Blog Category: Business Mentorship

Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 11, 2017

New Farmers Dane and Rachael's Farm Land

Name? Rachael and Dane Sherstad Where do you farm? Paradise Valley Produce, Powell River, BC What do you farm? At this point buttercup… but hopefully delicious mixed veggies coming soon! What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? We purchased this land last summer and made the move to the Sunshine Coast in November.  Endless thanks to the most supportive family ever for making this possible! How did you seriously get into farming? Farming is a new adventure for both of us as we transition from backgrounds in outdoor education/guiding.  We both feel as if we are in the early … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce

Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 07, 2017

The july fields of sweet digz farm

Name? Sweet Digz Farm – Kareno Hawbolt & Kimi Hendess Where do you farm? Richmond, BC What do you farm? We use organic farming practices to grow veggies, seed and herbal medicinals. What type of business structure is your farm? Our business is a partnership of two sole proprietors: Kareno & Kimi.  Officially, we are “Sweet Digz Farm & Construction.” Up until last year we had a carpentry side where Kimi did renovations and in 2014-15 built a tiny house for a client.  Since 2016 we are trying to have Kimi full time on the farm along with head farmer Kareno.  We also have been able … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Alyssa & David, Plenty Wild Farms

Posted by Alyssa Belter on April 03, 2017

Plenty Wild Farms Greenhouses piled with white snow against purple pemberton mountains

We are David and Alyssa of Plenty Wild Farms – we are part of the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network and are working with Chris Bodnar, our mentor from Close to Home Organics. We feel incredibly fortunate to receive mentorship support – thank you Young Agrarians! The primary goal for our mentorship this season is to prepare Plenty Wild Farms for the birth of our first child in June (model timing, am I right?). In a normal season, Alyssa works full-time on the farm – in the field managing day-to-day operations, at a desk bookkeeping and on the road marketing. Frankly, her … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Alyssa & David, Plenty Wild Farms

Business Mentorship Network – Maddy & Elana, City Beet Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 30, 2017

CSA PIck Up Day for City Beet Farm

We are Maddy and Elana and we are the new farmers at City Beet Farm in Vancouver. We farm on a dozen different properties in East Van, around the Riley Park neighbourhood. This summer we are growing over 70 types of veggies and cut flowers for our 22 week CSA program that runs from end of May to mid-October. Our land tenure model is pretty unique. We are very fortunate to have a community of homeowners who support our business and trade us the land around their homes for weekly vegetables. We came into farming from different angles but with … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Maddy & Elana, City Beet Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Kailli Pigott & Zach Johnston, Dancing Dandelion Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 26, 2017

Dancing Dandelion Farm Fields

Name? Kailli Pigott and Zach Johnston Where do you farm? Dancing Dandelion Farm is located in Duncan, BC in the lovely Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. What do you farm? Mixed vegetables and cut flowers. What type of business structure is your farm? We are a sole proprietorship. What is your land tenure? We own the land we farm on and purchased the property at the end of August 2016. Previously the property was run as a tree and shrub nursery. How did you seriously get into farming? A series of pathways led us to farming. For Kailli it began with her … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kailli Pigott & Zach Johnston, Dancing Dandelion Farm

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

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