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his year’s Feast of Fields Okanagan, the annual fund- raising event for FarmFolk/


CityFolk, is being held at Van Westen Vineyards and Orchards in Naramata. It’s the third year for an Okanagan version of the feast, which is essentially a 35-or-so-course, wandering outdoor harvest meal to taste-test what local chefs, winemakers, brewers, ranchers, farmers and food artisans can do. The idea is to link farmers’ fields to what consumers feature on their tables, a link that’s often lost in today’s cities. Last year’s feast was at Brock Farm in Okanagan Falls. The Feast of Fields will be held Sunday, August 21, 1 to 5 p.m. Participants receive a linen napkin and a wineglass when they arrive and they’re invited to browse the booths, eating and drinking, while enjoying live entertainment... And speaking of good things to eat — when she is not writing about agriculture, the environment and related subjects (and winning awards for


same), our own Judie Steeves spends a lot of time in the kitchen, to the point where she has amassed a veritable mountain of recipes. These have appeared in a regular column she writes for several publications. Her favourites have been compiled for a just-published book, Jude’s Kitchen. She describes the contents thusly: “From the coast of British Columbia to the wilds of the Cariboo and the orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan. A collection of 200 recipes, including adaptations of traditional dishes from family and friends, with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients, in season to produce nutritious, simple good food all year long.” It’s available at many bookstores, or you can check her website at


www.judiesteeves.com/cookbook.html Congratulations to all the winners of this spring’s Best of Varietal Wine Awards, particularly Sandhill’s Howard Soon, who did particularly well. It’s nice to see so many small wineries picking up awards in a contest that’s judged by their peers.


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includes most public and First Nations schools. Enrolled schools receive delivery of fruits or vegetables once every two weeks 13 times during the school year. Apples, blueberries, carrots and mini cucumbers are among the many products provides by 11 different suppliers,


A booth at last year’s Feast of Fields.


That bodes well for the industry’s future...


Robbie Dawson of Cawston has joined the board of directors of the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C., representing the tree fruit and grape sectors. He replaces Don Claridge in that role... Starting in September, more children will have access to fresh B.C.-grown snacks, thanks to a $3-million expansion of the province's School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program. Created in partnership with the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, and Education, the program is led by the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. Through the 2012-13 school year, it will expand from the current 1,172 schools to 1,402, which


representing more than 400 B.C. growers. Produce is distributed by the Overwaitea Food Group, Saputo Dairy Products Canada, Dynamex Couriers, Bayview Market and Papason Trucking Ltd--...


For the record


An article in the Spring issue of B.C. Fruit Growerabout the B.C. Wine Grape Council’s sustainable winegrowing program stated that funding for the project has been provided through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program. This is not the case. The project is funded by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. through the former federal-provincial Safety Nets framework, with additional funding support from the Agri-Food Futures Fund, Agricultural Environment and Wildlife Program (a federal-provincial trust).


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