Introduction to the Central Okanagan Community Food Mapping Project
This online community mapping project seeks to engage the Central Okanagan community in local food systems issues. Where does our food come from? How is it produced? Is our food healthy? Is our food affordable? What influences our choice of foods? Through this new mapping website, we invite the community to participate in the conversation, learn about local food systems and use the mapping tools to contribute their own geo-located knowledge.
Increasingly the public seeks a greater understanding about food, producers strive to communicate with their customers while food security advocates look for ways to better understand weaknesses and groups at risk within our system. This community food map provides an online space for Central Okanagan residents to crowd source and share food-related views, issues and information. We anticipate community support, leading to real engagement, more informed decisions and shifts toward healthy food choices.
This project represents the collaboration between researchers at UBC Okanagan and the the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council, the Interior Health Authority as well as a number of local food related organizations, farms, markets and outreach groups. Click here for information on recent project activities.
The Project Team
Principal investigator, Assistant Professor of Geography, Faculty of Community, Culture, and Global Studies, UBC Okanagan.
Co-investigator, RD, Co-Chair, Central Okanagan Food Policy Counci & Community Nutritionist, Interior Health Authority.
Co-investigator, GIS and Technical support, MA Candidate, Faculty of Community, Culture, and Global Studies, UBC Okanagan.