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Winter 2010 Cooking Classes

Do you want to learn more about whole foods and traditional techniques? Sign up for some cooking classes that are being offered by Lorraine Robinson Carlstrom, Nutritional Consultant and Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation (a non-profit nutritional group). Her passion is nutrient-rich cooking using traditional techniques. Click here for all the delicious details.

Sailing the Grain – 2008

The addition of sailboats to the project in its first year was unexpected and enthusiastically welcomed. The initial impetus for growing grain locally was to reduce our carbon footprint by shortening the number of miles our food travels from field to table. Two of the CSA farmers were talking about integrating their work horses into the grain growing over time, with the hope of making their operations fossil-fuel-free in the long run. Project organizers were beginning to entertain possibilities of carbon neutral transport for the Creston grain, but this seemed like a future consideration. Therefore, they were tickled when Jay Blackmore, a member of the Kootenay Lake Sailing Club and project supporter, came forward with a proposal to sail Kootenay Lake from Nelson to Creston to pick-up the harvest.

When the day arrived to set sail in late October, four boats left Nelson, landing in Kuskanook Harbour near Creston two days later; they returned to Nelson the following day loaded with 5000 lbs of grain. A few dozen adventurers were able to be part of the voyage that was blessed with cool and mostly clear conditions. The water shimmered in its deep blue beauty and the mountains were stunning in their fall regalia. The winds were fairly steady, and powerful at times, enabling the journey to be done mostly under sail. Those who participated in the sail felt a great sense of pleasure and purpose, and many people here and abroad commented for weeks afterwards that they were inspired by this fun and innovative initiative. We felt good to have to have achieved so much in one year in terms of working towards a postcarbon world.

Grain CSA Farm Tours – 2008

In July, a caravan of CSA shareholders from the Nelson area travelled to the Creston Valley and joined up with members there for a tour of the farms where their grain was being grown. Each shareholder was able to visit two of the participating farms and enjoy a tour of the grain fields with the farmers. Some participants also toured Kootenay Alpine Cheese, an organic dairy farm and fromagerie. True to the intent of a CSA, the farmers and shareholders alike reported that this was a mutually beneficial and rewarding event. The farmers were able to meet the people who reaped the benefits of their labours and supported their livelihoods while the eaters walked the land where their grain would come from, saw the crops growing, and got to know the farmers. Building relationships between consumers and farmers, and consumers and the land, is essential to a sustainable agricultural system.

Kootenay Harvest Revival: a celebration of local food – 2008

Two of the people behind the Kootenay Grain CSA, Jon Steinman and Matt Lowe, said, “All this work ain’t worth doing without a celebration.” Thus was born a two-day event that captured the history of food in the Kootenays, while tantalizing local taste buds. Jon and Matt wanted to provide a local food, arts, and history extravaganza that would allow their region’s communities to appreciate the stories of food from the past, and inspire people to be part of the emerging food culture. The event commenced with an evening of stories, presentations, theatre and music at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre and concluded with packed brunch and dinner sittings at the All Season’s Restaurant. These meals featured delectable local foods and wines, including numerous breads and pastries made from the 2008 grain CSA harvest, as well as presentations and music. After the last red fife biscotti was eaten and one final glass of Okanagan wine consumed, Matt and Jon received weeks of overwhelming appreciation for such a pleasurable and important event. You can’t tell them celebrating isn’t important.