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Pedal Powered Urban Farming – Green City Acres

Green City Acres is a pedal powered urban farming/edible landscaping company dedicated to sustainable food production. They utilize back yards and urban spaces to grow organic produce for local distribution. Possibly a first in the Okanagan, they use their bikes and trailers for all farming operations including farm maintenance, transportation of crops, restaurant deliveries, weekly farmers markets, and moving of a 300 lb. rototiller. Their mission? To foster environmental and social change through the production of local organic food, with minimal use of fossil fuels, and to help, teach, and empower people to start growing their own.

Own a local restaurant? They mention they’re still looking to supply a few more restaurants for this season and along with your weekly produce orders, they offer a free compost pick-up/drop-off service. All your kitchen vegetable scraps will be composted on their farm sites to be eventually used as soil amendments for future crops. More about the composting program here.

You can find Green City Acres at the Kelowna farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday. For more information about Green City Acres, including the varieties of produce available, how to see a garden in your space, and how to contact them for supplying your restaurant, please visit GreenCityAcres.com or follow them on Facebook.

Passeport Clothing Co. Downtown

Shopping in Kelowna is going somewhere. If Passeport (easily my favorite shop in town) is any indication of the direction we can take, I’m excited. As a male, shopping in a smaller town can be difficult. Guys are getting more into style these days and more stores are opening up catering to them, but when (most of the time) one describes their style as minimal (such as I claim to) I’m still confining myself to a smaller subset of shops. I like structured and fitted clothing in simple colours a lot of the time. European cuts are great and I know I’ll find something awesome with each visit. Kelowna has a lot of options for all types of people, but for me who doesn’t want to so much flash, Passeport is a haven for cardigans, shorts, t-shirts and glasses. And denim.

Denim is a guy’s best friend and Passeport carries my favorite brand, Nudies. I still remember the first pair of Nudies I purchased in ’06, the year I began my love affair with them… the only problem was the only place I could get them was Vancouver—no offense Van, love you—but I was always hoping for a place closer to home. Taken from the Nudie website, “We love jeans, a passion we share with everyone who mourns a pair of worn out jeans as a close friend. Jeans share the same soul and attitude as music. The inspiration springs from the same dreams. As a true jeans brand we are not looking for the short-term trends. The inspiration is far from glamour and catwalks. The collection is tight, like a rock band, reflecting the feeling of everyday life.” Brilliant.

Now, Passeport has relocated to a higher traffic, central location at 219 Bernard Avenue with new owner Hannah Frey (and her adorable puppy). When I’m in a bad mood, a visit to Hannah and the gang along with a little retail therapy always goes a long way.

“The indigo is a living colour that fades and gives the denim its character. The more you wear your jeans the more beautiful they get. Jeans are more than just a piece of clothing.” Kelowna is more than just a town.