Local action, basin impact

This Earth Month, the Trust asked residents of the Basin to send in their tips for energy efficiency, food waste, cutting out single-use plastics and building wildfire resilience. Here’s what they said…

Beef business booms in Jaffray

Jaffray’s Bolen Livestock brings local food to the South Country and with support from the Trust’s Food Producer Wage Subsidy, the family business is growing in new directions.

A mushroom enthusiast grows his business

Accessing the Trust’s Food Producer Wage Subsidy Program has helped Robin Mercy of Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms in Kaslo hire the people he needs to meet a growing demand for his locally grown delicacies.

Terra Firma Farms keeps growing

Terra Firma Farms in #RevelstokeBC hired seasonal staff with support from our Food Producer Wage Subsidy Program, which provides support to primary food producers in the Basin to help increase residents’ access to locally grown, healthy food.

Burton plants seeds for change

Progress on the community garden and kitchen renovation at the community hall is well underway since Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services received funding from Columbia Basin Trust, which included expert guidance from a food advisor, who helped draft a comprehensive food access and recovery plan.

Blewett farm grows food access

Faced with the challenge of retaining staff for seasonal work, Bent Plow Farm was in search of a solution. The Trust subsidized their intern Sarah’s salary and now she has a permanent role as Lead Farm Hand.

Kimberley Commercial Kitchen Builds Community

Since opening its doors in 2018, Healthy Kimberley’s Food Recovery Depot has recovered over 315,000 pounds of food, 85% of which has been used to create over 25,000 frozen meals distributed to Kimberley residents in need.

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