Researchers seek input to strengthen Farm to Restaurant connections

Penticton, September 25, 2019 – Researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen Polytechnic University are seeking public participation to help them understand the demand for local food in Okanagan restaurants.

Starting today and through to the end of October, Okanagan residents are being asked to complete a 10-minute online survey about their preferences for local food in restaurants. The survey hopes to obtain information about the demand for local foods in restaurant meals, to strengthen the farm to restaurant supply chain and support the local food/farming sectors in the region. Participants who complete the survey will be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards to local restaurants.

Survey results will be considered along with information from interviews with chefs and farmers, and presented at a networking event in Penticton in the spring. This project is part of the “BuildingConnections: From Farm to Restaurant” initiative undertaken by the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at KPU, funded by the Interior Health Authority – Community Food Action Initiative (CFAI).

Those wishing to access the survey can do so at https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/be_local_eat_local until Midnight on October 31st, and are encouraged to share the survey with their networks.

ISFS is an applied research and extension unit at KPU that investigates and supports regional food systems as key elements of sustainable communities. We focus predominantly on British Columbia but also extend our programming to other regions. Our applied research focuses on the potential of regional food systems in terms of agriculture and food, economics, community health, policy, and environmental integrity. Our extension programming provides information and support for farmers, communities, business, policy makers, and others. Community collaboration is central to our approach.

Contact: Mariko Wijekoon, Research Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU
Mariko.Wijekoon@kpu.ca Ph. 604-599-2589.

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