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!


A Full Plate for Canada’s Birthday




A Full Plate is a Creston and District (from Yahk to Riondel) committee that is trying to be an organizing force for promoting and documenting local celebrations around food and art during Canada 150. Please read their description below, and contact us if you have a project or event idea for celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!

(From the Full Plate Committee)

In June someone suggested that a fun way to celebrate Canada 150 locally might be to bring increased awareness of the diversity of food culture in our area though the arts. The idea has taken hold in the ensuing months with expressions of interest shown from many we’ve shared it with so far. We are a grass roots committee who’ve met to begin to envision and structure this idea and want to reach out to the community from Yahk to Riondel to see who is inspired and what might be possible: from artists of all mediums and anyone in the food industries.

The Community of Creston Arts Council has agreed to receive funds on our behalf, and as an ad hoc committee we are responsible for overseeing and facilitating the project. We have made a connection with Fields Forward and are identified as a working group under them: Food and Culture.

Our mandate is to promote the idea and the projects/events, help bring interested people together, create media/media connections for sharing the resulting projects and collaborate with stakeholders.

A Full Plate was the name chosen to acknowledge the food culture and bounty we live with here.

Bringing the arts and agriculture together to tell stories could be a timely way to make new connections especially with the growing interest in food security and the role of the arts for enhancing cultural awareness. This could bring awareness of the diverse culture and experiences of food producers and give our creative community an opportunity to showcase their skills in unique ways.

From Yahk to Riondel, we hope to stimulate interest from growers, producers, artists of all kinds, individuals, groups, and to help connect them with one another and see what happens. Annual community events could include this as a theme within their celebrations. Some people might have a venue to offer for an event, some might have skills and resources to share, want to organize a display, an event…This is an all ages opportunity. We wonder what stories the food producers might want told, who else in the community might have ideas to get involved.

We picture a year long opportunity to capture the seasons, the process, the products, the inside stories begging to be told, little windows into our food culture. We imagine videos, writings, music, installations…personal projects or public events. The resulting collaborations might be something that we can post on our web page, you tube channel or FaceBook. We want to work with local media to promote events that come under The Full Plate umbrella for the year…articles, calendar of events…

While this sounds rather grand…we don’t expect extensive full documentation of the topic, but hope at the least that whoever is inspired to participate will be recognized, that we will all enjoy the process and the end results and have a legacy to pass on.


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