Blog Category: Business

March 2, 2019: SMITHERS, BC – Carrots to Cattle Conference, Keynote with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 19, 2019

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Carrots to Cattle – Growing from the Ground Up Coordinated by the Smithers Farmers Institute in partnership with Young Agrarians Keynote Address From Ben Hartman on Lean Farming What’s Wrong with Working 35 Hours Per Week? Using the Lean System to Increase Profits with Less Waste on Your Farm In this keynote, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, will share stories of waste cutting from Japanese and Scandinavian farmers and from his own small-scale vegetable farm. Along the way, he will explain powerful concepts from the lean system that any farmer … Continue reading March 2, 2019: SMITHERS, BC – Carrots to Cattle Conference, Keynote with Ben Hartman

EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 18, 2019

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On February 2nd, 2019, 16 farmers with a range of experience levels came together at Vallican Whole Community Center for a Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop. The workshop was prepared and given by Paul Kelly from the Community Futures Central Kootenay Self Employment Program. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business and Entrepreneurship. He has managed large retail food operations including the Kootenay Co-op, production and processing at Fieldstone organic granary, and operated a local biofuel and feed commodity business out of Winlaw. Paul began his presentation by setting the regional labour market context. December 2018 saw the lowest … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from The Homestead, Goodfare AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 15, 2019

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Donovan and Lisa live in symbiosis with their environment. They create very familiar boundaries with their animals and raise them with respect, passion and patience. They are in love with nature and they are farmers not only through their job, but also through their whole way of living. Their courage, their determination led them to take a great step forward by starting their own organic farm, off the grid. They are pioneers. But more than being passionate farmers, they are humans. Their generosity, their kindness make them wonderful hosts for Wwoofers and apprentices. They transmit their skills, learning-by-doing, and radiate … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from The Homestead, Goodfare AB

MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

Posted by Lilli Klamke on February 12, 2019

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The second Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer in the Peace Country is coming up! If you are a farmer, passionate food lover, grower, or a farm dreamer, join us! These two days will be filled with networking, skill sharing, and farm inspiration to help you grow your own farm business and farm story. When: Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 Where:  Camp Tamarack located south of Grande Prairie. Follow Highway 40 south, turn east onto secondary Highway 668, turn south onto Range Road 62 and you will find the camp on your left side. Find it on Google Maps. Cost: $75 + … Continue reading MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Posted by Robin Hunt on February 01, 2019 6 Comments

Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus!  Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories at … Continue reading FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

MARCH 3, 2019: PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 31, 2019

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Join us for a workshop with the legendary Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, on preventing burnout and increasing farm profits with less waste and work. Ben has inspired thousands to increase efficiency on their farms, and now he’s coming to BC to share his knowledge! No matter where you are at in your farming journey or what type of farm you operate, these “lean” principles can help you streamline and maximize your time. WHEN: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1-6pm WHERE:  Dakelh Territory | Prince George Civic Centre, 808 Canada Games Way, Prince George B.C. COST:  Sliding scale $25-$50. There are a couple work … Continue reading MARCH 3, 2019: PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

JOB: ABBOTSFORD – Ministry of Agriculture New Entrant Agrologist

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 20, 2018

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The Sector Development Branch of the BC Ministry of Agriculture is hiring a New Entrant Agrologist. The role provides support and technical expertise to new producers to the industry. The role builds capacity, supports business management and entrepreneurial skill development, increases awareness of programs and services, and encourages the use of sound management practices.  This role is responsible for the effective implementation of the New Entrant Strategy and all aspects of developing and delivering programs, tools, resources and projects for new farmers and ranchers. Position Summary New Entrant Agrologist Licensed Science Officer (Agrologist) 2 Bring your operational expertise to this unique opportunity The … Continue reading JOB: ABBOTSFORD – Ministry of Agriculture New Entrant Agrologist

JAN 21, 2019: KIMBERLEY, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 19, 2018

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Join us for a workshop with the legendary Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, on preventing burnout and increasing farm profits with less waste and work. Ben has inspired thousands to increase efficiency on their farms, and now he’s coming to BC to share his knowledge! No matter where you are at in your farming journey or what type of farm you operate, these “lean” principles can help you streamline and maximize your time. WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2019 from 1:00-6:00 PM WHERE:  Ktunaxa Territories – Centre 64 Theatre – 64 Deer Park Ave, Kimberley, BC COST:  Sliding scale $25-50.  All funds raised go … Continue reading JAN 21, 2019: KIMBERLEY, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

JAN 26-27, 2019: FORT ST. JOHN, BC – Chris Bodnar on Co-op Development & Farm Business Management

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 19, 2018

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Grow Series with Chris Bodnar on Co-op Development & Farm Business Management Join us for two days of exciting workshops with Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics, in partnership with NEAT Northern Co-Hort.  WHEN: January 26-27, 9am-4pm WHERE: Treaty 8 Territory | Northern Grand Hotel, 9830 100 Ave, Fort St. John, B.C. COST: Sliding Scale $25-$50. All funds raised go towards Young Agrarians programming. Thank you for your support! Work trades are available – contact Michi at community@youngagrarians.org REGISTER: https://chrisbodnarfortstjohn2019.brownpapertickets.com ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/2233592653521911/ WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS Co-operatives in Agriculture Saturday, January 26th, 9am-4pm Introduction to the Co-operative Model in Agriculture: Co-operatives have … Continue reading JAN 26-27, 2019: FORT ST. JOHN, BC – Chris Bodnar on Co-op Development & Farm Business Management

Jan 25-26, 2019: SURREY – Regenerative Agriculture & Soil Health Workshop

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 10, 2018

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Intensive 2-day Workshop on Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Health What: An intensive 2-day workshop on Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Health When: January 25 – 26 2019 Where: Surrey, BC This workshop has a limited capacity of 30 participants. What this workshop offers With the workshop’s heavy focus on regenerative agriculture and soil health, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to appropriately engage with their water management systems while promoting plant fertility governed mainly by soil biology. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of: Farm planning and management Streamlining farming operations with regenerative design Water management and farm hydrology Fundamentals of soil ecology and microbiology’s role in plant production Integrated pest management and promotion of biodiversity … Continue reading Jan 25-26, 2019: SURREY – Regenerative Agriculture & Soil Health Workshop