Nelson-Creston MLA to release food systems report

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On Feb. 21 at 4 p.m., Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall will be releasing the report, Kootenay Lake Food Systems. This event brings the MLA’s work on local agriculture full circle since it is being held at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce, the same venue where Mungall heard from 50 local farmers on the need to build our regional food system.

“The forum was the beginning of this whole process. So much information came out of that dialogue that it deserved a detailed look into this region’s current food network and ways to improve it,” says Mungall.

The Report was prepared by University of British Columbia Master of Arts student, Paris Marshall Smith during her internship at the MLA’s Nelson-Creston Community Office. Over the summer months, Marshall Smith met with agricultural producers and distributors throughout the Kootenay Lake region to identify the infrastructure needed to get locally grown food to local tables.

“It has been extremely gratifying to work with such an amazing group of people in the Kootenays,” says Marshall Smith, “There is a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to support local food production that really defines this region as a whole.”

Copies of the report will be available at the launch and can thereafter be downloaded from