Forbes Farm is on 13 acres in Oliver, BC, and is a very diverse operation of vegetables, tree fruits, berries, herbs, nuts, apiary, and livestock. Join Gord and Steven on this tour of the farm and learn about their wetland conservation, and diverse production methods and practices. Their farm was the first in the Okanagan to plant almonds, and now the trees are in full production at 12-14 years old. They were told the trees would never survive, but they tried anyways and proved naysayers wrong! Their farm is a testament to their “let’s try it” attitude with a broad … Continue reading JUNE 10: Oliver, BC – Forbes Farm Tour & Potluck
From garlic cultivation to bread, touring Farmersdotter Organics in Cawston, BC, is a chance to learn about crop rotations, soil health, and more! ABOUT FARMERSDOTTER ORGANICS Farmersdotter Organics is a certified organic farm in Cawston, BC specializing in growing garlic and making naturally leavened bread. This farm tour will focus on garlic production, and we’ll also get a chance to check out their wood fired bread oven. The farm has been growing garlic for 7 years, and has developed a four year crop rotation cycle to keep their soil in peak condition. This farm tour will be a great opportunity to get … Continue reading May 27: Cawston, BC – Farmersdotter Organics Farm Tour & Potluck
Is your dream all about farming alone and making a living on a small-scale farm? Meet Emilie at Organic Only Farm for a tour on June 24 in Cawston! How much can one person grow (with a bit of help here and there) and make a living? Organic Only is a small scale farm working to answer that question. In season 4, on 3/4 of an acre of leased land, Emilie faces the challenges that organic growing and mother nature present. Emilie is demonstrating that one can start a farm alone and make a living on the land. When: 4-7pm, Sunday, June 24th, 2018 Where: Organic … Continue reading June 24: Cawston, BC – Organic Only Farm Tour & Potluck
When & Where: Saturday April 28th, 4pm – 10pm 4:00pm: Bench Grafting Demonstration & Red Barn Produce Farm Tour @ 671 Kurtz Road, Cawston BC 5:00pm-ish: Farm Tour of Joshua’s Trees (just down the road) @ 253 Beecroft River Rd, Cawston BC 6:00pm: Community Potluck and Party @ 2284 Newton Rd, Cawston BC RSVP: It’s a free event, but we love to know who’s coming! Join the facebook event & share with your friends 🙂 Join in for a tour of two great farms, a bench grafting demonstration, and an awesome evening of community potluck and music. Joshua’s Trees is an organic … Continue reading April 28: Cawston, BC – Joshua’s Trees & Red Barn Produce Farm Tours, Bench Grafting Demonstration, & Potluck Party
When: Sunday April 29th, 11am-2pm Where: Klipper Organics, 2200 Ferko Road, Cawston BC RSVP: It’s a free event, but we love to know who’s coming! Join the facebook event & share with your friends 🙂 Join Kevin Klippenstein for a tour of Klippers Organics. This 45 acre organic farm is very diverse mix of vegetables and fruits. Along with checking out their crops, we’ll also get to and learn about how they’ve diversified their operations to include a processing facility, guest suite, and the potential for a farm to table restaurant in the future! About the farm: Klippers Organics began … Continue reading April 29: Cawston, BC – Farm Tour & Potluck at Klippers Organics
The Shuswap Food Action Co-op is hosting their spring series of Food Conversations. These are great events to meet like minded folks, and learn from other knowledgable locals and experts. Check out their website for all the details.
Heather Pritchard will present a talk titled: Row by Row: Recreating the Commons, Organizing Cooperative Access to Land and Food, taking place at Okanagan College, Vernon Cost: Free No registration required. Profitable, sustainable and accessible food systems planning are top of mind for many in our region today. There is increasing interest in exploring how to provide young farmers and other food entrepreneurs access to training, land and infrastructure in order to bolster the local food economy and contribute to the North Okanagan food system. Planning for a farmland trust, an incubator farm, a farmers’ cooperative and a regional agri-food hub … Continue reading April 10: Vernon – Recreating the Commons
Central Okanagan Agro-ecological Knowledge Exchange A one-day free conference/workshop held at UBCO for new farmers, researchers, and students to build community around agricultural science and local food production. Goals: To introduce interested community members and new farmers to ideas and knowledge generated from agricultural and biological research that might help them better understand and manage the processes taking place on their farms. To introduce interested researchers to farming practices and problems found in local farming systems, encouraging more research/outreach in these areas. Provide a venue for community collaboration and idea sharing around agro-ecology, farming, and local food systems. Topics: Soil … Continue reading April 8: Kelowna, BC – Agro-ecological Knowledge Exchange
The Shuswap Food Action Co-op is screening Feeding Ourselves at the Salmar Classic theatre on Friday March 23 at 7pm. It’s a documentary on the Kooteney’s movement towards regional food sovereignty. Feeding Ourselves weaves intimate stories from the hopes and convictions of West Kootenay farmers and producers as they navigate undercurrents of uncertainty with our food system. Driven to embrace a livelihood supporting local resilience, these people help us appreciate the significance and potential of feeding ourselves. Admission by donation. Snacks will be available to purchase. When: Friday March 23 at 7pm Where: Salmar Classic, 360 Alexander Street, Salmon Arm, BC … Continue reading March 23: Salmon Arm, BC – Feeding Ourselves Movie Screening
Business Planning for New Farms Workshop Participants: New farmers or farmers looking to change or diversify their products Date and Time: Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (PST) Location: Taghum Hall, Nelson Presenters: Emma Holmes, Organics Industry Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, and Chris Bodner, owner of Close to Home Organics and farm business management specialist and teacher at Kwantleen Polytechnic University. Workshop Overview: The focus of this workshop is farm business planning. Emma Holmes will also provide information on soil management fundamentals, and Ministry of Agriculture resources and programs for farmers. Lunch: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (potluck mingler) Cost: Free – Registration required Register now!