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The College Farmer: An Interview with Lucas Chan

Posted by Monica Allaby on February 06, 2017

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This article is part of The College Farmer, a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada.  Born and raised in Vancouver, Lucas Chan is a student in the Faculty of Land Systems at the University of British Columbia. He is currently the President of Roots on the Roof, a student-run club that manages the rooftop garden space and the community garden plots on the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia. Founded in 2014, Roots on the Roof creates a communal space that celebrates sustainable and just food systems through healthy relationships with food, each other, and the natural world. … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Lucas Chan

The College Farmer: An Interview with Marisa Lenetsky

Posted by Monica Allaby on February 04, 2017 1 Comment

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This is part of The College Farmer, a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada. Marisa Lenetsky is a farm worker from Brooklyn, New York, and a recent graduate from the Sustainability, Science, and Society program at McGill University. During her time at McGill, Marisa worked at the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG), a diversified vegetable farm on MacDonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Run entirely by student apprentices and managers, the Garden is an intense farmer incubator program. Each student commits to two seasons at the farm: the first as an apprentice and the second as a manager, responsible for training new apprentices. Young Agrarians … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Marisa Lenetsky

The College Farmer: An Interview with Erlend Bjorklund

Posted by Monica Allaby on January 21, 2017

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This is the first in a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada.  Erlend Bjørklund graduated from McGill University in December 2016 with Honours in International Development Studies. During his time at McGill, he worked at the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG), a diversified vegetable farm located on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Run entirely by student apprentices and managers, the Garden offers a one-of-a-kind experience in sustainable agriculture and farm management, serving as an intense farmer incubator. Each student commits to two seasons at the farm: the first as an apprentice and the second as a manager, responsible for … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Erlend Bjorklund

Green as the Cambium of an Apple Tree: Getting Started at Twin Island Cider

Posted by Moss Dance on April 22, 2016 1 Comment

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By Katie Selbee For us, starting a farm-based cidery began with two community-minded landowners on Pender Island who wanted to see something beneficial happening on their parcel of ALR land. Fortuitously, the land had a neglected heritage orchard on it; and also fortuitously, the landowners love craft cider—because we’d been dreaming about opening a land-based cidery together for a couple of years. The four of us came together last year to form Twin Island Cider, with a Year One goal of grafting and planting an additional acre of cider variety apple trees and, using a mix of apples from Gulf … Continue reading Green as the Cambium of an Apple Tree: Getting Started at Twin Island Cider

New Sustainable Ranching Certificate Program

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 20, 2015

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An exciting new post-secondary certification program is launching in BC at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Williams Lake campus this coming January, and there couldn’t be a better time or place. The TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching (ASUR) program is the first of its kind in British Columbia, and located in the oldest ranching region in Canada – the Cariboo Chilcotin – where over 20% of the province’s cattle herd still resides. The Alkali Lake Ranch, for example, is the oldest in Canada, and still operates today. But times have changed, and the ranching industry – like so many others within agriculture today – is adapting to … Continue reading New Sustainable Ranching Certificate Program

Interview with Quebec Farmer & Author Frederic Theriault

Posted by Sara Dent on January 13, 2015

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Young Agrarians BC Coordinator Sara Dent caught Frédéric Thériault  for an interview to learn more about him and his farm operation. We’re super excited to host Frédéric for three Rockstar Farmer Tour Workshops on Crop Planning for farm financial viability: Kelowna (Jan 25), Victoria (Jan 29) and Richmond (Feb 4). If you are in farm start-up, or want to learn more about how to plan the financial aspects of your future farm – this workshop is for you! More info and tickets here: youngagrarians.org/cropplanning. Where do you farm? Tourne-sol, Les Cèdres, Quebec Favourite vegetable or fruit to grow in summer? … Continue reading Interview with Quebec Farmer & Author Frederic Theriault

FARMER PROFILE: ABDELLAH BOUDHIRA, ORGANIC FARMING IN MOROCCO

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 02, 2014 3 Comments

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Name: Abdellah Boudhira Farm Location: Agadir, Morocco, which is located in close proximity, approximately 25 kilometers, to the east of the Atlantic Ocean,  Because of this, the area has a very mild favourable Mediterranean climate which is highly conducive to growing year round. What do you produce?  Our chief crop is tomatoes, but we also grow green beans, squash, potatoes, lettuce, cauliflower, and edible gourds. Farming background? My grandfather and father are of the Berber culture and have been farmers since the early 1950’s, which coincided with the time Morocco gained independence from France.  The Berbers are found in scattered communities throughout North Africa, with … Continue reading FARMER PROFILE: ABDELLAH BOUDHIRA, ORGANIC FARMING IN MOROCCO

Metchosin, BC: Heather Ramsay on Farming

Posted by Moss Dance on October 17, 2014 2 Comments

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Heather Ramsay is a young farmer and business partner at Uminami Farm in Metchosin. She wants you to know: “Uminami Farm isn’t just me…it’s owned and co-run by Yoshiko Unno (the boss :-).  We also have three employees (one currently on maternity leave) and a host of volunteers, who are all integral members of the farm family. “ Heather is learning a lot about machinery maintenance at Uminami, and she’ll be sharing her skills and expertise with us at the October 26 Gathering in the Greenhouse at Uminami Farm!  We love this farmer profile format created by the National Farmers’ Union! Check out more inspiring farmer … Continue reading Metchosin, BC: Heather Ramsay on Farming

Farmer Profile: Ayla Fenton, Roots Down Organic Farm

Posted by Sara Dent on July 02, 2014 1 Comment

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We’re thrilled to be working with young farmer Ayla Fenton from Ontario. Ayla is coordinating a Young Agrarians mixer in her area fall 2014. For more info on the event – check out this blog post: Young Agrarians Eastern Ontario Mixer This profile first appeared on the National Farmers Union blog. Name: Ayla Fenton Age: 24 Farm name: Manager at Roots Down Organic Farm Location: Near Kingston, ON What do you produce? Lots and lots of vegetables! Size of farm? 100+ acre forested property, 15 acres cultivated Number of years farming?  2 Farming background? I grew up in the suburbs, but my parents cultivated a love of the outdoors from a very early age with frequent camping trips … Continue reading Farmer Profile: Ayla Fenton, Roots Down Organic Farm

Muskoka, Ontario: Dan Kretschmar on Farming

Posted by Sara Dent on July 02, 2014 3 Comments

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Dan Kretschmar is a young farmer and member of the National Farmers Union. Dan attended the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Mixer in March 2014. Dan is organizing the first Young Agrarians Mixer in Ontario October 18-19th! The mixer will feature a day-long workshop with rockstar, six-figure, small-lot farmer Jean-Martin Fortier. Name: Dan Kretschmar Age: 29 Farm name: Grenville Farms Location: Severn Bridge (Muskoka), Ontario What do you produce? Organic Vegetables Size of farm? 190 Acres Number of years farming?  15 years give or take a few Farming background? I spent the first 18 years of my life on my family farm. I grew up around sheep and cows, as well as growing vegetables. My mother was one … Continue reading Muskoka, Ontario: Dan Kretschmar on Farming