Fresh local food goal of new Farms to Friends program

Everyone deserves to be healthy. That’s the starting point for Farms to Friends, a new program this summer bringing local organic produce to low income families and seniors in the West Kootenays. Food security is one of the pillars of West Kootenay EcoSociety’s work, and the idea and funding for Farms to Friends came together quickly for a project that everyone involved is calling a win-win. It…

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Hottest Week of the Year fundraiser highlights impacts of climate change

A little hot weather after a wet start to summer is a welcome relief. With so much upheaval this year, a return to normal summer temperatures and the opportunity to get outside is good for our physical health and our mental well being. The last week in July is typically the hottest week of the year here in the Kootenays. It’s also the potential turning point from healthy summer activity to the…

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We’ll be back! (We’re not actually leaving.)

  Health and safety come first. We’re sorry to have to leave, but due to COVID-19, we can’t bring people together to collaborate and accomplish amazing things in person, so we’re closing our Nelson and Trail offices for now. To be clear, we’re still working remotely, we’re just closing our physical office spaces because we can’t use them for the foreseeable future.  We’re closing our…

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Rainwater Harvesting Part 2: Our First 2,000 Litres of Rainwater—Captured!

Rainwater harvesting has always been part of our permaculture homestead plan. But we set it aside while we concentrated on establishing the house and gardens and tending to our farm animals. The project became a priority with the devastating drought and wildfire seasons of 2017 and 2018. That experience, coupled with long-term climate change trends, motivated us to act now. Here’s a brief account…

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Solidarity with BLM, justice & climate action

We’re working for people. We want people to have clean air, land and water, feel safe, feel loved and have healthy and happy homes. This is what social justice and environmental justice means. In Canada, the US and across the world, Indigenous people, black people and people of colour experience disproportionate violence, and it needs to stop. Everyone deserves to feel safe, no one deserves to…

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