Local Food Producers Celebrate!

Local Food Producers continue to collaborate to strengthen the region’s food producing capacity and bring more local food to grocery stores and your plate. The Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op (KBFPC) will be hosting a delicious celebration for EVERYONE interested in their work on Saturday November 4th at 5pm at Taghum Hall.  Alyssa Nebel, the KBFPC Coordinator, invites everyone to “join us for a potluck gathering with terrific local food.   This is an opportunity for the public and interested producers to get to know more about what we do, our new services and our growing network.  Meet and hear from members about their farms and products, and why they value being a member of the KBFPC.”

Kim Charlesworth, who helped found the Co-op, adds: “The KBFPC has grown steadily from its inception in March 2015 to its current membership of seventeen. One highlight this year was offering a subsidized labor pool. With the assistance of a Canada Summer Jobs grant, we hired a fabulous local student who worked at four different member farms.  Everyone involved was delighted with the outcomes and hopes we can hire two students for a longer period next year!”

Over the winter the Co-op will be developing a handbook to assist Members in making the most of their KBFPC membership, as well as a promotional “Meet our Members” pamphlet. Nebel states “we will also be travelling throughout the region to meet with members and prospective members, and gather information on storage needs. We want input on how best to meet producer’s needs.”

Please join the celebration of abundance in the Kootenays in the Fall, supported by our generous sponsors: Kootenay Bakery Café, Ellisons, Slocan Valley Co-op, Slocan Village Market, Save On Foods, Kootenay Co-op and Otter Books. You will be helping to build the network of those working towards food security and resiliency in our area.

 

Submitted By: Kim Charlesworth, KBFPC