From the Farm

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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A Healthy, Local Beef Source: Raising Happy Cattle with Tarzwell Farms

Tarzwell Farms is located in Creston, and is owned and operated by Tom and Leanne Tarzwell. Tom is a 2nd generation cattle farmer, who bought the farm from his father when he was twenty. Tom began by following in his father’s footsteps, selling the cattle he raised to auction, and in the early 1990’s decided…

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Teafarm Brews Up a New Crop for Canada

On a sunny slope in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, a rare Camellia is growing; rare for Canada but widely sought worldwide for its stimulant qualities. It is Camellia sinensis, better known as tea. Far from the tropical and subtropical mountain slopes of China and India where much of the world’s tea is grown,…

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5 Top Tips for Eating Locally and Having Fun Whilst Doing So.

Eating locally seems to be the in thing this year. The BC government is even giving out grants to communities in order to up local purchasing. This is great news for small farmers as it expands their customer base and brings their product to a larger audience. But what is eating local? If you’re new…

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