The Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Coop began it’s 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. Ferraro’s, Kootenay Market and Kootenay Bakery are just some of the retailers now ordering from the Producer’s Coop.
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, just at a time when food prices and uncertainty of supply are becoming national issues. Our research shows long term winter storage, a labour pool, and a value added processing facility are all critically needed in the area. 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. We’d like to thank the Nelson District Credit Union, Columbia Basin Trust and BC Coop Association for helping us get started.
Mark your calendars to celebrate! A hog roast and open house, followed by a good old fashioned barn dance will be held October 17th at the Taghum Hall to celebrate the harvest, and provide information to anyone interested in membership. Co-ops are member driven, meaning members are the people who decide where and when services will be offered. The KBFPC is actively recruiting new members from Grand Forks to Creston and north to Naksup and Argenta. Interested food producers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information, or visit the rest of our website.