Colleen Kimmett is a Vancouver-based journalist who writes about food, science and the environment. Her reporting has taken her down the mighty Fraser River, up the Bridge Glacier and across many a farmer's field.
In 2009, Colleen was awarded a fellowship to the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, and that same year shared in The Tyee’s prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2011, her series on food and farming won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for best online series.
Colleen is currently at work on a book about Sasquatch in British Columbia.
Reporting Beat: Environment, Food, and Farming. Twitter: @colleenkimmett
Stories by Colleen Kimmett
With his passing this May, the tireless researcher is remembered by a thankful crew of fellow investigators.
It spends $1.3 billion a year to feed students and help small farmers. Your move, Canada.
As storms rise, so do bills for Ontario cities, citizens. How to keep costs lower.
How a warming climate is driving changes to urban ecosystems.
His was a life full of ideas, art and memories, shared on Tyee pages since day one.
'Daughters in the City' honours the early wave of immigrant women who helped build our country.
But allotting them a bigger health care role won't necessarily save money, researcher says.
Artist Sylvia Grace Borda gives agrarian Surrey a techie treatment.
Investors fired up by Canada's new medical marijuana system, but will users get scorched by premium bud?
Consultation needed to defend already lean ALR, ALC from cost-slashing public review.
When trees fell in the forest, the world heard Clayoquot Sound. A look back, 20 years on.
Did you know Port McNeill boasts the world's largest burl? And more provincial pin wisdoms.
'Born campaigner' premier still has several hills ahead to climb, as pundits point out.
Celebrate the start of the hot season with Tyee reader photos of fun on the water.
Another riding, this one long Liberal, where a major resource project grips voters and other industries.
Elections BC okay with paper's advertorial extolling coal with voter-targeted ad.
They split the enviro vote in 2009, but can they still spark trouble across the province?
Dropped by feds but kept by BC gov't, process could affect fish farms, ship routes.
At Vancouver meeting welfare diet challengers discuss social assistance boost, and as this reporter learned, hunger's hidden cost.
With contracts that favour supplier monopolies, finding ways to get local food on the plate can be awkward. But there's hope.
Corporate contracts prevent more than mere morsels being revealed, a reporter learns. Second in a series.
A three-course inquiry. Part one: Why, yes!
Streamline your reporting and get priceless efficiency tips at latest Tyee freelance survival event.
Split by the carbon tax in last election, 'Green Jobs' helps them find common ground.
SOLEfood's new downtown Vancouver site grows food, jobs and the business case for urban agriculture.
From farm and garden to desk, one Vancouver school finds success feeding vulnerable kids.
Jesse Whitehead got a taste of vulnerable northern food systems this month, after storms cut off his town's supplies.
While providing meals for the 'hard to house' benefits many, it's unclear who might foot the bill. A look at the logistics.
Research on people with mental illnesses in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside links better nutrition to fewer 911 calls.
Working odd hours, Vancouver's survival sex workers often miss the city's free meals. Enter this roaming delivery service.
What to accept, what to hand out. How the city's vast distribution centre works to feed folks and keep food out of landfills.
Hungry people must be fed. But critics say framing food as charity takes the root issues off government's plate.
It takes more than a good idea to get an editor's attention. This Thursday, our Freelance Survival panel demystifies the pitching process.
Why Calvary Baptist opted to nurture quality of experience over quantity fed.
Workshop ideas and gain feedback with The 100-Mile Diet co-author Alisa Smith. Only 13 spots left.
TYEE LIST #5: Wisdoms from a night spent nuzzling others. Skeptics welcome.
Too many people in BC can't afford to eat healthily, finds report. Plus: Photo essay shows five ways people pinch food dollars.
Local talent churns out hot new enterprise! If that's such a good story here, why does it keep ending someplace else?
Knife in hand, I remember the maxim that brought me to Deadman Valley: if you eat it, you should kill it. At least once.
Scientists are trying to figure out how rising temps will change the alpine run-off that helps power the province.
Redefine expectations of investment and return, and reap the delicious rewards.
Hundreds of meals a day dished up to all comers as donated food rolls in.
Can pledging to open up government land him back on Central Saanich city council?
Elections create promises, but city hall can tackle some issues far more powerfully than others.
Organizers say New City Market is on track, but others claim farmers' interests are overlooked.
Learn financial survival skills from a certified public accountant next Tuesday.
Let others make backyard poultry a political issue. For me, it's been an adventure.
We asked experts how to make true sustainability the norm. Here's what they told us. Last in a Tyee Solutions Society series.
Home buyers deserve labels revealing future utility costs, say efficient building advocates.
Other nations, even US, are way ahead on school meals programs.
Waste hauling exec is ready to spend big on a 3.5 acre compost operation. But can it pass Lytton's sniff test?
Undaunted by local food venture's bizarre collapse, farmers and customers rally, rebrand.
Meeru Dhalwala on the idea, and women, behind 'The Joy of Feeding' this Sunday.
Canada is on verge of pact with Europe affecting farmers, local industries. It's invisible on campaign trail.
April 26 kicks off practical talks on how to make it as a freelance journalist.
Risk-averse municipal managers are smothering civic vitality says Mark Lakeman of City Repair.
For the first time national food policies, from GM seeds to school lunches, are part of five parties' platforms.
As U.S. programs show, Canada could 'win-win-win' by doing more to help homeowners retrofit.
On-bill financing is making energy saving upgrades more affordable in the US. And soon here?
Home Grow-In proprietor hasn't been seen; farmers and customers say they're owed money.
A major BC union launches its 'Ten Percent Shift Campaign', joining a diverse movement supporting the local economy.
'Food deserts' blight some rural areas of the province. How to make them bloom with nutrition?
Vancouver aims to boost a new employment sector: recycling buildings.
And other low-tech locavore methods of pleasurable living.
Emulate Illinois and pass a Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act. Wannabe party leaders, take note!
What the Tyee Solutions team learned in BC and Ontario while reporting this fall's 'Growing the Local Bounty' series.
Local farmers are giving antique machines new life to help supply a growing demand for BC wheat.
Local Food Plus gets institutions with big food budgets to go local and sustainable, and that can really pay off.
Make conditions right, and renewable energy could become a profitable crop for food growers across Canada.
Organic egg producers in BC say regulations 'gone haywire' prevent them from keeping up with hungry local demand.
At the McVean Incubator Farm, a little land goes a long way for people who want to get in the business of growing local food.
How small farmers are turning their crops into tasty products without relying on the big global processors.
The Stop in Toronto has evolved into a dignified model connecting local producers with low-income eaters.
Invest more to promote local food within province, farm industry urges government.
How Home Grow-In plays a key role by helping nearby farmers find Vancouver customers.
Volume, variety, reliability. Welcome to the Elmira Produce Auction Co-operative.
Growing the local bounty in Ontario and BC, a new series that goes to the roots of sustainable solutions.
Panel of experts teams with audience to create recipe for sustainability. Please add your own.
A farmer in Abbotsford will turn manure, lots of it, into a natural gas substitute. It's a first in BC, and the pioneer smells Canada-wide success.
BC Hydro is preparing to roll out smart meters in every home. The tech industry is ready to jump on board, but are government and citizens prepared?
The US is investing billions in a wired feedback loop telling consumers how to be electricity misers. A BC firm is on the cutting edge.
Too many mega-projects, say some experts, who see big gains from lower-impact, local community projects.
Vancouver-raised Ron Chung is readying Hong Kong for a new revolution.
Behind unmarked storefronts lies a vibrant art scene. How to find what's on display during the Olympics.
Or, at least learn to appreciate it. As demand increases, municipalities across the province are looking for ways to conserve our clean water supply. A big part of that is making better use of what falls from the sky.
How two B.C. companies are giving trees a life after Christmas (and turning a profit, too) renting potted evergreens.
Global warming is still fact, but a bumbling response helped deniers cloud the public's understanding.
Demand for eco-certified wood is growing worldwide. Small-scale foresters want in, but need to be creative.
T'Sou-ke project models energy autonomy for other BC Aboriginal communities.
Just some of what Canada's Boreal Forest does is said to be worth $77 billion.
How BC's enviro groups are working to save sea life.
Co-author Bruce Lourie on the chemical 'marinade' we share, his experiment in self-poisoning, and more.
Experts, local officials want brakes put on big Bute Inlet run of river project.
Candidate Kettlewell's pitch to a rising class of young, urban, sustainability-techies.
Sierra Club, Suzuki, others haven't issued platform report cards, so we asked.
Co-creator Alisa Smith on the new show, and what's next.
'We're behind Iraq and Afghanistan in elected women': NDP's McNabb.
How 'run of river' and global warming are splitting enviros this election.
As funds dry up and buildings run down, residents don't want to give up on their affordable way of living.
Mark Anielski's guide to 'genuine wealth' gains a new audience.
We asked you for bold new thinking, and here's what you shared.
Plans for BC, Alberta and eleven states to produce and export renewable energy.
Industry, foes clash over massive private Bute Inlet project.
Yes, says a top UBC scientist. 'Smart shopping' isn't saving wild stocks.
Paddling into the Lower Fraser, a magnet for wildlife and humans. Last in a series.
All of BC has a stake in better managing once massive salmon runs. Third in a series.
Near the headwaters of BC's vast watershed, how to place a value on ancient trees? Second in a series.
Exploring BC's future by journeying the length of its mightiest river. First in a series.
Millions of eggs plus so much human good will. Does it add up to more fish?
High energy costs, tightening family budgets. Who's making the election connection?
Author of 'Almost Green' on why DIY skills, dense communities, and maybe women, are kinder to the planet.
How BC could clean its hands of dirty energy.
Finding the greenest way to deal with trash.
Ontario pays far more to small generators who tap the sun.
Province lags as other places pay top dollar to promote range of renewable power.
More than 50 'cool' projects seek votes, support, with weeks still to go.
Fraser River bands hard pressed to share dwindling sockeye catch.
'Community forests' vie with big firms for BC's wood profits.
World relies on our 'lungs,' but replanting is lowest in 20 years.
Wrong approach to quake-proofing say Vancouver parents.
First Nations, municipalities explore controversial energy source.
Europe imports BC wood pellets to create 'bioenergy.' Here, it's not so easy.
How teachers are turning kids on to ecology.
'Green' claims disputed.
School officials scramble to meet BC emissions goal.
Parting words from the great inventor, ecologist, film star.
Craft, culture and business skills all part of the picture.
The irresistible, but blinding, charm of cetaceans.
Scientists probe genetic workings of pests, trees.
The case for loans to pay for solar heating.
Ruben Anderson sees both the cultural and the culinary appeal.
A photographer soaks up some Tahltan hospitality.
Microcredit plus Internet yields good returns.
From day one, you've got to fight Winnie the Pooh.
River power projects bring roads, people, wildlife threats.
Municipal officials have citizens' trust, but lack money.
Ontario's unit needed in BC say advocates.
Angry residents demand voice in upped growth plans.
Gail Anderson-Dargatz on why letters and old pans matter.
Will ask BC Supreme Court to halt signing.
Seventeen left in BC; habitat plan slammed as failure.