Our Story

Land to Table (L2T) is a growing network of people and organizations from across the regional food system, including producers, processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, chefs, consumers, and food waste managers, as well as supporting groups such as not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and academic institutions.

We are inspired by the idea that a well-connected and coordinated network across the North Okanagan, who share a common vision and goals, can together develop a food system that is economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable and socially accessible.

Our History

Land to Table, originally known as the North Okanagan Food System Initiative (NOFSI), began in 2015 as a study circle around a kitchen table consisting of a small group of community members – all regional food system advocates and members of farming families in the region.

The study circle looked at the Vermont Farm to Plate Network – an inspiring example of how a collective impact network has transformed Vermont’s food system, including such significant improvements over 10 years (2003-2013) as: doubling local food production, increasing local food jobs by 10% and businesses by 15%, and improving access to healthy food for all Vermonters.

The study group agreed that the Vermont model had potential application in this region, and dedicated themselves to make it happen.

Mission

Our mission is to catalyze connections and collaboration in support of a prosperous, sustainable, and accessible regional food system in the North Okanagan.

Vision

A regional food system where farmland is protected and productive, farmers have access to land, regional farms and other food system enterprises are thriving, more local food is produced and sold, our food system is environmentally sustainable and resilient to climate change, waste is minimized and reintegrated at every step, and everyone has access to healthy good food.

Our Funders

Funding for this project has been provided [in part] by the Community Food Action Initiative, in cooperation with Interior Health