Community Events

Come to the Table – A conversation about local food production and food sustainability in Fort St. John – October 13

Come to the table and join the community in a conversation about local food production and food security. There will be three presentations followed by a panel discussion.

Event Poster by Emily Anderson
Where: Lido Theatre, 10156 100th Ave. Fort St. John
When: October 13, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:30 PM; Presentations and panel discussion 7 PM – 9 PM
Tickets: Reserve tickets on our Eventbrite page,

  • Free admittance with a donation to the local food bank
  • Free appetizers prepared using only local food
  • Three presentations
  • Panel discussion

Presentations will feature:

  • Local food production by Sage Birley, a local organic grower
  • The nutritional and health benefits of locally grown food, a presentation by Marianne Bloudoff from Northern Health
  • Food production in the north and the economics of local food production by Wayne Robert, Urban Systems

Presenter Bio’s

Sage Birley

Urban-Systems-SageBirleySage was raised on a hundred year old certified organic grain farm just outside of Fort St. John. Despite being lucky enough to grow up working with the garden and building a relationship with the land, it wasn’t until moving to Vancouver to get a diploma in Community Development that Birley began to see the true value of food security and the role agriculture played in healthy community. After moving back from Vancouver Birley returned to the family farm to establish his own 1-acre market garden while working as an agricultural journalist. After his second year of market gardening Birley continues to learn and while grappling with the challenges faced by young farmers. Birley and other young growers are committed to building a community that can ensure food security in the Peace Region.

Marianne Bloudoff

Urban-Systems-Marianne-bloudoffMarianne is a Population Health Dietitian with Northern Health, where she is the lead for Food Security in the north. She has a passion for all things food, communications, social media, and photography. She currently lives in Prince George BC with her partner, cat, and dog.


Wayne Robert,MBA APEC IBIZ

Urban-Systems-wayne-robert-siteOver the past twenty years, Wayne has built an enviable record of success consulting to private enterprises, governments and NGOs both domestically and internationally on a vast array community economic development projects.  Wayne is passionate about local food security consulting on food security projects from many different aspects including: asset mapping, feasibility studies, sustainable business modeling and socio-economic benefit and impact assessment. He is known for his passion and talents for building collective impacts through projects. 

Amanda Trotter

Urban-Systems-Amanda-TrotterOriginally from South Africa, Amanda completed her Honours Degree in Social Science from the University of Natal. Since leaving her home country in South Africa, Amanda has lived in two other continents bringing a wide variety of knowledge from all over the world. She is a strong advocate for sustainable development; environmentally, economically and socially. Amanda has been the Executive Director of the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society since March 2015 and has made enormous strides in the community.

An event sponsored by Urban Systems in partnership with NEAT

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