Blog Category: Business Mentorship

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

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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

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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

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 1 Comment

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

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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