All posts by Kristen Nammour

APRIL 12: Enterprise Budgets for Small Scale Farmers Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 23, 2017

Enterprise Budget Webinar

Have you ever wondered “What exactly are enterprise budgets?! How do they work? And why would I use them in my farm planning?”  Join YA and KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems for a FREE webinar that will help you understand how enterprise budgets can be a powerful planning and financial analysis tool that can be used to guide business decisions on your farm. Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST Cost: FREE! Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1777763349004622850 A recording of this webinar session will be available to those who register at the link above. Enterprise Budgets for Small Scale Farms Part 1: Why do you … Continue reading APRIL 12: Enterprise Budgets for Small Scale Farmers Webinar

Business Mentorship Network – Simon Answerth, Lightfoot Farm, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 22, 2017

The green fields of Lightfoot Farms stretch out towards the blue sky

Name?  Simon Answerth Where do you farm? Kelowna, BC What do you farm? Market garden vegetables. What type of business structure is your farm? Husband and Wife partnership. What is your land tenure? I am involved in an incubator farm program where growers are given the chance to develop their skills on a quarter acre plot with very low land costs (i.e. lease fees, irrigation, fencing) and assumed risk.  Each ‘student’ is allowed to participate for 1-3 years after which they must move on to find their own land to lease and to hopefully one day buy. How did you seriously get … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Simon Answerth, Lightfoot Farm, BC

MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 27, 2017

Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Looking to learn the basics of bookkeeping for farms? It’s the first step in growing solid financial management practices for your business. Join YA and SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) for a 1.5 hour webinar laying out the foundations of farm bookkeeping, business set up, payroll and your first year-end tax report! NOTE: This webinar is going to focus on bookkeeping within the context of Canadian agriculture and tax regulation. Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST Cost: FREE! Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7568652497864152321 Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar will cover: Basic Principles of Bookkeeping GST & PST Registration Assets Cashflow … Continue reading MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Looking for Land: Meet Teamster Christine

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 16, 2017

Cadence Lane Farm Draft Team Pulls Logs w/ teamster, Christine

CHRISTINE BEATTIE: HORSE TRAINER, TEAMSTER & FARMER IS SEARCHING FOR A HOMESTEAD IN THE COWICHAN VALLEY Hello! My name is Christine; I am a passionate horse trainer, teamster, and farmer, as well as the human power behind Cadence Lane Farm in the Cowichan Valley.  After close to four years on the same farm, I have outgrown the space I am on and am seeking a new homestead to lease and call home. My way of life and ambitions in farming with horses are inspired by a purpose, a principle, and a possibility.  The purpose is to work in harmony with Mother Nature, to … Continue reading Looking for Land: Meet Teamster Christine

Kinsol Farm Accommodation Exchange, Duncan, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 13, 2017

Kinsol Farm accommodation available in exchange for part time farm labour

Accommodation in Exchange for P/T Farm Labour in the beautiful Cowichan Valley WHERE: KINSOL FARM, 4041 Mountain Road, Duncan, BC WHAT: Henk (carpenter) and Robin (herbalist) are seeking a couple to exchange 20 hours per week in farm labour for accommodation at their 12 acre farm 20 minutes south of Duncan. The farm is a hobby farm with the potential to grow and generate more revenue from produce/herbs/chickens etc. with the right help. ABOUT THE FARM: At present, the farm consists of a veggie garden, small greenhouse, orchard, herb gardens, pastureland (4 sheep), woodlot, bees, and 70 laying hens. The farm is … Continue reading Kinsol Farm Accommodation Exchange, Duncan, BC

Lessons Learned: Graham Bradley and the Gabriola Food Hub

Posted by Kristen Nammour on January 26, 2017 1 Comment

Graham Bradley races by on his red electric cargo bike delivering produce for the Gabriola Food Hub

Name, Farm, Location? Graham Bradley, 40×40 Farm, the Gabriola Food Hub, and I have been very involved at Good Earth Farm.  All of these businesses are on Gabriola Island, BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? My main goals take form in two mottos: ‘work to learn’ and ‘don’t stop’. ‘Work to learn’ comes from something I read from Curtis Stone (an urban farmer from Kelowna who played a role in inspiring me to become a farmer). The full quote is “Work to learn and not to earn.” Often businesses lose money in … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Graham Bradley and the Gabriola Food Hub

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 14, 2016

hawthorne-creek-farm-fields

Hi, this is Laticia Chapman checking in with YA Business Mentorship Blog #2. I’m going to freestyle it, because my year diverged wildly from my expectations circa last January. I’ve just passed my first anniversary living at my family farm in Tarrys, BC, between Castlegar and Nelson in the West Kootenays. We haven’t settled on a name in any legal sense, but ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’ is a strong contender. So let me say right off the bat that you’d have to call this season a #farmfail for me, at least in a business sense. My focus for this mentorship was … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Duck Creek Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 12, 2016

duck-creek-farm-crew-2016

1. Name, Farm, Location? Emma Holmes, Duck Creek Farm, Salt Spring Island. I stepped in as farm manager for my friend Eland Brontstein, who took a year to farm in Australia and be with his lovely fiancé. 2. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Explore farming as a career option, get experience in all of the skills related to farming (marketing, finances, flame weeding, etc.), and create a positive intern experience 3. Did you meet your goals / Did it work out? I learnt a lot! It allowed me to try … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Duck Creek Farm

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Merville Organic Growers’ Co-op

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 10, 2016

Merville Organics - Robin Market

1. Name, Farm, Location? Arzeena Hamir & Neil Turner (Amara Farm), Moss Dance, Russell Heitzmann & Robin Sturley (Ripple Farm), Kira Kotilla (Kloverdalen Farm) and Calliope Gazetas. Together we are Merville Organic Grower Co-op, in Courtenay, BC. 2. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Our first year working together as a co-op was very exciting and we made a lot of progress. We all run our own farms as well so there were still plenty of important things that we just didn’t have time to work on in our first year. … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Merville Organic Growers’ Co-op

BC Business Mentorship Network – Apply Now!

Posted by Kristen Nammour on October 18, 2016

grow your farm - business skills for farmers - apply to the young agrarians business mentorship network

Ready to Grow Your Farm Business? Are you a young (or young at heart) animal or vegetable producer living in British Columbia? Are you operating a farm and are looking for guidance in continuing to grow your business? Young Agrarians is excited to be offering a third season of the BC Business Mentorship Network! This program pairs new and seasoned farmers together to cultivate the skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Mentors work with you to analyze your operations and lay the groundwork for your farm’s business growth. What You Get! As a participant in this program you will receive 35-40 hours of one-on-one mentorship … Continue reading BC Business Mentorship Network – Apply Now!