Evergreens Farm

Coming soon to the EcoGarden – Spring 2024!
– a Wildsight Elk Valley social enterprise

 

For more information please email evergreens@wildsight.ca or phone: 250.423.3322 to learn more.

 

 

 

We will be utilizing a ColdAcre Food Systems unit built in Whitehorse, Yukon.



 

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FAQs

Where are we located? We grow hydroponically in a structure located at the Community EcoGarden in Fernie BC. We seed, grow, harvest, package, and deliver produce grown in the structure to ensure and maintain cleanliness and freshness.

When will Evergreens start growing? The expected start date is spring 2024

What is hydroponic? Hydroponic farming happens indoors without soil, with the plants obtaining their nutrition from the water their roots sit in and energy from powerful LED lights.

Do we use pesticides? Nope! We are proud to say that we don’t use any form of pesticide or herbicide on our produce. Also, our indoor controlled environment allows for no exposure to pests and outside additives.

Where can you buy our greens? TBD

Do we use plastic packaging? We use compostable plastic bags to package our leafy greens and ensure they are fresh and delicious when they get to you. We continue to search to find the best packaging for our produce and our planet. 

What produce we currently grow? TBD

How do we grow year-round? Our farmers can control the environment inside our indoor grow area so we’re able to grow year-round, no matter the weather. Snow or shine – we’ve got fresh greens always!

How do we give back to the community? A portion of all produce grown will be donated back to community organizations that support at-risk community members – including the food bank, aged care, and schools. 

Can I volunteer to help? Definitely! We will have volunteer shifts available to help grow, harvest, and package the leafy greens each week. Be sure to follow the Wildsight Elk Valley eblast, Facebook and Instagram pages for the inside scoop. 

 

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News Release January 17, 2024 – PacifiCan

Minister MacAulay announces nearly $10 million in funding to strengthen local food security

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

From coast to coast, food banks and community organizations provide vital support and services to address local food security needs and increase access to healthy food.

Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener–Conestoga, visited the Wilmot Family Resource Centre to announce up to $9.98 million in funding through the fifth phase of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF).

This funding will support up to 192 new community-led projects across the country through investments in equipment and infrastructure needs to help improve the accessibility of nutritious, local food.

LFIF is a key component of the first-ever Food Policy for Canada and central to efforts to build a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. Since it first launched in August 2019, LFIF has committed $64.8 million to support over 1,100 projects to improve food security across Canada, including community gardens and kitchens, refrigerated trucks and storage units for donated food, and greenhouses in remote and Northern communities.

The Government is working to provide relief to Canadians struggling with the increased cost of living. Through the introduction of Bill C-56, the Affordable Housing and Groceries Act, and efforts outlined in the 2023 Fall Economic Statement, the Government will continue to support Canadian families and stabilize food prices. 

Wildsight Elk Valley Branch will receive up to $102,598 to purchase an electric vehicle with charging infrastructure, a refrigeration unit for the vehicle, and food storage containers. This project will allow the community to increase its distribution capacities for its year-round food production.

 

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From Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine – Winter 2022

 

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News Release December 8, 2022  – PacifiCan

East Kootenay communities receive over $2 million in funding to revitalize public spaces and enhance tourism experiences

From: Pacific Economic Development Canada

The Government of Canada is making investments across British Columbia to refresh community spaces, attract new visitors, and stimulate local economies

Safe and inclusive public spaces and dynamic tourism attractions are key to vibrant communities. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, in turn supporting businesses and boosting economic vitality. Throughout the East Kootenays and across British Columbia’s Southern Interior, communities are ready to welcome residents and visitors alike to enjoy new and improved public spaces and tourism experiences.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $2 million in PacifiCan funding for ten projects throughout the East Kootenays. This includes almost $1.5 million for five projects funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and over $550,000 for five projects funded through the Tourism Relief Fund.

PacifiCan is the federal economic development agency dedicated to British Columbians. PacifiCan works with partners who are building innovative businesses, creating quality jobs, and supporting inclusive growth throughout British Columbia.

“These investments demonstrate how the Government of Canada is helping to boost economic development in communities across British Columbia. We are here to support small- and medium-sized businesses on the road to recovery. Investing in shared public spaces and tourism experiences will bring communities together.” – The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

Wildsight Elk Valley is receiving $252,000 in funding through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund to construct a Hydroponic Container Farm, which will allow produce to be grown year-round at the Fernie Community EcoGarden. Upgrading existing infrastructure and building new public assets will mean British Columbians will have better access to recreational programs and facilities; these projects will grow economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve community wellness. 

 

 

Elk Valley News

Position: Retail Coordinators – Local Store Deadline to apply: January 22nd, 2024 Compensation: $18-21/hour  Scope: Part-time. Flexible. 8-20 hours/week Number…Read More 
Position: Branch Administrator - Wildsight Elk Valley Branch Deadline to apply: December 5th, 2023 Compensation: $20-22/hour  Scope: Part-time – 8 hours/week Target…Read More 
Position: Lead Grower – Evergreens Farm Deadline to apply: November 4th, 2023 Compensation: $20-25/hour Scope: Part-time – 20+ hours/week Target Start…Read More 
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Contact

632 2nd Ave
PO Box 537,
Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
Phone: 250.423.3322
elkvalley@wildsight.ca