Growing Change

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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Creston Community’s New Mobile Fruit and Vegetable Press Project

May 9, 2017, Creston Valley – Food security in the Kootenays is getting an exciting boost. Starting this cherry season, the Creston-based Mobile Press Project will give farmers, food processors, and community groups access to a game-changing piece of infrastructure. When it pulls up at an orchard or alongside a root vegetable field, the Kreuzmayr…

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Agricultural Land Use Inventory in RDCK

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is located in south eastern BC and is comprised of 11 electoral areas and 9 member municipalities. RDCK completed an Agricultural Area Plan in 2011 with an overarching goal of increasing the quantity and quality of agricultural production in the region1. In the summer of 2016, the BC…

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Feeding Ourselves the film

a documentary exploring regional food sovereignty, By Slocan film maker Lisa Safarik, premiers in Nelson Monday May 8th / Civic Theatre  / 7 pm   Feeding Ourselves Trailer from Lisa Safarik on Vimeo. Facebook event Facebook page www.feedingourselvesthemovie.com

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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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How do you build healthy, connected communities? Start with dignified spaces

Tuesday, February 21, 2017: Originally Published  by CFC The first thing you notice when you walk into the light-drenched main room at Calgary’s The Alex Community Food Centre is the promise written in loopy script above the open kitchen: “Good food is just the beginning….” Or maybe it’s the bright chairs in Crayola red and…

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