August 31: Farmers on 57th Local Chef Talk + Potluck, Vancouver

Posted by Sara Dent on August 19, 2014

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Farmers on 57th is a half-acre mixed vegetable urban farm located at Cambie and 57th. Katie Selbee, Susheela Kundargi, and Reta Morris are three UBC Farm practicum graduates who together run the farm’s vegetable CSA program. Date/Time: Sunday, August 31st, 5pm Location: Cambie and 57th Ave, Vancouver (on the grounds of the George Pearson Center) Bring: A dish to share and tools to eat with! Confirmed Chefs: Rachel Lovick of Aphrodite’s & Craig Scherer of Trattoria Tour the half-acre urban farm and enjoy a potluck meal while hearing from a few Vancouver chefs on how local purchasing works in their restaurants, followed […]

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 […]

September 7: Pilgrim’s Produce & The Rudy Family Farm Tour & Potluck, Armstrong, BC

Posted by Sara Dent on August 13, 2014

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Job Posting – Bistro Garden Manager – Summerhill Pyramid Winery/Sunset Organic Bistro

Posted by Sara Dent on August 13, 2014

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Looking for an enthusiastic, organic veggie grower to manage a half-acre bistro garden on-site at the Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, BC. The ideal person will have some experience growing market variety vegetables using organic and permaculture methods. (If you have little experience, but are open to mentorship and learn quickly, please apply!) Also, some familiarity with biodynamic growing methods is helpful, but not required. Duties include: planning crop rotation, starting seedlings in greenhouse, managing irrigation schedules, planning soil amendments/organic fertilization, bed prep, weeding, seeding, harvests, coordination with chefs/bistro menu. The position starts March 1st, 2015 and ends at the […]

September 7: Creston Valley Tour de Farm!

Posted by Laura Hannant on August 12, 2014

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Get your bicycles tune-up and your picnic baskets stocked-up, it’s time for the first-ever, hopefully-annual Creston Valley Tour de Farm! What: We will meet in downtown Creston and take off for a day of exploring farms in the southern half of the Valley.  Our mission is to showcase the Creston Valley’s agricultural diversity.  Stops along the 26km route will include: a dairy and fromagerie, a small-scale grain farm, a market garden, an orchard, a small-scale greenhouse and livestock farm, and (fingers crossed) a vineyard and winery! When: Sunday, September 7th, 10:00am to 4:00pm (depending on biking speed) Where: Meet at the Creston […]

September 13 – Golden Ears Farm Corn Roast, Chase BC

Posted by Carina Foran on August 09, 2014

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Golden Ears Farm, in Chase BC, is hosting a Corn Roast and Farm tour on September 13. Golden Ears is providing a spit-roasted lamb and the corn!  Bring a food item to share, your own plate, cutlery, cup and drinks/money to chip in for a keg of Crannóg beer if you’re interested. Golden Ears is a small co-operative farm community committed to growing healthy food using organic practices, and living as self sufficiently as we can. We are transitioning to certified organic status this season through the North Okanagan Organic Association. We have 34 acres in the beautiful South Thompson […]

September 13: Zaklan Heritage Farm 3rd Annual Harvest Festival, Surrey, BC

Posted by Sara Dent on August 08, 2014

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We’re so excited for the third annual Harvest Festival at Zaklan Heritage Farm! Young Agrarians and friends, join us for a fabulous night of networking, eating and dancing. Our hosts Doug Zaklan and Gemma McNeill are young farmers in their third year of production on this family-owned farm. This year they have increased production and offer eggs, flowers, fruit, veggies and honey to their customers. Zaklan Heritage Farm is a fantastic example of growing and managing the land ecologically for optimum health and fertility. Date: Saturday, September 13th Times: 5pm Farm Tour, 6pm Potluck, Music 8pm Address: 13278 84th Avenue, […]

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

Posted by Sara Dent on August 07, 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 […]

Kootenay YA Dispatch: Willow Springs

Posted by Laura Hannant on August 07, 2014

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On July 26, YA and Willow Springs Organic Farm co-hosted a (stellar) farm tour and potluck. I first meet farmer Willy Fuder about a year ago, working on a small-scale agriculture education project.  After hearing about the project, Willy reaches out.  He wants in on helping to equip and support new farmers.  Five years into his own farm journey, he is bursting to share his knowledge and experience with others.  From the first, his passion for growing synergy among our region’s food system builders is plain.  A year later, working with YA, I cross my fingers that Willy will be […]

August 18th – REGISTER NOW for ACORN’S 3rd Beginner Farmer Symposium + Mixer

Posted by Lucia Stephen on August 06, 2014

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le francais suit…. SAVE THE DATE & SPREAD THE WORD!  The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 3rd Beginner Farmer Symposium & Mixer, taking place Monday, August 18th, 2014, at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick–a fundraiser event supporting the future and success of local organic agriculture!  Building on the great success of our previous Symposiums, drawing hundreds of farmers from throughout Eastern Canada, we are thrilled to once again showcase another busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region.  This year, […]