Willy Fuder and partner Leslie Noakes of Willow Springs Farm in Nelway are founding members of the Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op

Willy Fuder and partner Leslie Noakes of Willow Springs Farm in Nelway are founding members of the Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op

Kootenay Boundary producers to celebrate food co-op’s first year

Launch party features potluck, presentation, and live music social.

The Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op is excited about its first year pilot and wants to share its success story.

“This is the kind of help farmers everywhere can use,” says  John Abenante of Earthy Organics in Fruitvale, a founding member of the co-op. “We are really pleased with the pilot distribution project currently underway.”

Local secondary processors are also connecting with suppliers through the co-op to source their ingredients locally.

The co-op is truly a service for locals by locals. The member-owned co-operative is fostering collaboration and services for local growers and in doing so is keeping money in our community.  The farmer members are proud to embrace the vision of integrity, thoroughness and commitment to promoting local food consumption using sustainable and humane practices in our local food sources.

The official launch on Saturday, Oct. 17, will be at the beautiful newly-renovated Taghum Hall. It begins with a community potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation and discussion at 7. Then at 8, the party starts. Live music will feature Ronnie Hayward on stand up bass, guitar and vocals.  Other musicians are welcome to join him for a little local jam making.

Local producers and processors will be providing a Taste of the Kootenays with samples of their products during the evening. Event sponsors include Otter Books, the Kootenay Country Craft Distillery and the Nelson Star. All are welcome.

Co-op members come from Grand Forks to Creston, from the border north to Nakusp and Argenta. Members will be deciding next year’s services at the AGM in November. Interested food producers can contact  regionalproducerscoop@gmail.com for information (or to arrange to showcase their products at the launch), or visit kbfpc.ca.