EcoSociety’s non-profit of the year award belongs to our team of volunteers

Photo: Our Organizing Director Natasha accepting the award, image provided by Trail Chamber of Commerce The Trail and District Chamber of Commerce has just released its 2020 Business Excellence Awards and here at the West Kootenay EcoSociety, we are honoured to be Non-Profit of the Year. This award belongs to the amazing team of EcoSociety volunteers, who have been working hard all year and…

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Message to New NDP Government

The NDP will form a majority government, with Katrine Conroy being re-elected in Kootenay West by a landslide, and Brittny Anderson, NDP has been declared the provisional winner in Nelson-Creston. The West Kootenay EcoSociety congratulates our local elected MLAs and wants to work together on the following priorities. Putting People First in the Energy and Climate Crisis People need clean air to…

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Farms to Friends extends to end of December

Bringing healthy, local food to families in need simply makes sense in these trying times. We launched Farms to Friends this summer to do just that, and it’s been so successful, we’re extending it to the end of the year.  With funding from a few grants and a lot of business sponsors and individual donors, Farms to Friends has EcoSociety staff and a group of committed volunteers delivering fresh…

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Yay! Feds agree to Assess Teck Coal Mine – healthy and safe people need to come first

Photo & caption from Wildsight The decision was made on August 19th for Teck’s Castle Mine project to require federal review. Thank you, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, for your decision, and everyone who asked for a federal assessment of this project!  This important decision means the Castle Mine project, located in the Elk Valley area near Fernie in…

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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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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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