We’d like to give a great big thank you to the Nelson District Credit Union, for helping to fund our start up costs for the pilot distribution service launched this summer. We launched our market brokerage and distribution pilot in July with our new Coordinator, Susan Warren. We are working with farmers in the Salmo and Fruitvale areas to help find markets and distribute their products to those markets over the course of the summer. Warren determines what products are available from which farmers on a weekly basis, and coordinates with local retailers and a local shipper to get sustainably grown veggies into more hands. The grant from the NDCU has helped fund the bins, labels and marketing materials for the launch.
The goal of this Pilot is to allow farmers to remain on their farms growing food and raising animals, while reducing their costs by working cooperatively. The KBFPC plans to offer other much needed services to its members. The pilot program will give us the opportunity to learn what works well and what doesn’t, after which we will expand operations to other areas where members farm or reside.