On Friday, Earth Day, friends and members of Kootenai Environmental Alliance will be celebrating at our first annual, and SOLD OUT, Earth Gala at the Hayden Lake Country Club. Not just celebrating the Earth, we will also be celebrating some great citizens who help us protect what makes North Idaho a wonderful place to live and work and play. Here is the second of two posts on our awardees.
As one of our Board members put it last month, “if Korrine Kreilkamp isn’t honored with an award this year, there’s something terribly wrong.” The Board member is right, and nothing is wrong, Korrine Kreilkamp is being honored with our first “Young Environmentalist” award for her amazing work on KEA’s Community Roots program. Started in 2007, Roots has grown into a dynamic and innovative local food movement. First, in 2007, Korrine organized the Roots Local Food Share, assisting local backyard gardeners and small farmers donate fresh produce to local food assistance facilities. Then, Korrine was instrumental in the partnership at Shared Harvest to create Coeur d’Alene’s first community garden — with a portion of the garden and a portion of the harvest going to the Community Roots local food share effort. And now, Korrine is coordinating the second growing season at Roots CSA in Dalton Gardens, the region’s first and only charitable CSA. She’s done the fundraising, the outreach, the volunteer recruitment, and she’s turned more than a few shovelfuls of dirt. We’re pleased and proud she’s working with us at KEA.
Also, for the first time, we are presenting a Business Award for their commitment to the environment, the community and to KEA. And our first award winner, the Art Spirit Gallery, deserves the recognition. An early sponsor of our now-famous Junk2Funk fall fashion event, Art Spirit helped foster a connection between the arts community and the conservation community that will make both communities stronger.
Always and enthusiastically supportive of our efforts — in ways large and small — Art Spirit Gallery and proprietor Steve Gibbs are generous in their time, their donations, and their gorgeous gallery setting. We’re pleased to honor the excellent Art Spirit Gallery for their excellent support.