CBT Energy Grants for Community Buildings



Columbia Basin Trust supports renewable, alternative energy generation

(Columbia Basin) – From town halls to seniors’ centres, community purpose buildings are well-used gathering places that can use a lot of electricity and be costly to operate. The new Energy Sustainability Grant from Columbia Basin Trust can help these buildings generate energy, increase energy efficiency and sustainability, and reduce energy costs.

“Basin residents told us that alternative and renewable energy are important to them,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve already supported a fewsuccessful projects in the region and we have now created the Energy Sustainability Grants program to support even more. The goal is to support community efforts to generate energy, while reducing energy costs, saving money and becoming more environmentally and economically sustainable.”

The program provides funding for community buildings that will generate their own energy using alternative and renewable methods such as installing solar panels, biomass energy boilers or wind turbines. There’s additional support for energy conservation and efficiency efforts, such as upgrading lighting, insulation or the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The buildings must be actively used by the general public and owned by a non-profit organization, local government or First Nation.

Depending on the project scope, available support ranges from 50 to 75 per cent of project costs, up to a maximum grant of $100,000 per category. Funding is also available to help install level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. There is $900,000 available for this first intake which closes January 7, 2019. Learn more at ourtrust.org/energygrants.

This program is one of the ways the Trust is helping communities conserve energy and generate renewable and alternative energy—one of our strategic priorities. The Trust has also supported the East Kootenay community energy manager and community energy diets, as well as an electric vehicle charging network across the Basin (acceleratekootenays.ca). In addition, the Trust has helped improve energy efficiency and sustainability in 47 affordable housing buildings in the Basin.

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 ourtrust.org or call 1.800.505.8998.


Emily Gilmar Columbia Basin Trust 1.800.505.8998 egilmar@cbt.org

Agricultural news in the Kootenay & Boundary 

Your local source of agricultural news in the Kootenay & Boundary michael

Welcome to Kootenay Farmer – a bi-monthly newsletter for producers to keep you current with agricultural information, resources and expertise.

Kootenay Farmer is a joint initiative of the Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors (http://www.kbfa.ca) and the Basin Business Advisors Agriculture (http://www.bbaprogram.ca)  program – two initiatives to grow and support the agriculture sector in the Kootenay & Boundary regions.

Kaslo Food Hub News

Kaslo Food Hub News, October 2018world-food-day

Kaslo Saturday Market,  2018 wraps up! 

Another successful market year has ended, and the Kaslo Saturday Market wants to thank all the people who come out each week to make this a vibrant community event. We’re also happy to announce that 2018 saw more numbers of vendors than ever before!

We’d also like to thank the North Kootenay Lake Arts and Heritage Council for their ongoing contributions to the market. They’re the ones who organize the local musicians to play every week, and also set up the Art in the Market tent each week. It adds a lot to our market.

The Kaslo Food Hub and North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society are proud to be the organization that coordinates this event for our community. Have a great winter, we’ll see you all in June 2019!


** Naloxone Training and free Naloxone Kits
Tuesday, October 16, 11am-1pm @ Kaslo Food Hub
Chelsey Helmer from Nelson Mental Health and Substance Abuse will be back in Kaslo to provide free Naloxone training, and give out Naloxone (overdose prevention) kits. She’ll be here at the Food Hub from 11am-1pm doing trainings. Each training takes about 10-15 minutes and is available to anyone in the community who wants to drop in. Having a naloxone kit, and training on how to use it means you could save someone’s life if you are in a situation where someone around you is overdosing due to fentanyl.


World Food Day event coming up!world-food-day0221-450x303

Wednesday, October 16th is World Food Day and the Kaslo Food Hub is planning some activities to celebrate. Plans aren’t finalized but we’re going to be hosting a canning and foods swap along with some other events. Too much relish, jam or pickles in your cupboard from this season? Bring some of it down and trade with other community members who want to swap some of the abundance from their food processing this year.

Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming days as we get ready to celebrate World Food Day!

Contact the Kaslo Food Hub:
Phone: 250-353-7120
Email: kfsp@nklcss.org

B.C. Land Matching Program

This is a great initiative for farmers and landowners in the Basin region.

One of the Trust’s priorities is to foster agricultural production, and for residents to have access to healthy food. We’re supporting the agriculture sector in a number of ways, including providing support to the Columbia Basin Land Matcher. Learn more at ourtrust.org/agriculture.<https://ourtrust.org/our-work/agriculture/>

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or the contacts listed below. Thanks for sharing this news.



Rachel Lucas | Manager, Communications
Direct 1.250.426.1103
Mobile 1.250.417.7254

Farmers Market Trail

Launch of Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin Farmers’ Market Trail will strengthen relationship between farmers, markets, and market-goersBC Association of Farmers’ Markets new online tool connects people to farmers’ marketswww.bcfarmersmarkettrail.com

Sept. 10, 2018, Vancouver, BC – The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is launching a new online tool connecting locals and tourists in the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin region to markets and farmers offering local, in season foods. The launch is part of the province-wide BC Farmers’ Market Trail initiative, a website and promotional platform supported through partnerships with Destination BC, Columbia Basin Trust, and Kootenay Rockies Tourism. The Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin focused website highlights the region’s unique farmers’ markets, foods and farms for locals and visitors to discover when planning their culinary travels through the region.

“We are so proud to showcase the amazing farmers’ markets, farmers and food in the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin on the BC Farmers’ Market Trail website,” says BCAFM Executive Director, Heather O’Hara. “There is exciting potential to build on this platform and support even greater marketing collaboration between farmers’ markets and vendors from the region in the years to come.”

While more than 145 farmers’ markets across BC are currently showcased on the new informative website (23 being in the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin), added investment by regions ensures richer photography, and additional content like unique characteristics of each farmers’ market in the region, what’s currently in season, and features on specific farmers’ markets highlighting what they have to offer.

“Our region is showcased for many reasons, but I believe this is the first time that our farmers’ markets are being placed front and centre,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust president and CEO. “This website will bring attention to our region and its agricultural products, support access to healthy food and enable agricultural producers to expand their markets and grow their businesses.”

Farmers’ markets are the leading distribution channel for farmers’ in the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin region. Farmers in the region say the most significant challenge to come in the next three to five years is distribution, transportation and storage, and say the greatest opportunity is increasing sales and demand at farmers’ markets specifically.

With more than $150 million contributed to the provincial economy each year from farmers’ markets, tapping into BC’s growing tourism economy is hugely important.

“A huge portion of farmers’ markets rely on tourism dollars, but sometimes visitors don’t know where to go,” says Forest McCormack, owner of McCormack Farms, a ‘century farm’ located in West Kootenay region. “With the trail, people now have the ability to plan their vacation around what markets are in the area.”

Key drivers for the launch of the website highlighting the unique food and farm offerings of various British Columbia regions, is for the public to gain insight into where food comes from and how it is produced while appreciating local environmental and regional influences. Additionally, with the growing trend surrounding farm-to-table and in-season products, shopping at farmers’ markets is increasingly becoming an important part of weekly grocery shopping routines.

“Buying local not only tastes good, but it feels good – you can put a face to your food,” says McCormack. “I run an open-door policy at our farm, so people can come see where their food is produced, there are no closed doors.”

Although some may mourn the end of summer, autumn brings harvest season, meaning plenty of fresh, hearty produce to go around, with many farmers’ markets open well into the fall if not year-round. For the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin region, a great variety of foods continue to be in season for September, including blackberries, apples, corn and much more.

The BCAFM anticipates that farmers’ markets in all regions of the province will be highlighted over the next two years, in line with ongoing marketing campaigns and support from regional tourism marketing organizations and Destination BC.

To explore the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin farmers’ markets on the BC Farmers’ Market Trail visit www.bcfarmersmarkettrail.com/region/kootenay-rockies-columbia-basin.

About BC Association Farmers’ Markets

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is a non-profit organization committed to developing and strengthening the capacity of farmers’ markets in all regions of British Columbia. The BCAFM educates, engages and inspires people to create a vibrant farming sector in BC, one that nourishes and supports BC’s natural environment and communities. To learn more about the BCAFM and membership, people may visit www.bcfarmersmarket.org. To explore 145 BC farmers’ markets across the province, go towww.bcfarmersmarkettrail.com.

Instagram: @BCFarmersMarket

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCAFM Twitter: @BCFarmersMarket

Media contacts:

Jenna Hickman, Beattie Tartan: 250-592-3838 or jenna.hickman@onlybeattie.comGeorgia Stanley, BCAFM: 604-734-9797 or georgia@bcfarmersmarket.org