L'ACQUA : THE GREENING OF THE OKANAGAN
Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm • At the KCIC Hall & Via Zoom
THE RECORDED ZOOM SESSION
The video of our trip up to Ideal Lake to look for the rock ovens. 9:57 in length
Early in the 20th Century, massive infrastructure projects were undertaken to open up the tantalizing potential of the BC Interior. One of these were the building of railways. The other was bringing the water needed to enable commercial agriculture. Italians were integral to both.
From the turn of the century to the outbreak of World War I, Italian sojourners came by the thousands to find work in North America. The economic situation in Italy was desperate and both Canada and the U.S. were booming. This was certainly true here in the Okanagan Valley. The Kettle Valley Railway was being built high in the hills over Kelowna, but in terms of impact to our Valley, the construction of major irrigation works would literally change the landscape, bring commercial scale agriculture to Belgo, Black Mountain, the Glenmore Valley and South-East Kelowna.
In this fascinating presentation, Ian Pooley and Wayne Wilson will share how important irrigation was to the Okanagan and how labour intensive the construction projects were. We'll also share some select video footage from our own Legacy Project, showing two amazing rock ovens up at Belgo and talking about the role of Italians in the construction.
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