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Eating Local at an Urban Farm: FarmFolk CityFolk's Feast of Fields
To celebrate local talents of chefs, vintners and farmers FarmFolk CityFolk, a not for profit organization, held their annual Okanagan Feast of Fields event at Little Church Organics which was a sold out event. Little Church Organics is an urban farm in between the city and rural land of Kelowna where Father Pandosy (1824-1891) lived much of his life in Canada and was eventually buried on site along with 51 other missionaries. Pandosy is accredited with planting the first fruit trees in the area. The miniature church on the property is a replica of what stood there before. FarmFolk CityFolk’s holds the Feast of Fields event each year in a different location and hosts events in Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island if you don’t find yourself in the Okanagan next year. Their goal is to help create community-based sustainable food systems that promote the interaction, appreciation and support between city folks and farm folks helping farms big and small stay protected. The Feast of Fields event is an intermingling of the two folks where city dwellers can meet the local farmers who provide their food, wine, beer and spirits. With 30 restaurants, bakeries, fish and cheesemongers paired with 30 wineries, breweries, tea growers and spirit producers attendees meander around the farm property from tent to tent with a wine glass and a napkin in hand sampling as much as they can in 4 hours.
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Little Church Organics: An Urban Farm with History
Venice has its San Marco and St. Geneviève watches over Paris and the Okanagan also has its own patron saint known as Father Pandosy, (1824-1891) a Marseilles born missionary sent to North America at the age of 23. Pandosy, during the mid to late 1800′s, planted the first fruit trees and established the first white settlement in the area suited with a church. The contemporary Okanagan food and wine culture owes its origins to Father Pandosy who created an Eden fitted with orchards. Today this Eden has boomed to become a prosperous wine country and has created a food culture that takes farm to table more seriously than just a trend in the food industry – it is a way of life that the Okanagan has been living since Pandosy planted the first seeds and the First Nations Syilx peoples have called the Okanagan home. To celebrate local talents of chefs, vintners and farmers FarmFolk CityFolk, a not for profit organization, held their annual Okanagan Feast of Fields event at Little Church Organics on August 18th, 2013, which was a sold out event. Little Church Organics is an urban farm in between the city and rural land of Kelowna where Pandosy lived much of his life in Canada and was eventually buried on site along with 51 other missionaries. The miniature church on the property is a replica of what stood there before. Next year the FarmFolk CityFolk's Feast of Fields event will take place elsewhere in the Okanagan but stop by Little Church Organics for fresh produce & farm tours.
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