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Ashley Taylor is leaning over a green bin that she collects food waste in.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Agriculture, Environment A step forward for food security in Fernie

Valley Vitals owner Ashley Taylor has a passion to connect people back with their environment and their community through food.

Winners of the BCIC Ignite Awards.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Financial, Technology Kootenay’s “BioCarbon 3D” — part of $1M BCIC awards to fuel market-driven innovation across BC

The four projects demonstrated the ability to succeed in diverse fields including environmental engineering, biotechnology, and agriculture.

Farmer feeding pigs.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture Agriculture businesses get specialized advice

Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Business Advisors now offers a full-time Agriculture Specialist

Darrell Kemle, owner of Kemlee Equipment Ltd. in Creston, posed with a large, red Kubota-brand machine.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Kemlee comes to Cranbrook

Creston-based Kemlee Equipment Ltd. has opened a parts depot in Cranbrook.

Rob Jay and Terra Park own and operate Terra Firma Farms in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Terra Park and Rob Jay

Terra Park and Rob Jay are intimately connected to the people of Revelstoke—their organic farm provides food for the community.

Picture of worker in wood factory.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Forestry, Small Business Two Kootenay companies finalists in BC Export Awards

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours companies for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories.

Sacha and Tyler from Cutter Ranch located in Fort Steele, in the East Kootenay, raise heritage pork, pasture chicken and beef.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Education New program helps agriculture grow

Services include expert advice on topics such as irrigation, pest control, production, water, soil, climate change and research.

The Bolter family (parents and two kids) stand in a pasture with their beef cows in the background.
East Kootenay, Agriculture, Cuisine, Environment A celebration of citizenship—of Canada and food

It’s a great time to be a food citizen in Canada

Jen Comer has been growing the impact of the Creston Valley Farmers Market since she became its manager in 2010.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Celebrating the Creston Valley: The little farmers market that could

“I think passionate people can get a lot done if you just give them some appropriate direction and let them run with their ideas.” —Jen Comer

Ornamental kale is in the foreground of a traditional flower garden. The green, purple and pink kale is edible.
Agriculture, Environment Edimentals: edible, ornamental plants

Landscape your yard for beauty and for food with edimentals—edible, ornamental plants

A woman is one of the many volunteers planting tulip bulbs last October.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Agriculture Fernie is coming up tulips

The EcoGarden in Fernie was awarded 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

Cutter Ranch
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture Cutter Ranch making its mark across B.C.

Local meat producer unveils new look, logo and e-commerce store.

Scenic view of Nelson from top of mountain.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Creston, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Agriculture, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Top 10 most unique businesses for sale in the Kootenays — Summer 2016

Ever thought of owning your own business and living the Kootenay lifestyle? Here is a sampling of businesses available in the area.

Ben and Claudia Herrera are standing in one of their wheat fields in Creston, B.C.
Creston, Agriculture When it comes to wheat

The owners of Treasure Life Flour Mills have invested years into growing grain products that they can stand behind

Master butcher Uwe Gwinner is explaining the aging process, with meats hanging in the room.
Kimberley, Agriculture, Small Business Gwinner’s is a winner (butcher shop)

Gwinner's Butcher Shop offers natural, authentic European-style meats for every meal

Paris Marshall Smith, kneeling in a large cultivated field.
Creston, Agriculture Cultivating opportunity with Fields Forward

The Creston Valley has a new initiative that is moving the food and agriculture economy forward.

Picture of Livia Lara, new manager of the Cranbrook Farmer's Market, and Erna Jensen, previous manager.
Cranbrook, Agriculture, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Cranbrook Farmer’s Market has new manager

Livia Lara will be taking over as manager of the popular downtown Cranbrook market starting in June.

Shrubs and trees in pots are lined up for sale at the Morris Flowers Garden Centre in Creston, B.C.
Agriculture, Environment, Forestry One tree does make a difference

Canada has committed to planting 35 million trees by 2020, one for each Canadian

Tammy Murphy (L) and Jessica Piccinin own Quack Me Up! Farm and Hatchery, a duck business that has relocated to Creston, B.C.
Creston, Agriculture, Animal Care A future in her roots

Jessica Piccinin, owner of Root and Vine Acres, found her calling in producing wholesome food on her farm in the Creston Valley

Elk Park Ranch, near Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
Creston, Grand Forks, Radium Hot Springs, Nelson, Agriculture, Real Estate Rocky Mountain ranch property at its best

Is the ranch life for you? Check out these properties that showcase the best of Rocky Mountain living.

Owner Alan Bowler stands in front of his store, Root For Me, in Marysville, B.C.
Kimberley, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Marysville store wins environmental award from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Root For Me in Marysville, B.C., won an Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

The de Vries family—Jeremy, Keely and their three daughters—stand in a field of their organic dairy farm.
Grand Forks, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness Reduce your foodprint deliciously

Choosing to support farms that responsibly caretake the environment and their animals is a very positive way to spend your food dollar.

Wynnwood Cellars Estate Winery vineyard, above Duck Lake, in Sirdar, B.C.
Creston, Agriculture, Tourism Wine on the vine

Terroir, shared vision and serendipity combined to create success at Wynnwood Cellars Estate Winery in Sirdar, B.C.

Indoor garden
Nelson, Agriculture Social enterprises celebrated

Non-profits benefit from Columbia Basin Trust program.

Volunteers build the raised planters for the Rotary Gardens in Radium Hot Springs.
Grand Forks, Radium Hot Springs, Castlegar, Kaslo, Trail, Agriculture, Environment Community gardens are greening up the Kootenays

Five community gardens across the Kootenays grow social capital as well as plants

Dave Lamb is co-owner with his brother, John, of Interior Reforestation Co. Ltd. and Interior Seed & Fertilizer in Cranbrook, B.C.
Cranbrook, Creston, Agriculture, Environment Land reclamation and productivity

Interior Reforestation reclaims land disturbed by industry, and Interior Seed & Fertilizer supports agricultural productivity.

Michael Dean (L) and his son Andrés spread two types of rock dust on the Learning Garden in Grand Forks. Andrés is now general manager of Gaia Green Products.
Grand Forks, Agriculture, Environment Michael Dean: He makes plants even greener

Gaia Green Products in Grand Forks has been selling organic fertilizers for 25 years and just keeps growing

photo of fence line
Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Castlegar, Agriculture, Financial Grants available for grassland and rangeland projects

Over $200,000 still available for projects in 2015 – 2016.

Peter LeCouffe, Operations Manager, shown holding the Fixed Wing Drone at the Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar BC.
Nelson, Agriculture, Mining Drones: Ready for takeoff in the Kootenays

That black speck you see in the sky may not be just another raven. It could be an unmanned aerial vehicle exploring for minerals or checking a vineyard.

by Kerry Shellborn
SOAHC Estate Wines
Agriculture, Cuisine Winning wines

SOAHC Estate Wines earned a bronze medal at the 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada this year.

Shauna Teare is in her garden. She's headed up the Kootenay Food website initiative.
Agriculture, Environment, Technology An online resource for a food community

Local farmers and locavores have a new resource—a place to connect and engage with the Kootenay food system.

Jen Comer is the farmers market manager of the Creston Valley Farmers' Market.
Creston, Agriculture Growing a local farmers market

The Creston Valley Farmers' Market has established itself as an important economic mainstay in an agricultural area.

Danny Turner picks apples from his farm, Just-a-Mere Organic Farm in Creston, B.C.
Creston, Agriculture Supporting sustainable agriculture

Danny and Miranda Turner, owners of Just-a-Mere Organic Farm and The Organic Box, believe in supporting local farming and helping grow sustainable agriculture

Amy White and David Mutch stand at the top of a hill overlooking their orchard at JRD Farms.
Creston, Agriculture Value adding local products

The owners of Creston company William Tell are finding ways to take their local produce and create quality products for market.

Exterior view of new Wloka Farms
Creston, Agriculture, Small Business Creston’s Wloka Farms new fruit stand under construction

Wloka Farms is busy constructing a new fruit stand building with easy highway access.

Caley (Left), Torin and Andrew Bennett this past winter with goat barn and market gardens in background
Rossland, Agriculture Farming the Kootenay Mountains

The Kootenay Local Agricultural Society supports local agriculture with education, a tool library and a Kootenay certification.

An example of a beautiful backyard that brings the indoors outside, complete with a pizza oven, fireplace, fire pit, barbecue and counter top workspace.
Cranbrook, Agriculture How to plan the landscaping for your home

When building a house, don’t forget to include landscaping in the initial budget.

Smiling young couple sitting in a vegetable garden
Invermere, Agriculture Edible Acres works to become officially organic

Edible Acres, a market garden in Windermere, B.C., is partway through the process of becoming certified as an organic food producer.

A banner lists details on dates for the Farm, Food, Fork event. Behind it is colourful honeycomb.
Nelson, Agriculture, Cuisine, Environment Farm Food Fork

Farm, Food, Fork (F3) is bringing together the food advocates, marketers and farmers of the Kootenays with a dynamite event.

Vegetables and flowers growing.
Trail, Agriculture, Environment Public produce initiative for Trail

IncrEDIBLE Trail, a new initiative, will see vegetables and herbs grown throughout the downtown, including in front of businesses.

A woman plows between a row of veggies and an overlay gives info on the Rockstar Farmer Tour.
Cranbrook, Kimberley, Nelson, Agriculture, Environment Rockstar Farm Tour in the Kootenays

Aspiring Kootenay farmers will have the chance to learn from Jean-Martin Fortier, a farmer who sells $140,000 worth of vegetables from 1.5 acres in Ontario.

Two girls walk down a covered stanchion area with cows and dogs at Kootenay Meadows dairy.
Agriculture, Environment Celebrating the family farm in the Kootenays

The UN has declared 2014 the International Year of the Family Farm. We're pleased to share the best local agriculture stories we’ve written over the years.

Gary and Susan Snow of Tabletree Juice showcasing their products at the recent Cranbrook Farmer’s Market.
Creston, Agriculture Creston’s Tabletree Juice continues to rack up awards and recognition

Gary and Susan Snow of Creston, owners and operators of Tabletree Enterprises, are no strangers to winning awards.

An attractive row of wood-lined garden beds grow vegetables.
Elkford, Agriculture, Environment Creating a community garden

Elkford, B.C., has realized the dream of establishing a community garden two years after the idea was first brainstormed.

Photo of the Creston Valley landscape
Creston, Agriculture, Education College of the Rockies’ Kootenay Farm School offers creative education for grassroots agriculture

Opportunities for small–scale farming abound in the Creston Valley.

Close-up of a coppery-brown chicken, held in the arms of a person wearing a long-sleeved white shirt
Creston, Agriculture, Education School for farmers

As urbanites increasingly seek healthy food sources, College of the Rockies plans a Beginner Farmer Training Program in Creston, B.C.

A couple kneel behind a raised bed full of lettuce and other greens. They're in a greenhouse and both wear sunhats.
Trail, Agriculture A growing business

Earthy Organics Farm offers its owners the challenges of organic agriculture along with the advantages of a farming lifestyle.

wheels of cheese sit on a rack to age.
Agriculture, Environment Because the Kootenays heart local

Thanks to a growing local-food movement, Buy Local Eat Natural is holding the first annual We Heart Local Awards for B.C.

A farm and its produce makes a beautiful green panorama against blue mountains and a cloudless sky.
Creston, Agriculture, Environment Growing in Creston

Community partners will be exploring what programs, services and facilities for agri-food education would best meet Creston Valley needs.

Roy and Sherry stand with their arms around each other beside a dirt road. Beside them is a green field and a blue sky with puffy clouds.
Creston, Agriculture Growing for a community

Roy and Sherry Lawrence have been growing crops for a local grain initiative that was a first for Canada.


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