A lending library for culinary tools in Johnsons Landing is among the 24 local food projects being funded by the Columbia Basin Trust.
The Johnsons Landing Community Association will receive $9,235 to create the low-barrier library to help residents process and preserve locally grown and raised food.
Karen Newmoon, chair of the association, said in a statement the tools will make food production easier for younger people getting their start.
“Sharing these tools will foster a sense of community cohesion and contribute to reducing our ecological footprints, while increasing the use of seasonally abundant, locally grown foods,” she said.
The funds are part of the $852,457 Local Food Access and Recovery Grants.
Other local recipients include:
Nelson Community Food Centre: $50,000 to promote food access and recovery through its Good Food Bank.
Nelson’s Kootenay Christian Fellowship: $26,500 to expand freezer storage for its barrier-free hot lunch program.
West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op Society: $50,000 to relocate a commercial kitchen and purchase food processing equipment.
Castlegar and District Community Services Society: $40,000 to build a greenhouse and garden beds.
Kootenay Local Agricultural Society: $17,363 to expand its tool lending library.
North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society: $50,000 to expand community food programs.
Salmo Community Resource Society: $35,000 to expand the Harvest Share Program, purchase food preservation equipment and offer workshops on canning, preserving and dehydration.
W.E. Graham Community Service Society: $50,000 to enhance partnerships with local farms, stores and suppliers as well as offer food literacy workshops.