Blog Category: kootenays

FARM THE BASIN: Beyond the Button with Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms

Posted by Hailey Troock on January 16, 2019

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Robin Mercy is the owner of Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms. He lives and farms in Kaslo, BC with his partner Tamara and son Kirin. They produce strains appropriate for the local climate, from blue oysters and enoki in the shoulder seasons to white elms, lion’s mane, and reishi in the hotter months. Considering there is an estimated five million types of fungi, they hope to “stimulate curiosity and appetite in their clientele with an assortment of beautiful and unique gourmet varieties,” going beyond the white button mushroom. They also produce nourishing fungal tinctures with the help of local herbalists. Recently Mr. … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: Beyond the Button with Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms

The Path from Farm to Table at the Basin Food and Buyers Expo in Nelson, BC

Posted by Hailey Troock on January 03, 2019

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On November 29, 2018, the inaugural Food and Buyers Expo hosted by Columbia Basin Trust took place in Nelson, BC. The event brought together hundreds of people involved in food production, distribution and sales from across the region to participate in a day-long series of activities including workshops involving panel sessions, a networking luncheon and a trade expo. The Columbia Basin Land Matcher, Hailey Troock, had the opportunity to moderate the workshop entitled the “Path from Farm to Table”. This particular workshop was facilitated by Greg McLaren, the Managing Director of Farm | Food | Drink. The Food and Buyers Expo … Continue reading The Path from Farm to Table at the Basin Food and Buyers Expo in Nelson, BC

JAN 21, 2019: KIMBERLEY, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 19, 2018

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Join us for a workshop with the legendary Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, on preventing burnout and increasing farm profits with less waste and work. Ben has inspired thousands to increase efficiency on their farms, and now he’s coming to BC to share his knowledge! No matter where you are at in your farming journey or what type of farm you operate, these “lean” principles can help you streamline and maximize your time. WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2019 from 1:00-6:00 PM WHERE:  Ktunaxa Territories – Centre 64 Theatre – 64 Deer Park Ave, Kimberley, BC COST:  Sliding scale $25-50.  All funds raised go … Continue reading JAN 21, 2019: KIMBERLEY, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

Feb 2: WINLAW: Farm Business Planning 101 & Community Potluck + Farmer Slideshows

Posted by Brittny Anderson on November 18, 2018 3 Comments

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Join Young Agrarians, Community Futures and Kootenay Food at Vallican Whole for two farm focused events:  WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2019 WHERE: Vallican Whole Community Centre, 3762 Little Slocan South Rd, Winlaw, BC COST: Suggested donation fo the workshop is $10. Community Potluck + Farmer Slideshows is free but please register. REGISTER: https://business101winlaw2019.brownpapertickets.com ON FACEBOOK (please spread the word and coordinate rides!): https://www.facebook.com/events/1950470431915627/ Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop Saturday, February 2, 1-5pm This workshop will be lead by Paul Kelly, the Self Employment Program Manager at Community Futures, and a Local Food Procurement Consultant with Columbia Basin Trust. This workshop is geared towards new farmers, and farmers who … Continue reading Feb 2: WINLAW: Farm Business Planning 101 & Community Potluck + Farmer Slideshows

EVENT RECAP: Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Linking Workshop

Posted by Hailey Troock on November 08, 2018

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On Saturday, October 27th, 30 landowners and current and prospective farmers converged on the Creston & District Community Complex to talk land access, lease agreements and farming in the Columbia Basin. We saw a great turnout of both farmers looking for land and landowners, and the event welcomed a good mix of new and experienced farmers, including some farmers who are currently leasing or had leased land previously. People came out from as far as Shore Acres, Cranbrook, Harrop and Nelson and there was great local participation from Creston. Activities kicked off at 1pm with an introduction circle and networking … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Linking Workshop

Nov 30: Glade Organics – Tapas & Tunes: Greenhouse Tour and Community Social

Posted by Brittny Anderson on November 08, 2018

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Join Young Agrarians at Glade Organics for a Greenhouse Tour & Community Potluck Social. We’ll learn about overwintering in a greenhouse, network, and celebrate the season around a bonfire!  Date: Friday, November 30th, 2018, Time: 5:00-10:00pm Location: 2305 Highway 3A Glade B.C. Between Nelson and Castlegar. Event Overview: Greenhouse tour and discussion on overwintering, introduction circle, community social including potluck tapas and live music in the greenhouse and a bonfire outside. Glade Organics Glade Organics is a small-scale Certified Organic farm that is operated by Mira and Ross who are first-generation farmers that generate income through direct sales, including farm gate and farmers … Continue reading Nov 30: Glade Organics – Tapas & Tunes: Greenhouse Tour and Community Social

Updates from the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council

Posted by Hailey Troock on October 20, 2018

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Towards a Working Model for a Robust Regional Food Security Network On September 21st a group of representatives from the food, farming and policy worlds of the Central Kootenays converged on the Sunshine Bay Retreat Centre in Harrop for a day-long retreat consisting of two field trips to local farms, the regularly-scheduled council meeting, as well as a focus group. Columbia Basin Land Matcher Hailey Troock went along to get a taste of what’s happening on the policy side of the local food and farming scene.  The focus group, led by Katrina Lehenbrauer – a consultant with Interior Health, sought to provide insight into a … Continue reading Updates from the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council

NOV 29: NELSON, BC – FABx Columbia Basin Food & Buyers Expo

Posted by Moss Dance on October 15, 2018

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FABx is dedicated to helping local food businesses grow! The Expo brings together producers, processors (caterers, restauranteurs, value-added businesses), distributors and purchasers. FABx AT A GLANCE WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Nelson, BC WHO: Basin food growers and producers, retailers, restaurateurs, caterers, distributors and wholesalers  interested in purchasing Basin products The event includes: Workshops Networking lunch featuring local food suppliers Vendor expo and discussions with food industry experts FABx WORKSHOPS Sales & Distribution – Who to sell to, who to distribute with, how to represent your product. The Path from Farm to Table – Local food restaurants and schools … Continue reading NOV 29: NELSON, BC – FABx Columbia Basin Food & Buyers Expo

FARM THE BASIN: North Kootenay Lake Multi-Farm Tour 2018 ~ Video

Posted by Hailey Troock on October 02, 2018

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“As much as I’m a farmer that grows food, I realize how important the forest is to my water and without water I don’t have a garden. I’ve been spending way more time on forest management then on trying to grow something I can sell for five bucks”. We weren’t the only ones in our group that were deeply impacted by Sara Adair’s words during our afternoon visit to her off-grid farm in Argenta. Sara hosted Young Agrarians and farmers from across the Columbia Basin on August 25, 2018. We were shown around not only Sara’s beautiful property but also given tours of … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: North Kootenay Lake Multi-Farm Tour 2018 ~ Video

Oct 12: BEASLEY, BC – Tool School! with Kootenay Local Agricultural Society

Posted by Brittny Anderson on September 18, 2018

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Join us at Dutch Girl Peonies in Beasley near Nelson, BC for a tool demonstration with Kootenay Local Agricultural Society, farm tour & potluck social! Kootenay Local Agricultural Society Tool Library The Tool Library is a unique resource available to the public. Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS) members receive a discount.  Tools were carefully selected to ensure they would help farmers be more efficient, but which—because of cost or infrequency of need—farmers wouldn’t buy themselves. The centrepiece is their fleet are BCS walking tractors and implements such as the tiller, rotary plow, and flail mower that quickly prepare soil and incorporate cover crops on farms the use land intensively … Continue reading Oct 12: BEASLEY, BC – Tool School! with Kootenay Local Agricultural Society