Earth Month : Spotlight on the West Kootenay Ecosociety


The hardworking staff and volunteers at the West Kootenay EcoSociety have been dedicated to environmental and community sustainability since their inception in 1994. Over that time they’ve been at the centre of many of the region’s most important environmental initiatives. In 2001, they were awarded the contract from the city of Nelson to run the Cottonwood Farmers’ and Artisans market and started a Wednesday downtown market. Since then, they have been at the forefront of social enterprise in our community, alongside their many non-profit initiatives.

We are pleased to award our April Community Donation Day to the West Kootenay Ecosociety! During the month of April, you’ll find them in our covered area for their annual membership drive. If you aren’t a member of the EcoSociety, we hope you consider it!  For more information about the West Kootenay EcoSociety, visit

Fast Facts about the EcoSociety

Founded 1994
Currently run both Saturday and Wednesday farmers’ markets
Run the Friday Night Artisans Markets in the summer. 2015 Dates: June 26, July 24, August 21.
Run the Christmas Faire, Garden Festival & Seedy Saturday
Provide seasonal daily nature programs at the Kokanee Park Visitors Centre and oversee facility rentals.
Lobby and network with other groups to preserve wilderness areas like mountain caribou habitat, the Incommapleaux River and support Jumbo Wild
Produce the weekly radio talk show ‘EcoCentric’ on Kootenay Co-op Radio (93.5 fm). Airs Tuesday at 12 noon and Sunday at 9am.