All posts by Darcy Smith

JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 04, 2018

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CONTRACT POSITION: Are you a born storyteller who can plant a seed with a sentence? Do you dream up creative ideas, and live for sharing them with the world? Can you think big picture, then bring your vision to life through language and images? Are you always up on the latest trends in social media? Can you multi-task multiple memes and campaigns, to create meaningful engagement with audiences? If you’re a communications whiz with farming in your heart, Young Agrarians is looking for you! We are seeking a dynamic person capable of taking a leadership role to tell the story … Continue reading JOB: YOUNG AGRARIANS COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

BC Organic Grower: BC Plant Health Laboratory

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 02, 2018

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Plant Health Diagnostic Support for BC Producers By Emma Holmes, P.Ag This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of the BC Organic Grower. While we always hope that every farmer has a successful season and bountiful harvests, the reality is that there are endless factors to potentially derail those harvests. For me, the hardest part of farming was finding my crops decimated by pests or struggling to survive after getting hit with a disease. My heart sank when I found my previously healthy cucurbits drooping and turning brown in the greenhouse one morning and I felt panic when … Continue reading BC Organic Grower: BC Plant Health Laboratory

JOB: COABC Communications Coordinator

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 01, 2018

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The Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) is seeking someone passionate about communications and organic food for the role of Communications Coordinator. This role is ideal for someone with existing media relationships and PR experience who can dive headfirst into sharing the story of organic in BC! The communications coordinator will communicate and promote the work and mandate of the COABC and organic both within the sector and to consumers. The ideal candidate will possess: Ability to be proactive to support the needs of COABC team members and organic community Ability to take responsibility to meet deadlines and make progress … Continue reading JOB: COABC Communications Coordinator

Looking for Land: New Home for Outdoor Education Program, Slocan Valley BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on September 20, 2018

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ABOUT FOUR NATIONS COALITION OF INDIGENOUS MEDICINE The Four Nations Coalition of Indigenous Medicines are dedicated to offering teachings and services that enhance all people’s connection to nature, their creators and each other. Programs offered educate children, youth and adults in earth honouring traditional indigenous teachings from the four nations of humanity. From fun and creative child and youth programs to deeply transformative adult education and personal healing they work to serve our community’s needs. This Outdoor Education Program is sanctioned and supported by Aboriginal hosting nation, the Sinixt. LOOKING FOR LAND Currently Four Nations provides exceptional indigenous cultural education and … Continue reading Looking for Land: New Home for Outdoor Education Program, Slocan Valley BC

B.C. LAND MATCHING PROGRAM IS GROWING WITH NEW LAND MATCHERS ACROSS SOUTHERN B.C.

Posted by Darcy Smith on September 18, 2018

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Got land? Want land? Young Agrarians is excited to announce we now have four new Land Matchers across Southern B.C. – and they are ready and waiting to support your land access needs! With the support of our amazing funders, this year Young Agrarians is incredibly fortunate to expand from one Land Matcher in Metro Vancouver-Fraser Valley, to four new Land Matchers across Southern B.C., with the program being offered for the first time on Vancouver Island in the Cowichan Valley, Okanagan Central North, and the Columbia Basin. If you’re looking for land to farm, or have land that you’d … Continue reading B.C. LAND MATCHING PROGRAM IS GROWING WITH NEW LAND MATCHERS ACROSS SOUTHERN B.C.

Young Agrarians Land Matching Program Work Nominated for Land Award!

Posted by Darcy Smith on September 10, 2018

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Here at Young Agrarians, we eat, breathe, and live land access solutions to help get new farmers on the land. With the cost of land putting ownership out of reach for many new and young farmers, new entrants are increasingly turning to alternative land access models, such as leasing. Since 2016, the Young Agrarians Land Matching Program Pilot in Metro Vancouver has been pairing farmers seeking land for lease with farmland owners who want to make their land available for farming. We’re thrilled that the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. (REFBC) has chosen our Land Matching Program Pilot as a finalist … Continue reading Young Agrarians Land Matching Program Work Nominated for Land Award!

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 4 FENCED ACRES FOR LIVESTOCK, SURREY BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on June 28, 2018

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ABOUT THE LAND The property consists of approximately 4 acres of ALR land on a 6 acre property bordering the Nicomekl River in South Surrey suitable for livestock production. The landowner lives on site. The land has historically been used to graze cattle, but was not in production last year. There is excellent fencing, with one large pasture and two additional fenced areas, one of which features a small, outdoor covered area for shelter. ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY Four acres plus a small storage building available for lease for livestock production. Cattle are preferred as that has worked well on the land in the past. … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 4 FENCED ACRES FOR LIVESTOCK, SURREY BC

SURREY URBAN FARMERS MARKET LOOKING FOR NEW FARMERS

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 25, 2018

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  A unique community gathering place, the Surrey Urban Farmers Market (SUFM) is a local based non-profit community market located at the North Surrey Recreation Centre beside Surrey Central Mall and the Surrey Central sky-train & bus loop. Our market benefits hundreds to thousands of residents in the Surrey Central City area as well as the small business vendors from all across Surrey, the lower mainland and BC. The market opens this year on Wednesday June 6th with the last day on Wednesday October 3rd. We are now into our 10th year and host free live music shows, kids’ activities … Continue reading SURREY URBAN FARMERS MARKET LOOKING FOR NEW FARMERS

THE FARMHOUSE BARD ON LAND AND FARM START-UP

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 30, 2018

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My name is Roger and I’m farming in Surrey, BC at The Farmhouse Bard. I’m just starting my second season of intensive vegetable production in BC. For many years, I worked as a cook, cultivating my love for the various stories, scents, and colours of heirloom vegetables. I wanted to share the histories of curious things, like crookneck watermelons, and the tale of mortgage lifter tomatoes. I also deeply believe in the power of farms to serve as hubs for communities to re-connect with their land: physically, ecologically, culturally, and spiritually. I farmed in Ontario and Vermont for four years … Continue reading THE FARMHOUSE BARD ON LAND AND FARM START-UP

LAND OPPORTUNITY: PRADHA FARM, OYAMA BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 16, 2018

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ABOUT THE LAND Located on 54 acres of ALR/A1 in Oyama, Lake Country, the property sits on a higher plateau overlooking Wood and Kalamalka Lakes. On the higher levels of the property, the Okanagan Lake can also be seen between the hills, giving this property a tri-lake view that’s quite spectacular. The property backs onto Crown land with many older trails that will be explored and developed in connecting and re-vitalizing The High Rim Trail (an older conduit linking Coldstream, Vernon area to Hwy 33 by Black Mountain behind Kelowna which follows the ridge of the mountains past Oyama, Beaver … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: PRADHA FARM, OYAMA BC