Growing Change

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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Finding grocery inspiration in Nelson, B.C.

Column: Finding grocery inspiration in Nelson, B.C. By Stewart Samuel  |  Originally Published by www.canadiangrocer.com  on July 12, 2017 I recently wandered off the beaten track in British Columbia. My travels took me into Nelson, a relatively small city of 10,000 people. What is fascinating about this place is how it has reinvented itself and its…

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The Importance of Locally Sourced Food

Originally Published by Rossland News on Thursday June 8th, 2017. In early May, Statistics Canada released the 2016 Census of Agriculture, and Hans Schreier a professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia prepared summary reports for the different regions throughout the province. Schreier’s summary of the Kootenay…

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Don’t Call it a Job Boom, Call it a Livelihood Renaissance

Originally Published by the Creston Valley Food Hub on May 29th, 2017. Even though spring officially starts in March, the feverish activity associated with May long weekend always feels like the unofficial end of winter hibernation and beginning of spring in the Creston Valley and on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. The cherry trees…

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