Growing Change

Young Agrarians is hiring a Kootenay contractor!

Young Agrarians is seeking a dynamic and motivated contractor to build our young and new farmer network in the Columbia Basin/Kootenays! ABOUT YOUNG AGRARIANS Young Agrarians (YA), a partnership with FarmFolk CityFolk Society, is focused on growing the next generation of ecological farmers in BC and Canada. YA is a collaborative network strategy to engage…

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MARCH SEEDY NEWSLETTER ISSUE

SEEDY GREETINGS FROM KOOTENAY FOOD! It’s March. We’re buried in wet melting snow; we’ve got our seed-swapping-shopping list in hand; and we’re gearing up for one of our most action-packed years yet! Kick back and read on…. see what’s up with the WKPCo-op and your Kootenay food shed. Thanks for following along…Enjoy!   This stunning harvest of dried beans…

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Hummingbird Farm

Let’s start with the basics. Please tell us your farm name and your location? Hummingbird Farm 4380 Slocan River Road in Vallican Operated by Lana and Brad Braun   What kind of farm do you run? We grow fresh cut flowers and food in the Slocan Valley along the lovely Slocan River. Although our primary production…

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PRESSFEST ANOTHER JUICY SUCCESS!

So Many people helped make the 2nd annual Press Fest a huge success! THANK YOU ALL for your contributions towards and epic day of pressing! What an amazing day in the Valley! Sunday was ripe with community and SO MANY APPLES!!! When we finally shut down the press (at 8pm after running for 10 hours)…

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Work Bee #1 – A Sweet Success

LOOK AT ALL THOSE JARS! Today was our first official Kootenay Food Work Bee – (Pilot #1) We utilized the bright new space at the Valley Kitchen in Winlaw to bring together 8 volunteers for a four hour canning extravaganza! We helped the WEGCSS (Slocan Food Bank) process a flush of plums taking up precious…

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Grocery Story (a book by Jon Steinman)

DEMOCRATIZING OUR GROCERY STORES Jon Steinman promises a new book about community-owned grocery stores that will change the way you think about your neighbourhood supermarket. Deconstructing Dinner’s Jon Steinman is prepared to begin work on a book that will expose the bottleneck of power that has amassed among of handful of food retailers and will…

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NEW Farm Advisors Program to Support Kootenay Producers!

(Columbia Basin & Kootenay Boundary) – Agricultural producers in the region now have access to a new service offering technical support and expertise to help them succeed. Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors is a free service that is launching this summer. The regional districts of Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary and East Kootenay have partnered with…

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What is Food Security, anyways? And, What does that Look Like in the Kootenays?

The World Food Programme (WFP) defines food security as existing when all people have adequate access at all times to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. In this definition food security considers three elements: availability, meaning that a sufficient amount of food must be available consistently; accessibility, meaning that people…

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