Blog Category: Business Mentorship

Business Mentorship Network – Laticia Chapman

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 08, 2016

Laticia Chapman Family

Name? Laticia Chapman Where do you farm? Tarry’s, between Nelson and Castlegar, BC What do you farm? Our family farm produces orchard fruit, flowers, & berries. What type of business structure is your farm? Sharecropping. What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? My parents are the landowners, and fellow farmers. How did you seriously get into farming?  I spent two growing seasons as an intern at the Bullocks Permaculture Homestead and Nursery on Orcas Island in Washington, which is where I got my practical, dirty-hands farming experience. Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? I applied … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Laticia Chapman

Business Mentorship Network – Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, BC

Posted by Alyssa Belter on April 13, 2016

Plenty Wild Spring Field

Names? Alyssa Belter & David Tanner Where do you farm? Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, B.C. What do you farm? Currently our focus is on growing a wide variety of certified organic vegetables. We also raise a small number of weaner pigs each year and have started a flock of sheep. What type of business structure is your farm? Corporation What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? We own our land, or at least owe the bank for most it. How did you seriously get into farming?  David: After an apprenticeship with Cropthorne Farm I knew farming was for … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, BC

Business Mentorship Network – Scott Hebert, Flavourful Farms

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 11, 2016

Beetleandpenny

Dan Barber was on stage and started telling a story about foie gras. Normally geese are force fed corn but at this farm that Dan had visited in Spain the experience was completely different. He told a beautiful story about how the geese were given all the food they wanted which fattened their livers and the farmer even planted a special plant that when the geese ate the seeds of the plant it would turn their livers “highlighter yellow”, a mark of exceptional foie gras. I was so engaged with the video and I had so many questions. It was … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Scott Hebert, Flavourful Farms

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Umbella Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 29, 2016

Umbella Farm's Russell with Giant Organic Cabbage

Name, Farm, Location? Russell Heitzmann and Calliope Gazetas, Umbella Farm, Courtenay BC What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? We had a financial goal that we set of gross sales just shy of $30,000. At the beginning of the season we said that our goal was ending the year with a positive balance in our bank account and having grown enough food to meet the targets that we committed to as part of the co-op. Calliope had a part time job and Russell worked on the farm full time. The farm was … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Umbella Farm

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Spray Creek Ranch

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 09, 2016

Farmer at Spray Creek Ranch on a morning walk with farm dogs and sows

Name, Farm, Location? We’re Tristan & Aubyn Banwell.  As perhaps you’ve heard, we are located upon magnificent Spray Creek Ranch — in the rainshadow of the Coast Mountains, along the Mighty Fraser, in the Upper St’at’imc Territory, 15 km south of Lillooet, BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Let’s revisit our spring blog post, where we enumerated a few goals — “We are working to develop a producers’ co-op to coordinate marketing and distribution among our amazing local producers.  Our plan is to have a few producers selling to a … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Spray Creek Ranch

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Green Arrow Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 23, 2015

Merville Organics - Robin Market

Name, Farm, Location? Robin Sturley, I run Green Arrow Farm and I’m a member of the Merville Organics Growers Co-op, in Courtenay, BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? This was my second year of farming full-time during the growing season. My goals were to increase my production of vegetables on the farm, and also to do my part as a member of the co-op to help get it off the ground. Did you meet your goals / Did it work out?  Yes, on both counts. I more than doubled my income from … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Green Arrow Farm

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Lentelus Organics, Minto Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 20, 2015

Lentelus Organics - Dave on Tractor

As most farmer’s seasons are slowly winding down, mine begins. I’ve finally made the leap and moved on Minto Farm here in the Comox Valley to begin my career as owner/operator of Lentelus Organics. Lentelus, Afrikaans for “Spring Joy”, is a nod to my late philosopher/farmer grandfather who named our family farm Lentelus back in South Africa. I grew up spending my school holidays running amuck on the family farm, learning to love rural agriculture in the Bo Kouga. The Young Agrarians mentorship partnered me with Evelyn and Jesse from Terra Nossa farms, a great example of a profitable mixed … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Lentelus Organics, Minto Farm

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Puddle Produce

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 15, 2015

Puddle Produce Williams Lake BC Bicycle Delivery

Name, Farm, Location? Brianna van de Wijngaard, Puddle Produce Urban Farms – Williams Lake, BC What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? My goals were: to start a CSA program with at least 15 subscriptions, to have 10,000 sq ft in production, and to gross at least $25,000 Did you meet your goals / Did it work out? (Explain a bit) Almost. I did start a CSA, and had 16 subscriptions. It worked well; I definitely had to purchase produce from other farms at the end because I didn’t have enough variety, … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Puddle Produce

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Golden Ears Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 11, 2015

Golden Ears Community Farm

Name, Farm, Location? Tristan Cavers, Michelle Tsutsumi, Annelise Grube-Cavers, Kelsey Snelgrove, Paul Matheson, Golden Ears Farm, Chase, Unceded Secwepemc Territory What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Our goals for the season were: To navigate a new model on the farm (shifting from a model of everyone who lives on the farm also works on the farm to one where everyone has their own enterprise, leaving only 2 out of 5 full-time residents working in the market garden) Figuring out how to farm with a toddler in tow, as well as Gaining clarity on … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Golden Ears Farm

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Zaklan Heritage Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 10, 2015

Farm crew at Zaklan Heritage family Farm showcasing their beautiful farm fresh organic eggs

Name, Farm, Location? Gemma McNeill and Doug Zaklan, Zaklan Heritage Farm, Surrey BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? This season our goal was to increase our CSA box program from 25 boxes to 50 boxes. As the spring drew near we realized that we probably would have to work really hard to get the extra sign ups to reach 50 members, and that we felt more comfortable with 40 members. So we adjusted our CSA goal and played with the budget accordingly. We reached our membership goal of 40 for the season. … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Zaklan Heritage Farm