Blog Category: Business

ONLINE COURSE: Organic Vegetable Seed Production Certificate

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 21, 2017

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COG will host Canada’s first intermediate, online certificate program on Canadian Organic Vegetable Seed Production in the Spring of 2017. Course starts on April 10, 2017! Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn more about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own seed business following your own unique seed-farm business plan? If so, this course is for you! In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s first, intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This … Continue reading ONLINE COURSE: Organic Vegetable Seed Production Certificate

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

Getting Started with Holistic Management

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 28, 2017

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Adapted from Dana Penrice and Ted Chastko’s Intro to Holistic Management presentation at the YA Kelowna and Vancouver Island Winter Mixers. The nature of managing natural systems requires that we create farms and farm businesses that are adaptive. The challenge is that farming is complex and things are always emerging and evolving and we need to be able to adapt. In other words, we need to fit our skills capacities, resources to the context of threats, challenges and opportunities in which we’re working.  As farmers, on a typical day, any number of ideas, questions and thoughts run through our head in a … Continue reading Getting Started with Holistic Management

Lessons Learned: Graham Bradley and the Gabriola Food Hub

Posted by Kristen Nammour on January 26, 2017 1 Comment

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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

January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 23, 2017 4 Comments

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Join us for two days of workshops for small-scale, ecological farmers and farmers-to-be on Vancouver Island. Dive in to amazing networking opportunities and skills-sharing with experienced farmer facilitators who are ready to help you grow your farm business. We’ve got workshops on everything from farm business planning to holistic management and livestock to crop planning, land access, and more! Are you farm-curious, or thinking about becoming a farmer? JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! When: Saturday, January 28 – Sunday January 29, 2017 Where:  Camp Pringle, Coast Salish Territory Camp (Shawnigan Lake), 2520 West Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake B.C. V0R 2W3 Cost: Our updated price is … Continue reading January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

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

Jan 11: AIRDRIE, AB – Closing the Gap: Creating a More Profitable Business

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 01, 2016

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Registration deadline: Friday, Dec. 2nd This workshop will introduce you to the concept of continuous improvement, a holistic approach to identify sources of waste and overcome specific challenges in your business. It is the start of a journey towards increased business and operational efficiency. Learn how to: maximize your employee asset base establish a preventative maintenance program incorporate the latest technology create a culture of continuous improvement deliver value to your customers What’s in it for you? reduce inefficiencies in your business add value from field to market increase business profitability potential for one-on-one business coaching with an industry expert … Continue reading Jan 11: AIRDRIE, AB – Closing the Gap: Creating a More Profitable Business