It’s been a good weekend here in the Kootenays. Hot. Castlegar opened the new Spirit Square and City Hall with a fine celebration, I picked a bunch of super juicy apples from random abandoned orchards around town, then I took a ride down the Slocan River in a tube as the sun set over the mountains. Today I had a traditional Doukhabor lunch at a friend’s parents house in Shoreacres as we discussed the old days of growing wheat in this valley, and the lost art of self sustaining gardening/farming.

Summer is truly about getting out and enjoying wherever you live. Out on the water, on a farm, or in the community, these interactions and activities give clarity to the region and community we live in. If things are going to change due to Climate Change or Peak Oil, these bonds and the great moments we can have in community will strengthen as life becomes simpler by necessity, and possibly harsher, if technology can’t provide the answers to replace the massive amounts of energy that support our diet and lifestyles.


Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.