, 50 litre tilting skillet, ice machine, dishwasher, prep sink and dishwashing sink, commercial stand up mixer, meat slicer, cold storage under work stations, wood and stainless work stations, wet and dry vacuum sealer.  
  • Cold Storage-Currently there is about  600 square feet and 2 upright refrigerators, and a Freezer of about 300 square feet.  
  • Dry Storage:  4000 square feet of warehouse space for dry storage of food for their food banking operations is in use.
  • Offices: There is a small roughly 400 square foot office space and break room at the entrance to the warehouse space.

 

 

 

With the purchase of the site there is an opportunity to grow this site as the heart of a safe and secure vibrant local food system.

 

 

 

What could we do?  

 

 

 

Food centres (or hubs as they are also referred to) offer many benefits but are typically seen as a method to increase access to healthy local foods, while benefiting small-scale producers seeking more efficient ways to store, process, and aggregate and distribute produce. Currently, the Viewfield centre allows for collection and redistribution of rescued and gleaned foods that support meal programs, food literacy programs, and food banking in many agencies in the community (approximately 1.2 Million pounds of food last year).  Given its infrastructure and the partners at the table, there is the opportunity to undertake other activities that food centres often support.

 

 

 

In the Capital Region we have a wonderful growing climate; however, we also have very small farms who primarily sell their products through direct sales.  A key problem is that local food production in the Capital Region is very limited. There is a growing institutional and retail market that is seeking quality, consistency and quantity of supply of locally produced foods.  Small to medium scale farms are generally not able to grow for this market however with access to shared infrastructure and support through a food centre this can change. Farmers in the region have expressed a need for shared equipment, shared labour, shared maintenance, and shared processing facilities that could be linked with small to medium scale processors.

 

 

 

A Food Centre could provide this additional infrastructure to extend the shelf life and add value to products, providing access to kitchens, equipment and storage.  When there is supportive infrastructure, business incubation or acceleration can occur.

 

 

 

Some of the other activities that can occur synergistically are culinary arts training, skills development and employment programs.  Also food organizations can cluster their operations or hold meetings or events within a food centre.

 

 

 

Synergies between the types of activities on hand can really add value to everyone.

 

Having the food centre can provide a unique opportunity for building alignment between the charitable food sector and efforts to build the local food economy. We can build a stronger local food system in the region if we can link these efforts more effectively into an integrated system, that will in turn strengthen each of these streams in themselves.  

 

 

 

   

 

Ideas for the Centre up for discussion

 

  • Facility to support the ability to rescue and redistribute food to food provisioning agencies in the CRD, the FoodShare Network
  • Warehousing and temperature controlled storage
  • Incubator spaces for local business development and scaling
  • Processing kitchen and related processing infrastructure rentals
  • Coordination of Production, Aggregation and redistribution of local farmed foods
  • Technical assistance
  • Culinary Arts and associated Education, Skills Development and Training
  • Ability to provide meeting or office spaces for food related initiatives
  • And more…….

 

    

 

Have questions about Vision Viewfield Community Collaboration? Contact Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable

When & Where


808 Viewfield Rd

Victoria, BC V9A 4V1
Canada

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)


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Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable

Our Role

Our belief in the power of Collective Impact for social change informs work that we do and shapes the strategies that we are using to achieve our objectives. The focus of CRFAIR as an organization is around two distinct but related spheres of activity:

  1. Provide Backbone Support for the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Network

  2. Undertake high value, meaningful projects that are consistent with our Vision, Mission and Values

Our Direction

Vision: A region where local, sustainable and healthy food is celebrated, abundant and central to the cultures, health and well-being of residents

Mission: Mobilize and connect efforts to develop healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems in the Capital Region.

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