UBC Farm Symposium – Registration Open!

Posted by Shannon Lambie on December 19, 2014

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When: Friday, January 30th, 2015 – 9am-2:00pm Where: Old Barn Community Centre The Symposium is a day packed with presentations and discussions with students, UBC Faculty members and guest speakers on their exciting work in food sustainability. Registration for this day-long event is $5, and includes coffee, tea, snacks, and a warm and hearty lunch (vegan and gluten free options available). Registration, schedule and presenter list are available here.  

Olivier Labrie: Quinoa For Change Farm Season Update

Posted by Jennifer Cline on December 17, 2014

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The season is complete, it has been for some time here on the Island of Montréal. It is the end of a season’s story, but I realize it is just the beginning of something greater! Right now the soil is dormant, giving it a chance to rest and to rejuvenate. Soil micro-flora and -fauna activities slow into their cyclical stupor. This downtime is just as valuable to any farmer, as the body’s aches find time to heal (I know mine are!), and reflections regarding the season are processed in a meticulous and caring manner. The time for preparation was limited […]

Bethany Garden Apprenticeship Program, Antigonish NS

Posted by Jennifer Cline on December 17, 2014

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This program is a unique opportunity for someone to have access to land, resources, and experienced mentors as they start small-scale gardening. The Sisters of Saint Martha are the land-owners and program sponsors for the Bethany Garden Apprenticeship Program.  The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for an Apprentice Gardener to learn about small-scale gardening and the best practices for sustainable food production in an environmentally friendly and responsible manner. David and Jennifer Greenberg, the project managers and mentors, will develop a new garden site, set up infrastructure, and host workshops on topics relating to the garden […]

Four Paid Internships Positions for 2015: Abundant Acres Farm, Nova Scotia

Posted by Jennifer Cline on December 16, 2014

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Abundant Acres Farm is hiring four interns for the 2015 season. The main focus on the farm is growing vegetables for a 200 family CSA program plus selling at the Seaport Market in Halifax and several wholesale accounts. We also rotationally graze about ten cattle and care for 200 laying hens, tend young fruit trees and table grapes, cut firewood and engage in other homestead arts throughout the season. The internship positions begin in early April and continue until the end of November, 2015. We provide room and board, workman’s comp insurance, a week of vacation in mid-summer, a salary […]

Vancouver Island – Farmer 2 Farmer Conference!

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 16, 2014

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Registration is open for the 4th annual Farmer 2 Farmer Conference! This year’s theme is “Animal, Vegetable, Management” (because we know success on the farm comes down to good management- not miracles!).  The conference workshops will be organized into these three streams: Animals/ livestock: including poultry, pork, and dairy Vegetable: including berries, soil management, and crop planning Management: including marketing, accounting, and land access Also new this year is a designated workshop track for new farmers!  A number of the workshops will be about getting started in various enterprises- we’ll highlight these as suggested workshops for our young agrarians! Stay tuned for […]

Accepting Applicants: Ravine Creek 2015 Farm Internship

Posted by Jennifer Cline on December 10, 2014

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RAVINE CREEK FARM IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR INTERNSHIP POSITION FOR 2015. Internship Position Ravine Creek Farm is looking for an intern for the 2015 growing season. We are a certified organic, family-run, mixed vegetable farm located in the South East interior, 40 mins from Nelson, BC. We sell our produce at the Nelson Farmer’s Market and through our CSA program, the farm continues to expand as demand consistently exceeds supply. Ideally we would like to work with someone who has been through a new farmer program of some kind and is seriously pursuing a life of farming for […]

Saanich: Little Mountain Farm is looking for a Farm Partner!

Posted by Sara Dent on December 06, 2014

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Hello! I am looking for someone to come grow organic veggies with me! The business is called Little Mountain Farm (www.littlemountainveggies.ca), and we grow food for our community here in Saanich.  We are located on a beautiful, quiet 16 acres backing onto Mt. Doug and have 1 acre deer fenced, with about half of that currently cultivated. I started the farm last year with a friend who has moved away – so I need someone to take her place and come work alongside me! We worked hard to build what we did over the last season: we have a 50′ […]

2015 Certified Organic Association of BC Conference

Posted by Sara Dent on December 05, 2014

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Best Western Rainbow Country Inn Chilliwack, BC February 27 – March 1, 2015 To register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2015-coabc-conference-tickets-10172087989?aff=es2&rank=1 COABC’s  Conference provides educational and networking opportunities for new and established farmers, as well as those keen to learn more about the world of organic farming. We have pulled together a diverse selection of presentations focused on our theme of Livestock, as well as a variety of other issues pertinent to the dynamic functioning of a farm operation: Livestock Sessions will delve into a range of issues such as feed, pasture management, beef research, slaughter facilities, and standards interpretation. Business Structure & Supports will […]

Job Posting: Operations Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems UBC Farm

Posted by Sara Dent on December 04, 2014

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The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm is seeking an Operations Director to play a key leadership role in management of the Centre. This individual will oversee all aspects of daily operations and business development initiatives with the overarching goal to maintain organizational effectiveness and achieve financial sustainability. Responsibilities include financial management, business development, and human resources management. Ideal candidates will have experience managing businesses, non-profits, social enterprises or complex academic units, and will have experience achieving both economic and social outcomes. Visit http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/about/careers/ for full posting details. The closing date is December 13th, 11:59pm. Please distribute widely. […]

Farmer Profile: Abdellah Boudhira, Organic Farmer in Morocco

Posted by Jennifer Cline on December 02, 2014

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Name: Abdellah Boudhira Farm Location: Agadir, Morocco, which is located in close proximity, approximately 25 kilometers, to the east of the Atlantic Ocean,  Because of this, the area has a very mild favorable Mediterranean climate which is highly conducive to growing year round. What do you produce?  Our chief crop is tomatoes, but we also grow green beans, squash, potatoes, lettuce, cauliflower, and edible gourds. Farming background? My grandfather and father are of the Berber culture and have been farmers since the early 1950’s, which coincided with the time Morocco gained independence from France.  The Berbers are found in scattered communities throughout North Africa, with […]