Growing in Creston

A farm and its produce makes a beautiful green panorama against blue mountains and a cloudless sky.

The Creston Valley is a great asset for Kootenay agriculture. — Brendan Mitchell photo

Creston Valley, tucked just south of Kootenay Lake, is a bit of an agricultural gem. The area provides everything from organic grains and dairy to local honey and fruit throughout the Kootenays.

Creston Valley's agriculture sector has the potential to help feed the region and drive local community and economic development. In order to realize this potential, College of the Rockies (COTR), the agriculture sector and other community partners will be exploring what programs, services and facilities for agri-food education would best meet local needs. -CBT

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has contributed $17,000 towards identifying Creston’s growing needs, and provide programming.

"Changing demographic, economic and environmental conditions are demanding new approaches to farming and food production," said Laura Hannant, COTR facilitator, partnerships for community development. "This project will enable us to develop adequate, accessible supports that will help make it possible to adapt to these changes or to enter these fields and succeed." -CBT

The initiative involves many groups concerned with the town, food production and education. This is a positive step towards establishing a new generation of farmers in the Creston Valley along with sustainable practices.

Members of the public are invited to attend an open house to learn more about the project and share their perspectives on the kinds of agriculture and food security learning supports that would benefit them most. The open house takes place Monday, June 17, 2013, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at COTR's Creston campus. -CBT

Kristen Mitchell

Kristen studied at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook and has worked in a variety of industries, from agriculture to construction, retail to restaurants. She now brings her understanding of the area to Kootenay Business magazine. View all of Kristen Mitchell’s articles

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