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SOAHC Estate Wines
Agriculture, Cuisine Winning wines

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of the inside of Invermere's Groundswell Community Greenhouse
Invermere, Agriculture, Education, Environment Groundswell to share success with others

Invermere’s Groundswell Network Society has been a growing success for more than a decade.

Jen smiles and looks up at Joel who grins at the camera. Behind them is a green field, mountains and white hive boxes.
Creston, Agriculture The sweet life

Jen and Joel Comer returned to the Kootenays and now love living on the family farm where they keep honeybees.

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A concept drawing from birds eye view shows layers of trees and plants in a circular pattern.
Cranbrook, Agriculture, Environment Food forest in the Kootenays

Clear Sky Farm has started developing an innovative cold-climate food forest on one acre near Fort Steele in the East Kootenay.

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Woman and man in front of a brick wall
Cranbrook, Agriculture, Small Business Grass-fed from start to finish

When Tim Ross and Tracey Whiting offered to share their home-grown, grass-fed beef with a few friends, a business was born.

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Couple stands outside a commercial building
Cranbrook, Agriculture, Small Business Custom cuts

Rick’s Fine Meats & Sausage in Cranbrook, B.C, creates quality crafted meat products for the Kootenay lifestyle.

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Truscott Farms. Creston, B.C. Agriculture Milestone award. Best of Business Award Winner.
Creston, Agriculture Keeping it fresh

Creston's Truscott Farms was recently recognized by the B.C. government for growing good food for a century.

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Photo of Dave Basaraba
Creston, Agriculture Creston Valley’s newest winery opens tasting room

As you wind your way toward Kootenay Lake there is a new tourist attraction that is sure to catch your attention.

Photo of two cowboys riding red coloured horses across an open field that is dotted with red angus cows.
Cranbrook, Agriculture, Developments, Environment Hats off to the ranchers

The local ranchers contribute to the City of Cranbrook’s wastewater management program by harvesting crops and grazing their cattle on the grass so that it keeps growing and requires more effluent.

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Photo of three treatment lagoons near a city.
Cranbrook, Agriculture, Developments, Environment Where it all goes

It may sound like a complicated process, but the City of Cranbrook’s wastewater treatment and redistribution system is actually quite simple.

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An aerial view of lush farmland with a pond and the mountains in the photo.
Cranbrook, Agriculture, Developments, Environment Cranbrook wins on wastewater management

The second phase of a multimillion-dollar infrastructure project to upgrade the City of Cranbrook’s existing wastewater treatment and spray-irrigation system is nearing completion.

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A senior man drives a yellow quad carrying his son and three little grandsons.
Grand Forks, Agriculture A family farm

Doug and Pat Zorn raised their sons on their hobby farm and have now turned the farm into a business enterprise.

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Young couple with infant stand in a vegetable field.
Kaslo, Agriculture, Environment Johnsons Landing revisited

Patrick Steiner and Colleen O'Brien of Kootenay Joe Farm in Johnsons Landing, B.C., were looking at a promising summer of producing organic heirloom vegetable and flower seeds. Then came the landslide of July 12, 2012.

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Photo of Todd Veri
Castlegar, Agriculture, Environment Helpful microbes

Micro-organisms are the basis of this waste management system that provides solutions for everything from veggie peels to oil spills.

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man and his wife in a garden centre in South Slocan, BC
Agriculture, Retail Botanical bounty

This South Slocan business has everything you need to make your garden grow.

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Three men in black shirts standing together with the mountains in the background.
Cranbrook, Golden, Revelstoke, Agriculture, Environment, Forestry, Mining The name says it all

Three partners from Cranbrook have purchased the consulting side of Interior Reforestation and formed a new consulting firm called Vast Resource Solutions.

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Photo of Nadine Harris
Creston, Agriculture Getting better with age

Wayne and Denise Harris started out by purchasing a standard dairy farm, which is where they raised their family. When the kids grew up and went off to university, the Harrises decided to take on an entirely new project. Thus began the Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company.

by Kirsten Cook
The entrance to Tasty Pastries features a blackboard showing all the daily specials.
Creston, Agriculture, Retail, Tourism A berry fulfilling way to make a living

When the Sproule family moved to Lister they didn’t foresee establishing a popular country market and berry patch.

by Kirsten Cook
Bob Johnson, wearing a plaid shirt stands in front of an iron work gate leading to a wine cellar.
Creston, Agriculture, Tourism Through the grapevine

An exciting new development in Creston agriculture is the arrival of several wineries. The Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery is one of the groundbreakers, having produced its first vintage in 2009. Since then, it has been a process of growth and discovery for this up-and-coming vineyard.

by Kirsten Cook
vegetables and fruit at a marketplace
Nelson, Agriculture, Developments New digs for Kootenay Co-op

Nelson's Kootenay Co-op has been operating on Kootenay and Baker Streets for more than 20 years, but they will soon be relocating to a new facility where Extra Foods has been situated.

Mother and daughter
Nelson, Agriculture Meet the new farmer at Nelson Urban Acres

Nelson Urban Acres is under new management, as Jasmin Coffey takes the reins. The business will continue to strive to provide fresh, local, organic produce for Nelson.

by Lisa Crane
Photo of a guy driving a green tractor toward a herd of red and black cows.
Cranbrook, Agriculture Kootenay cattle conditions

Cattle producers in the Kootenays are optimistic about the future of the cattle industry in B.C. but they are also concerned that the price of beef on grocery store shelves will go up and consumers will buy less of it.

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The Haagerup family sits in their greenhouse around plant boxes and smile. Bent is holding the paws of a big dog.
Kaslo, Agriculture, Environment Eat, learn, garden

If you’re looking for advice on organic gardening, you won’t find a better source than the folks at Tesla Springs Farm. Bent Haagerup runs this farming operation with his wife, Gunilla, and son Jens.

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Agriculture An aid for local meat producers

Plans to construct a mobile abattoir unit in the Boundary region have finally come to fruition. The Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society have secured approximately $420,000 in funds for the project.

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Woman in a garden
Castlegar, Agriculture, Environment Mad dogs and Englishmen—and a farm?

Mad Dog Farm produces Kootenay Mountain Grown-certified produce and owners Nette and Jeremy Lack are strong supporters of the Kootenay Local Agricultural Society.

by Lisa Crane
Photo of Shannon Duncan and Christopher McCurry
Cranbrook, Invermere, Kimberley, Agriculture, Cuisine, Health & Wellness Tea anyone?

Purcell Organics sells signature organic teas in the Kootenays and farms organic produce as well.

by Lisa Crane
Photo of Linda Southwick
Christina Lake, Agriculture, Tourism Business at Creekside Blueberries grows ever sweeter

Linda and Bob Southwick have a growing u-pick business with Creekside Blueberries in Christina Lake, B.C.

by Richard Finnigan
Photo of Caroline and Gordon Martin stand in front of a cherry orchard
Creston, Agriculture, Tourism Fruitful endeavours

Now, not only can you purchase delicious cherries at Cherrybrook Farms, you can also find a selection of other locally produced goods.

by Brianna Poulsen
Golden, Agriculture, Environment Mountain-grown success

Nature's playground around Golden, B.C., drew the Tetraults to the area, and they have woven themselves into the business community with the success of Mountainside Gardens, their landscaping business and greenhouse operation.

by Trevor Crawley
Photo of Kristy Pelletier, Anita Sawyer and Karen Powis in front of a greenhouse
Creston, Agriculture, Education Who says vegetables can’t grow in winter?

The Creston Winter Harvest Project in Creston, B.C., was successful in identifying vegetables that can be produced over the winter season.

by Lisa Crane

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