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Partners and allies from around the Kootenays, and especially the Creston Valley, are pulling together to help support Beginner Farmer students. Thanks to contributions from local and regional government, ser- vice clubs, businesses, co-operatives, and non-profits we are closing in our goal of providing each student with a significant bursary. It is our community’s way of showing that we are ready to invest in a new kind of agriculture.

A Hunger for Local Food

The 2013 State of the Basin report included some pos- itive indicators in addition to the upsetting numbers on farm decline; extensive surveying determined that 75% of Basin residents prefer to buy local food. How- ever, currently only 5% of the food consumed in the Kootenays is grown here.

Kootenay Farm School hopes to help close that gap. In addition to the Beginner Farmer Training Program, we are offering talks and skills-building workshops year-round. We have begun carrying out research to help advance bio-regional food security and are work- ing towards applied research, including for organic sector development. 23

Horizon Distributors has supplied retailers with premium quality, organic, natural and gourmet products in the dry, chill and frozen categories. Our 5,000 SKUs provide healthy alternatives for your customers, whether they are long-time natural foods consumers, or those with special dietary needs searching for new options.

Organic, naturally. For thirty five years,

A market leader in Western Canada for decades, Horizon is the parent company of a national network of Canadian businesses distributing organic and natural foods, health and beauty aids, supplements and household products.

The Horizon Group comprises the following well-established companies, which supply more than 20,000 SKUs to 4,000 outlets across Canada:

Horizon Distributors, Burnaby, BC PSC Natural Foods, Victoria, BC Christmas Natural, Burnaby, BC Tara Natural, Burnaby, BC Organic Horizons, Guelph, ON Corwin Distribution, Concord, ON Directa Distribution, Pointe-Claire, QC 604.524.6610 | 1.800.663.1838

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