Raised on a farm and with an Honours Degree in the humanities, Kris Vester is a committed proponent of sustainable food systems that are accessible to all, regardless of their socio-economic status. As the current President of Slow Food Calgary, Kris is actively participating in the creation of a resilient local food system by building strong relationships between producers, suppliers, chefs, and consumers and by taking every opportunity to educate young and old alike about the complex issues surrounding food.
A vibrant poly-culture certified biodynamic by Demeter Canada and organic by Ecocert, Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farms is 160 acres of cereal grains, forage crops, native pasture, vegetable, herb and flower gardens. The farm family includes pigs and poultry raised for both egg production and meat. Kris, his wife Tamara, and their 7 seasonal employees not only sow and harvest farm bounty, they also grow and process their own feed, save and sell their own seed, build soil fertility with an extensive composting process and are actively engaged in educating a new generation of young farmers through their involvement in apprenticeship programs. The farm’s products are available through their Community Supported Agriculture program, at their booth at the Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE, through SPUD, The Organic Box, Sunnyside Market, Bite and are on the menu at select restaurants such as The River Café, Hayloft and the Coup.