Soil Mate Family Picnic

Author: Matt Gomez  •  Date: October 28, 2015  •  Appears in: Community, Farmers, News

Soil Mate Family Picnic

Sunday, October 18th, 2015, saw the first Soil Mate Family Picnic held at Eastwood Organics Farm in Kelowna. An overcast but dry day saw a couple of hundred adults and children join us to celebrate the harvest and our local farmers. We are so grateful to Jim and Lorena for opening their farm up to us and our guests.

Our guests enjoyed a variety of workshops, activities and music. Megan Purnell showed people ‘How to spend less on the things you are already buying, Linda Trepanier gave us the ‘Beginners guide to Canning’ and Selena De Vries taught everyone ‘How to become a sugar savvy consumer’. Our guests really enjoyed the workshops.

Through the event we had continuous music from three bands; Rockin Ruthie and Cipes Family Band, Farmer and OK Sister. All bands were great, and fit the vibe of the event with many food and health related songs. 8 year old Rockin Ruthie was a particular success as she took stints leading the Cipes Family Band.

For the kids there was a bouncy castle, and a variety of games and activities. The parachutes and wagons seeming to be particular favorites. The tree house and play structures were heavily used also. In line with it being held on a working farm, chickens were free roaming and it provided not only a good feeling to the event, but also some entertainment as some tried to catch them (unsuccessfully).

Amazing food tastings were served by One Big Table, showing and promoting some local products. Thank you to Little Creek Dressings and 2 Dogs Orchards for the donated products.

There was a small selection of info displays too, with a presence from the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council, OGO Car Share and Farm Bag Fundraiser.

The event had no entrance fee and was open to the entire community. We requested entry with donations to the food bank and collected both food and cash donations, which have gone to the Central Okanagan Food Bank, via Feed the Valley.

Aside from our main sponsor, Valley First, we also received sponsorship from Central Okanagan Community Futures, Economic Development Commission, the City of Kelowna and volunteer support from Enactus Okanagan College.

Below are some pictures from the event.

Matt Gomez


Matt is the founder of Soil Mate. Driven by a desire to feed his young family real, whole and local food, Matt found there were no convenient ways to source all his local products, so left his career in online marketing and strategy to start Soil Mate.
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