Future of Food

Welcome to the Future of Food group, hosted at the website of Kootenay Food. The Future of Food was organized by the Future of Food Conference Collaborative. Having set up our group space on the Kootenay Food website, we wish to provide this portal as a point of access for information about The Future of Food, as well as a networking tool.

We look forward to having all the groups formed at the recent conference also taking advantage of the group networking features of this website.

Important Databases/West Kootenays

The West Kootenay "Farmland Database" is an online resource that provides a link for farmers looking for land and land owners looking for farmers. Farmers and landowners are listed by bio-regions within the West Kootenay. This online resource is updated as we are informed. If you are aware of missing information please contact us to update the database. The Farmland Directory was created by The Kaslo Food Security Project with funding from the Food Action Initiative. The Directory is available online at: www.nklcss.org
To contact the Kaslo Food Security Project:



COABC Innovations Conference2012

KLAS Local Food Calendar

Greetings all,

I would like to enlist your help in developing a “Calendar of Events” within the Kootenays. Basically what I am asking for are the following information:

Name of Event (Farmer’s market, Seedy Saturday/Sunday, Courses, Plant Sale etc etc.)
Date & Time of Event
Cost (if any ie for vendors and consumers)
Organisers & Contact No.

I personally only know of a handful of events but I am sure there are plenty out there especially what with all the Seedy Saturdays/Sundays that will be upon us very soon!

Action: Act Now to SAve CAnadian Wheat Board

Please forward to your lists as soon as possible,

Hello all,
I believe this is one of the most serious threats to canadian farmers and food sovereignty I have seen in my years of working on food systems. Prime Minister Harper is committed to destroying the Canadian Wheat Board, in opposition to the majority of the farmers it serves, and in the name of the illusion of a "free market" for the farmers.

Ag Scientists: not just water but heat effects already occuring

New research points to direct effects of heat associated with Climate Change already occurring:


New Report Climate Change/Food in B.C.


B.C. has by far the most underfunded Ministry of Agriculture in Canada - 3.4 % of Farm GDP Vs. 16.1% average (2008).




By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News
Published: October 05, 2011 10:00 AM
Updated: October 05, 2011 10:20 AM

Little to no action has been taken in the year since B.C.'s Auditor General red-flagged a series of big holes in the Agricultural Land Commission's ability to protect farmland.

Auditor General John Doyle's original report in the fall of 2010 contained nine recommendations, some of them urging the ALC to fix inaccurate maps of Agricultural Land Reserve boundaries and tighten enforcement against those who degrade farmland.

The Food Movement and Its Power/essay

Frances Moore Lappé author of groundbreaking book "Diet for a Small Planet" in "The Nation" :


Major GE Free Event

Invite to GE Free BC Major Event

Time: September 19, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Nelson - United Church Hall

Lucy Sharratt CEO Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and Alex Atamanenko at United Church Hall Free admission More info 250 365 2792 or www.cban.ca/events


see attached PDF

Food Secure Canada ebulletin

From Brenda Doner at Food Secure Canada/Sécurité Alimentaire Canada. Please consider joining this great organization.
Please take a moment now to forward this email - ask your friends, networks and organizations to join Food Secure Canada

Memberships are how we pay for ebulletins, convening across Canada and carry on the PFPP.

Thank you for being a member!

In this Issue

Resources - social enterprise, corporate agriculture, planning and more

Opportunities -scholarship, land share

In the Media -oceans,farms,buy local policy and more

Federal Ag Policy Input Opportunity

Gov't of Canada is looking for public input on agricultural policy


Presentation on Food Sovereignty

Excellent slide set presented to the Planners Institute of BC by Wnedy Holmes P.Ag. Note the Kootenays have lost more ALR land than any other region in the province. See attached.

The People's Food Policy

Excellent project putting together a national food policy:


For Action:Agriculture Agenda By NDP Leadership Candidate

Hi Folks,

With regards to the Agriculture agenda which is apparently being championed by NDP leadership hopeful Mike Farnworth, may I suggest asking questions on his website (which specifically allows for this). The concern being that he not only support the re-institution of a meaningful Ministry of Ag. but that he specifically support small diverse local food production. This is the first time Ag. has been on a would-be leader's agenda since 1972!!!

Edible School-Grounds Network Forming

Hello friends!

I am writing to let you know about an event I am organizing that I think may interest you. (see attached poster)

The Great Food Crisis of 2011

follow this link to an excellent article by Lester Brown published in the journal "Foreign Policy" :


Regional Agricultural Plan/IMPORTANT

Nelson on Nov 23rd from 7 - 9PM at the United Church basement Hall
The Regional District of Central Kootenay would like to encourage and protect farming and food security in our Region.
One of the ways this can be done is through the creation of an agricultural area plan, created with and by the residents of the RDCK.
We invite farmers, food producers and residents of the Region to join us in creating this plan to support viable farms and food for our area.
> 1250.352.5540
> 1250.505.9753#
> andrea@thevisualbluepint.com

Important Petition for Food Sovereignty

Dear Foodies:

Below is a link to the petition re the Canada-Europe Trade Agreement which will have provisions about seed saving among many other risks to our sovereignty. It is being put out by the National Farmers Union.


Impending Global Food Crisis

See this recent article in The Guardian - the UK's leading daily newspaper


Whole and Fermented Foods Cooking Classes/ Nelson

Hello all you cooking enthusiasts,

Grain CSA

Hello Everyone
> This year has been great for grain yield and quality. The farmers
> estimate
> at least twice the yield to the past two years. We expect the harvest,
> cleaning and bagging to be finished by the first week of October.
> With this increase in harvest more shares are available, so place your
> orders now by going to our website www.kootenaygraincsa.ca. Then go to
> Sign
> Up at the bottom of the page(make sure you scroll down to the bottom) and
> choose one or both of the farmers at *click here.* Both farmers can be



Transition Towns are ones that are actively building the resilience to meet the challenges of Climate Change and Peak Oil by "re-localizing" the essential economy and developing community which is adapted to the post-carbon future.

See: www.transitionnelson.org


*Permaculture Design Course
Dates: August 16 - 29, 2009
Location: Kootenay Permaculture Institute
Winlaw, British Columbia
Description: This intensive 13 day course combines theory with practical hands-on learning & design exercises.
Topics includes: permaculture design techniques & principles, site analysis, soil fertility, organic gardening techniques, herbs & medicinal plants, fruit & nut trees, water uses, ecological buildings & urban permaculture.
Instructor: Gregoire Lamoureux & guests
Early registration deadline: July 10th, 2009
For more information contact:


Building Resillience for the Post-Carbon Era,

Selkirk College Nelson, July 17 & 18

see: http://transitionnelson.org/ for information and download registration



A group inspired by the West Kootenay Ecosociety Relocalization Committee has been meeting since March and has joined the galloping global movement to forming Transition Towns. see : http://transitionnelson.org/ and for the global organization: http://www.transitiontowns.org/.

They have organized a course at Selkirk College "Training for Transition" July 17 and 18 - see the website.

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