Blog Category: Business

JUL 10,11,15: WINLAW & PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Seed Production Workshops

Posted by Moss Dance on June 18, 2018

Seed Production Workshops - Carrot Seed

Demand for organic seed is increasing across North America and many regions of BC offer a great growing environment for seed crops. On-farm seed production can bring additional revenue to your farm and help you grow seed optimally suited to your farm environment. SEED PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS WITH PATRICK STEINER Join long-time organic seed producer and founder of Stellar Seeds, Patrick Steiner, for these seed production workshops and field days in Winlaw (July 15) and Prince George (July 10 & 11). These workshops include both classroom and field time as Patrick covers the fundamentals of seed production in the classroom and … Continue reading JUL 10,11,15: WINLAW & PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Seed Production Workshops

AgSafe launches new COR Self-Assessment website for B.C.’s agriculture industry

Posted by Moss Dance on June 14, 2018

AgSafe

AgSafe has launched a new free safety self-assessment web tool for B.C.’s agriculture organizations and other naturally aligned industries. The Safety Ready Certificate of Recognition (COR) Self-Assessment website is designed to assist organizations in assessing their readiness for a COR program audit. The self-assessment tool begins with a questionnaire to be completed by the person responsible for overseeing the Safety Management System in your organization. Once that is done, the tool provides feedback on your readiness for a COR review. The web tool will also help you calculate your organization’s potential WorkSafeBC incentive. “There are three levels of readiness and … Continue reading AgSafe launches new COR Self-Assessment website for B.C.’s agriculture industry

SURREY URBAN FARMERS MARKET LOOKING FOR NEW FARMERS

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 25, 2018

SUFM site pic

  A unique community gathering place, the Surrey Urban Farmers Market (SUFM) is a local based non-profit community market located at the North Surrey Recreation Centre beside Surrey Central Mall and the Surrey Central sky-train & bus loop. Our market benefits hundreds to thousands of residents in the Surrey Central City area as well as the small business vendors from all across Surrey, the lower mainland and BC. The market opens this year on Wednesday June 6th with the last day on Wednesday October 3rd. We are now into our 10th year and host free live music shows, kids’ activities … Continue reading SURREY URBAN FARMERS MARKET LOOKING FOR NEW FARMERS

Business Mentorship Network – Toadstools & Handtools Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 27, 2018

Toadstools - Market Farm Stand

Michael-Anthony and Jessica farm in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and operate Toadstools and Handtools Farm. We grow a variety of organically certified vegetables, herbs, and gourmet mushrooms. We are in our second season on newly rented land with an edited lease agreement that we pulled from the Young Agrarians website. Our passion is restorative agriculture. We aim to produce a nutrient dense vegetarian diet using low-impact hand tools, although Michael-Anthony would love to have a front-loader to move compost, and with carbon-sequestering farming practices, such as true no-till farming. We have incorporated fungi into the design of the … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Toadstools & Handtools Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Turtle Creek Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 25, 2018

Ramos - Farmers Bee and Ben

Names?  Bee Ramos, Ben Krieger Where do you farm? Turtle Creek Farm in Oliver, BC What do you farm? Mixed veggies ( greens, radishes, asparagus, tomatoes) and a small herd of dairy goats. What type of business structure is your farm? General Partnership What is your land tenure? We purchased our farm at the end of 2016. Freehold. What inspired you to get into farming? For Ben: Learning about the importance of taking care of the land at a young age, I have always wanted to be involved in sustainable farming. For Bee: I had the opportunity to volunteer at goat dairies and … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Turtle Creek Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Elemental Farms

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 22, 2018

Allen - Haliburton Farm Fields

Name? Kevin Allen Where do you farm? Elemental Farm in Saanich, BC What do you farm? Mixed vegetables What type of business structure is your farm? Sole proprietorship What is your land tenure? I have a lease arrangement for 4-years at Haliburton Farm, an incubator project of the Capitol Regional District. I’ll have a maximum term of 8 years and have access to shared tools,  infrastructure, and markets to help me establish my farm business.  What inspired you to get into farming? To do meaningful work that is connected to our environment and community. Why did you apply for business mentorship? I’m a … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Elemental Farms

Business Mentorship Network – The Farmhouse Bard

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 20, 2018

Woo - Hoophouse Construction

Name? Roger Woo Where do you farm? The Farmhouse Bard in Surrey, BC What do you farm? Mixed vegetables. I’m excited to be doing more asian greens this year. What type of business structure is your farm? Sole proprietorship. What is your land tenure? I’m currently growing on leased land. I was part of Young Agrarians’ pilot land matching programme and while leasing has its own share of challenges, it has also been rewarding in ways I could never have foreseen at the outset. Good drainage, fertile ground, and fine tilth: my farm is none of those things. But what I do have … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – The Farmhouse Bard

Business Mentorship Network – BugHungry Cricket Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 18, 2018

Kennedy - Bug Hungry Sign

Name? BugHungry; my name is Laura Kennedy and my brother, Michael, and I are starting our cricket farm business together. Where do you farm? Currently farming in Squamish BC, but we are also looking for a warehouse to expand into. What do you farm? Crickets! BugHungry is BC’s first (that we know of) edible cricket farm. We would like to eventually expand into other insects. What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership. What is your land tenure? I work on a hobby farm in exchange for room and board, as well as a space to experiment with cricket rearing. I also work as a secretary … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – BugHungry Cricket Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Trent River Herb Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 15, 2018

Storkson - Fall Pasture Land

Our names are Tristan Ford and Kayla Storkson and we are Trent River Herb Farm located in Royston BC.  We just bought our 22 acre property in July 2017 and our vision is farming medicinal herbs specializing in herbal products used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Our primary crops this year are Astragalus Membranaceous ( Huang Qi) and Echinacea Purpura.  We have also planted a hazelnut orchard 60 trees strong, as well as blueberries, asparagus, garlic and holy basil. Tristan and I are practitioners of Chinese medicine and we have noticed our profession in North America desires to be more … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Trent River Herb Farm

Wage Subsidy Programs Available!

Posted by Moss Dance on April 14, 2018

wage subsidy programs

WAGE SUBSIDY OPPORTUNITIES FOR FARMS Are you a farm looking for a wage subsidy to hire labour? Here are four federally funded programs to consider in 2018. For a youth to qualify to be hired using one of these programs, they cannot be accessing a wage subsidy through another federally funded program. This is a one wage subsidy program per employee opportunity. ECO CANADA  This program is for up to 50% of an employee’s salary, at a maximum subsidy of $15,000. It is funded through the Government of Canada, Department of Natural Resources and Science Horizons. The goal is to help … Continue reading Wage Subsidy Programs Available!