From the Farm

Support Your KOOTENAY Farmer: Our 2017 Kootenay CSA Directory

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally based model of agriculture and food distribution in which growers and eaters work together in a direct relationship, sharing the risks and benefits offered through food production. This relationship consists of individuals becoming CSA shareholders by making a financial investment in a farm, typically at the beginning…

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Growing Your Garden with Stellar Seeds!

Stellar Seeds is an independent, family owned seed company established in 2000 that focuses on providing growers with high quality, open-pollinated, GMO-free seed. Owned and operated by Patrick Steiner and Colleen O’Brien, and located in the West Kootenay’s of BC, Stellar Seeds offers organically grown seeds that are naturally more resilient to pests and pathogens,…

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Root and Vine Acres: Happy, Healthy Animals + Straight Up Good Food!

Jessica Piccinin is the proud owner and operator of Root and Vine Acres, which began its journey in Creston 7 years ago. After growing up in the community of Creston, Jessica left the area after high school and ventured to the oil fields in Alberta for 3 years of work. Realizing she had made the wrong…

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Okanagan Farmer Wants Valley Entirely Organic to Protect Honey Bees

KELOWNA, B.C. – An Okanagan man who tends to Canada’s largest organic vineyard says everyone can do more to help save the honey bee. “The difference between a weed and a flower is judgement,” says Gabe Cipes, a certified permaculture designer, beekeeper and viticulturist at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Cipes says neighbourhoods need to return to a…

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Stone Meadow Gardens: A Passion for Growing + A Philosophy Rooted in Soil

Carl and Sarah Kistner own and operate Stone Meadow Gardens located in Tarry’s, and have just wrapped up their first successful year of market gardening here in the Kootenay’s. Tarry’s is a small community situated southwest of the Playmor Junction near to the Kootenay River. Sarah Kistner is originally from the United States, and prior…

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Kelowna-Based Urban Farmer Blueprints His Path to Success

Situated behind tidy rows of bagged veggies and herbs, Curtis Stone looks like any number of the vendors at the Kelowna Farmers’ Market—a source for healthy local food, at a reasonable price. What his inauspicious Saturday digs don’t indicate, however, is that he’s a man whose time has come. Stone has been singing the praises…

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Greenwood Garden Goodies: A Local Market Garden with a Big Heart + Nourishing Soul

Kootenay Food recently had the opportunity to catch up with Alison Anderson, co-owner of Greenwood Garden Goodies based in Greenwood, BC. Greenwood Garden Goodies is a market garden and value-added food business, and aims to provide healthy, nutritious and delicious foods to our West Kootenay and Boundary communities. From fresh produce of all kinds, to…

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Linden Lane Farms: A Young Farmer with a Big Passion

Linden Lane Farms is located in Krestova, BC nestled in the picturesque Slocan Valley, and has been a family operated farm since 1978. The farm is well known for its landscape plant nursery, and has most recently expanded into horticulture. Currently, 21 year old farmer Matthew Carr is the driving force managing the new horticulture…

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