Meet Your Farmers’ Market Vendors

Nelson’s farmers' markets will be starting in June, and this year they will be different. With everyone’s safety our priority, we’re following the provincial guidelines to run the markets and support our local farmers.  These farmers are the people keeping our markets alive this year. The new rules allow only farmers and prepared foods at the market. Unfortunately, the markets won’t be a place to…

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Nelson Markets Update – COVID-19

Hello everyone, it’s been a surreal couple of weeks for us at the EcoSociety and specifically for me and the markets adapting to this curveball the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown.  The update for now is that we are postponing Gardenfest in May to 2021, and both our MarketFest events previously scheduled for July and August until summer 2021.  We’ve made this difficult decision based on…

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Looking back on 2019

I think 2019 was our busiest year ever at the EcoSociety. Here's a look back at what we accomplished together with our staff, volunteers, members, donors and supporters. Six local governments signed-on to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 for all energy-use sectors community-wide. Volunteers worked hard so that over 10,500 people and 108 businesses support the clean energy transition.…

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Volunteers made us Trail’s Business of the Year

Okay, we didn’t see that coming! We blogged about being honoured to be nominated for Business of the Year at the Trail Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. We honestly didn’t expect to win, so we were excited, grateful and a bit shocked when we found out we did. Setting up an office for an environmental organization in a new town could have been daunting. Some people were very open…

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Raise a glass with NBC for EcoSociety’s 25th anniversary

Something’s been brewing in the woods, and it’s Nelson Brewing Company’s celebratory Spruce 'N' It Up -- a special batch of spruce tip ale beer to help mark the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s 25th anniversary. NBC is one of our long time supporters. Head brewer Simon Barna talks about their inspiration for this month’s special beer. “Brewing a beer (what we do best) with a twist of nature to…

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Optimism and the future of food sustainability in the Kootenays.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Basin Food Summit in Rossland, BC. Being my first year as Markets Coordinator for the EcoSociety, it was eye opening to see more than 200 food buyers, food producers and food professionals all under one roof sharing their ideas with one another.  First off, I was treated to nothing but amazing food over the weekend as everyone gathered for meals…

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