Last week, the BC government announced support for a new food hub in the Creston Valley. This is an exciting announcement for both the Creston Valley and the Central Kootenay region that will bring increased opportunities for farmers and food producers as well as strengthen food security in the Kootenays.
According to the province’s press release, the B.C. government, in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Fields Forward, is investing up to $500,000 to purchase food-processing equipment and cover other startup costs. The hub will help small- and medium-scaled businesses access shared food and beverage processing space and equipment to increase their production and sales and reach new markets.
“The Creston Valley is known for its thriving agricultural sector that produces a wide variety of crops and products that are highly valued throughout the Central Kootenay”, commented Council Executive Director, Abra Brynne. “Having access to community-based equipment and facilities as well as distribution and sales support will allow farmers and food producers to strengthen their business, create value added products, and reach new markets. This food hub will contribute significantly to improving the local economy and increasing food security across the region.”
The establishment of this food hub would not have been possible without the hard work of Council Member, Elizabeth Quinn, whose leadership of Fields Forward helped secure the funding for this initiative.