About the Author

Lee Reid

Armed with a Masters degree in Counseling and seasick pills, Lee Reid embarked on a ten-year career of creative cookery as co-manager of a floating fishing resort on the West coast of British Columbia. Back on land, she published her first book From a Coastal Kitchen with Hancock House, which featured colourful stories of rural people who lived in the isolated fiords, canneries and fishing hamlets of the Pacific coast.

In the West Kootenay, Lee enjoyed a career as an addictions specialist, a field that connected her to many extraordinary people from diverse cultures and lifestyles. She retired to grow organic vegetables with and for seniors, founding SEEDS, a food security society. Here, her explorations into creative aging began.

Lee lives in Nelson B.C., where she facilitates workshops and presentations on elders and aging.

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About the Book

Growing Home: The Legacy of Kootenay Elders

Open the door; step inside. The kettle’s on, and there are stories to be told that will nourish your own personal journey with aging.

Join Lee Reid as she steps across thresholds and into the lives of West Kootenay elders to hear tales of courage and resilience, creativity and humour, and knowledge gleaned from lives well lived. Illustrated with vibrant photography, Growing Home brings alive the pioneer spirit of elders living in the valleys and villages of this wild and beautiful region of Southeastern British Columbia. Shaped as they are by disparate experiences, these lives have in turn shaped the culture of their communities with generous measures of wit and wisdom.

Come, take a walk through the garden.

Growing Home is about spring planting and fall harvest, and about the meals served and the tales told around the kitchen table. Liberally spiced with garden lore and great advice, recipes and cooking tips, this book invites you to roll up your sleeves, pull up a chair, open your heart and dig in.

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Where to Buy

Find Growing Home at the following retailers

If you are looking for a copy of Growing Home: The Legacy of Kootenay Elders, you can find it in the following locations!

NELSON: Otter Books, Kootenay Co-op, Touchstones Nelson – Museum of Art and History, Coles Books and Floyd’s Electronics on Front Street.

NEW DENVER: Raven’s Nest

KASLO: Figments Fine Canadian Crafts

TRAIL: The Crockett Book Company

ROSSLAND: The Gold Rush Bookstore

SLOCAN/CRESCENT VALLEY: Evergreen Natural Foods!

CRANBROOK: Lotus Books

If there is not a location near you, please contact the Growing Home Facebook Page and we will look into getting a copy to you!

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