Potato House Sustainability Society, Williams Lake

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The Potato House Project is a community initiative to celebrate one of the last standing downtown heritage houses of Williams Lake.

Purchased in May 2011, the Potato House is now held by the “Potato House Sustainable Community Society” – a not for profit organization.

Our purposes are to carry out activities that inspire self-sufficiency and a smaller ecological footprint and to operate a high-profile drop-in centre and garden space for the educational benefit of citizens.

The Potato House History

Built in the 1930’s, this little house is believed to be the first structure built by the Borkowski brothers in what later became known as the “Borkowski Block” of buildings they built around the Maple Leave Hotel (now Caribou Ski). The best part of this unconfirmed story is that none of the Borkowski’s were initially carpenters and would read books obtained through railway library loan about home building by lamplight each night, then go out and work on the house the next day. A true testament to the abilities of Cariboo Pioneers!

A later owner bought this house in 1956. Many people in Williams Lake remember the fabulous subsistence garden he and his wife grew for over 50 years, and best known of all were their plentiful potatoes (hence the community nickname).


Website: potatohouseproject.com
Facebook: Potato House Project
Phone: 250 855-8443
Email: grow@potatohouseproject.com

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