December 16 & 17- Kuimba choir

kuimba-poster-dec-2016December 16 (Friday) at 7pm

Argenta Hall.

December 17th (Saturday) 7pm

St Andrew’s United Church,Kaslo.

Tix: 12$reg, 8$low income,18 and under free.

Argenta tix at the door.

Kaslo tix at Sunnyside or at the door

353 3284 for info.

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…in Kaslo – a holiday celebration in music and story at St. Andrew’s United Church Heritage Hall, Friday, December 9 at 6:30 pm.

Presented by the Kaslo Suzuki violin and guitar students and a sneak preview by Kuimba, Christmas stories, carol singing, refreshments.


Admission by cash donation to benefit the Kaslo Food Hub.

Details 250 353 7600

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This Saturday Dec. 3 is ‘Light Up’ in Kaslo.

The Merchants all turn on their Christmas lights at once…a parade moves down Front St., there is a craft faire, a bonfire, and Santa…hot chocolate, hot dogs and live music…that’s where we come in!

mountainweatherOur local band Mountain Weather will be playing at Buddy’s Pizzeria on Front St, near parade time, dark or 5pm…whichever comes first! Come grab a cozy table at Buddys, here some fine original music and have some fabulous food!

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Argenta Christmas Fair Dec 10- Vendors wanted…

willettinwinterSaturday December 10 from 11 onward….

Still time to get your locally made Christmas gifts and soulful food.
There will hot apple cider, soup and bread, desserts, raw chocolates, and croissants.


Vendors please let me know if you plan to come.

Contact Jane Gao in Argenta…


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Pizza night is back!

pizzanightThis Friday… Dec 2

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LVCC Christmas Party Dec 10


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update from Director Watson…

Earlier this month I attended a BC Agricutlure Conference in Kelowna. It was packed with information, resources and connections. Some helpful, some not. I have collated the helpful resources, including funding into a report. Read below for details and do share with any farmers/food processors in our area. Contact me if you need assistance or further details.

Agriculture Conference – November 2016
The first day of the conference was hosted by the BC Innovation Council (BCIC). They have launched an Agritech challenge.
The agritech challenge has a $2 billion fund with these four priority areas:
1. Mechanization
2. Pest management
3. Greenhouse efficiency
4. Nutrient management
Anyone who has an innovative solution to these challenges for the agrifood sector, you can submit your solution for a chance at funds. Intakes begin November 18, 2016.

Personal notes on this program:
o The conference itself was an introduction to a variety of solution ideas that could be funded through this program
o I was admittedly skeptical of the direction and suggestions; concepts of conventional agriculture that are outdated and a major concern to a sustainable future are still the predominant perspective (doubling of production, chemical applications, high input from external vs closed systems self-sustaining)
o As the innovations were discussed and I connected with many innovators themselves; solutions are diverse, forward thinking, embracing of the environmental factors essential to sustainable systems and many are using those barriers as opportunity. Ie: recycling of nutrients, waste diversion for input creation
o If you have an innovative idea for our future agrifood system; check the link out.
o To see some of the cool innovations I learned about, check these links out:
ACES- Zero waste agriculture:
Crop sensors that provide real time data on health of plants:

The second day was a mix of speakers and sessions forums. I mostly gleaned resources related to business/marketing development and funding for agriculture. These resources are listed below.
As for the sessions, the primary focus for me was in resource management, talking to people about composting programs. The RDCK is currently engaged in a renewal process for our 5 year Resource Recovery Plan with a focus on assessing options on organic diversion. The innovations in this field are as diverse as the potential programs a local government could offer. Rural settings add the usual complexities of distance and volumes. Discussion embraced both service delivery equipment, methods, and home supports. I shared several resources on the topic with our resource recovery staff to include in the RDCK RR plan review process.

Agriculture Funding and Resources:
Marketing/Business Planning
Farm Food Drink:
Investment Agriculture Foundation:
o BC Governments Buy Local Program
o Food & Beverage Processing Initiative
o Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program
BC Food Works:
o Business coaching, specialized consulting, entrepreneurial training, mentoring etc.
Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program:
o Industry, academia, value-added food processors, retailers, and others to access funding for projects involving late stage research; pilots, demonstrations; as well as the commercialization and adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices for the sector

Environment Funding
Agri-Food Environment Initiative:
o Funding for projects that mitigate agricultures impact to the environment

BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative:
o Tools and resources to enhance agriculture’s ability to adapt to climate change
Farm Adaptation Innovator Program:
o Promotes innovation in farm practices, approaches and technologies that enable climate change adaptation

Farm Insurance
o Protects producers against declines in their net farming income due to market conditions, production loss or increased costs of production

I also have a few ‘how too’ guides, in hard copy. If you would like one, contact me.
– How to Conduct a SWOT analysis
– How to develop a positioning map (identifying market opportunities)
– How to introduce a new product into the market

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