Everyone deserves to be healthy. Let's get local produce to people in need especially during COVID. We're connecting families and seniors in need in the West Kootenays with farm fresh local, organic food once a week to help ensure those people who need it most have access to healthy food. Holiday special: Everyone deserves to enjoy special treats this coming holiday season, make a donation below and we will fill a festive food bag to give to a family in need. 

Local organic food fresh from the farm, straight to familieswho need it most

Farms to Friends is about local food security & our most vulnerable residents.

Too often the most marginalized and vulnerable people are hit the hardest by emergencies and disasters. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. 

EcoSociety has launched a new program to support 54 families and seniors in need this year to access healthy food grown locally in the West Kootenays. EcoSociety’s staff and team of volunteers provide weekly no contact delivery to the homes of those in need.

Working with local farms, we are bringing weekly boxes of fresh, local produce to these people every week from July through until the end of the year.

We pick up the boxes from the farmers and deliver them to community members’ doorsteps. With the support of our local network of volunteers, we are using safety protocols for low contact and low risk of transmitting COVID.

We’re also providing simple recipes which explain how to use the products. Recipes are provided by the Kootenay Co-op and Nelson Community Food Centre.

Our health is tied to our environment. Focusing on food security during the pandemic helps families and seniors eat healthy local food and learn how to use it during the hardships caused by COVID.

 

Program Impact

Andrew O’Kane is one of the volunteers in Trail who helps deliver the bags of produce each week:

“I like it that we are supporting local organic growers by purchasing their produce for four months straight. It’s been great delivering the bags of vegetables, just getting out there and seeing people. Although they all know I’ll be coming, they are all pleasantly surprised when I arrive every Thursday afternoon,” he says. “It’s a really practical example of supporting food security in the Kootenays from producer to consumer.”

Victoria McAllister, in Balfour, helped us connect with families in need in her area:

“I have been the principal at Redfish Elementary, a K-7 school near Balfour for the past two years. We were worried about how those families would be supported through the summer. We were thrilled when the EcoSociety contacted us to see if we thought some families might want fruit and veggie boxes brought right to the community. Those families who have been able to access this weekly opportunity for healthy, local, easily accessible food are feeling supported and connected. And it makes me happy knowing our students whose families have been really disrupted by this bumpy economic time are getting healthy food while school is out. Huge gratitude to the EcoSociety and its supporters for making this happen.”

It’s about community pulling together. We can live better.

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Meet the farmers

Kaslo Sourdough produces gourmet sourdough pastas that you can feel good about sharing with family and friends. They are a second generation business. located in Kaslo, and they produce a variety of sourdough pastas made from high quality grains perfect for health-conscious people. Using the ancient technology of fermentation – newly applied to pasta – Kaslo Sourdough has developed an entirely new functional food. They are providing sourdough bread and pasta to Farms to Friends this season.

 

Kootenay Natural Meats owners Dale and Wendy McNamar have been farming together in Creston for 20 years. They strive to raise happy and healthy animals from start to finish in their own naturally managed and grown pastures. Their laying hens are free range and free run depending on the season, and are fed non-gmo, non-spray specialty feed which is grown and mixed on the farm with omega 3’s added. Kootenay Natural Meats is providing eggs to Farms to Friends this fall and winter.

 

yakan nukiy Farms sits on 5,000 acres of yaqan nukiy traditional territory and has in recent years, been developing a mixed farming agricultural practice. yaqan nukiy Farms produces hay, straw, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and berries in addition to raising a herd of purebred Red Angus cattle. They use a variety of farming techniques, including sustainable agriculture practices, to promote food security for the people of yaqan nukiy and the whole of the Creston Valley. They are providing the fresh vegetables to Farms to Friends this season.

 

And a big thank you to Glade Organics, Linden Lane Farms & Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms who provided our Farms to Friends produce earlier in the year.

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