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FEEDING YOUR FAMILY Interior Health project emphasizes local produce

Interior Health residents are getting the message – locally grown food is better for your health, the environment and the local economy. But, now that winter is here, can we still eat locally? An Interior Health pro- ject in the Kootenays proves the answer is yes. The Community Food Action Initiative teamed up with the

Kootenay Local Agricultural Society to purchase four com- mercial-sized food dehydrators. Residents of Castlegar, Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver and Nakusp can loan the machines for $8 a day. “Food preservation skills were once absolutely necessary in order to ensure food was avail- able all year long,” said Rose

Soneff, Community Nutritionist with Interior Health’s Food Security and Community Nutrition program. “CFAI funds are helping resurrect these lost and forgotten skills.” "The Kaslo Food Hub used the dehydrators to produce val- ue-added products and raise funds for their programs,” said KLAS administrator Nette Lack.

“Produce donations provided

over the summer from a local distributor were used to make products such as garlic zucchi- ni chips and apple rings which were then sold as a fundraiser.” The Cranbrook Food Action Committee produced a local food guide and held “learn to preserve”workshops designed to demystify food preservation.

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