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!  Name: Heather Ramsay Age: early thirties  Farm name: Uminami Farm Location: Metchosin, BC What do you produce? vegetables, year-round, mostly specialty Japanese produce Size of farm? the property is […]

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 […]

The Birds & The Beans Living Large In Paradise

Posted by Sara Dent on October 08, 2014

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Re-posted from Hans Peter Meyer’s blog! HPM is very involved with the food and farm world on Vancouver Island. We’re excited to have him involved with the network. Check out this great blog post on The Birds & The Beans. That’s farmer Jay Baker-French hiding behind the BIG kohlrabi from The Birds & The Beans, at the Comox Valley Farmer’s Market. The Birds and The Beans is a new kind of farm in the Comox Valley. Launched in the spring of 2013 by Foster Richardson, Kelsey Knoll, Natasha Tymo, and Jay Baker-French, the farm is about more than growing and selling […]

Yarrow EcoVillage and Groundswell Cohousing Tours

Posted by Sara Dent on October 06, 2014

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Get acquainted with the Yarrow Ecovillage and Groundswell Cohousing, our multi-generational housing community! Learn more about living in an intentional community that strives for sustainability works. Tours take about 2 hours, and are led by a small group of residents, the cost is a $10 donation.  Tour starts at 11 AM, October 11, November 8, December 13. Email welcome@yarrowecovillage.ca to reserve your spot today! What is Cohousing you may ask?  Imagine living in one of 33 residences nestled between our mixed use commercial / residential and a 20 acre Organic farm within the Yarrow Ecovillage. Know your neighbors, enjoy fresh veggies grown by your community […]

Eastern Ontario – Young Farmer Mixer!

Posted by Sara Dent on October 03, 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 […]

Oct 26: Gathering in the Greenhouse at Uminami Farm in Metchosin, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on October 03, 2014

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Uminami Farm specializes in Japanese produce and grows amazing year-round fruits and veggies. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the amazing greenhouses and growing methods used at Uminami! They sell their produce at the Moss Street Market in Victoria and always have the most exciting early cucumbers, melons, luscious greens and more! 3:00PM - Heather will offer a workshop about end-of-season care for rototillers to ensure good performance next spring. 4:00PM – Farm tour of the fields and greenhouses 5:30PM – Potluck party in an empty greenhouse! To tell all of your friends about it – click here to check […]