Young Agrarians bring ferment and feast event to Castlegar

Community members are invited to join for all or part of the event on Sunday.

Curious about fermentation, traditional farming methods, and community building?

Join Young Agrarians on Sunday at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar for a fermentation workshop, museum tour, roundtable discussion, and community potluck.

This event will provide an opportunity to both long-time residents and those new to the area to familiarize themselves with the past, present and future of food and farming in the community.

Leeza Zurwick of Happy Gut and fermenting enthusiast Jess Bowman will kick off the afternoon with a workshop on fermented food and beverages that help to preserve local food through the winter and improve gut health, among many other benefits.

A guided tour of the Doukhobor Museum will take participants back in time to learn about the rich food and farming history in the Castlegar area. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how the Doukhobor culture shaped local food systems in an interactive setting.

Officially opened in 1971, the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society has continued to maintain and expand the Doukhobor Discovery Centre for more than 45 years. Over the years it has evolved from its modest beginnings as a Doukhobor communal village into a burgeoning cultural and educational heritage site that attracts thousands of visitors annually.

During the roundtable and potluck, representatives from several important community food organizations will share about the future of food in the area. There will be opportunities to ask questions, engage in conversation, and learn about opportunities to get involved.

Community members are invited to join for all or part of the event. The fermentation workshop is sold out, but the rest of the afternoon’s activities are open on a drop-in basis. The museum tour starts at 4 p.m., roundtable discussion at 5 p.m., and the potluck from 6 until 8 p.m. The event is free, though donations to support 2019 programming are welcome.

Young Agrarians is a grassroots farmer to farmer resource network. Since 2012, Young Agrarians has offered programs that support new and young farmers with limited access to resources as they make the journey into ecological agriculture in Canada.

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