July 6: Introduction to Organic Certification, Farm Tour & Potluck, Richmond, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on July 02, 2015

Farm Tour Potluck & Organic Certification Workshop at Shady Acres Farm Richmond BC

Join us for a farm tour, workshop, and potluck at Shady Acre Farm in Richmond BC, a new semi-urban farm that is preparing to transition to organic certification! Learn what you need to know if you want to certify your farm, what the benefits and challenges of certification are, and how to get the process started. The workshop will be facilitated by Mel Sylvestre of UBC Farm. When: July 6, 2015 | 4:30PM – 6:00PM WORKSHOP | 6:00PM – 8:00PM TOUR & POTLUCK Where: 12520 Blundell Rd, Richmond, BC Cost: $5 (Workshop Only – Potluck/Tour FREE) REGISTER NOW! After the workshop, we’ll … Continue reading July 6: Introduction to Organic Certification, Farm Tour & Potluck, Richmond, BC

July 11: Ragley Farm Tour & Potluck Supper, East Sooke, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on July 01, 2015

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Join Young Agrarians for a farm tour of Ragley Farm, a 100-year-old farm located right next to scenic East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island. During the tour you’ll learn how Ragley came to host a buzzing weekly market, which features fresh produce and abundant baked goods. You’ll also see how our famous salad mix is grown along with myriad other vegetables, all while enjoying the farm’s beautiful secluded forest setting. When: July 11, 2015 | 5:00PM-8:00PM Where: Ragley Farm, 5717 East Sooke Road, BC Please bring something to share and tools to eat with for a potluck supper after the tour. Please join … Continue reading July 11: Ragley Farm Tour & Potluck Supper, East Sooke, BC

JULY 18: Fresh Valley Farms Annual Young Agrarians Mixer!

Posted by Sara Dent on June 27, 2015

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July 18, 2015: Join us for a relaxed evening of friends, food and fun on this beautiful forested farm that specializes in grass-fed, naturally raised, GMO free meat. Please bring a dish for a potluck dinner, as well as a musical instrument if you would like to jam round the fire after dinner. Help spread the word! Join the event on Facebook here. 3 PM – FARM TOUR 1346 Mountain View Road The farm tour itself won’t take long, so we’ll also take you on a small hike up to the waterfall and lookout point. Please arrive by 3:30 so … Continue reading JULY 18: Fresh Valley Farms Annual Young Agrarians Mixer!

AUGUST 23: Lazy Sunday at Umi Nami Farm, Metchosin, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on June 25, 2015

Umi Nami Farm Cat Young Agrarian Potluck & Tour

YOU’RE INVITED! AUGUST 23rd TO UMI NAMI FARM FOR A TOUR, POTLUCK, & SOCIAL! In the midst of all the busy seeding, weeding, harvesting, and marketing sometimes what we really need most is to kick back, relax, and enjoy a Lazy Sunday at the Farm, especially someone else’s farm where the weeds aren’t your problem… Take some time for yourself and enjoy the company of your friends and fellow farmers. Learn a little about Umi Nami’s history and farm operations, nourish your body with a community potluck, and refresh yourself with a dip in Matheson Lake. Sounds like the perfect afternoon! Please bring a … Continue reading AUGUST 23: Lazy Sunday at Umi Nami Farm, Metchosin, BC

Creston Valley Tour de Farm POSTPONED! July 1 is now September 13

Posted by Laura Hannant on June 17, 2015

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POSTPONED: After fretfully watching the forecasted temperature for July 1st climb to 38 degrees, we have decided to postpone Tour de Farm until September 13, 2015. Please stay tuned for more info. For all those who had already purchased tickets, if you can’t attend on September 13, please contact Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre to arrange a refund by calling 1-866-528-4342. For those wishing to see a non-bike option, keep your fingers crossed. We will do our best to organize an alternative in the meantime! Get your bicycles tuned-up and your picnic baskets stocked-up, it’s time for … Continue reading Creston Valley Tour de Farm POSTPONED! July 1 is now September 13

Farmers Pull Together! Vancouver, BC June 18 Potluck & Social

Posted by Sara Dent on June 15, 2015

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Young Agrarians and Fresh Roots are organizing a Farmers For Pull Together potluck and social! Join us to to support BC First Nations in their legal battles against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project. Bring something delicious to share, tools to eat with, and a $ donation of any size to contribute. Join the event on Facebook and invite your friends! All are welcome:) WHERE: Fresh Roots Schoolyard Farm @ VanTech Secoundary School, 2600 East Broadway, east side of school beside tennis court WHEN: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 5-8pm We are farmers calling on fellow farmers to support BC First Nations … Continue reading Farmers Pull Together! Vancouver, BC June 18 Potluck & Social

September 20: Horse & Tractor Ploughing Workshop, Armstrong BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on June 12, 2015

Deerfoot Farm- Tractor & Horse Ploughing Plowing Workshop Potluck and Farm Tour

Want to learn how to plough with horses or tractor? Join us at Deerfoot Farm for a ploughing workshop coordinated by David Doran. When: Sunday, September 20th | 10:00AM – 4:00PM Where: Deerfoot Farm, 4420 Hullcar Road, Armstrong, BC Registration: $20/person Please bring: Potluck lunch, a dish to share and tools to eat with! Please register as soon as possible so that David can organize the appropriate teachers, tools and tractors. This workshop is a great primer for the 37th Annual North Okanagan Ploughing Match the following Saturday, September 26th. To register contact David Doran:daviddoran@telus.net or 250 546 6884. Please let us know if … Continue reading September 20: Horse & Tractor Ploughing Workshop, Armstrong BC

Nova Scotia June 21: FAWN Apprentice Meetup – Abundant Acres Farm

Posted by Bernard Soubry on June 07, 2015

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The Farm Apprentices and Worker’s Network (FAWN) invites all interested and interesting parties to its second monthly meetup on June 21 at Abundant Acres Farm! What: Hoophouse Hoedown, Potluck, and Farm Tour (Facebook event!) When:  June 21, 2015 (Sunday), 11:00-15:00 Where: Abundant Acres Farm, 182 Red Bank Road, Centre Burlington, Nova Scotia (Map) What you should bring: Food (for the potluck), work clothes (for the workshop), some strong arms (for high-fiving), and some good old-fashioned farmin’ enthusiasm! Come together with farming apprentices, workers, and enthusiasts for a grand day of socializing and good work! Master farmers David and Jen Greenberg, … Continue reading Nova Scotia June 21: FAWN Apprentice Meetup – Abundant Acres Farm

Upcoming Cheesemaking Workshops in the Kootenays!

Posted by Kristen Nammour on June 02, 2015

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Contemporary cheesemaking as practiced in North America is decidedly unnatural; The Black Sheep School provides a much needed alternative. This new/old approach to cheesemaking is inspired by traditional practices, and based on the ecology of raw milk. The Black Sheep methods include cultivating starter cultures, growing the fungi that ripen cheeses, and working with the indigenous cultures of raw milk. The methods are liberating and empowering – they help cheesemakers wean themselves off packaged powdered cultures, synthetic rennets and unnecessary chemical additives and sanitizers, and help cheeses develop their best possible flavor. The Black Sheep School helps cheesemakers take back their cheese. Kootenay Food is hosting two days of Cheesemaking classes … Continue reading Upcoming Cheesemaking Workshops in the Kootenays!

Cultivating Social Sustainability in Our Food System

Posted by Kristen Nammour on June 01, 2015

Workers pick fresh basil in a field in Villa Juarez, Sinaloa, Mexico.  The tender leaves are carefully boxed for export to the United States.

Join the discussion about farm working conditions both near and abroad. When: Friday, June 5, 6:00 PM Where: The Profile – Suite 200 – 375 Water Street, Vancouver “There is so much interest in food, yet no interest in the hands that pick that food.” For additional information about the panel hosted by Discovery Organics click here. As consumers increasingly demand food chain transparency, widespread labour abuses are being documented in the agricultural industry. BC’s almost 10,000 mostly immigrant and migrant farm workers are some of the lowest paid, least protected and most vulnerable in the province. To what extent can we … Continue reading Cultivating Social Sustainability in Our Food System