JOB: Mackin Creek Farm, Cariboo Chilcotin, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 17, 2015

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Owned and operated by Cathie Allen and Rob Borsato since 1988. We are looking for an employee to help us finish out the season from mid August to the end of October 2015.  No experience is necessary, but an interest in organic gardening is an asset. There is an opportunity to learn from planting to weeding, weeding to marketing. We will work hands on with employees to ensure understanding of all processes. Mackin Creek Farm is located on the west si de of the Fraser River between the cities of Williams Lake and Quesnel, Both are at least an hour away. Our climate … Continue reading JOB: Mackin Creek Farm, Cariboo Chilcotin, BC

Business Mentorship Network – Shirlene Cote

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 17, 2015

Earth Apple Farm Fields

Name? Shirlene Cote Where do you farm? Earth Apple Farm, South Burnaby What do you farm? Vegetables and some fruit. What type of business structure is your farm? Sole-Proprietorship What is your land tenure? 5 Year Lease How did you seriously get into farming? I worked for social and environmental NGOs for many years with a focus on food security for much of it. I finally realized the most direct and positive impact I could have locally was to produce something that everyone requires to live and be healthy.  It was important to me to do this in such a way that had minimal impact … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Shirlene Cote

Business Mentorship Network – Russell Heitzmann & Calliope Gazetas

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 15, 2015

Umbella Farm Growers

Name? Russell Heitzmann and Calliope Gazetas Where do you farm? Royston, in the Comox Valley just south of Courtenay. We are some of the newest members of the Merville Organics Growers Cooperative! What do you farm? Vegetables and meat chickens What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? We have a one year lease for this year with the possibility to renew for a longer term. It’s our relationship with the landowner and her desire to have her property be a working farm that really makes things tick. Because the landowner really understands what we’re doing and what … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Russell Heitzmann & Calliope Gazetas

2015 Seed Mentorship Program

Posted by Chris Thoreau on April 14, 2015

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BC Seeds and FarmFolk CityFolk are happy to announce our 2015 Seed Mentorship Program! This program will match up new and eager seed growers with experienced seed growers throughout the province for a unique season-long Mentorship opportunity. Potential Mentors – Are you an experienced seed grower in BC and want to share your knowledge with others? Mentors will play an important role in guiding Mentees through the seed-growing season and offering hands-on opportunities when possible. This transfer of knowledge and experience is important to the growth and resilience of our local seed system. Potential Mentees (yes, that is a word!) … Continue reading 2015 Seed Mentorship Program

Business Mentorship Network – Dan Mousseau

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 13, 2015

Linger Longer Lodge Fields

Name? Dan Mousseau Where do you farm? Linger Longer Lodge, Macalister, BC in the Cariboo region. What do you farm? Heritage Pork (breeding to finishing), Pastured Poultry as well as greenhouse tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership (with my wife) What is your land tenure? We purchased the 30 acres Homestead in 2012 How did you seriously get into farming? Everyone is involved in agriculture every day since we all eat food yet only 1% of the population actually grows it. Industrial factory farming is not the future of farming and I want to lead by example by showing the next generation … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Dan Mousseau

2015 Canadian Chef Survey Results

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 09, 2015

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In early spring I always look forward to the results of the Canadian Chef Survey put out by Restaurants Canada. I’m excited to see what foods are popular on menus and I consider what I might be able to produce to fulfill this potential demand. For those of you who familiar with this survey, it provides an overview of the current food trends in Canada’s restaurant industry as measured by the chefs. It’s full report runs through a number of foodie categories (produce, proteins, seasonings, desserts, method of preparation, menus, etc…) and then ranks the overall top trends. Sadly, the … Continue reading 2015 Canadian Chef Survey Results

Business Mentorship Network – Robert Gilchrist

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 08, 2015

Funky Beets Farm Market Stall

Name? Rob Gilchrist Where do you farm? Funky Beets Farm in Powell River B.C. What do you farm? We are a small mixed use farm raising  organic chickens and pork, a market garden, 2 greenhouses and organic eggs. What is your land tenure? The farm is located on leased land that we have slowly been clearing of alders and have about 2 acres cleared.  We are in the process of working though a subdivision as well as a legal lease agreement. How did you seriously get into farming? I seriously got into farming after years of working in restaurants and finding it … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Robert Gilchrist

Business Mentorship Network – Karly Pinch & Michaela Horner

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 06, 2015

Shady Acres Farm Richmond

Name? Karly Pinch, with farming partner Michaela Horner Where you farm? Shady Acre Farm, in Richmond, BC What do you farm? Mixed vegetables What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? 2 year lease, renewable How did you seriously get into farming? Both of us were looking for a career change, and through volunteering, came across the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture. From there, we both fell in love with farming and decided to make a go of it! Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? We’re starting our own farm, a brand new venture for both of us, … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Karly Pinch & Michaela Horner

April 25, 2015 – Market Research & Money Management for Urban Farmers Workshop

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 03, 2015

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The Vancouver Urban Farming Society, Young Agrarians, and Vancity are partnering to present a workshop to help you grow your urban farm business! To support new and aspiring entrepreneurs, Vancity offers the Each One Grow One sessions which provide information and tools to help make your young business more financially stable and sustainable. The half day workshop will address two topics as identified by the urban farming community, Keys to Market Research and Making the Most of Your Money. It will be co-facilitated by Vancity and Urban Farmer Marc Schutzbank. WHERE: Vancity Oakridge Community Branch, 5594 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z WHEN: Saturday, … Continue reading April 25, 2015 – Market Research & Money Management for Urban Farmers Workshop

MAR 27 Young Agrarians & NFU Youth BARN MIXER – Wakefield, Quebec

Posted by Sara Dent on March 27, 2015

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Version français a suivre:) Join Young Agrarians and National Farmers Union of Canada Youth in Wakefield, QC for an evening of networking, food and fun! GET INSPIRED by hearing about the work of young farmer coalitions in Canada and south of the border. Please join this event on Facebook and help us get the word out by inviting your people! Sophie Ackoff, Field Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition, will be speaking to to us about their  grassroots campaign to mobilize and empower young farmers across the United States, and how they have managed to successfully impact American agricultural … Continue reading MAR 27 Young Agrarians & NFU Youth BARN MIXER – Wakefield, Quebec