time to be heard!



At Farm Food Fork we are conducting a number of very valuable surveys around the topic of region food production, and we would really love to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to contribute to this important project. We are designing new community initiatives and our April festival and forum event around the feedback we get from these surveys. Please use this link to participate, best of all you will receive a discount code for $5 off admission to FARMFOODFORK in April! Tickets go on sale March 1st.

Saving Seeds 101 + Planning for Canning


All things: Seeds, Planting + Planning to preserve your harvest!
STARTING YOUR SEEDS; everything you need to know about germinating your garden favorites.
Lets talk about seeds, timing, soils, lights and heat. How do we coordinate all of this to make it work for the Kootenay garden? Hamsa Eliza from Bee Greens Plants for an informative and interactive day and we will get you ready to set it up.  Bring your questions, seed catalogues and
curiosity to learn, and we will spend a few hours clarifying and assisting you to grow as much as your own food as possible! YOUR TEACHER: Hamsa Eliza has worked with plants for over 20 years, and now owns Bee Greens Plants, a certified organic bedding plant nursery. She is keen to empower you to do it yourself!

PLANNING FOR CANNING; how to garden with preserving in mind. Always wanted to grow your own salsa? How about sauerkraut – pickles – pesto – tomato sauce – kimchi? This workshop will explore; best varieties for sauce, krauting, pickling etc, how to guesstimate yield for various crops, strategic planning for small spaces or limited budgets, determining your household consumption of canned goods, other vegetable preservation methods such as freezing and drying. YOUR TEACHER: With over 10 years experience of gardening-for-preserving to draw from,  Alys Ford of Ravine Creek Farm will share with you her best tips and techniques to get the most out of your garden, and enjoy the taste of sunshine all year long!

Workshop $45 register soon! by email or call 250-226-7402

Locavore feast SATURDAY!

100-mile-poster-winter-2014This is one of my favorite community events of the year! A giant pot-luck celebration of locally grown goodness! We are blessed with a huge community of great gardeners, and preservers and this mid winter reminder of all that we grow is too good to be true!  Plus the Slocan 6 minutes, is always great. Don’t miss this event.



This is what is keeping me busy these days. FARMFOODFORK.COM


Malin & I along with the help of an AMAZING support team, have been working hard to bring our region some local food projects, Here is an overview of what we are planning:


Farm Food Fork is a food-focused gathering for hundreds of West Kootenay stakeholders: farmers, producers, retailers, chefs, consumers, advocates, food groups, policy makers, butchers, ranchers and beekeepers.

The West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op is undertaking a four-part project focused on strengthening and

supporting the local food movement. We are examining food issues specific to our region and creating events that encourage growth of West Kootenay food economies. We will be celebrating all of the work that has brought us to where we are now. This is a “call for action,” honoring the requests of countless agricultural reports and their authors.

Part 1| We are taking the pulse of our region’s food needs! Multiple FOOD HUB events are planned for the West Kootenay region over the next few months, hosted by various food-related groups. During a grand two-day event in Nelson in early April, speakers, workshops, and sessions will be customized to meet all the needs identified during this information gathering process. The Slocan Valley FOOD HUB DAY will be on February 23 from 11-2 @ the Vallican Whole.

Part 2| In April, FESTIVAL + FEAST will feature: the Lexicon of Sustainability art show, food films, education, local producers sampling Kootenay-made foods, speakers, workshops and a local seasonal feast in recognition of our food shed.

A true celebration of our local food system!

Part 3| FORUM + FEAST is our stakeholders’ event on the following day. This will be a solutions based, action-driven facilitated workshop. It will wrap up with a cash bursary, democratically awarded to various “ready for action” projects that address the needs of our community. All of the profits from the public event will go directly back into this bursary fund.

Part 4| In April, we are launching kootenayfood.com, an online directory of the West Kootenay food shed. This will be a user-friendly, visually appealing web resource that will put people in touch with food, inputs, events, workshops and the many groups working so hard to secure our region’s food futures. kootenayfood.com will give recognition to our farmers and producers. Those listed in the directory will find it easy to login, update, expand, and customize their own listing details, keeping kootenyfood.com fresh.

We value your experience, opinions, and ideas, which is why we have created an engaging way for you to share them with your community. Your participation in our events will help ensure that Farm Food Fork will best serve our community and will direct our future actions towards what is needed for the successful growth of the West Kootenay food system.

We will feed you excellent local food. We will engage you. We will inspire you. In return, we ask for a small contribution of your time and unique energy. We are looking for stakeholder participants, speakers, net-workers, and folks to help spread the word. The hope is that others within the community will be motivated to participate in our online surveys and celebrate local food with us.

Let’s build a resilient community together!

Herbal Medicine Making 101

Just in time for to prepare for Wild-Crafting season, Valley Permaculture Guild presents Herbal Medicine Making.
This dynamic, hands-on class offers the basic skill set necessary to take the bulk of your harvest and turn it into storage ready medicines. Covering all aspects of Medicine Making including Infusions, Syrups, Tinctures, Creams and Elixirs, you will leave with 10 herbal medicines ready to start your own herbal medicine cabinet at home.

Our instructor for this workshop is Colleen Emery, Master Herbalist and owner
of Emery Herbals in Winlaw. Colleen is passionate about offering access to information that enables individuals and families to be self-sufficient and in charge of their personal wellness.

To register please email vpg


Back by popular demand! Another adventure in pig butchery!

This 5 hour workshop will include hands on instruction from our local butcher
in how to break down a whole hog. Basic and advance cuts, sausage making
and bacon curing along with traditional preserving techniques. At the end of the
day you will leave with the fundamental knowledge  to break down your own pigs,
along with new tool & knife skills.

Your Instructor Ben Carson is the new co-owner of Legendary Meats in Slocan
Park, along with his wife Victoria. Ben has spent the past 12 years in the meat
industry; working in all aspects of butcher and management. His real passion lies
in whole beast butchery, trying to minimize waste in a very commercially wasteful
industry. Plus he is insanely entertaining + knowledgeable.

to register please email vpg

2014 Slocan Internship Opportunity

ravine creek farm

Ravine Creek Farm is looking for an intern for the 2014 growing
season. We are a small, family-run, mixed vegetable farm located in
the South East interior, 40 mins from Nelson, BC. We sell our produce
at the Nelson Farmer’s Market and through our CSA program. Ideally we
would like to work with someone (*possibly* a couple) who has been
through a new farmer program of some kind and is seriously pursuing a
life of commercial farming for themselves.

We would like have the position filled as soon as possible, the
position starts April 2014, the accommodations can be available a
little sooner. We anticipate about 4 days/week labor. We have a 100
year old, one-room, off-grid cabin to offer, food, and some kind of
The Slocan Valley is a very progressive and affirming community, as
young farmers ourselves we have been overwhelmed by the support and
enthusiasm we have been shown by our neighbors.

Check out our web page at ravinecreek.wordpress.com
Email or call to get more details about us, our farm and the position.

Bobcat Buffet Blues


We had a bit of a grim week here on the homestead. We lost a number of our lovely heritage hens to what I at first though was a owl… turns out it was a bobcat. I have my stealthy CSA-biology friends to thank for the lesson in prints and tracking. A very determined bobcat just kept coming back for more birds, our dog even got in on the action once the cat sent chooks scrambling every which way. Poor deers were in lock down for 2 days while their new home was prepared for them, we all got a taste of battery hen life for 48 hours, YUCK!.

Last month I almost threw in the towel on the chickens after another loosing battle between chicken and dog, and this I am afraid was the last straw, well actually the last straw might have been the water freezing up, and the straw that broke the camels back would be the bobcat. I feel so sad and personally responsible for each of their little lives, so losing bird after bird was just too much for me. Maybe I ought to stick to veggie farming! Thankfully our chickens have been re-farmed together, roosters and all, are living happily and safely down the way at One Rock Farm, where we can visit often.

Now that we are down 26 little critters up on here on the hillside it is so quiet. I am really sad to not have chicken for the first time in all of these year 😦 I miss my girls already.

I guess our little visitors will have to settle for a peek into the top bar hive windows to get their farm critter fix for the time being. It will be nice to regroup and consider some more hearty animals to potentially introduce to the homestead… or not. . But we are looking forward to new challenges and adventure for 2014!

We are close to rolling out our permaculture internship opportunities for the upcoming season, and I am thrilled to announce a stellar opportunity at my most favorite Organic Garden Market / CSA Farm around… Ravine Creek Farm! Stay turned, posting to follow!