North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society is a registered charity. Please help support our work through a tax deductible donation. You can make a donation by mailing it to the address above or donate online right now by clicking above.
Your online donation will be processed through Canada Helps and they will issue you a reciept to use with your tax return. Mailed in donations will be processed by us and we will issue a receipt to use with your tax return.
The Kaslo Food Hub is home to 16 programs all focused on creating a food secure Kaslo and Area D. Our programs range from free food for those who finds themselves in need to bulk buying and resources to help build a local food system. Our programs are:
We are located in the basement of St. Andrews United Church and open Tuesday 10-1pm.
Aimee Watson- 250-353-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Food Forum on April 12th, 2014, Aimee Watson gave a talk about the Food Security Project in Kaslo - what we have done and why we do it. The video and Power Point presentation of Aimee's talk is available here.
The book is out! Go to the link above to find out all about it. Available in PDF and EPub!
In the June 24th newsletter:
On February 24th, 2013 at the Seedy Sunday, Don and Elizabeth Scarlett gave a presentation on Mason Bees and bees in general. Some of the information from that presentation can be found here.
Don't know what to do with all those vegetables in your garden? Tired of all your old recipes? Check out this website for some new inspiration . http://www.justvegetablerecipes.com/index.html
The Kaslo Lawns to Gardens project completed its program in the fall of 2009 and we were wondering what Kaslo thought, so we sent out surveys to every household in Kaslo and from the returned surveys we are very happy with what we heard. Click here to check out the results.
Check out our photo albums. Click on the name below.
The movie is out! Click here to watch it.
The Kaslo Food Security Project hosted a Farmer-Land event on February 7th, 2009. Click here to learn more and to find databases of farmers and landowners.
Through our work, a very important initiative is now available to support our local farmers. The Kaslo Food Security Project, through funding from the Community Food Action Initiative and Interior Health, has inventoried the farmers, market gardeners and food producers to create a West Kootenay Food Directory. We have also inventoried the retail outlets, whether a farmers market, restaurant or grocery store that support local foods. These resources will engage a more vibrant market for local foods produced, help connect farmers to local markets, and work with them in whatever capacity we can to increase their ability to feed our community.
The Kaslo Village council adopted a resolution on February 12, 2008 stating that the Kaslo Food Charter as written by the Kaslo Food Security project, be adopted in principle making Kaslo the third municipality in BC to have a food charter, about 8th in all of Canada.
In these days of looming climate change and food supply changes, this makes for a rainbow in the storms. By having a food charter, the Village of Kaslo is firmly stating that food, health and the environment are important factors to the town's well-being.
A food charter is a statement of guiding principles, in this case specifically referring to the local foodshed. As food travels an average of 3000km to get to our plates, costs of rising fuel, the affects of climate change and food sovereignty are all playing important roles on the global plate. These factors are combining to make our dinner plates of questionable health, cost and sustainability.
Through the Local Food Directory website we were able to determine that for every KG of vegetables grown locally, Kaslo residents will save 664g of greenhouse gas emissions. Considering we have about 14,000 lbs of food shipped to us in one summer month that is a savings of more than 27 tonnes of GHG if we were to grow all food locally just for June, July, and August. Although that change won't happen overnight, through the food charter, the municipal government is creating a foundation to encourage and support farmers and business to focus on local food and the local economy.
Given that food is now 90% dependent on oil inputs, we are not only looking at food security as an environmental safeguard, but as a means to make our village less vulnerable to drastic changes caused by rising fuel costs. By adopting a food charter Kaslo has accepted, acknowledged, and is being active about ensuring residents will have access to fresh, healthy and affordable food - the foundation of food security. Kaslo is located one hour north of Nelson, nestled between the majestic Purcell and Selkirk ranges on Kootenay Lake.
For more information, check out our background information on Food Charters or contact the Kaslo and Area food security coordinator, Aimee Watson at North Kootenay Lake Community Services 250-353-7691 or email@example.com
The winter of 07, we conducted a feasibility study on what Kaslo needs in terms of a community or commercial kitchen. The results at the time indicated a community kitchen for canning, cooking courses, meal preparations, potlucks, a root cellar, drying space for medicinal and edible plants as well as a space for education purposes was mostly what North Kootenay Lake residents desired. A commercial kitchen, which is a space for those wishing to produce value added products for commercial sale, is desired as well. However the demand is minimal compared to a community kitchen. Our plan is to further the community kitchen initiative through spaces currently available and build programming as we go. As needs arise for commercial spaces, we will also assist in creating space for social ventures.
A portion of fundraising the KFSP does is going to purchasing foodstuffs from local farmers which we then redistribute to family & outreach programs in the North Kootenay Lake Region. The food is made available at no cost; folks may simply choose what their family or homes may be lacking for a healthier diet.
Through our work, we are also following many studies and updates on regional, provincial, national and international food security campaigns so that we may be able to provide any of our community members with up to date information. Please ask any questions, offer ideas and of course- grow food!!
For more information, contact Aimee Watson