East Shore Food Roots

Food Systems Development on Kootenay Lake's Eastern Shore

Plants and a cup of tea with your neighbour April 12, 2016





Plant Sale 2016 Food Roots Poster - edited


Seed and Knowledge Sharing Opportunity! February 2, 2016

Filed under: Events,growing food,Seeds,Spring — Nicole @ 11:39 am
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There will be information on starting seeds and growing sprouts (affordable fresh winter food and so easy, too!!!) Two Kootenay seed producers will be selling their locally grown seeds (Stellar Seeds and Suzanne Miller), so you can stock up on everything you’ll need for the coming season.  We’ll have free seed to give away and space for trading seeds with others and chatting about all things gardening.

Twisted Roots Community Greenhouse will be present, selling CSA shares for their upcoming season, and accepting new volunteer applications.

We’ll be organizing an order for heritage chicks and mason bees (from Ellisons and West Coast Seeds, respectively), so if you want to start raising chickens this spring or increase your garden’s pollination success with mason bees, this is the place to start!

Hope to see you there!

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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!



3rd Annual Seed Exchange! January 21, 2014



Foraging on the East Shore – Acorns October 19, 2013

Filed under: Foraging — Nicole @ 9:20 pm
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acorns1It’s acorn season here in the Kootenays, and this year the oak trees on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake are absolutely filled with lovely little capped nuts.  After some guidance from Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook, and a trip out to the local oaks to gather a small bucket full of the cute green fellas, I set them out to dry on a cookie sheet for a few weeks on the mantel above our wood stove.  After they had turned a beautiful brown, they were shelled (I used pliers, which worked well).

Acorns have tannin in them.  In fact, the word tannin comes from the Old German word (tanna) for acorn and oak tree. How much tannin, and, therefore, how bitter they are, depends largely on the variety of oak that they come from.  The ones in my neighbourhood are, after close inspection and a look in our tree guide, a type of English Oak, which seems to have a moderate but quite noticeable amount of the bitter substance.  To remove this I used a boiling method; putting the acorns in water and bringing the pot to a boil and then draining and repeating the process until the nuts were mild in flavour.  I did this five times, which took about 45 minutes.

After the tannin had largely been removed, the acorns were laid out on a cookie sheet and roasted in the oven at 250 degrees for about an hour (they were checked every 15 minutes or so).  This first batch ended up quite dark, no doubt due to a little too much time in the oven (they felt a bit soft still, when hot, but then firmed up after cooling, exactly like almonds do when toasted).

The nuts can be used in savoury meals (like chestnuts) and can be ground into flour, as well.


Seedy time once again February 8, 2013

Filed under: Events,Seeds — Nicole @ 7:35 pm
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2nd Annual East Shore Seed Swap!

Friday, March 8, 1-4pm, Crawford Bay School, Crawford Bay.


1. Seedy activities for children of all ages.

2. Coffee, tea, and cookies too!

3. Lots of handouts about seed saving and food security.

4. Sign up sheets for many food related happenings, including local food production directories, a tool sharing library, and a food buying group.

5. Seed company catalogues to peruse.  Free seed give-aways!



Swapping and sharing encouraged…see you there!!!




What do you call a large group of scarecrows? September 12, 2012

This lovely fellow, and 19 of his friends and family, will be attending this year’s Kootenay Lake Fall Fair!  Catch a glimpse of him at the local CB Market and at Black Salt Cafe before Saturday.  They hope to see you at the Fair, and so do we!
























The artist for this project is Leah Wilson.


Thank You to The Creston Kootenay Foundation and the

Arts Council Community of Creston for funding this project.


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