Blog Category: Co-ops

Peace Country Gathering at Wildwood Farm

Posted by Lilli Klamke on September 05, 2018

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On Saturday, September 1st a number of Peace Country farmers and friends gathered together at Wildwood Farm near Pouce Coupe, BC. …coming down the fairly long driveway the journey of Tim and Linda’s farm began. The vehicles were left on top of the hill and everyone found their way to gather in front of one of the most beautiful log homes you could imagine. While touring the farm with Linda on foot one discovery was followed by another. Linda showed us her annual and perennial gardens, the wood stove heated greenhouse, the rootcellar tucked within an earthen mound on the … Continue reading Peace Country Gathering at Wildwood Farm

April 10: Vernon – Recreating the Commons

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on April 09, 2018

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Heather Pritchard will present a talk titled: Row by Row: Recreating the Commons, Organizing Cooperative Access to Land and Food, taking place at Okanagan College, Vernon  Cost: Free No registration required. Profitable, sustainable and accessible food systems planning are top of mind for many in our region today. There is increasing interest in exploring how to provide young farmers and other food entrepreneurs access to training, land and infrastructure in order to bolster the local food economy and contribute to the North Okanagan food system. Planning for a farmland trust, an incubator farm, a farmers’ cooperative and a regional agri-food hub … Continue reading April 10: Vernon – Recreating the Commons

APPRENTICESHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm 2018 positions

Posted by Moss Dance on December 29, 2017

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Looking for a farm apprenticeship on Vancouver Island for 2018? Check out Amara Farm in the Comox Valley! About Amara Farm Amara Farm is a 26 acre certified organic farm located about 6 km north of Courtenay, BC. We have two cleared fields surrounded by a buffer of forest. We grow 1.25 acres of vegetables, 1 acre of blueberries for harvest and U-pick, and 0.25 acre of asparagus. We utilize five hoop houses—two of which are movable—for year-round vegetable growing, seedling propagation, and hot crop production. Our produce is sold through a 150 share CSA, at farmers market, and to restaurants. … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm 2018 positions

OCT 14: MCBRIDE, BC: Kakwa Ecovillage Open House & Harvest Feast

Posted by Moss Dance on October 10, 2017

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Kakwa Ecovillage Cooperative invites potential farmers to join us for our annual Open House and Harvest Celebration to our farm Cooperative. We are a 540 acre mixed use organic methods farm. We have large vegetable gardens, small orchard of 35 apple, plum and Evans cherry trees, plus 7 berry varieties and a herd of 20 alpacas. There are several participation options available, including: short to long-term lease and full coop membership. About the Annual Harvest Feast and Open House We ask that folks arrive by 10am on Saturday. The feast meal begins at 2pm on Sat. Please bring a dish … Continue reading OCT 14: MCBRIDE, BC: Kakwa Ecovillage Open House & Harvest Feast

SEPT 17: VICTORIA, BC – Lohbrunner Farm Tour and Land Stewardship Models for the Future

Posted by Moss Dance on September 12, 2017

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Join us at Lohbrunner Community Farm for a farm tour, discussion on cooperatively managing farmland, potluck, and a work party! Learn more about our unique model for stewarding land, and for farmers to gain access to farm land. During the farm tour, we will talk about this model—the land is held in trust by Farm Folk City Folk, managed by the Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-op (LCFC). Farmland parcels are leased by individual farmers. After this tour and discussion we will share a potluck meal, and then get our hands dirty for an hour or two! Details of the work party TBA. WHEN: Sunday, September 17, … Continue reading SEPT 17: VICTORIA, BC – Lohbrunner Farm Tour and Land Stewardship Models for the Future

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Snowy Mountain Organic Farm, Cawston, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 03, 2017 1 Comment

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About Snowy Mountain Organic Farm  Snowy Mountain Organic Farm is a diverse 25 acre organic farm in the lovely Similkameen, Cawston B.C. (located between Keremeos and Osoyoos). The farm has a unique orchard, large vegetable & herb garden and greenhouse, horses, dogs, and chickens. We are approaching 32 years of organic growing here embracing biodynamics, permaculture, and many unique approaches to farming. There are still so many interesting experiments to try. Charcoal EMO’s and worms just to name a few. About the Opportunity We seek a diverse group of people from beginners, volunteers, to apprentices &/or experienced farmers with the skills and ability … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Snowy Mountain Organic Farm, Cawston, BC

FARM INTERNSHIP: Amara Farm, Courtenay, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on March 01, 2017

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Learn about all aspects of organic vegetable production with this farm internship at Amara Farm. About Amara Farm Amara Farm is a 26 acre certified organic farm located about 6 km north of Courtenay, BC. We have two cleared fields surrounded by a buffer of forest. We grow vegetables on one acre and have one acre of blueberries for harvest and U-pick. We utilize five hoop houses for year-round vegetable growing, seedling propagation, and hot crop production. We keep a small flock of laying hens for eggs. Our produce is sold through a 120 share CSA, at farmers market, and … Continue reading FARM INTERNSHIP: Amara Farm, Courtenay, BC

OPPORTUNITY: LANGFORD, BC – Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-operative

Posted by Moss Dance on January 04, 2017

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Lohbrunner Community Farm Cooperative in Langford BC is looking for passionate entrepreneur farmers to be part of the development of our 13 acre farm! About Lohbrunner Farm The coop is currently comprised of eight founding members who spearheaded the transfer of the farm from The Land Conservancy to Farm Folk City Folk who now hold the land in trust for many generations to come.  Now that the land is secured  we are ready to develop a community service nonprofit co-op. The farm has 6 acres approximately of a rich flood plane, 4 of which has been a hayfield for many … Continue reading OPPORTUNITY: LANGFORD, BC – Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-operative

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