Kootenay Region Association for Community Living (KRACL) is a non-profit charity in Creston which recognizes and supports the rights of all persons to a quality life in the community. They provide independent-living housing for low-income persons with disabilities. Spectrum Farms is a social enterprise project of KRACL and their mission is to operate a small farm in order to provide meaningful employment and learning opportunities for persons with disabilities, while also helping to fund KRACL’s housing project. They also sell dehydrated soups and fruits and freeze-dried berries at the Co-op and they’re delicious!
KRACL accepts donations and appreciates your community support!
“We are a charity and accept tax deductible donations to support our farming operations. We do not receive government support for our operating expenses and all our employees are paid from the sale of our products.”
What do you grow and make?
We grow most fresh garden vegetables and most soft fruits and we dehydrate fruits and soup mixes made from our own products. We also have raw and processed wool, lamb meat and free-range eggs.
You’ve been developing this program for 5 years now. What motivated you to start?
The need of persons with disabilities to find supportive paid employment to enhance their self-worth and standards of living and the need for low-cost housing.
It’s such important work. What are some of your greatest joys?
Helping our employees succeed in their jobs.
What are some of your greatest challenges?
The cost of supervision in our various social enterprises is a challenge. So is gardening within the best farm practices principles.
What’s your vision for your business?
To continue to develop our property to benefit persons with disabilities.
Why is local purchasing important to you?
All of our food is sold locally through Farmers Markets, our own store on-site and now the Kootenay Co-op is our first distribution customer in Nelson!
If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members, what would it be?
We supplement our operations with about 20 volunteers and we work very hard to both fulfill our mission and to provide long term food security to the Kootenays. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, please visit our website!