Monte Creek Ranch Winery Sustainability Efforts
Here at Monte Creek Ranch Winery, we strive to be better and better for the wildlife, environment and climate we all live in/with. Big and or small changes are happening yearly to continue to lead us in a sustainable, eco friendly and good for the environment company. 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 a list of certifications the Winery has received and other sustainability plans such as permaculture and zero waste.
Salmon Safe Certified
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. And we are actually 1 of only 2 BC Wineries whom are certified. Salmon-Safe for winegrowing 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.
Certified and Recognized as a Biosphere Committed Entity
Biosphere is a Sustainable Tourism System certified by the Responsible Tourism Institute, an international certification body that maintains an Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO, is affiliated to the World Tourism Organization, and is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The system is aligned with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris COP21 Accord to Fight Climate Change. Learn more about Biosphere here
Permaculture: The Natural Way to Farm
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.
Here at Monte Creek Ranch Winery, 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.
These be berries are part of the Blue Honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea) family. They are very high in antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent a number of conditions, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
Though the Haskap is native to more northern climes than British Columbia, it is well adapted to our local climate, producing fat, delicious berries as early as mid-June. Haskap berries are excellent eaten fresh, but also make superb pies, jam, ice cream, yogurt, sauces, and of course wine! You can find our Haskap Wine in the Wine Shop.
All Natural Honey
Our farm is home to a whole lot of insects – some of whom we’d even consider pets. Our Honey Bees are diligent workers, producing as much as 400 litres of honey every year. Our honey is all natural, hand packaged, and unpasteurized so you get the full flavour and all of the healthy, live enzymes that make honey so good for you.
To make honey, our bees need to feed on nectar. When the bees locate an area rich in nectar, they do a ‘bee dance’ to show the other bees where the nectar can be found. Lucky for them, we’ve placed two acres of Haskap berries loaded with flowers right next to them.This works great for the bees as they feed on the readily available source of nectar, and just as great for the Haskap berries as the bees pollinate the different varieties. It’s all a part of a popular sustainability philosophy around here – that of permaculture. Monte Creek Winery Honey can be found in the Wine Shop.
Vineyard Chicken Tractors
Simply put, a chicken tractor is a mobile home much like a caravan, or trailer, which contains everything our chickens need in their house. These coops on wheels give our chickens constant access to fresh food, while fertilizing the soil and controlling pests. The idea is to move the chicken tractors across our vineyard every day, or every few days, so our flock constantly has fresh vegetation to forage in. As we move the tractor around, the chickens leave their nitrogen and phosphorus rick manure behind them. What a great method to increase sustainability!
When they lay eggs, our team members get to take them home! Yum! Farm (Vineyard) fresh eggs.
Zero Waste Winery Goals
We are also trying to minimize our corporate footprint as much as we can each year. So far we have been able to incorporate the following, but also have many more plans ahead to tackle in this section:
- We are working towards removing all Plastic Bags and replacing with Paper Bags
- Packaging has been heavily removed and or minimized to biodegradable materials for our shipments.
- We are working with our suppliers who sell items in the Winery to also carry Zero Waste products/ packaging.
Here’s how you can help the environment with small Zero Waste steps, click here to learn more.