Rural Affairs info. from Director Watson

Hello residents, I have a few updates for you. To start, here is the RDCK Rural Affairs committee agenda. I am chair of this committee and will be bringing forward a proposal on small water systems along with a discussion on how our (RDCK) and outside (Crown) referrals in our planning process work.
Here is the agenda:…/committee…/rural-affairs-committee.html


Field Technician: Lardeau Valley

Field Technician
Contract job
We are looking for several motivated staff to work in the Fraser Valley, Golden, Meadow Creek, and Grand Forks this summer. Field positions for mosquito and invasive plant control are now open, with employment running from May 7 until July 31, possibly longer (depending on the mosquito season). If you are interested and feel you may be a good fit for our organization, then please send a detailed resume AND cover letter to This is an excellent opportunity to learn about aquatic biology, mobile GIS data collection, invasive plants, and more.
2187 Columbia Ave
Posted on Friday

News of Interest to Farmers



Chris Bodnar, owner and operator of Close to Home Organics, who was the keynote presenter at the Kaslo Farm Food Fork Conference two years ago is giving a free online business planning course for farmers. Read below for details on how to participate.

FREE Short course on Farm Business Planning with Chris Bodnar.

When: Thursdays, March 1, 8, & 22
Time: 6:30PM to 8PM
How much: Free
Where: online (and peer groups in various locations around BC)
Presenter: Chris Bodnar, owner & operator of Close to Home Organics.

Managing your farm as a business is an important but often neglected component of operating a farm. Recent research shows that farmers who create and use business planning are more confident, more profitable and more able to take advantage of new opportunities. This short course will introduce participants to the concept of farm business planning through some practical, hands-on exercises. Teaching content will reference Ministry of Agriculture resources, primarily the New Farm Start-Up guide, and introduce participants to options for further support through the Ministry.

Session 1: Setting goals and starting a business plan
Session 2: Determining production and marketing options
Session 3: Assembling and using a plan, plus accessing resources to help

For more information and registration:

Note: It is not necessary to participate in the peer groups locations. This course can be done from home by anyone with an internet connection.

Kaslo Food Hub/ NKLCSS: Our mailing address is:
Box 546, Kaslo, BC, V0G 1M0



Saturday Market 2018 on the way…

Applications now available for the Kaslo Saturday Market for 2018:
Email to get one


Agricultural Business specialist available in Columbia Basin…

Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Business Advisors now offers a full-time Agriculture Specialist

(Columbia Basin) – Farms and agricultural producers can now get specialized business advice through Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Business Advisors (BBA) thanks to a new full-time agriculture business specialist.

BBA has been providing free, one-to-one, confidential business counselling and assessment services to businesses throughout the Basin since 2000.

“Our region’s agriculture sector has been growing and the BBA team is evolving to help meet its specific needs,” said Lisa Kilpatrick, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Economic. “By having an advisor dedicated to agriculture, the program will be able to uniquely support their businesses challenges, as well as help residents access local healthy food.”

BBA’s new Agriculture Specialist, Tracey Fredrickson, has over 15 years’ experience advising hundreds of businesses and has particularly focused on agriculture over the past five years.

“The Columbia Basin has a diversity of farm operators with the desire to grow,” said Fredrickson. “After many years providing businesses advice in all sectors, agriculture has become my passion. I look forward to dedicating my skills and experience to working with farm operators on the business side of farming to help them achieve their goals and grow a dynamic agriculture sector for the region overall.”

Agriculture businesses can receive advice in areas such as production costing, marketing and branding, and expansion feasibility. BBA may also connect businesses with more specialized agriculture consultants who can address unique business needs of a variety of producers. This service works in conjunction with the Kootenay Farm & Boundary Advisors, who focus on the science of agriculture.

“Tracey is a great addition to the Advisor team and brings her ‘business of farming’ experience to producers and farms that need help to make their operations more profitable,” said Will Nixon, BBA’s Program Manager. “We have a strong team of business advisors with diverse experiences and skill sets, so we are able to access direct experience to assist a client in whatever their field happens to be.”

To learn more about BBA, visit<> or contact<> or 1.855.510.2227.
Delivered by Community Futures, the program is funded by the Trust, which lists agriculture as one of its 13 strategic priorities.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit<> or call 1.800.505.8998.


Property Assessements: Message from Director Watson:

Area D residents and businesses- I am getting a lot of calls about your property assessments. In an attempt to assist, I will provide what information I can here. Please share.

BC Assessment is a Provincial organization- they set their own criteria and decisions that local government is not involved in. I can say that I am aware Area D’s overall assessment went up an estimated 17%, apparent impact has been a 30% increase in the category of ‘light industry’.

I have no ability to alter or challenge your assessments but I do strongly encourage everyone who disagrees with them to appeal as soon as possible. Some reports of lots going up 40% that have been for sale for decades really do not make sense. Your only course of action is to call BC Assessment ask for criteria on increases to property values, be specific with your property and appeal where appropriate. The information to do so is on your property assessment, or go here:


Farm and Food directory….

Did you know? The Central Kootenay Food Policy Council & the multi award-winning Pennywise have teamed up to publishing a Farm & Food Directory for the Central Kootenay Region. We invite all farmers and food producers to take part – free of charge.

Visit the CK Food Policy website, for more information. Once it is ready you will upload your information there.

If you like this idea and would like to support the local food growers in our region by advertising in this inaugural agricultural resource magazine contact Rick Wiltse at

Advertising space is very limited, so book your space now call 250-353-2602.