On the banks of the Similkameen River near Cawston, Forbidden Fruit Winery has been welcoming guests to its tasting room for ten years. The winery gets its fruit from the family-owned Ven'Amour Organic Farms, which encompasses 142 acres of orchards, vineyards and natural habitat.
Recognising the natural beauty of their property, Steve and Kim are stewards of a large area of old growth cottonwood forest along the river, as well as some rocky outcroppings, and dry sagebrush grassland habitat on the slopes above their orchards.
Steve and Kim generously donate tasting fees each year (right) to help Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship support land stewards and communities carry out important habitat conservation and improvement projects throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys. Their commitment to stewardship on their property demonstrates their conservation ethic on the ground and is a wonderful example of how agriculture and conservation can peacefully coexist.