It’s been a hot minute since we’ve popped into your inbox. We’ve been busy dreaming up new ways to serve our community. And while we were dreaming, we did a little research on the food industry’s newest buzzword – Regenerative Agriculture or “Regen Ag”. We’re not experts by any means… but we can recommend some great resources so you can learn about Regenerative Agriculture on your own.
Regenerative Agriculture is modelled around the principles of restoring nutrients to our soils, improving our water cycles and enhancing biodiversity in our ecosystem. Regeneration Canada has been the most useful resource we’ve found and their blog is filled with engaging content.
New Zealand appears to be leading the charge in most things sustainable and humane. Last week the New Zealand Herald released an article with strategic and measured framework on what regenerative agriculture is and how it can be implemented. Check it out here. And if you’re looking for ways to source food grown following the principles of Regen Ag, you can check out our buds at YYC Growers and their CSA boxes.
Gardening Season is right around the corner! This weekend our friends at Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farms release their seeds online. Make sure you check them out.
Wineries following Regen Ag practices worth checking out
Throughout our careers in restaurants, we’ve noticed that there is a disconnect between sourcing sustainable food and then selecting a wine. The focus always seems to be on where our food comes from. As consumers we often forget that wine is made from grapes, an agricultural product no different than our food. And as such, we should apply the same ethos when purchasing a bottle of wine as we would our dairy, eggs, meat or produce.
Here’s a handful of our favourite wineries making bangin’ wines, following sustainable practices. And if you want to learn more about any of these wineries, you can always contact us to plan a wine tasting!
Bella Wines, Okanagan, BC – Check out Jay and the folks at Bella for sparkling wine and follow their social media for farm updates.
Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery, Annapolis Valley, NS – Their Riesling and Chardonnay are out of this world.
Daydreamer Wines, Okanagan Valley, BC – Their Syrah and Rhone styled wines are incredible but you could grab a bottle of anything from this winery and be pleased.
Sperling Vineyards, Okanagan Valley, BC – Ann Sperling is the authority on organic wine production in Canada and her wines are quaffable and affordable.
Covert Farms, Oliver, BC – Hit up this family farm for ripe, full bodied reds.