Kootenay Local Agricultural Society is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to strengthening sustainable agriculture in our region of the Kootenays in British Columbia, Canada.
We believe everyone has a right to healthy, delicious food, produced locally with environmentally and socially responsible methods.
The Kootenay Mountain Grown certification process uses strict guidelines and peer-to-peer inspections to ensure that "KMG" food is grown according to the principles of ecological, regenerative agriculture. Look for the KMG label at The Kootenay Co-op in Nelson, in Endless Harvest deliveries, and in other markets and farmers' markets in the region.
NEW! Non-members can now rent tools. (Members receive lower rates.)
We also own and operate a unique Tool Library of high quality agricultural equipment geared to small-scale, diverse farms. Costly and uncommon, such high-end tools are often beyond the budgets of most growers, particularly if they are only needed for a few days each year. But as rentals they're worth their weight in gold. Rentals are available to members only.
Members are our society's bedrock. Please consider taking an annual membership as one way to support your local farmers and the Kootenay economy we're building.
Members receive lower tool rental rates, have access to our members-only online resources, and to occasional newsletters on Tool Library updates, KMG Certification news, and when the board requests member feedback on pivotal decisions.
KLAS supporters—whether members or not—can also sign up to receive news about upcoming KLAS workshops and events.
KLAS was founded in 2008 by a few like-minded farmers who wanted a simple and inexpensive farmer-to-farmer certification for ecological, regenerative, "earth-friendly" agriculture, which grew into the Kootenay Mountain Grown certification system. They also recognized that this was only a small part of the picture, and a society was needed to gather ideas and funds to build knowledge, capacity, and markets for local farmers.
Through projects like the Tool Library, practical workshop series, the Growing in the Kootenays farming guides, and more, the founding members—notably Jeremy and Nette Lack, Abra Brynne, Wayne Harris, Dave Johnson, and Jade Summer—wanted to strengthen and support the entire network of local, sustainable agriculture and all the related businesses in our region. Partnerships with funding organizations such as the Columbia Basin Trust, and with local businesses such as the Kootenay Co-op, Endless Harvest, Ferraro's, and Evergreen have helped bring farmers, distributors, and consumers closer together.
Our region extends from Kaslo and the Slocan Valley, south through Nelson and Castlegar, and from Rossland and Trail across Beaver Valley to Salmo and Creston in the east.
Tool Library depots are marked with red pointers below.