Preserving The Chicken and The Farmer

Posted by Dana Penrice on September 10, 2014

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10 days and counting… On September 18th, we will have had our heritage chickens for 15 weeks and 3 days and they’ll be off to the butcher. For us, it will be the end of a very meaningful project and the beginning of hopefully a long and fulfilling career as farmers. This year was our first year diving more fully into farming and the launch of C & E Meats at Lacombe, Alberta. We started a few different projects, including raising lamb and doing some custom grazing but our chickens held a special place for me because it was an amazing […]

Young Agrarians

Posted by Sara Dent on September 08, 2014

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Article by Courtney White, originally published by A Carbon Pilgrim  | AUG 27, 2014 and adapted from Grass, Soil, Hope: a Journey through Carbon Country. “The agrarian population among us is growing, and by no means is it made up merely of some farmers and some country people. It includes urban gardeners, urban consumers who are buying food from local farmers, organizers of local food economies, consumers who have grown doubtful of the healthfulness, the trustworthiness, and the dependability of the corporate food system – people who understand what it means to be landless.” – Wendell Berry A few years ago, I traveled up New […]

Muskoka, Ontario: Let’s Mix It Up!

Posted by Sara Dent on September 07, 2014

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To REGISTER, please go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/866011 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 Utube Video with Dan Kretschmar 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 […]

Eastern Ontario – Young Farmer Mixer!

Posted by Sara Dent on September 07, 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 […]

September 21: Tractor & Horse Ploughing Workshop at Deerfoot Farm, Armstrong, BC

Posted by Sara Dent on September 06, 2014

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Want to learn how to plough with a tractor, and horses? Join us at Deerfoot Farm for a ploughing workshop coordinated by David Boran. Please register as soon as possible so that David can organize the appropriate teachers, tools and tractors. This workshop is a great primer for the 37th Annual North Okanagan Ploughing Match the following weekend, Sunday, September 28th. Where: Deerfoot Farm, 4420 Hullcar Road, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B4 Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 Times: 10am-4pm You can choose to learn horse ploughing and/or tractor ploughing. The group will be split up into two to give people time […]

For the Love of Farm-Fresh Milk with Mark McAfee of the California Raw Milk Institute

Posted by Sara Dent on September 05, 2014

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Free public presentation with Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute in California. RAWMI is committed to being the most-trusted source of information for and about the raw dairy industry. Whether you’re a dairy farmer looking for help in producing the highest quality product, a consumer trying to make an informed decision about this important source of nutrients, or a legislator or regulator building your knowledge of the raw milk industry … you’ve come to the right place. The talk will include: – Current legal issues surrounding raw milk in BC – Raw milk best practices on the farm […]

Armstrong, BC: Organic Pork Farm Manager Position

Posted by Sara Dent on September 03, 2014

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Farm Manager for our Organic Pork Production Farm in Armstrong, BC Our farm is a small, successful certified organic operation where we pasture raise pigs from farrow to finish, on to processing and direct sales to consumers and restaurants. We require an individual (or couple) who has a desire to become an integral part of our operation – someone who will take on all areas of responsibility related to the farm as if it were their own. DUTIES: Will include all aspects of animal care and husbandry with our pigs (and some cattle), feed processing, equipment/pasture/yard maintenance and repair, irrigation […]

Powell River, BC Land Op – Young Horticulturists Wanted!

Posted by Sara Dent on September 02, 2014

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We are Alan and Kathy Rebane, owners of Creekside Farm, a productive, mixed-use, 20-acre farm in Powell River, BC. We are looking to offer an energetic Young Agrarian (or couple) the opportunity to cultivate their horticulture business on our property. A bit about the farm: Currently, we pasture 5 steers for beef yearly, along with 20-40 feeder pigs, and a couple hundred chickens for eggs and various varieties of meat birds seasonally. Capitalizing on the unique Class D license that allows eligible Powell River farmers to sell meat at the farm-gate, we have invested in small butcher-shop facilities and are […]

Food Action Society’s fourth annual Roots n’ Brews celebrates local food, farmers and chefs!

Posted by Sara Dent on August 31, 2014

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE By Kristy Hennings Vernon, BC – The Food Action Society of the North Okanagan is hosting their fourth annual gala fundraiser, Roots ‘n’ Brews, on September 20, 2014 at the Best Western Vernon Lodge. Our team of  passionate chefs were inspired by the abundance of the season to create a menu that will thrill the taste buds, while all funds raised will go to support local food initiatives and events. This year’s celebration of local food and food producers will begin with a tasting hour of local spirits from 5 – 6 pm, featuring Okanagan Spirits, Crannóg Ales, […]

Consultation on Changes to the ALR – Opportunity to Provide Your Input by August 22

Posted by dennisjdennis on August 18, 2014

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Public input on changes to the ALR closes on August 22 – only 4 more days to provide your feedback to the government. The whole process around Bill 24 has been highly problematic, yet I encourage everyone to take the time to voice your opinion!!! The online input form can be accessed here. The BC Food Systems Network released a document with their answers to the public input questions which is a great guide to better understanding the intricacies of what is being asked.  Whether you take the same position as the BCFSN or not, it is a useful read […]