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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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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Help your community plan for a renewable energy future

What is your vision for the future of your community? Nine local governments in the West Kootenays - Silverton, New Denver, Slocan, Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar, Warfield, Kaslo, Regional District of Central Kootenay - are leading the way in developing a plan to achieve 100% renewable energy in our communities by 2050. We are working together to create solutions that will work for all of us, and…

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Building resilience at Clutch Farm Salmo

Good morning, West Kootenays! I’m not sure what time you’re reading this, but at the time of writing, it’s morning. We’re six weeks into social isolation (or thereabouts), and I’m sitting at my kitchen table eating delicious eggs with the brightest yellow yolks from our two chickens on homemade bread, with homemade muffins in a container to my left, soil tests on the windowsill in front of me,…

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