What is The STir?

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About Us

The Stir grows the food economy and food commons in the Kamloops region by building connections and infrastructure that empower local people to access, grow, create, and market local food.

The Stir is the Food Hub for the Kamloops region, a project of the Kamloops Food Policy Council and member of the BC Food Hub Network. A food hub provides kitchen facility rentals, business mentorship, and community support to help local food entrepreneurs expand their business to reach a wider market than they would otherwise be able to break into. Funding for the project was received from the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries.

Our food hub is more than just a building. The Stir is a network of shared food hub facilities, support, and resources spread out across Kamloops and the surrounding region. Acting like a mycelium - a network of microscopic strands connecting mushrooms and the surrounding ecosystem - The Stir works collaboratively to connect and strengthen our regional food system.

 

In our first phase of the project, we helped fund the new Gardengate Training Centre with a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen to be shared between food hub members and Gardengate’s horticultural therapy program, as well as the Kweseltken Kitchen, a mobile food processing trailer that services rural indigenous communities.

The Stir is the second phase of the Kamloops food hub project. Located at 185 Royal Avenue in the heart of the North Shore, The Stir’s headquarters has two areas of focus: its Stirfront store and full-scale food processing facility. It is just one myceliam thread of our Food Hub that works towards a healthier, happier, and more sustainable Kamloops!

 

The Stir kitchen focuses on food preservation methods, such as canning and dehydration. It is home to a 40 gallon steam kettle, semi-automatic filling line, and commercial dehydrators with over 170 square feet of drying space. This HACCP-eligible facility is ideal for processors making sauces, pickles, jams, jellies, jerky, dried fruit and dried vegetable products. A small-scale sauce producer can scale-up their business from a few dozen jars per day to over 1000 jars per day, giving them more time to work on their business, rather than in it. Also available for makers of our Food Hub, will be a convection oven, tilting skillet, walk-in cooler, dry storage and warehouse storage.

Located right off the bustling Tranquille Market Corridor, The Stir provides a consumer retail experience in our “Stirfront”. Here, Kamloopsians are able to purchase locally made food products, pick up CSA boxes and meat orders from local farms, peruse our seed library, and participate in workshops or community events. Out back, our riverfront parking lot will soon be home to outdoor food truck dining and live events to help bring our community together over the sharing of good food!

Who is The STir?

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KENT FAWCETT

Food Hub Manager

Kent Fawcett is the Food Hub Manager and face behind The Stir. He is a highly skilled food entrepreneur and founder of the award-winning food processing company Local Pulse. He’s here to help local food businesses and up-and-coming food entrepreneurs along their journey using his own path as a guide.

 

Food is a labour of love for Kent. Passionate about food and sustainability, he thoroughly enjoys working with prospective food entrepreneurs at The Stir to turn their dream products into a “made in Kamloops” reality

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LINDSAY HARRIS

Food Policy Implementation Lead

Lindsay Harris is the KFPC’s Food Policy Implementation Lead and the driving force behind the Food Hub.

 

Passionate about growing our local food economy in a just and equitable way, Lindsay has a PhD focused on participatory research in the Kamloops food system and a background in community economic development. In her role at the KFPC and The Stir, Lindsay facilitates collaborative efforts to grow the agriculture sector in our region.

 

Lindsay is excited about working with local producers and community partners to find creative solutions to get more local food on our shelves year-round.

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250-572-3085

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ali MacBoudreau

Kitchen Coordinator

Ali is our Kitchen Coordinator, helping us manage the shared commercial kitchen at The Stir.

 

Ali is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Honest Elixirs, a food processing business based in Kamloops. Outside of The Stir, you’ll find her most Saturdays as a vendor at the Kamloops Regional Farmer’s Market. Ali is passionate about local and nutritious food and loves getting the opportunity to connect with the creative and hard working people who produce it.

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