Get Back - Concurrent Session D: Food Waste Prevention
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Oak Room
Speakers will discuss ways to prevent food waste at the distribution, grocery and household levels.
Sponsored by Crown Shred & Recycling
Moderator: Naomi Mihilewicz, SWRC
Preventing Food Waste in our own Back Yard -- Katherine Arbuthnott, Fruit for Thought
Fruit for thought harvests unwanted and excess urban fruit. They harvest a variety of produce such as apples, raspberries, saskatoons, pears, cherries, plums, rhubarb or anything that is not used! Volunteers harvest the fruit when ripe and the bounty is shared three ways: a portion to the owners, a portion to the volunteers and a portion to local food banks, shelters and businesses. Fruit for Thought also preserves a portion of the fruit collected, creating delicious pies, applesauce, jellies and chutneys to share with everyone involved.
Sifting and Sorting Waste - Finding Customers -- Lana Van Dijk, Body Fuel Organics
Lana grew up in Cupar Saskatchewan on a small family farm where she enjoyed the freshest of everything - from vegetables to dairy and meat. After moving to Regina and starting a family, Lana's passion for high quality, clean food and better health had a meaningful purpose - her first child was challenged with a weak immune system. Change was imminent and the beginning of her journey for both her family and herself was inevitable.
Lana developed an approach to getting high quality organic produce into the hands of families termed 'bin' service' and started from her basement with 14 of her health conscience friends. Body Fuel began in 2005 and now services over 400 bin customers and is growing daily. Body Fuel offers a full service grocery store for everyone to shop and is open 7 days a week and we they also have a delivery service! Lana’s mission is to inspire people to journey to better health!
Lana holds a degree in Physical Activity Studies -Fitness and Lifestyle Programming, has been a member of the Regina Women’s Network, the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, an Ambassador with the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce and is an enthusiastic mom of 4 healthy and happy children. She has a passion for the organic movement, local marketplace and zest for life that she abundantly shares with others.
Working on the whole food waste chain -- Steve Compton, Regina Food Bank
Steve Compton is the CEO of the Regina Food Bank as well as past Executive Director for the provincial association with Food Banks of Saskatchewan. Over the last 11 years, Steve has worked towards helping those most vulnerable across the province dealing with hunger and food insecurity, by drawing on his previous experiences in various senior management roles in both the retail and wholesale food industry. Steve has also contributed at a national level with Food Banks Canada, providing a provincial voice for food banks across the province.
Steve also has lent his knowledge to several not for profit and charitable organizations in the community helping them implement and execute important initiatives.
Steve is a life-long Regina, Saskatchewan resident, studied at the University of Regina in Business Administration faculty and is proud husband, father of twin girls and hobby musician.