Monte Creek Winery Sustainability Efforts
Sustainability is one of the core values at Monte Creek Winery. Big and small changes are happening yearly to continue to lead us in a sustainable, eco-friendly and good for the environment pathway. In other terms, we strive to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Below you will see what we have achieved and what we are continually working on:
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We completed the Fast Track to Sustainability training. This is a program run by GreenStep that walked our company through establishing baselines through various audits on our waste and energy use. This training helped us set some big goals and targets of where we want to be in the future.
We are a Salmon-Safe Certified winery here in Kamloops! Salmon-Safe works with West Coast farmers, developers, and other environmentally innovative landowners to reduce watershed impacts through rigorous third-party verified certification. Salmon-Safe for wine growing focuses on reducing vineyard runoff, water quality protection, and enhancement of native biodiversity on vineyard sites. We plan to continue to learn and grow within this certification to always ensure that we only use best practices maintainable for the environment to do our part to help restore West Coast rivers and native salmon.
We are a partner with OceanWise to ensure that ocean life will be abundant for generations to come. Monte Creek Winery promises to only sell OceanWise products in our tasting room and in our Terrace Restaurant, we also promise to support the OceanWise cause with fundraising efforts.
Certified and Recognized as a Biosphere Committed Entity
We are a Biosphere committed entity. Biosphere is a Sustainable Tourism System certified by the Responsible Tourism Institute, an international certification body that maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO, is affiliated to the World Tourism Organization, and is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The Biosphere Commitment Program has given us the training and tools to effectively continue to be committed to the well-being of our company, customers, community and environment.
We believe in and practice regenerative agriculture, a practice that includes the rehabilitation and conservation of the ecosystem. Examples of the techniques that we use to support regeneration include a compost program and using cover crop blends with Indigenous species.
The vineyards are farmed organically with permaculture in mind. Permaculture is an approach that looks at all the functions of plants and animals together, rather than treating them as a single product system. The Haskaps feed the bees, and the bees pollinate the Haskaps. The people eat the food, the scraps go to the pigs. The chickens eat the vineyard pests, the vineyard self manures.
We want to create a sustainable and low-input farm. Every aspect of our farm — including our soil, water, climate, crop, people, and even buildings — is carefully scrutinized as to how it relates to the other aspects to improve sustainability. We strive to lessen our impact on nature while maximizing working with it! The list below goes over a few permaculture practices we do here at the Winery.