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Livelihood classes will cover whole-farm thinking, business planning, marketing, recordkeeping, and working with regulations and supports. Life Place classes will look at what it means to farm and live ‘in place’ and will teach skills and strategies for assessing, accessing, and regenerating land.


The program will aim to train new farmers not just to farm, but to farm here, in the Kootenays. Training has been designed to help students become integrated into the Kootenay food web – connected to peers, elders, and consumers. Almost twenty Kootenay farmers, food systems workers, food retailers, food services professionals, and other educators will instruct class- room components of the program. Two dozen Koote- nay farms (and counting) have agreed to host students for farm tours, project-based education, or regular on- farm learning.


Students will also gain experience through participa- tion in a market garden collaboration between Koote- nay Farm School and the Yaqan Nukiy (Lower Koo- tenay) Band of the K’tunaxa First Nation. 2014 will be the second season that the Lower Kootenay Band and COTR cooperate to grow food for the 267-person Yaqan Nukiy community. Students will take part in bringing the two-acre site into full production.


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