Don’t Call it a Job Boom, Call it a Livelihood Renaissance

Don’t Call it a Job Boom, Call it a Livelihood Renaissance

Even though spring officially starts in March, the feverish activity associated with May long weekend always feels like the unofficial end of winter hibernation and beginning of spring in the Creston Valley and on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. The cherry trees are budding, gardens are ready for planting, and the 76th annual Creston Valley […]

The Food Hub goes Hi-Tech

This March Joel Comer made the trip from Creston to Vancouver with his family to take in the #BCTECH Summit. This two-day event showcased all the latest advances and new directions affecting the BC Technology Sector. With hundreds of ideas on display and dozens of presentations by top industry names, it was a geeks paradise. To read […]

Yasodhara Ashram’s Food Flow – an Inspired Food System for the 21st Century

Yasodhara Ashram’s Food Flow –  an Inspired Food System for the 21st Century

When you think of what goes on in an ashram, what are the first things that come to mind? Yoga, silent meditation, and peaceful group chanting probably? However, as a famous book/film recently popularized by Julia Roberts eludes to, food is another important part of the path to inner peace. With the arrival of eastern […]

Wloka’s Fruit Stand – Bringing Fresh Food and Big Smiles to Creston for 35 Years

Wloka’s Fruit Stand –  Bringing Fresh Food and Big Smiles to Creston for 35 Years

Like many Creston residents I often find myself playing hostel owner/tour guide/entertainer to a bevy of friends and family in the summer. While I’d like to think my charming personality is at least part of the reason for these trips, the innumerable vistas of this valley in full bloom and the opportunity to sample it’s […]

Cherry Pickin’ in the Creston Valley – Meet the Folk who Pick Your Fruit

For as long as memory serves me, summers in the Creston Valley have always been a busy and exciting time,  in particular the cherry harvest, a frenetic six week window from mid-July to August, requiring the filling of hundreds of short-term jobs to pick, sort, and pack cherries from over 400+ acres of orchards across […]

Fields Forward Update: Ploughing Ahead After 6 Months

Fields Forward Update: Ploughing Ahead After 6 Months

Kootenay Summers: A Welcome Return for a Weary Traveller Well after a vacation-induced “blogging coma”, I am back to my work here on the Creston Valley Food Hub. As I mentioned in one of my last posts in February, I spent the better part of the spring travelling through the highlands of Central America, traversing […]

Fields Forward Initiative – The Creston Valley Resets Focus on Ag Friendly Future

Fields Forward Initiative – The Creston Valley Resets Focus on Ag Friendly Future

 Fields Forward – The Creston Valley’s Ag Future Like many other rural B.C. communities transitioning from historical resource industry economies, the Creston Valley spent most of the 90’s experiencing something akin to a “mid-life crisis” with the decline of forestry, mining, and even traditional agriculture. Tough questions hit you as a community when your glory […]

The Real Food Cafe – A Pinch of Global Flavour with a Dollop of Local Garden Ingredients

The Real Food Cafe – A Pinch of Global Flavour with a Dollop of Local Garden Ingredients

The showcase eating experience As I previously discussed in my “Jimmy’s Pub” post, every town has it’s local “go-to” establishment, where a newbie in town can go have a bite of food, a sip of beer, and get the skinny on what the town is all about. Each community worth it’s salt also has it’s […]