Field Notes: farm cats and the art of rototiller maintenance

Posted by Moss Dance on October 28, 2014

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Last weekend, Heather Ramsay of Umi Nami Farm in Metchosin offered a comprehensive workshop on small engine maintenance. She told us how to take good care of our rototillers, mowers and other small gas machines before winter sets in. Many thanks to Heather for sharing her journey into learning about machine maintenance and giving us some great tips and demonstrations. We hope to offer this workshop again next year! Big thanks also to local young farmer Robin Sturley, who took some fantastic notes that we are sharing below. If you are looking for more info on how to take care […]

Film at The Cultch: New Farms, Big Success!

Posted by Jennifer Cline on October 24, 2014

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New Farms, Big Success! New documentary featuring: Jean-Martin Fortier, Kristin Kimball, and Lauren Rathwell When: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 6pm, 7:30pm, and 9pm Where: The Cultch, 1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC Price: $13 Trailer:  New Farms, Big Success presents three amazing, ecologically responsible farms in the USA and Canada. Their unique business plans eliminate the middle man, use sustainable methods and few fossil fuels and show a decent living can be made! This documentary provides critical information to develop an enduring, local food network in a time of climate change. This documentary includes the official point of view of […]

Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on October 23, 2014

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The North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project (EGP) is building a Schoolyard Market Garden at Sutherland Secondary School. Imagine learning science and math in the vegetable beds and compost piles, languages over a fresh picked meal to share, and art surrounded by a bountiful garden. Students, teachers, and community members will benefit from transforming one third of an acre of Sutherland Secondary’s front lawn into a thriving market garden.  Watch their video to find out more about the project! They have launched an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for soil and a living fence. Help them reach their […]

Metchosin, BC: Heather Ramsay on Farming

Posted by Moss Dance on October 17, 2014

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Heather Ramsay is a young farmer and business partner at Uminami Farm in Metchosin. She wants you to know: “Uminami Farm isn’t just me…it’s owned and co-run by Yoshiko Unno (the boss .  We also have three employees (one currently on maternity leave) and a host of volunteers, who are all integral members of the farm family. “ Heather is learning a lot about machinery maintenance at Uminami, and she’ll be sharing her skills and expertise with us at the October 26 Gathering in the Greenhouse at Uminami Farm!  We love this farmer profile format created by the National Farmers’ Union! Check out more inspiring farmer […]

Eastern Ontario – Young Farmer Mixer!

Posted by Sara Dent on October 16, 2014

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To register please go to: http://easternontariomixer.brownpapertickets.com/ Young Agrarians is excited to grow into other parts of Canada. After attending a Young Agrarians Mixer on Vancouver Island this past Spring, Ayla Fenton is organizing a mixer in the area where she farms, near Kingston, Ontario. Please help us get the word out and make this event a success! Want to help organize or donate food and supplies to the event? Get in touch: theyoungagrarians@gmail.com. To join the event on Facebook and invite your people please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/816988275002482/ Young = new and young farmers (40 and under), and anyone else who wants to […]

ISFS Enterprise Budgets Update and Workshop Invitation

Posted by Ermias Afeworki on October 16, 2014

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An enterprise budget is used to estimate the profitability of growing a particular crop or raising livestock. It comprises a list of income and expenses, based on certain assumptions. Enterprise budgets are also useful in conducting breakeven analyses and selecting a mix of enterprises on a farm. Researchers at the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond campus have been working with local farmers to develop such enterprise budgets for 30 crops and livestock. These include 21 vegetables, three fruits, four livestock and two specialty crops. Now the first drafts of budgets for all the selected […]

Muskoka, Ontario: Let’s Mix It Up!

Posted by Sara Dent on October 15, 2014

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To REGISTER, please go to: http://muskokamixer.brownpapertickets.com Click here to join this event on Facebook. Please help us get the word out by sharing it with your friends and networks. MUSKOKA MIXER! Wrap the growing season with a young farmer social at Grenville Farms! We’re bringing together as many beginning and young(ish) farmers, as well as friends and foodies for a Saturday mixer and Sunday day-long workshop with Quebec Farmer and Author of The Market Gardener Jean-Martin Fortier. The Young Agrarians has been growing a network of new and young farmers in British Columbia since January 2012. In Partnership with the National […]

Oct 18: Urban Farming Symposium, Vernon B.C

Posted by Amy Fehr on October 14, 2014

Choose to attend an all day intensive or just sit in on a few speakers who interest you.

Learn More About Urban Agriculture! Location: Vernon’s Okanagan College Cafeteria When: October 18th. 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. Registration includes lunch and snacks throughout the day as well as a registration package and name tag. Come prepared to take lots of notes and ask lots of questions. **Please Arrive at 8:00am to Sign-in.** **Latecomers will miss the beginning and disrupt the symposium. ** Click Here to Register! Tickets Only $33 Our Speakers and their topics for the day:  -Sustainable Environment Network Society- Keli Westgate- 8:30-9:15 am -Winterize Your Soil- Jane Emlyn- 9:30- 10:15 am -Grow Your Own Bread- Cuyler Page- 10:30- 11:30 am -Figs In the Okanagan?- […]

Nov 8: Joel Salatin on The Future of Food & Farming in Langley, BC

Posted by Sara Dent on October 10, 2014

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So excited to have Joel Salatin speaking in Langley Saturday, November 8th, 2014! Thanks to the Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation for putting together this great event. Their last workshop in the fall on small lot agriculture had an amazing turn-out of 415 people! Interest is on the rise for sustainable methods for managing land and making a viable living as a farmer. Also featuring our very own Julia Smith of Urban Digs and Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics. Reservations are mandatory so sign up today! Tickets are $25/each + GST Location: Langley Events Centre, 7888 200 St., Langley, […]

BC Seeds Gathering 2014

Posted by Sara Dent on October 09, 2014

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FarmFolk CityFolk and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are proud to sponsor the Second BC Seeds Gathering! Dates: Friday, November 14, 2014 4:30pm to Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 1:30pm Location: Kwantlen University, Richmond Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, BC This event presents an unique opportunity to: support a provincial gathering of seed growers, community leaders, and farmers from across BC showcase innovative practices in seed cultivation, harvesting and storage to an educated audience, and participate in the strong and committed community of seed practitioners from across North America. Like no other agricultural gathering in BC, this event will bring together an […]