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!
The 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer brought together @ 100 people over the weekend to learn, share skills, and make new connections. It was a fantastic group with lots of familiar faces and a whole bunch of new ones. A huge thank you to all our amazing speakers – you were engaging, thoughtful, and inspiring! The slideshows and handouts are available from almost all of the sessions. You can DOWNLOAD RESOURCES FROM SPEAKERS here (email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have technical difficulties). Tara Nakashima from Invati Yoga wanted to share this YouTube video with you – Yoga for Farmers. Danny Harris who led the … Continue reading 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer: Wrap-Up Post & Resources!
Kwantlen Polytechnic University presents this Short Course: Business Planning for a New Farm. Managing your farm as a business is an important but often neglected component of operating a farm. Recent research shows that farmers who create and use business planning are more confident, more profitable and more able to take advantage of new opportunities. This short course will introduce participants to the concept of farm business planning through some practical, hands-on exercises. Teaching content will reference Ministry of Agriculture resources, primarily the New Farm Start-Up guide, and introduce participants to options for further support through the Ministry. Save the dates and … Continue reading March 1, 8, & 22: Short Course – Business Planning for a New Farm