FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A BLOG2021-07-19T16:53:16-06:00


Growing businesses at the farmers’ market

By |July 23rd, 2021|

Farmers’ markets are economic drivers for communities. They bring people together to spend money within their local economy, whether it is directly with vendors at the market or with a local business in the surrounding neighborhood. But farmers’ markets can also act as business incubators, serving as a low-risk entry point into the marketplace for farmers, ranchers, food entrepreneurs, and artisans. A business incubator is a program or initiative which offers support for businesses to grow—this support includes knowledge, networking, equipment, and infrastructure. A farmers’ market organically fits the role of an incubator, as a market allows small businesses to [...]

Local tastes better

By |July 16th, 2021|

It’s peak growing season in our Valley and farmers’ markets are overflowing with abundance. When the days are long and hot, it all comes in at once. Raspberries, tomatoes, corn, eggs—it feels like everything is in season this month (yes, even eggs have a season). There are lots of big and small reasons to choose to shop local at a farmers’ market. Maybe you think it’s good for the environment or want to keep your dollar circulating in your local community. Maybe it’s something fun to do with your family on the weekend, or you know the ranchers who have [...]

Community Cares – Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program

By |May 25th, 2020|

Luckily for us, farmers’ markets have been deemed an essential service.  As an added bonus during these hard times; Invermere's Agri-park market is a part of the BC Farmers’ Market Association, which means they are part of the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP). The FMNCP is a healthy eating initiative designed to strengthen food security and support local farmers across British Columbia. The Columbia Valley Food Bank is the Valley's community partner and they provide coupons to lower-income families, pregnant women and seniors who are participants in the food literacy program.  The coupons are accepted by food vendors at the [...]

The Snack Box for Kids Program

By |May 22nd, 2020|

The Snack Box for Kids Program expects to provide up to 200 children and youth with a weekly delivery containing 3 to 4 days worth of healthy snacks.

Buy BC Partnership Program — E-commerce Funding Stream

By |May 14th, 2020|

Content contributed by Ryan Watmough Columbia Valley Community Economic Development Officer 250-409-7011 •  Apply from May 15 to May 29 The application window will open on May 15 @ 9am PDT and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis until May 29 @ 4:30pm PDT or until the funding is fully subscribed at which point the application window will close. The project implementation period is June 8, 2020 – September 30, 2020. All projects must be completed by September 30, 2020. Eligible Applicants New applicants must meet the following [...]

The Gardening Initiative

By |May 1st, 2020|

With the impact that COVID -19 may have on our food system, now is the time to grow more of our own food and increase our food security.

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