A new culinary tool library will help process and preserve more locally grown and raised foods in Johnsons Landing with support from the Trust. Photo: Submitted

A new culinary tool library will help process and preserve more locally grown and raised foods in Johnsons Landing with support from the Trust. Photo: Submitted

Columbia Basin Trust funds local food projects

Over $850,000 in grants provided across the region

A lending library for culinary tools in Johnsons Landing is among the 24 local food projects being funded by the Columbia Basin Trust.

The Johnsons Landing Community Association will receive $9,235 to create the low-barrier library to help residents process and preserve locally grown and raised food.

Karen Newmoon, chair of the association, said in a statement the tools will make food production easier for younger people getting their start.

“Sharing these tools will foster a sense of community cohesion and contribute to reducing our ecological footprints, while increasing the use of seasonally abundant, locally grown foods,” she said.

The funds are part of the $852,457 Local Food Access and Recovery Grants.

Other local recipients include:

Nelson Community Food Centre: $50,000 to promote food access and recovery through its Good Food Bank.

Nelson’s Kootenay Christian Fellowship: $26,500 to expand freezer storage for its barrier-free hot lunch program.

West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op Society: $50,000 to relocate a commercial kitchen and purchase food processing equipment.

Castlegar and District Community Services Society: $40,000 to build a greenhouse and garden beds.

Kootenay Local Agricultural Society: $17,363 to expand its tool lending library.

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society: $50,000 to expand community food programs.

Salmo Community Resource Society: $35,000 to expand the Harvest Share Program, purchase food preservation equipment and offer workshops on canning, preserving and dehydration.

W.E. Graham Community Service Society: $50,000 to enhance partnerships with local farms, stores and suppliers as well as offer food literacy workshops.