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2017 Kootenay CSA Directory; Regional Seedy Event Listing; Farm Food Fork 2017 + 2018; PIG-in-a-DAY; New WKPC Hires.....and more!
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Seedy Greetings from Kootenay Food!

It's February. We're buried in <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! 

SEEDY SEASON IS HERE
IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR SEEDY 'SWAP-and-SHOP' ON!
FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU

Creston and Rossland kicked off the year with Seedy Events early in February. Both were hosted in conjunction with their indoor farmers' market, and both had many seed vendors and a great community turnout! It's quite obvious....you folks are eager to get planting!
Here's a look at what's happening, and when, in the rest of the region:

Castlegar

SATURDAY MARCH 4th     |     12:00 - 4:00 PM     |     Kinnaird Hall, 2320 Columbia Ave
Visit this exciting seedy event for seeds, plants,  and containers as well as local meats, farm products, mushrooms, and natural foods and health products. Guest Speaker Betty Offin will be discussing all things worms and composting! Stellar Seeds, Salt Spring Seeds + Sunshine Farm Seeds will be on hand.
Join the Facebook event for more information.


Grand Forks
SATURDAY APRIL 1st     |     10:00 AM - 2:00 PM     |      Anglican Church, 7252 7th St
Exchange seeds or just take some seeds (there will be quite a few available)!  Sign up for a community garden plot.  Enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch by donation. Buy starts by donation to support the community garden. Guest Speaker DAN JASON will be presenting at 2:30 PM.
Join the Facebook event for more information.

Kaslo
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25th     |     10:00 AM - 2:00 PM     |     St. Andrews Hall, 500 4th St
This awesome event features two workshops (Fermenting Foods + Succession Planting), as well as a host of local seed vendors (Stellar Seeds, BC Eco Seed Co-op, Cherry Meadows, Willet Peak Organics, Sunshine Farm Seeds, Old Mill Farm). Mats Growers will be on site with bedding plants, and an array of great local vendors with organic cheese, granola, and more! Lunch and snack available as well.
Visit the Kaslo Food Hub online for more information
.


Nelson
SATURDAY MARCH 18th     |     9:00 AM - 2:00 PM     |     NCOC Visitors Centre, 91 Baker St
Join SEEDS Nelson as they host this exciting seedy event for the second year in a row. The event will feature a great array of local seed vendors as well as hands-on workshops for everyone. To sign-up as a vendor please email: seedsnelsonbc@gmail.com.
Follow SEEDS Nelson on Facebook for more information
    

Revelstoke
THURSDAY MARCH 16th     |     12:00 - 5:00 PM     |     Aquatic Centre, 600 Campbell Ave
Join for our fun seedy event for your chance to purchase, share or swap your seeds! It's time to get planting! For more information join our Facebook event page.


Silverton
TUESDAY MARCH 7th     |      10:00 AM - 2:00 PM      |      Silverton Memorial Hall, Lake Ave
This event is breaking the weekend tradition and gathering mid-week for an exciting seed swap and shop! A circle discussion on seeds and plant varieties will be led by Master Gardeners at 11:00 AM, and seeds will be available from Stellar Seeds and the BC Eco Seed Co-op. Bring your own surplus seeds to swap and share! For more info email: jgreenlaw@netidea.com.

Slocan
SUNDAY MARCH 5th     |     11:00 AM - 2:00 PM     |      Crescent Valley Community Hall, Hwy 6
The annual seedy event is back for another year, with guest speakers, a great assortment of local seed vendors and an opportunity to talk about the upcoming growing season with area experts.
Admission is $2, and vendor tables are $10.
For more information please call 250.226.0008 or email: dlemoyne@rdck.bc.ca.
FOOD + FARM EVENTS
Kaslo Food Hub Film Series: 'SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY'

Join the Kaslo Food Hub at the Langham in Kaslo on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24TH for the first film in their Foodie Farmy Film Series! Entry is $5 and the evening kicks off at 7:00 PM, with discussion to follow the film.

SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year old food legacy. Did you know that in the last year alone, 94 seed varieties have disappeared? Now more than ever we need to discuss a resilient future for local seed production and procurement.


Visit the Kaslo Food Hub online for more information.

Image Credit: Seedthemovie.com
WKPCo-op HOMESTEADING 101: PIG-in-a-DAY BUTCHERY WORKSHOP

This 6 hour workshop will include hands on instruction on how to break down a whole pig. Participants will learn sausage making and the basics of brining and curing, along with some how-to on traditional preservation techniques. At the end of the day you will have the confidence to butcher your own hog - not to mention, you'll gain a new appreciation for the art of butchery.All participants will head home with approximately 8 -10 lbs of meat from the days breakdown. The hog is a Fraser Valley raised Yorkshire cross, raised and processed with animal care and husbandry as a focus, in an environmet with lots of room to root and run. The hog is also antibiotic-free, and has been raised without any growth hormones.

Your Instructor is Ben Carson of Legendary Meats, who has spent the past 14 years in the meat industry, working in all aspects of butchery and management. His real passion lies in whole beast butchery, trying to minimize waste in a very commercially wasteful industry. Ben is highly entertaining and knowledgeable, and we're thrilled to have him instructing another offering of this popular workshop.

SUNDAY MARCH 19TH     |    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM     |    @ LEGENDARY MEATS, 2775 Fir South Slocan

For more information + to buy tickets, visit our Eventbrite page.
Stay tuned to
our event on facebook, and follow along with us at Kootenayfood.com.
 
Skill Building Workshop with Food Educator Extraordinaire: Michael Becker
 
The Fields Forward Education Working Group in Creston is thrilled to announce this upcoming skill building workshop, taking place at Yaqan Nukiy School on SATURDAY / SUNDAY APRIL 8 + 9. Instructor Michael Becker is a middle school teacher from Hood River, Oregon who specializes in setting up gardens and sustainability systems in schools. The focus in his methods is to integrate everything into the existing curriculum - this is not new curriculum, but a means to work within; build connectivity and integrate your school's existing framework. This two day workshop is for teachers and educators who are keen to involve gardens, growing space and sustainability initiatives in their daily teachings.

For more information please contact:
Melissa Flint: Melissa@auroraedibledesigns.com or Paris Marshall-Smith: paris@fieldsforward.ca.
Visit the Eventbrite page to purchase tickets and join Fields Forward on Facebook!


An evening event is planned on SATURDAY APRIL 8th, in conjunction with this two day workshop, and involves a dinner at 6 PM followed by a presentation by Michael Becker at 7 PM. Come feast and learn easy innovative ways to integrate food and agriculture based education into your life.
Details and tickets available here.


Image Credit: Fields Forward
INTERNATIONAL CSA DAY
YOUR 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 of the growing season in the Spring.
In return, growers commit to sharing the food they grow with their farms shareholders consistently throughout the season.
This is a rewarding model of food distribution for everyone involved, assuring shareholders access to delicious and healthy food all throughout the harvesting season.
Support Your KOOTENAY Farmer: Our Kootenay CSA Directory
 
Here in the Kootenay's we have an abundance of options when it comes to choosing a CSA program that fits your needs (last year we featured 6 CSA programs, and this year we have 13 programs to share!). From an entire season of freshly picked juicy produce boxes; to a whole summer of beautiful, fragrant flowers; to a year chock-full of uniquely handcrafted herbal medicines.... What our Kootenay farmers, growers and small businesses provide for our communities is nothing short of amazing. Check it out for yourself, and sign-up for your CSA program today!

CARTWHEEL FARM     |     Creston Valley
This year’s season for weekly produce baskets will run for 21 weeks from June 6th to October 27th. As always, baskets will be packed with fresh-picked, certified organic fruits, veggies, and herbs (grown with joy!). We will also continue our recipe program included each week to help you stay inspired in the kitchen! Baskets will be available through delivery or downtown Creston pick-up.
Cost ranges from $450 - $550 for the full season. For more information and to sign-up call Laura or Nigel at 250.428.6571 or email  nigel@cartwheelfarm.com.
Follow along with Cartwheel Farm.

CROOKED HORN FARM     |     Winlaw
Our 2017 CSA program features 24 weeks of fresh produce starting mid-May and running until the end of October. This year we have two box options:
Large box $720 ($30/week)      |      Small box $540 ($22.50/week)
Our weekly box contains super fresh, seasonally appropriate certified organic vegetables. We allow a swap out  of one or two things that you don't like, but we appreciate your flexibility. We offer add on items like mushrooms when available. Box pick up is Saturdays on the farm in Winlaw or at the Nelson Cottonwood Market. For more information and t
o sign up call Ange or Gord at 250.226.7062 or email info@crookedhornfarm.ca.
Follow along with Crooked Horn Farm


GLADE ORGANICS     |     Glade
Our 2017 program will run from June - October for 20 weeks. Members will receive a weekly box of  fresh, nutrient dense, certified organic produce grown on our farm! Additionally members will receive a weekly  newsletter full of recipe ideas and farm updates. Our program has room for 30 members. Boxes can be picked up weekly at the Saturday Castlegar Farmers' Market, at the Saturday Cottonwood Market in Nelson or on our farm on Sunday evenings. Each box will contain a variety of 7 - 12 veggies and it will change with the season! This year we have three box options:
Full box = $650 season ($32/wk)      |     Half box = $450/season ($22/wk)
Single Box = $350/season ($17/wk)     |     *each price includes a refundable box deposit of $10

Early bird discounts are available until May 31st!!! Save big and sign-up early!
For more information and to sign-up call Ross or Mira at 250.777.2168 or email gladeorganics@gmail.com.
Follow along with Glade Organics or visit them online.

HUMMINGBIRD FARM     |     Slocan Valley
This year we are excited to offer our version of a CSA program in the form of a 2017 season 'flower subscription'! All of our flowers, like everything else we grow, are certified organic through Kootenay Organic Growers and are available through this exciting new subscription program, at local farmers' markets and for weddings. This year we are offering two subscription options:
10 weeks of fresh cut flowers $180    |    5 weeks of fresh cut flowers $90
For each option you choose the weeks you would like flowers, starting in April. We deliver to your house or office in Nelson or Castlegar! For more information or to sign-up please call Lana at 250.226.6996. Follow along with Hummingbird Farm on Facebook or visit them online.


LINDEN LANE FARMS     |     Krestova
Thyme Saver CSA Weekly Produce Box Program runs for 18 weeks from June through October. This program aims for 40 members, and accepts a variety of payment installment options + methods. There are two size options to choose from:
Large $740  /  $703 before Feb 28th     |     Small $455  / 
$432.25 before Feb 28th
Each box will contain 8 - 12 certified organic vegetables. We grow more than 200 cultivars of 50 different vegetables, ensuring a variety of produce each week. Members have the option to add on to their weekly box through our online store, and will receive our weekly newsletter. We have pickup locations in Castlegar, Nelson and Crescent Valley. Our website uses North America's most advanced CSA program software - so come visit Linden Lane Farms online for complete CSA details and registration information.
Follow along with Linden Lane Farms on Facebook.


MEADOW CREEK ORGANICS     |     Meadow Creek
Our 2017 Green Box Program kicks off in the first week of June and runs until early October. We grow a wide range of vegetables on 3+ acres, from salad greens to squash, and each week your box will burst with a fresh and abundant harvest. Our program offers two box sizes:
Basic Box $425 (for two)     |     Family Box $775 (for four)
We deliver to central pick-up points in Kaslo, Meadow Creek and Argenta. For more information or to sign-up please call Rachel at 250.366.0066 or email rachellakefarm@gmail.com.
Follow along with Meadow Creek Organics.


RAVINE CREEK FARM     |     Appledale
Our CSA program is back for another delicious season, proving once again you can have your kale and eat it too! HOW IT WORKS: Members sign-up and pay $600 for their share by April 1st. Starting in May members receive a weekly box of seasonal, certified organic vegetables averaging a value of $30/week. Join our program and proceed straight to *vegetable euphoria* for the next 20 weeks, and know that your Farmers are sleeping easier at night! Weekly pickup can happen either at our Farm in Appledale or at our farm stand at the weekly market in Nelson. For more information or to sign-up please call us at 250.226.7333 or email ravine.creek@gmail.com.
Visit here to follow along with Ravine Creek Farm and to learn more about the philosophy behind CSA programs!

SALIX AND SEDGE FARM     |     Salmo

An 18 week CSA program beginning in June. Delicious produce boxes available for weekly pickup at a prearranged location in Nelson, or at the Salmo Farmers' Market on Thursdays. Two different box options: Large $450 / *$400 ($25/week) or Small $306 / *$272 ($17/week). *Offering a vacation option this year: sign-up for 18 weeks, but with a bit of notice skip 2 pickups at any point in the season. For more information + for registration, visit Salix and Sedge online.
Follow along with Salix and Sedge on Facebook.


STONE MEADOW GARDENS    |     Thrums
Our 2017 program will be a ‘debit style CSA’ for both vegetables and flowers. Purchase a debit card for use at our farm stand located in Tarry’s on Highway 3A. You use this card to purchase anything you like from our stand – there are no restrictions! We grow a wide range of veggies + flowers, from traditional favourites to heirloom + artisanal varieties, all certified organic through Kootenay Organic Growers.  Storage crops, your seasonal favourites, and beautiful grab-and-go bouquets! Stop by and shop from May through the end of October on Thursdays + Fridays from noon – 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Our members will receive our monthly newsletter, advance notice on special deals, and an invitation to our fall harvest party. Our debit card is available in 3 denominations, and the more you invest, the more you save!
For more information or to sign up call Sarah at 250.304.8084 or email stonemeadowflowers@gmail.com.
Visit Stone Meadow Gardens online for full program details.


TERRA FIRMA FARMS     |     Revelstoke
We are a PACS Certified Organic Farm located in Revelstoke BC.  Our products are marketed through our local farmers' market, restaurants, specialty food retailers and a 40 member CSA. Our 2017 CSA program is 18 weeks of fresh produce. Pickup is Wednesdays between 3:00 - 6:00 PM at our farm. We offer two program options:  Full $450 (8-10 items)   |   Small $325 (5-6 items)
With add-on options: Egg share $100   |   Flower Share $100   |   Terra Firma Wood Crate $25
Our program starts on June 14th and ends on October 11th.
For more information or to register email terrafirmafarms@gmail.com.
Visit here to follow along with Terra Firma Farms.

TWISTED ROOTS GREENHOUSE     |     Crawford Bay
We will be offering a CSA program this year of approximately 16 weeks beginning in June until the end of September. Our boxes develop with the season, and grow in size as our harvest become more abundant. A full season box program is $400, which includes your $25 membership fee. Your weekly box will be available for pickup on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at our greenhouse. Everything you will receive will be freshly picked that morning! Yum!
For more information or to sign-up call Kathy at 250.354.3695 or email kathyrave@mac.com.
Follow along with Twisted Roots Greenhouse on Facebook.
 
Image Credit: Small Farm Central
CSW: Community Supported Wellness Program   |   Emery Herbals

A little bit different than the above featured Farm CSA programs, this opportunity is a year long 4 seasons of wellness program, providing you with locally handcrafted herbal medicines for all of your needs.
Four Seasons of Wellness with Emery Herbals:
Each season receive 1 consult to determine your unique needs and then receive 7 customized medicines for you and/or your family members. Each season receive a learning bundle which includes an herb study and materials to create medicines at home. This year’s bonuses include an acupuncture session with Brendan Murray Nellis R.Ac of Raven Acupuncture, an iridology image session with me at the start and finish of the program and free samples and offerings from local providers all through the year. The full year program has just 4 spots remaining. Some availability exists for single season shares.
Visit Emery Herbals online for more information!
LATEST NEWS from the WKPCo-op
MEET OUR NEW KOOTENAY FOOD CENTRE PROGRAM COORDINATORS!
 
The West Kootenay Permaculture Cooperative (WKPC) is pleased to announce the recent hiring of two local folks who will act as the Kootenay Food Centre Program Coordinators. After an extensive and highly competitive hiring process, Dayna Fidler and Andria Greene have each been given contracts to work on the development and implementation of this community kitchen. This project has been a vision of the WKPC board and member base for many years. Now with the hiring of these two highly capable and passionate individuals we are closer than ever before to seeing this dream become a reality.

Dayna and Andria both have extensive knowledge and experience working with a variety of food related and community driven organizations locally and elsewhere. One of their joint roles will be to develop a seasonal abundance calendar and build kitchen programming and education around it. These two are going to be busy gathering and creating resources for this project over the next year!
 
The overarching purpose of this kitchen is to provide hands on learning opportunities, assist farmers/homesteaders with diverting excess harvest, return that excess back into our local economy and create a strong cultural hub that supports community initiatives. We will be pulling ideas and inspirations from proven models across the country while adding to that database of knowledge simultaneously.
  
Our local food economy is a huge piece of the culture here in the hills and with the addition of a project like this and folks like Dayna and Andria, it continues to be strengthened.

To follow along with our Kitchen project, check out our facebook page + website and get involved!
 
Submitted by: Jenna Hopper, WKPCo-op Secretary
FARM FOOD FORK Moves to Creston

The West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op is thrilled to announce our partnership with Fields Forward of Creston Valley & District, who will be hosting the Farm Food Fork Conferences in 2017 and 2018!!

There are many details to come, but rest assured this 4th installment of F3 will be extremely exciting, and jam-packed with days of intensive discussion, learning, networking and capacity building.

The 2017 + 2018 conferences will have a focus on local procurement of food and building dynamic regional partnerships. A goal will be to build linkages across areas that help facilitate discussion and action on bringing more food onto plates, and into mouths through restaurants, schools and shops. In the Creston & District area, Fields Forward has been hearing the need for building the market for local food. How do we create more demand for local procurement? These events will strive to answer this question, and implement viable solutions. Tools and experience from those who have had success with local procurement will be shared at the conference. Fields Forward aims to strengthen our local food system, and Farm Food Fork will be about making connections between those who grow our food and those who process and eat our food. Stay tuned for more details coming later in the year!

Follow along with Fields Forward on Facebook and watch for news to come at farmfoodfork.com
KOOTENAY FARMERS' MARKETS
Shop Local YEAR ROUND at Your Favourite Farmers' Market

Cranbrook 
SATURDAYS MARCH 4th + 18th                                                         10:00 AM - 1 :00PM
Follow along with the Cranbrook Farmers' Market!
Location: Ktunaxa Gym, 220 Cranbrook St N

Creston
SUNDAY MARCH 5th                                                                             11:00 AM - 2:00 PM          
Follow along with the Creston Valley Farmers' Market!
Location: Community Centre, Creston Room

Nelson
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25th + MARCH 25th                                      10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Follow along with the EcoSociety and Nelson indoor farmers' market.

Location: Hart Hall, 501 Carbonate St

Revelstoke
Every 2nd THURSDAY until April 13th                                                  12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Follow along with the Revelstoke Winter Market!
Location: Revelstoke Community Centre, 600 Campbell Avenue

Rossland
SATURDAY MARCH 18th                                                                      12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Follow along with the Rossland Mountain Market!
Location: Old Firehall + Red Roof Church, Queen St & 1st Ave

Image Credit: Rossland Mountain Market Society
LISTEN UP FOODIES
Permaculture Voices  |  Building Soil Health with Dr. Elaine Ingham

"Mother Nature abhors bare soil." - Dr. Elaine Ingham
 
Take a good look into the Soil Food Web, soil microbiology and building your soil health with Dr. Elaine Ingham, who is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of soil quality and the biological capacity for sustainable agriculture across Canada.

It's the time of year to purchase seeds and get your garden underway - considering the health of your soil is paramount throughout all seasons, pre-spring included! Have a listen!

Podcast Key Takeaways:
  • Organic matter holds 10 times its weight in water.
  • Bacterial secretions provide a glue to help hold soil together.
  • 80% of inorganic fertilizers leach out of soil.
  • Look at perennial deep rooted, short plants as cover crops that put more bio-mass in the ground via roots versus above ground bio-mass.
  • Rainfall can compact bare soil.  Keep bare soil surfaces covered.  One option is a biological cover that feeds the microbial soil life.


Listen here: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/building-soil-health-by-dr-elaine-ingham-pvp096/

Submitted By: Jordan Saunders, WKPCo-op
Podcast + Image Credit: Permaculture Voices

FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS
OH SHE GLOWS  |  Endurance Crackers
 
In honour of this *seedy* time of year, we decided to share one of our most favourite seedy recipes: Endurance Crackers from Oh She Glows. Have you tried these? Garlicky delicious, and oh-so-versatile....combine these with your favourite homemade spread for a finger-lickin' nutritious snack. Seeds provide you not only with an abundant harvest, but also with a whack of nutrition. YUM!
Bet your kids love 'em too!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepita seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated on a Microplane
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pepita seeds, and sesame seeds.
  3. Add the water, garlic, and salt. Stir with a spatula until combined. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes until the chia seeds absorb the water. After the 2-minute rest, when you stir the mixture, you shouldn’t see a pool of water on the bottom of the bowl.
  4. With the spatula (and a hand, if necessary), spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet in two small rectangles, about 12x7 inches each and 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle additional salt on top.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully flip each rectangle with a spatula. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes more, until lightly golden around the edges. Watch closely near the end to make sure they don’t burn. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes on the pan and then break the rectangles into crackers and let cool completely on the pan. Store in an airtight container or jar on the counter for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze the crackers in freezer bags for up to 1 month.
Tips:
  • * If the crackers soften while storing (this can happen in humid environments), toast them in the oven on a baking sheet at 300ºF for 5 to 7 minutes. After cooling, this should return them to their former crispness!
Image Credit: Miche Warwick, Kootenay Food Liaison
Recipe Credit:
Oh She Glows
More NEWS + OPPORTUNITY
FEEDING OURSELVES: An Intimate Journey of Farming in the Kootenay's
 
The importance of food in our lives cannot be overstated. Nor can the significance of the culture that defines our being. The people that bring these two together hold a special place in our lives. In the context of the uncertainties we experience from dependencies we hope to free ourselves from, we look even more towards these people that not only nurture our bodies, but also inspire us through the ideals represented by their work and livelihood.
 
Over the past 2 years, documentary filmmaker Lisa Safarik has met with farmers and producers throughout the West Kootenay's to discover why they do what they do. From these experiences emerges the documentary Feeding Ourselves, a feature length production that looks intimately at the motivations, hopes and struggles expressed by a group of dedicated individuals. From the Slocan Valley to Nelson and Meadow Creek to Creston, introspection has shaped the trajectory of these individuals in their livelihood. They have made a choice to make their living attest to diverse ethical considerations: to marry purpose to work. Looking into their world we see what they see, witness their means to transcend drudgery, their search for peace in their relationship to work, their frustrations with and solutions to external, physical, and personal limits. 
 
The documentary Feeding Ourselves is an intimate journey of farming in the Kootenay's, within the context of the resilience of our local food production and it's intrinsic role in serving both practical and cultural aspects within our community. We learn a little more of our producers, of the richness of the Kootenay's, and what values we can uphold when we think of Feeding Ourselves.  
 
The documentary is in its final stages of post-production and will have its debut screening in Nelson this April. Follow along: https://www.facebook.com/FeedingOurselvesMovie/

Submitted by: Lisa Safarik, Feeding Ourselves
Image Credit: Lisa Safarik
Regional Agricultural Liaison Services: Technical Extension Project - RFP
 
The Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary have partnered with Columbia Basin Trust to engage expertise to provide the agricultural sector with technical extension support.  The objective is to ensure producers can access prompt and useful technical advice and to identify producers’ common educational needs and methods for delivering the training.

The geographic area served will cover the three regional districts and jurisdictions in the Columbia Basin. Proposals will be accepted until TUESDAY MARCH 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm MT.

Please visit the RDEK website for further information and to view the Request for Proposals.

Image Credit: RDEK
SEEKING FARM WORK? Visit FarmWork for KOOTENAY Opportunities

Canada's largest community of sustainable food professionals, job seekers and volunteers. Work with sustainable farms, gardens, food businesses, restaurants, non-profits, volunteers and more. Food Work serves as a job board for all kinds of work in local and sustainable food - jobs, entrepreneurs, farmers, board positions, interns, managers, partners, volunteers - you name it. Positions range from organic farmers to executive directors; from teachers to researchers, to chefs. When you post an opportunity with Food Work, you'll reach the most qualified, motivated people, passionate about healthy, local food. Across Canada!

Food Work is a mission-driven organization, operated by and for local food advocates, supporting the local and organic food movements since 2013.

Visit FoodWork.ca now to view opportunities right here in the Kootenay's OR visit and post an opportunity that you have available on your farm.


Image Credit: FoodWork.ca
Latest FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Post-Farm Food Safety +
Traceability Program
To achieve a world-class level of food safety, British Columbia (BC) food and beverage manufacturers are taking part in the Post-Farm Food Safety and Traceability Program. This cost-sharing initiative, actively running from December 2016 until January 31st, 2018, can provide your business with up to $19,000 or $35,000 in funding for your food safety and traceability systems. Do you operate a registered food business that has food safety as a top concern? This program may be what you're looking for.
Click here for information + application.
Co-op Community Spaces Program
Small scale community agricultural projects in both urban and rural areas are eligible for funding! If you're on a team involved with your local community garden, a food education space, or other community-minded ag project, check out this opportunity for financial support.
Deadline is fast approaching - March 1st, 2017.
Click here for information + application.

 
Farm Credit Canada
Young Entrepreneur Loan
Are you under 40 and need financing for your ag retail, manufacturing or food processing business? The Young Entrepreneur Loan could provide the capital you need to launch a new business or take your current operation to the next level. 
Click here for information + application.
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