Job postings! Are you our next Community Organizer?

We are hiring for a full time and a part time Community Organizer! Working with our staff and volunteers, the Community Organizers will organize community engagement throughout the West Kootenay region using digital systems. The Community Organizers will build grassroots volunteer community teams to tackle the big climate, conservation and food issues in the West Kootenays. EcoSociety pays all…

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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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City of Nelson takes Farmers’ Market out of EcoSociety’s hands

West Kootenay EcoSociety asked the City of Nelson for support to run the twice weekly farmers’ markets this year and has now been told that the City has unilaterally decided to run the markets on their own. For 17 years, West Kootenay EcoSociety has built up our weekly farmers’ markets in Nelson at Cottonwood Falls Park, expanding the weekly markets to the Downtown Wednesday market, starting…

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