East Shore Food Roots

Food Systems Development on Kootenay Lake's Eastern Shore

Food Roots 2016 Update October 30, 2016

Filed under: Autumn,economic development,Events,Uncategorized — Nicole @ 11:07 am

  Great Opportunities for Food and Agriculture Development in Lovely Area A


It has been a good year at Food Roots. We held a successful spring seed sale and swap and a plant sale in Crawford Bay.  We promoted a farm business conference held in Kaslo called ‘A Growing Economy’ and had 14 East Shore food business folk attend that very informative weekend.  Our coordinator, Nicole Schreiber, spoke with many local food business owners through the year, discovering a little about how they are doing and what help they might need in order to realize their dreams.  We were present at the kick-off of the regional ‘Fields Forward’ initiative, held in Creston, and Nicole has joined the ‘Impact Team’ on that new initiative, which is aimed at helping food groups and projects in our region (from Riondel to Yahk) work together in order to be more efficient and have access to larger granting opportunities, as well as developing large-impact food and agriculture projects that will benefit our entire area.  Recently, as part of Fields Forward, we took part in the first ‘Press Fest’ in Creston, where regional schools (including Crawford Bay School) came to help with the pressing of 10,000 lbs of donated apples, with 75 5lb boxes of the delicious juice being donated to each of the schools in our region.


We would like to take a moment here between thinking about the accomplishments of 2016 and envisioning the next year to thank RDCK Area A’s EDC for their support in this last year and their expanded support for 2017. 


East Shore Food Roots volunteers met with our coordinator recently to begin envisioning projects and priorities for 2017 and beyond.  Having an increased involvement with Fields Forward is a priority for the next year, as is the outreach to food/farm business owners (and potential owners) throughout Area A.  We’ll be working with the EDC as well as the area’s upcoming ‘Asset Mapping’ pilot to help gather data around food and agriculture businesses that will help their projects.  We are planning an expanded spring event and hope to partner with other groups (such as the Crawford Bay Artisans and the Chamber of Commerce) on this.  One of our volunteers has just applied to be on the newly forming Regional Food Council.  If chosen, this will be a great asset to food and agriculture development in Area A in the coming years.

Other Food News on the East Shore

Food Roots member Jaqueline Wedge has been busy over the last couple years creating the infrastructure for a community greenhouse, which is up and looking beautiful now in Crawford Bay.  From what we have heard they had a successful year, giving food to the Crawford Bay School’s Hot Lunch program, and selling fresh food at pop-up sales and through a CSA program, with proceeds going back to the running of the greenhouse.  She and the other Twisted Roots volunteers will continue to develop their project over the next year.  We wish them the best of luck as they formalize their organization this winter and look forward to supporting them in their organizational development where we can.

The Crawford Bay School recently received a Farm to School grant, and are busy with a number of school programs and projects including the school garden and a homesteading class for the older students.  Congratulations to them on the grant and we hope to support them where possible in their programs.  It was great to see the younger students at the ‘Press Fest’ in Creston October 4th, packing up their juice and enjoying the day.







If you would like to help on Food Roots/Fields Forward projects in some way or find out more about what we are working on, please contact Nicole Schreiber at eastshorefood@gmail.ca  or 250-227-9111.  We can certainly benefit from more volunteers!  Also feel free to contact Nicole if you are interested in more information about the programs at the school or the Twisted Roots Community Greenhouse.  She’ll happily get you in contact with the appropriate folks.  If you have a food/farm business in Area A (or are planning to start one) and would like to share a bit about what you are doing, how it is going, and what food projects your business might benefit from, we would love to hear from you and it would really help us as we determine appropriate projects for the future!  If you have a big idea for food development that you want to pursue, do let us know!

We hope that your harvest was bountiful and wish you a wonderful winter!


Upcoming FoodRoots Autumn Workshop!! October 23, 2015

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Mushroom Walk Comes to the East Shore! October 16, 2015

Filed under: Autumn,Events,Foraging,Mushrooms — Nicole @ 3:55 pm
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Join Rob McCrae on the East Shore October 24th from 10am-3pm for a mushroom identification walk.  This workshop organized through Selkirk College at the East Shore Learning Hub and the fee is $40 incl. tax. Register at the door.  This class already has enough people to run, so join while there is still room!

Update:  There is such a large group coming for the course that they are moving the course to the performance area at the Crawford Bay school. 10 am start, bring lunch!


October 13, 2015

Filed under: Autumn — Nicole @ 12:02 pm
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Hello Gardeners!

The Crawford Bay School garden organizers are looking for volunteers to help them put the school garden to bed for 2015.
They will be out in the garden ( rain or shine)

Wednesday Oct 14th at 1:00 pm- 4:30pm.

Wednesday Oct 21 1:00pm- 4:30 pm.

Crawford Bay School Greenhouse winter garden project 2012

They have tools, but if you have extra mulch, please bring it!

Tea and cookies will be provided!

Contact Ms. King or Ms.Okros at the school for more info.

Thank you!


Kootenay Lake Fall Fair!!! September 11, 2015

This year’s Kootenay Lake Fall Fair is happening this Saturday at the Crawford Bay Hall.  Check out all the details and fun events on their site!



Autumn Potluck and Pumpkin Carving! October 22, 2013

This Sunday, October 27th join Food Roots at the Crawford Bay Community Hall for an autumn potluck from 5-8pm.  Dinner starts at 6.  Coffee and tea will be available.  Bring something yummy to share.

While you are there, carve a pumpkin!  Carving supplies provided.  There will be pumpkins available for purchase or bring your own.  Children must be supervised.

Jack'O'Lantern Crawford Bay 2013

There will also be a lively discussion on the activities and projects being planned by Food Roots for the next year.

Please spread the word.

We look forward to seeing you and your family!


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