h’OMgrown Fest isn’t about selling yoga pants, but creating mind space and an even greater food culture in the Pemberton Valley (and the universe)

The Things I Love about Pemberton list gets longer and longer every year, but the entry that is written in ALL CAPS and underlined 6 times right now is THE PEOPLE. I love discovering that the always smiling face of my server at my favourite restaurant belongs to a wise dynamic energetic woman who is … Continue reading

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Q+A with Lone Goat Soap

It was an instagram shot of freshly harvested bunches of lavender drying in the early summer light that got me. I had to know more about this local soap-crafter who was cooking up soaps with edible organic fresh ingredients. Meet Lone Goat Soap.  1. Who are you? Where are you based? My name is Victoria. I … Continue reading

Bring on the Barn Raisers, May 12-24

I’m kind of the opposite of Martha Stewart. So when Niki Vankerk began posting facebook requests for tasty treats to fuel the 50 volunteer timber framers who are landing in Pemberton on Monday, 12 May, to raise us a barn, I ignored her first two posts. I figured Pemberton is full of people more qualified … Continue reading

Bandit Farms: A Little Farm with a Big Heart

My 2013 Slow Food Cycle experience was pretty much the opposite of a Slow Cycle. I had a 5 month old baby and hadn’t hooked up the bike trailer or got my shizzle together in general, but my fella threw my bike in the car after the baby’s mid-morning feed and said, “I’ve got the … Continue reading

Small Town Time Machine: Q+A with the Pemberton Museum

Just because they’re not open during the winter months doesn’t mean you can’t get a little winter time-travelling done, thanks to a recent digitisation project undertaken by the Pemberton & District Museum. Heritage Canada’s Museum Assistance Program provided funding for the museum to assess, move, photograph and audit close to 500 items from the Equipment … Continue reading

Rethink What You Drink, with Namasthé Tea

I went to school with a girl whose parents were missionaries in Bangladesh. Whatever you might think of their faith or sense of mission, they were undoubtedly people who acted upon their convictions. But it was their beverage cupboard that impressed me most. They were so upset, Jo told me, by the inequities perpetrated in … Continue reading

Local Champions Wanted: Winds of Change Recognition Awards Seeks Nominees

Inspired by the current call for nominees for the 4th annual Winds of Change Recognition Awards, we asked Chair Sheldon Tetreault to give us the low-down on how a Drug and Alcohol harm reduction Task Force became the region’s biggest champions for wellness. For more background on the Winds of Change, check out last year’s … Continue reading

Blueberries: Q+A with Hare’s Family Farm

I doubt that there’s anything more exciting than the first harvest of berries, come summer. Except, maybe, the discovery that a young family have decided to throw everything into starting a farm to grow organic berries as a full-time commercial operation just around the corner from you. For some reason, those kind of revelations make … Continue reading

Introducing Pemberton’s new Strawberry Farmers at Camel’s Back Harvest

Last year, when I heard that the McEwans were retiring from the strawberry farming business, I was devastated. Where was I going to source my berries? Luckily, Allen and Tonette, after 20 years in business, weren’t going to leave their customer base out to dry. They had a succession plan – and were passing the … Continue reading

Where Good Things Grow: the Pemberton Creek Community Garden

The Pemberton Creek Community Garden is a volunteer led, organic community garden located on public land in Pemberton near the Pemberton Creek bridge accessing One Mile Lake Park. The garden began in 2006 as a Village of Pemberton initiative with a mere 14 plots, but thanks to keen volunteers like Lisa Griffith and Shane Pedrini, … Continue reading