Blog Category: Business Mentorship

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 1 Comment

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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

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

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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

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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 2 Comments

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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

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farms

Posted by Alyssa Belter on December 08, 2016

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We are Alyssa Belter & David Tanner of Plenty Wild Farms in Pemberton, B.C. Our mentor for the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Program was Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics. Our original goal for this mentorship was to develop two business plans – one for a livestock/dairy operation and the other for a cheese-making operation – to see if either would be viable and at what scale. Using a template and list of questions we formulated with Chris, we began our research on the livestock/dairy operation – gathering information from online sources, reading books and contacting established farm operations in … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farms

BC Business Mentorship Network – Apply Now!

Posted by Kristen Nammour on October 18, 2016 2 Comments

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!

Business Mentorship Network – Emma Holmes, Duck Creek Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 21, 2016

smiling new farmer emma holmes and mentor, delisa lewis, apart of young agrarians business mentorship network

My name is Emma Holmes and I am co-managing Duck Creek Farm on Salt Spring Island. This is the same farm I got my start in market gardening 8 years ago, and I feel real lucky to be back growing food in this beautiful place. I’m co-farming with Sue Earle, who courageously took over Duck Creek Farm with grace, gusto, and determination after her partner John Wilcox passed away in 2012. John was my mentor in 2008 and his passion for growing food and building a just and sustainable food system carved me. I’m lucky to have worked alongside him … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Emma Holmes, Duck Creek Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 11, 2016

Business Mentor Robert Hettler and New Farmer Emily Jubenville standing together on Enderberry Farm

Name? Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm Where do you farm? Enderby, BC What do you farm? Mixed veggies, berries, laying hens, and a small heard of dairy goats. What type of business structure is your farm? Currently we are a partnership, but we hope to become a cooperative! What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? We own the land – two couples purchased together last year. How did you seriously get into farming? I worked in community food security and urban farming in the lower mainland for almost ten years and wanted to take the big step … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm