#foodandlabour 3/3: Food Justice and The Face of Ecological Farm Interns in Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on August 26, 2016

#foodandlabour

By Charles Z Levkoe and Michael Ekers Originally published in the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s May-June 2016 newsletter, Volume 37, Issue 3. This article is the third in a series that describes the increasing numbers of non-waged interns working on ecological farms across Ontario.  As farmers welcome those seeking seasonal farm experiences as a way to share knowledge and skills and to meet labour demands, our research has been exploring the broader implications of these trends. In this article, we look at who exactly is being trained to farm through ecological farm internships and the potential impact on the future … Continue reading #foodandlabour 3/3: Food Justice and The Face of Ecological Farm Interns in Ontario

SEPT 24: Salt Spring Island – Contra Dance at Bullock Lake Farm with The Merry McKentys

Posted by Moss Dance on August 25, 2016

Bullock Lake Farm Contra Dance - Poster

Join us for a farmtastic evening at Bullock Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island for a farm tour, potluck dinner and Contra Dance till-you-drop with our favourite coastal old-timey band, The Merry McKentys! When: Saturday September 24 4:00PM Farm tour 5:30PM Potluck dinner – Please bring a dish to share and tools to eat with 7:00PM Contra Dance with the Merry McKentys! Where: Bullock Lake Farm, 360 Upper Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island TICKETS: http://bullocklakecontradance.brownpapertickets.com * All proceeds go to the musicians About Bullock Lake Farm   Bullock Lake Farm is a small, first-generation family farm specializing in organic produce, flowers, and pastured meats. They produce … Continue reading SEPT 24: Salt Spring Island – Contra Dance at Bullock Lake Farm with The Merry McKentys

Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 18, 2016

photo by Sara Dent

photo by Sara Dent.  The BAUTA Family Seed Security Initiative is offering grants to farmers interested in building their capacity and understanding of seed production through their Seed Training Support Grant.  Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend the following training events on ecological seed production. These events offer intermediate to advanced training on growing vegetable seeds and field crops. Eligible costs include travel expenses and registration fees. Kneading Conference: Skowhegan, Maine – July 28, 29, 2016 Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference & Campout: Decorah, Iowa – Jul. 15-17, 2016 NOVIC 2-day Plant Breeding Intensive: Pablo, Montana – Sept. … Continue reading Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

“Quick” Guide to a Land Match Agreement

Posted by Darcy Smith on August 03, 2016

Land Match Agreements - navigating the regulatory labyrinth

You’re ready for a land match. You’ve found that dream piece of land, or the perfect farmer for your property. Now what? The first step to drafting a solid land agreement is figuring out which one will match your needs. And yes, this is a bit of a rabbit hole to dive into. Lucky for you, we’ve made our way through the regulatory labyrinth and come out the other end relatively unscathed – and with some helpful information. From leases and licenses to MOU’s, the information below will help you define your needs and get you one step closer to … Continue reading “Quick” Guide to a Land Match Agreement

Sept 10: Young Agrarians Mixer at Fork in the Rowed Farms – Lethbridge, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 01, 2016

Farmer Mixer

Farm Tour, Speakers,  Demos,  Food & Live Music! If you’re an aspiring farmer, current farmer, seasoned farmer, gardener or you’re a food lover that just loves to hang out with farmers (who isn’t?), we’re hosting an event for you. When: Saturday, September 10th, 2016 Time: 3:00pm (sharp) – Farm Tour Start & Speakers to Follow 6:30pm –  Supper Into the Evening –  Music, Mingling and Hanging Out! Who: An event for EVERYONE interested in learning about sustainable farming and growing techniques. Open to all ages and levels of farming experience. Location: Fork in the Rowed Farms 211052 township 9-0a, Lethbridge county​​ (See map)  Cost: $25/person … Continue reading Sept 10: Young Agrarians Mixer at Fork in the Rowed Farms – Lethbridge, AB

Oct 8: Pender Island, BC – Pender Island Farm Tour – Twin Island Cidery & Valley Home Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on July 29, 2016

Pender Island Farm Tour

Jump on the ferry and check out two sweet Pender Island farms! Join Katie Selbee and Matthew Vasilev for a farm tour of Twin Island Cider – a farm-based cidery and orchard in its first year.  We’ll walk the heritage orchard, the new cider variety orchard, and chat apples, craft cider, grafting, and all of the triumphs and frustrations of a start-up farm business based on a value-added product. BYO lunch picnic & social will happen in the orchard after the tour! After touring Twin Island & enjoying a picnic BYO lunch, we’ll head over to visit Ben Kadel & Roland Maurice … Continue reading Oct 8: Pender Island, BC – Pender Island Farm Tour – Twin Island Cidery & Valley Home Farm

JOB: Richmond, BC – Sharing Farm Executive Director

Posted by Moss Dance on July 25, 2016

Job Sharing Farm Richmond BC

The Sharing Farm Society, a nonprofit organization in Richmond, BC, a new job opening for a full-time permanent Executive Director starting in September 2016. The Sharing Farm Society is a community of amazing staff, directors, and volunteers who work together to grow organic fruits and vegetables for donation to our neighbours in need. Our 3.5 acre farm is located on City land at the northwestern tip of Richmond in Terra Nova Rural Park. We are a community farm, embracing the efforts of a large number of volunteers for our production and activities. Learn more about us and our mission and activities at on the website. Executive Director Position This is … Continue reading JOB: Richmond, BC – Sharing Farm Executive Director

WORKSHOP: Production of Asian Medicinal Herbs

Posted by Moss Dance on July 21, 2016

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The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwanten Polytechnic University is offering a weekend workshop on the cultivation of Asian medicinal herbs in the Pacific Northwest. The course instructor will be Peg Schafer of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.

AUG 14: KELOWNA, BC – Summerhill Farm Tour + Potluck

Posted by Moss Dance on July 19, 2016

Summerhill Farm Tour

Date: August 14, 2016, 3:00-9:00PM (farm tour @ 4:00PM, potluck to follow) Address: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chutelake Rd, Kelowna, BC Bring a dish to share! Join Gabe Cipes, Permaculture designer and Biodynamicist with Jade Shaman, master gardener/carpenter for a farm tour of Summerhill Pyramid Winery. This special farm is more than a winery! The farm tour will give you a chance to check out the vineyards, forest gardens, culinary gardens, glass house nursery, Pit house/Kekuli, bees and chickens. The tour starts at 4pm and will be followed by a potluck gathering at the estate house looking over the lake and vineyards. Farm Tour, Potluck, Conversation Gabe has been involved … Continue reading AUG 14: KELOWNA, BC – Summerhill Farm Tour + Potluck

OPPORTUNITY: Join a Farm Co-op! Merville Organics Seeks New Growers

Posted by Moss Dance on July 18, 2016

Merville Organics Cooperative

Ever considered joining a farm co-op? If running your own business, working outside rain or shine, and growing organic food for your community are job descriptions that call to you, Merville Organics wants to meet you and help you get your farm business established in the Comox Valley. The local cooperative of five farms is facing such a high demand for produce that it is actively seeking more farmers to grow with them in the 2017 season. “Our weekly veggie box subscription program sold out in record time this year and we already have a wait list of 40 families”, … Continue reading OPPORTUNITY: Join a Farm Co-op! Merville Organics Seeks New Growers