Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo presents a proclamation to Jen Gamble

Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo presents a proclamation to Jen Gamble

B.C. organic farmers commended

This week, the Government of British Columbia has issued a proclamation that Sept. 20 to 28 shall be known as “Organic Week.”

For many, organic food is a staple part of their diet.

This week, the Government of British Columbia has issued a proclamation that Sept. 20 to 28 shall be known as “Organic Week.”

Organic Week promotes organic practices by raising the profile of the BC Certified Organic check mark and informing consumers about the wide range of organic products available throughout British Columbia.

“The B.C. organic industry is strong and well-represented and when we support them, we are standing up for family owned businesses that provide us with local and nutritious foods,” said B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick. “I want to congratulate the Certified Organic Associations of B.C. on their leadership in raising the profile of British Columbia’s certified organic products.”

Acting on behalf of Letnick, Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo presented the proclamation to the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) executive director of Operations Jen Gamble Saturday at the Sorrento Village Farmers Market.

The proclamation acknowledges the contribution COABC and the organic sector make to the economic and environmental well-being of British Columbia and celebrates the valuable contributions of the organic sector in providing a healthy, sustainable organic food system.

“It is a pleasure to present the Organic Week proclamation to the COABC at Shuswap’s Saturday morning gathering place, the Sorrento Village Farmers Market,” said Kyllo. “The location is perfect, with a great mix of people including both locals and tourists, all coming together to support our local farmers and artisans.”

The Sorrento Village Farmer’s Market received the 2014 BC Association of Farmers’ Market award in the small market category.

The Organic Week event in Sorrento is one of several planned over the next seven days.

A complete list of events organized throughout the province is available on the Organic Week website.

The Sorrento Farmers’ Market runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at Sorrento Shoppers Plaza to Oct. 11.