Friday’s announcement caps years of planning by policy planners and food growers across the Boundary. File photo

Friday’s announcement caps years of planning by policy planners and food growers across the Boundary. File photo

Boundary food hub to go ahead as province kicks in $750,000

The hub’s Rock Creek and Greenwood operations are designed to restore “food sovereignty,” says policy planner

The provincial government announced on Friday, Feb. 19, it will be investing around $750,000 toward a food hub across the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB).

Friday’s announcement follows two years of planning between a host of regional stakeholders the Ministry of Agriculture, according to interim food hub manager, Sandy Mark, who shepherded much of the initiative.

READ MORE: West Boundary food hub looking for new funding

The object of the hub is to restore area “food sovereignty,” which Mark stressed was especially vital amid disruptions to national supply chains amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the hub envisions a new meat-processing facility at Rock Creek’s Riverside Centre, plus a commercial bakery and food-testing lab to be run out of Greenwood’s Barbara Diane Colin Memorial Ball Park.

The Riverside Centre in Rock Creek is pictured here in November 2019, when the building was nearing completion. Photo: Jensen Edwards

The Riverside Centre in Rock Creek is pictured here in November 2019, when the building was nearing completion. Photo: Jensen Edwards

Mark said the Rock Creek facility could come online as early as this fall, adding that it will boast “value-added” amenities like meat-smoking, brining and sausage-making to be managed by Magnum Meats. The Greenwood bakery and testing lab will be set up and monitored by its corporate sponsor, Food Metrics Laboratories, which Mark said runs a community food lab in Courtenay, B.C.

The bakery will feature a special oven funded by the province which Mark said will be able to bake 500 pies (fruit or meat) per hour. The neighbouring food lab will test meat and dairy products and other high-risk food stuffs according to international safety standards, allowing local producers to sell their wares in commercial markets, Mark said.

The food hub will meanwhile offer business advice to small and medium-scale food producers under the auspices of the Boundary Community Ventures Association, a non-profit initiative headed by RDKB board member for Area ‘C’, Grace McGregor.



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