Well we’re back from our day in Creston visiting the farms and farmers who are growing the grain for the Creston Grain CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, you can find out more about this pilot program of 200 shares in this previous post).
Below are some photos from the day and a video of Roy Lawrence talking to some of the CSA members about why he decided to take on the challenge of growing organic grains for the small number of local consumers.
People who’ve asked us why we joined are often surprised by their own lack of knowledge of farming in the region, and that there are farmers out there who want to find ways to connect with community and provide the food that locals want. This is a core part of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and giving farmers a fair go.
We had an excellent lunch at a park near one of the farms, heard some of the history of grain growing in the Creston Valley region, and met some great people. A big thanks to the West Kootenay Eco Society, Wildsight, and the Creston Valley Food Action Coalition. Also a big thanks to Columbia Basin Trust for supporting this project.
This project is in it’s first year, and if successful, will likely be expanding over the coming years with more shares and more acres of grain. Stay tuned for more information this winter. I’ll also update on the blog when harvest time comes.