What a fantastic weekend! The 4th Okanagan Winter Mixer brought together 100 people from across the Okanagan-Thompson region and beyond – as far as Williams Lake! We enjoyed two days of networking activities and workshops on a range of topics focused on building farming and business skills. There was a great energy in the room – a lot of passion and excitement about the coming season! A highlight for many people were the business skills workshops lead by Chris Bodnar from Close to Home Organics. Attendees expressed their gratitude for learning about what it takes to build and run their farm … Continue reading 4th Okanagan Winter Mixer – that’s a wrap!
The Shuswap Food Action Committee is hosting a series of Shuswap Food Conversations including the upcoming Jobs in Agriculture panel. These events will be held every Wednesday from March 8th to April 12th, 7-9pm at the Okanagan College in Salmon Arm. These free events will cover a range of interesting food and agriculture topics! March 8th: Jobs in Agriculture A panel discussion on the Shuswap as a farming area–past, present, and future. Farms in transition and youth employment will be the main focus!
Fre-Da-Ro Farm is a certified organic farm focusing on ethical and natural mean to raise lamb, beef, chicken, turkeys, eggs, and ancient grains for organic markets. The farm is 167 acres and is located on the beautiful Shuswap River in the North Okanagan community of Enderby. Owner Willem Roell has been farming in this location for over 40 years, focusing strongly on organic farming for the last 17 of those years. Willem is a strong advocate for organic farming, agriculture and livestock. He has been instrumental in developing a vision and bringing methods and infrastructure of organic farming to B.C. … Continue reading Farm Job: Enderby – Fre-Da-Ro Farm Worker
Looking for the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Winter Mixer? Click here! This year’s Okangan Winter Farmer Mixer is going to offer a full two days of workshops and sessions to sharpen your farm skills, and build connections with other new farmers. Join us to learn about Holistic Management, Indigenous Land and Food Systems, Crop Planning, Business Management and more! Saturday night we will host an awesome Potluck too: new and young(ish) farmers, foodies, and farm friends are all welcome! WHEN: Saturday January 21 – Sunday January 22, 2017 WHERE: Okanagan Mission Community Hall, 4409 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC COST: Sliding scale $50-100. All funds raised go … Continue reading January 21-22: Kelowna, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Okanagan Winter Farmer Mixer
CRAFT ONTARIO FARM INTERNSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE! Position: Ecological Farm Internships Organization: CRAFT South Western Ontario Locations: across Southwestern Ontario / near Guelph, Kitchener, London, and more. If you’re ready for a full, hands-on experience that will immerse you in ecological farming then you’ve come to the right place. CRAFT South West Ontario is your gateway to a farm internship experience that will change your life. Whether your dream is to have your own organic farm one day or you just want to learn some food-growing and hands-on skills that can be applied in other parts of your life, a farming … Continue reading INTERNSHIPS: CRAFT Ontario’s Ecological Farming Opportunities
Garden Manager Snow’s Hillhouse Microfarm and Inn seeks a qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable gardener to oversee small-scale production of food and flowers. The seasonal position begins in March with seed starting and continues through harvest, with hours increasing to 30 hours per week as the growing season gets into full gear. The Gardener will work closely with the property owner to set goals, plan, assign tasks, and prioritize. In addition to at least 2 years of paid garden work, the applicant must have excellent verbal communication and organizing skills, familiarity with permaculture principles, and must be 100% reliable. On-site housing … Continue reading JOB: Snow’s Hillhouse Microfarm & Inn, Nelson, BC
The 3 Rs of Organic Agriculture: Restorative, Responsible, Resilient Keynote: March Shepard of New Forest Farm and author of Restorative Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers The 33rd annual Eco Farm Day is coming on February 25-26, 2017 at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall. The day is organized by volunteers of the Ottawa-St Lawrence-Outaouais Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers (COG OSO). The focus is on practical techniques and management skills that work in our area, with an emphasis on sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre. As a highlight event of the season for organic (and organic curious) farmers, … Continue reading CORNWALL, ON: Eco Farm Day with Mark Shepard | Feb 25-26
The North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project (EGP) is building a Schoolyard Market Garden at Sutherland Secondary School. Imagine learning science and math in the vegetable beds and compost piles, languages over a fresh picked meal to share, and art surrounded by a bountiful garden. Students, teachers, and community members will benefit from transforming one third of an acre of Sutherland Secondary’s front lawn into a thriving market garden. Watch their video to find out more about the project! They have launched an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for soil and a living fence. Help them reach their … Continue reading Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden