CHANGE OF DATE May 16 & 17: Small Flock Poultry Workshops

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 27, 2017

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Join us for an evening of chicken education with poultry science professionals! This workshop is aimed at current small flock owners, or those planning to become poultry people! We hope to address common questions and concerns for those raising poultry in a non-commercial setting to help you keep your birds happy and healthy. The workshop will address chicken anatomy, egg production, biosecurity for your flock, chicken feed and feeding, which chicken breed is right for you, normal and abnormal chicken behaviour, poultry housing and more! You will receive handouts covering the topics of the workshop, resources for raising your chickens … Continue reading CHANGE OF DATE May 16 & 17: Small Flock Poultry Workshops

Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action—National Farmers Union

Posted by Moss Dance on April 25, 2017

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The following article consists of excerpts from Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action published by the National Farmers’ Union. “Agroecology is much more than a set of technologies; it is a political and social system, a way of life, a form of resistance against corporate control of the food system, and quite simply the best means of achieving food sovereignty.” — Ayla Fenton, NFU Youth Vice President “Agroecology is the answer to how to transform and repair our material reality in a food system and rural world that has been devastated by industrial food production and its so-called Green and … Continue reading Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action—National Farmers Union

Opportunity: Edmonton Food Council Seeking New Members

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 21, 2017

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Would you like to join the Edmonton Food Council? The 2017 applications close on April 30, 2017. Apply here.  The Edmonton Food Council was created as a committee of administration in 2013, as a Strategic Direction in line with fresh: Edmonton’s Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy, with a mandate to advise and act on the implementation of the strategy.  The Food Council is made up of 15 citizen volunteers who are actively involved in food systems work. Vision and Mandate The Edmonton Food Council shares the vision held in fresh, namely, that Edmonton has a resilient food and agriculture system that contributes to … Continue reading Opportunity: Edmonton Food Council Seeking New Members

APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on April 17, 2017

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Join in this field-based workshop in Creston & District to experience different soils and crop production environments! The workshop will travel to Herbada Farm, a commercial dairy farm on the Creston Flats; Cartwheel Farm, an organic market vegetable farm in Erickson; Twisted Roots, a four season community greenhouse in Crawford Bay; Yasodhara Ashram, an organic market garden; and Kootenay Honey Berry Farm, an emerging buckwheat, blueberry and honey farm. Fields Forward is excited to welcome educators Bill and Laticia Chapman to our region. Bill is an agrologist with the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resource Operations. Currently based in Williams Lake, Bill has … Continue reading APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore

JOB – Alberta Young Agrarians Regional Coordinator

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 12, 2017

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Organic Alberta is looking for an outgoing, self-motivated, highly organized person to join our team as a Young Agrarians (YA) Regional Coordinator. The YA Regional Coordinator will work with the Alberta Young Agrarians coordinator to support programming  including Young Agrarians events, the Agrarian Apprenticeship program, farm clubs and online communications. Applicants from across the province are invited to apply. Regions include southern Alberta and northern Alberta. Job details and how to apply. 

April 23: Enderby, BC – Enderberry Farm Tour & Hoop House Demo

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on April 12, 2017

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Where: Enderberry Farm, 64 Springbend Road, Enderby, BC V0E 1V3 When: 1:00-4:00pm, Sunday April 23rd, 2017 What to bring: A snack to share! Extra shovels, levels, and long measuring tapes would be useful, but are not required. Join us for a tour of our farm, and then a hands on “workbee” to set up a new propagation hoop house. We’ll be able to get the site “level” and square, anchors in, and ribs up. We may or may not have time to get the plastic on.   I’m not an expert, but we just put up a 90ft hoop house.  It is … Continue reading April 23: Enderby, BC – Enderberry Farm Tour & Hoop House Demo

Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 11, 2017

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Name? Rachael and Dane Sherstad Where do you farm? Paradise Valley Produce, Powell River, BC What do you farm? At this point buttercup… but hopefully delicious mixed veggies coming soon! What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? We purchased this land last summer and made the move to the Sunshine Coast in November.  Endless thanks to the most supportive family ever for making this possible! How did you seriously get into farming? Farming is a new adventure for both of us as we transition from backgrounds in outdoor education/guiding.  We both feel as if we are in the early … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce

Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 07, 2017

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Name? Sweet Digz Farm – Kareno Hawbolt & Kimi Hendess Where do you farm? Richmond, BC What do you farm? We use organic farming practices to grow veggies, seed and herbal medicinals. What type of business structure is your farm? Our business is a partnership of two sole proprietors: Kareno & Kimi.  Officially, we are “Sweet Digz Farm & Construction.” Up until last year we had a carpentry side where Kimi did renovations and in 2014-15 built a tiny house for a client.  Since 2016 we are trying to have Kimi full time on the farm along with head farmer Kareno.  We also have been able … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm

Event: Salmon Arm, BC – Haskap 2.0 Workshop

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on April 05, 2017

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Image Credit: Karen_Hine on Flickr Dr. Bob Bors from the University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Andrew Hammermeister from Dalhousie University are coming to Salmon Arm to lead a one day workshop focusing on organic Haskap Berry production opportunities in the Shuswap. Participants will learn about plant biology, establishing and maintaining a Haskap orchard, harvesting methods, and getting your product to market. Experts will share research and best practice examples, highlighting Haskap production opportunities in the Shuswap. When: April 22, 2017 Where: Comfort Inn & Suites, 1090 22nd Street NE, Salmon Arm, BC Cost: $25 per person, includes lunch. Register Here: Salmon … Continue reading Event: Salmon Arm, BC – Haskap 2.0 Workshop

EVENT: Calgary, AB – Towards a Prairie Atonement with author Trevor Herriot

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 03, 2017

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The Calgary Public Library is pleased to host award-winning author and naturalist, Trevor Herriot.   The discussion will focus on Herriot’s latest book, Towards a Prairie Atonement where he recounts what happened to First Nations and Metis communities who were moved off the grasslands. April 20 | 6:30 pm Memorial Park Library | 1221 2 St. S.W. | Calgary Towards a Prairie Atonement addresses the question of our relationship with the land. Enlisting the help of a Metis Elder, Trevor Herriot revisits the history of one corner of the Great Plains. This book’s lyrical blend of personal narrative, prairie history, imagery, … Continue reading EVENT: Calgary, AB – Towards a Prairie Atonement with author Trevor Herriot