Monday, October 25, 2010


On Sunday October 24th, the Okanagan-Shuswap Greens met in Paddlewheel Park hall to celebrate their 4th annual Harvest Dinner and discuss how local food economies contribute to building communities.
After the potluck dinner, Erik Bjorgan, candidate, pointed out how food security is closely linked to knowing those who grow our food and protecting local farmland. He reminded everyone of the social and economic benefits associated with eating locally and encouraging the producers in our region. Erik, who lives and works in Salmon Arm, is an active advocate for local food production and promotion.
Since the potluck dinner turned out to be a veritable feast of locally grown organic meats, vegetables, grains and scrumptious desserts, Erik's speech fell on receptive ears! Displays such as "Transition Town Concepts", Pilgrim Farm's produce, and Don Elzer's artistic rendering of a "Factory Village" where industrial and residential lots allow living, working and playing in the community reinforced the attractiveness of building local economies.
A silent auction and open Mic session rounded out the evening.
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