LAND: Al and Helene at Breadroot Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on July 01, 2016

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Editor’s note: This Land/Community Farm Opportunity with Al and Hélène of Breadroot Farm comes via Kayleigh Donahue at the XY Hemp Corporation. Breadroot Farm in Saskatchewan is seeking collaborative young farmers to join in their organic grain, veggie and grassfed beef operation. Read on to learn more about these very experienced & skilled farmers!  By Kayleigh Donahue In every blog post, I try to show our gratitude for the many people who have supported us in our venture. There is no one we are more grateful for than Al Boyko and Hélène Tremblay-Boyko. They have provided us with access to land, welcomed us into their home, … Continue reading LAND: Al and Helene at Breadroot Farm

July 6: Alderlea Farm Tour & Potluck, Duncan, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on July 01, 2016

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Join us for a farm tour & potluck at Alderlea Farm! Alderlea is a mixed Biodynamic farm with a CSA market garden and a farm-to-table cafe. Farmers John & Katy Elrich are inviting Young Agrarians of all ages (young at heart, young in age, etc.) to tour their amazing farm, followed by a potluck and Q&A session. When: Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 6:00-9:00PM Where: Alderlea Farm – 3390 Glenora Rd, Duncan, BC (map) Check out the event on Facebook! About Alderlea Farm Alderlea Farm and Cafe is a owned and managed by Katy and John Ehrlich and began in 2003. Currently, they grow produce for their CSA, … Continue reading July 6: Alderlea Farm Tour & Potluck, Duncan, BC

July 15-17: Syilx Territory – BC Food Systems Network Gathering

Posted by Moss Dance on June 21, 2016

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The 18th annual BC Food Systems Network Gathering will be July 15 – 17, 2016 in Syilx Territory at the En’owkin Centre near Penticton, BC Each year since 1999 the BC Food Systems Network has gathered somewhere in BC to share knowledge, experience, and wisdom from the grassroots. This annual Gathering is a celebration of our food systems. Gathering together connects and re-energizes some of the amazing people around BC and across Canada working on food security and food sovereignty. The BC Food Systems Network Gathering blends plenaries, workshops, and presentations with unstructured time and space to encourage formal and informal sharing, socializing … Continue reading July 15-17: Syilx Territory – BC Food Systems Network Gathering

June 20: Chase, BC – The Metro Gnomes at Golden Ears Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on June 20, 2016

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Celebrate Summer Solstice with Golden Ears Farm and The Metro Gnomes — a gnomely mix of folk music and gypsy jazz tunes! $10 per person Check out the Facebook event here. LOCAL DELICIOUSNESS ON TAP: Crannóg Ales‘ “Suspect Device,” “Backhand of God” & “Handtruck Porter” for $2/cup and Sunnybrae Winery Siegriebe as well!

Squaring the Circle? Education, Work & Farm Internships

Posted by Moss Dance on June 17, 2016

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By Michael Ekers and Charles Levkoe Originally published in the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s March-April 2016 newsletter, Volume 37, Issue 2. Are agricultural internships and volunteer positions strictly about addressing farms’ labour needs or are they a new model of farmer education and social movement building that is taking place beyond the confines of urban centres and post-secondary institutions? On the one hand, there is no doubt that forms of non-traditional labour are about work. There are many cases in which interns are working upwards of 60 hours a week on farms performing the labour that would normally be associated … Continue reading Squaring the Circle? Education, Work & Farm Internships

AUG 20: SURREY, BC – 5th Annual YA + Zaklan Farm Harvest Festival

Posted by Moss Dance on June 16, 2016

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When: August 20, 2016, 4:30-11:00PM Where: Zaklan Heritage Farm (13278 84th Ave, Surrey, BC – map) Join us for an evening of food, music and farm talk at Zaklan Heritage Farm. Bring a dish to share and your dancing shoes. We’ll have local bands, a pig roast, and good times for all. FARM TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Learn all about intensive cropping micro farm-style, and selling through diversity of avenues. Farmer Potlucks are the Best! Bring a dish to share – the Zaklan crew will be preparing a pig roast for all About Zaklan Heritage Farm Started in the 1920’s by Dragan and … Continue reading AUG 20: SURREY, BC – 5th Annual YA + Zaklan Farm Harvest Festival

JUNE 26: McKees Mills, NB – FAWN Meetup at Windy Hill Farm

Posted by Bernard Soubry on June 15, 2016

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It’s that time again—after an incredible visit to Wysmykal Farm in May, the Farm Apprentices and Workers Network is heading North to New Brunswick!

10 Things I Learned Our First Year Farming

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 14, 2016

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by Keely Wohlgemuth of The Z Spread Farm, Organic Grain farmer at Wanham, Alberta Follow her blog at https://barefootonthefurrows.com/ or on Facebook facebook.com/thezspreadltd What a difference a year makes! We just finished spring seeding here and with the recent moisture we’ve found some time for rest and have been reflecting on how different this farm season has been going so far. This time last year, we were only just settling into our new life on the farm, and full of anxiety and uncertainties. While we still have much yet to learn, I really feel like Nolan and I are beginning … Continue reading 10 Things I Learned Our First Year Farming

July 26: Alameda, SK Holistic Management Workshop Using Grazing Systems to Create Healthy Food and Ecosystems

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 10, 2016

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Topics covered will include holistic decision making, planned grazing, improving wildlife habitat, soil health and conservation practices, forage assessment, and biological monitoring techniques. When: July 26th 9:30 am to 3:00 pm Where: Alameda, SK What: Hosted by Trent and Carolyn Walls and Holistic Management Certified Educators Blain Hjertaas and Kylie McRae 9:30 AM Registration 10:00 Purpose of day overview of HM  – Blain 10:30 Grazing systems and soil health  – Kylie McRae 11:00 How decisions are made  – Trent & Carolyn 11:30 Decision making exercise – Blain 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Healthy Soil and Carbon Sequestration  – Blain 1:30 Tour exercises … Continue reading July 26: Alameda, SK Holistic Management Workshop Using Grazing Systems to Create Healthy Food and Ecosystems

Aug 17: Comox Valley – Fermenting the New Farm Culture

Posted by Moss Dance on June 07, 2016

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Wednesday, August 17 from 4:00-6:00PM Amara Farm – 2641 Kirby Road (map) Join us for a sweet, salty and slightly sour Potluck & FermentTour at Amara Farm on a Wednesday afternoon. Put down your mobile electric fences, hoes, doff the work gloves and fancy up for a field-to-flavour sensation! Learn how to make naturally carbonated fermented Soda’s flavoured with herbs from your garden and wild foraged plants with seasoned farmer & fermenteuse, Arzeena Hamir! Bring your favourite pickles, sodas, kimchis, krauts and SCOBY’s to share. Or, if you’re new to fermentation and want to learn about preserving the harvest with … Continue reading Aug 17: Comox Valley – Fermenting the New Farm Culture