All posts by Moss Dance

NFU-O Land Access Guide for Young Farmers in Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on August 02, 2018

NFU-O Land Access Guide

The NFU-O (National Farmers Union of Ontario) has published the Young Agrarians Ontario Land Access Guide, thanks to funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The guide is an adaptation of the immensely popular Young Agrarians BC Land Access Guide. “Farmland in Ontario is amongst the most expensive in Canada with a provincial average of over $10,000 per acre. In Southwestern Ontario, farmland values are now averaging over $16,000 per acre,” noted Ayla Fenton, NFU-O Board member. “New farmers have to be more creative in finding land to grow their business. This guide highlights creative options for new farmers regarding … Continue reading NFU-O Land Access Guide for Young Farmers in Ontario

APPRENTICESHIP: SALMO, BC – Salix and Sedge

Posted by Moss Dance on July 31, 2018

Salix and Sedge field view

Looking for a fall apprenticeship opportunity on an organic farm? Salix and Sedge provides the opportunity to learn about efficient small-scale farming, CSAs, and veggie production! ABOUT SALIX  AND SEDGE Salix and Sedge is a certified organic farm located in the Salmo Valley, and is owned and operated by Brendan and Cali who began farming in 2015. On about 1.5 acres of land, we produce a large variety of vegetables for our Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, the Farmers Market, and for some local retailers. Our farm is situated next to a forested wetland ecosystem, and is just on the … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: SALMO, BC – Salix and Sedge

AUG 17: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Bullock Lake Farm Contra Dance

Posted by Moss Dance on July 31, 2018

Bullock Lake Farm Contra Dance 2018

Hey farmers and foodies, get your dancing shoes on! We’re teaming up with Bullock Lake Farm and the Merry McKentys to host a contra dance in the barn! WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2018 Noon-8PM: Bullock Lake Farm Stand & Pizza are open all afternoon and into the evening 7:30-10:30M Contra Dance with the Merry McKentys WHERE: Bullock Lake Farm, 360 Upper Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC TICKETS: $15 on Brown Paper Tickets or at the door (ticket price includes dance admission, pizza sold separately.) Space is limited, so we recommend getting your tickets in advance! Questions? Email Moss at westcoast@youngagrarians.org. WHAT IS A CONTRA … Continue reading AUG 17: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Bullock Lake Farm Contra Dance

FARM JOB: DUNCAN, BC – Glenora Farm Biodynamic Farm Manager

Posted by Moss Dance on July 30, 2018

Glenora Farm - aerial shot

Interested in diversified farming, and community living on Vancouver Island? Glenora Farm is seeking a farm manager immediately for their 97 acre mixed Biodynamic farm. About Glenora Farm Glenora Farm is 97 acre mixed Biodynamic farm on mostly sandy loam soils, consisting of 35 acres of pasture and hay fields, a herd of East Friesen milking sheep, a herd of Dexter beef cattle, a 3 acre intensive mixed vegetable and perennial berry garden, 2 hoophouses, large compost facility, a large herb garden, and an extensive onsite workshop program which adds value to the garden produce through processing agricultural products for … Continue reading FARM JOB: DUNCAN, BC – Glenora Farm Biodynamic Farm Manager

SEPT 29: COURTENAY, BC – Amara Farm Movie Night & Harvest Potluck

Posted by Moss Dance on July 27, 2018 4 Comments

Amara Farm Movie Night

Harvest time on the farm… what could be more beautiful? Join us at Amara Farm on Saturday, September 29 for a movie night in the greenhouse, and a fabulous harvest potluck! In partnership with World Community Film Festival Courtenay we’ll be screening Grow! A film about young farmers in the Southern U.S. WHEN: Sept 29, 2018 from 5-9:30PM 5:00PM Farm Tour 6:00PM Potluck 7:30PM (ish) Movie Night! WHERE: Amara Farm, 2641 Kirby Rd, Courtenay, BC SHARE: Planning on joining us? Please invite your friends and share our Facebook event! The evening will be hosted in the greenhouse, so please dress warmly, and remember to bring … Continue reading SEPT 29: COURTENAY, BC – Amara Farm Movie Night & Harvest Potluck

FARM JOB: OKOTOKS, AB – The Saskatoon Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on July 24, 2018

Saskatoon Farm

Are you interested in supervising a crew of farm workers on a berry farm? The Saskatoon Farm in Okotoks, AB is hiring! ABOUT THE SASKATOON FARM Type of Farm Operations: Commercial production of saskatoon berries (70 acres), Commercial production of cherries (9 acres), Commercial production of vegetables (5 acres), Nursery (4 acres), Commercial greenhouse production of ornamentals for retail and fruit tree and vegetable seedling production for wholesale. Work Location Information: Rural area Work Site Environment/Setting: Outdoors, Greenhouse Area of Specialization: Growing and propagation of fruits and vegetables Type of Crops and Products: Orchard crops such as rhubarb, sour cherries, … Continue reading FARM JOB: OKOTOKS, AB – The Saskatoon Farm

Don’t Miss a Step When it Comes to Ladder Safety!

Posted by Moss Dance on July 23, 2018

Ladder Safety AgSafe

By Wendy Bennett, CRSP, Executive Director, AgSafe Falls from ladders are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries. Sprains and strains are the most common types of injuries associated with ladder use resulting from overreaching, shifting weight or body position, and lifting or carrying ladders. Tripod ladders, also known as orchard ladders, are commonly used by workers to harvest tree fruit and by landscape workers for pruning and hedge trimming.  This type of ladder should never be used like a step ladder or an extension ladder because it is not designed to be set up on firm, smooth ground and may … Continue reading Don’t Miss a Step When it Comes to Ladder Safety!

APPRENTICESHIP: COURTENAY, BC – Lost Savanna Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on July 18, 2018

Kris at Lost Savanna Farm with grassfed cows

Are you interested to learn about organic pasture raised meat production? Lost Savanna Farm is looking for an apprentice to join our team starting immediately until the end of October. ABOUT LOST SAVANNA FARM Our 73 acre Certified Organic, Certified Demeter farm is devoted to raising animals on pasture to produce the highest quality meat (chicken, pork and beef) and eggs. We sell our meat primarily through a 60 member monthly meat CSA and at the farmers market on Saturdays. The farm is a diverse mix of pasture, silvopasture, forest, permaculture orchard, household garden, ponds and wetlands. We are not … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: COURTENAY, BC – Lost Savanna Farm

POSITION FILLED – JOB: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Hoof Trimmers’ Assistant, The Happy Hoofer

Posted by Moss Dance on June 29, 2018

Happy Hoofer

This job position has been filled! Love cows? This job opportunity is a great way to learn about bovine health with an experienced mentor at the Happy Hoofer! ABOUT THE HAPPY HOOFER The Happy Hoofer is looking for a new helper. We have over 30 years experience throughout North America. Some of our local clients have been with us for over 20 years. Leaving from Abbotsford we travel to different dairy farms each day to provide foot care on dairy cows. No experience necessary just a great attitude, and love working outdoors with animals, 3 to 5 hrs daily. Optional … Continue reading POSITION FILLED – JOB: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Hoof Trimmers’ Assistant, The Happy Hoofer

JUL 10,11,15: WINLAW & PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Seed Production Workshops

Posted by Moss Dance on June 18, 2018

Seed Production Workshops - Carrot Seed

Demand for organic seed is increasing across North America and many regions of BC offer a great growing environment for seed crops. On-farm seed production can bring additional revenue to your farm and help you grow seed optimally suited to your farm environment. SEED PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS WITH PATRICK STEINER Join long-time organic seed producer and founder of Stellar Seeds, Patrick Steiner, for these seed production workshops and field days in Winlaw (July 15) and Prince George (July 10 & 11). These workshops include both classroom and field time as Patrick covers the fundamentals of seed production in the classroom and … Continue reading JUL 10,11,15: WINLAW & PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Seed Production Workshops