Blog Category: Education

APPRENTICESHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm 2018 positions

Posted by Moss Dance on November 16, 2017

Amara Farm

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

January 13 & 14: Alix, AB – Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 06, 2017 1 Comment

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Are you an aspiring or new farmer working on building a regenerative, ecological farm? Are you looking for opportunities to learn and connect? Join us for for two days of workshops on accessing land, building relationships with mentors, getting starting in livestock and marketing gardening, communicating with farm partners and creating a regenerative business model that supports your farm and your livelihood. Share ideas and stories through farmer slideshows and test your know-how in the Farmer Fails and Hacks Championships. There will be farmer yoga, tobogganing, camp fires and more! JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! When: Saturday, January 13 – Sunday January 14, 2018 Where:  Deer … Continue reading January 13 & 14: Alix, AB – Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer

UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

Posted by Moss Dance on September 25, 2017

UBC Farm

The 2018 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is now accepting applications! The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a six-month (April – October), or as a four-month (April – August), experiential-learning program.  The program is part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), and is designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. The program is often taken as a non-credit Certificate program; or 6-9 academic credits are available for interested students. Participants gain a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and a network of … Continue reading UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

SEPT 29-30: UBC FARM – Ecological Farming Short Course

Posted by Moss Dance on September 18, 2017

Ecological Farming

The UBC Farm Workshops Series is pleased to announce our upcoming Ecological Farming Short Course: Sep 29-30. Learn about many aspects of Ecological Farming with seasoned farmers Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato. Three workshops will be presented as a part of this Ecological Short Course: Orchard Eco-Organic Management with Carl Rosato Managing Ecological Relationships Instead of Crops: Strategies to Blend Food Production and Wild Places with Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato Feeding the Soil: The Science and Practice of Soil Organic Matter Systems Management with Helen Atthowe Helen Atthowe & Carl Rosato, farmers with a combined 55+ years of  farming experience, are coming  from Oregon … Continue reading SEPT 29-30: UBC FARM – Ecological Farming Short Course

NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering

Posted by Moss Dance on September 05, 2017

BC Seed Gathering

Want to learn to grow and save seed? Get connected with seed savers and growers at the BC Seed Gathering! WHEN: November 3-4, 2017 WHERE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond, BC REGISTER: bcseedgathering.eventbrite.ca FOR MORE INFO: www.bcseeds.org/gathering “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds, and the harvest can either be flowers or weeds.” ~ Unknown Join us at the BC Seed Gathering to let your thoughts blossom into beautiful flowers—and beautiful weeds—because let’s be honest here, many weeds are edible and perform many important functions on Earth. Moreover, seeds provide food for fuel to feed our thoughts. The … Continue reading NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering

OCT 7: VANCOUVER to SECWEPEMC – Wild Salmon Caravan

Posted by Moss Dance on August 31, 2017

Wild Salmon Caravan

WILD SALMON CARAVAN 2017 A celebration of the spirit of wild salmon! This year’s Wild Salmon Caravan will be following the Sockeye up the Fraser River to Adams Lake in Secwepemc (Shushwap) territory and will be kicked off with a colorful Vancouver Parade up Commercial Drive. Please save the date – Sat, Oct 7th for this special Vancouver parade. Call out for cultural and artistic expressions The intention of the Wild Salmon Caravan is to nurture the creative energy that wild salmon have inspired through the ages, and affirm inter-tribal relationships that are the foundation of Indigenous trade and fisheries knowledge systems.   The … Continue reading OCT 7: VANCOUVER to SECWEPEMC – Wild Salmon Caravan

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Provincial Programs and Resources for New Farmers

Posted by Moss Dance on August 16, 2017

new farmer resources BC government

Are you a new farmer? Meet Emma Holmes, your new contact and support person at the BC Ministry of Agriculture! The following blog post is an introduction from Emma and an invitation to new farmers to connect and share ideas. To encourage young  people  to get into farming and boost innovation in the agricultural sector, the Ministry of Agriculture is working on a New Entrant Strategy to support new farmers and food processors in the province. The strategy includes creating a position for someone to 1) work closely with new farmers and 2) develop programs to serve new farmers. I recently started … Continue reading BRITISH COLUMBIA: Provincial Programs and Resources for New Farmers

Ecological Farm Internships: Modes, Experiences, and Justice

Posted by Moss Dance on August 15, 2017

Ecological Farm Internships

We are excited to share this report on ecological farm internships edited by Charles Z. Levkoe and Michael Ekers. Contributors to the report are farmers, past interns, non-profit organizations, and lawyers. The goal of the report is to “assess the implications and trajectories of the non-monetary exchanges of labour and education, among other things, taking place on ecological farms.” Read the report here: Ecological Farm Internships – Models, Experiences and Justice – Levkoe and Ekers (Interactive) The report takes a broad view of ecological farm internships—accounting for the need for labour on small farms, the educational benefits, as well as the risks and drawbacks … Continue reading Ecological Farm Internships: Modes, Experiences, and Justice

AUG 1 & SEPT 12: Edmonton and Calgary – cityFARMed

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 10, 2017

cityFARMed

Interested in producing food commercially?  Want to learn more about small scale farming in the city? Check out these two field days with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry as we tour some of the leading urban farms in Alberta. You’ll learn best practices for producing food for profit in the city, some of the challenges involved, and navigating relationships with neighbours. Time to network and ask questions abound! Registration Information Dates: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Edmonton Registration deadline – July 25 Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Calgary Registration deadline – September 5 Time: Registration – 11:30 a.m. Lunch – 12 noon Tour … Continue reading AUG 1 & SEPT 12: Edmonton and Calgary – cityFARMed

BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 06, 2017

BAUTA-Capacity-Grant

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, in partnership with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada, has been offering training on seed production since 2013. There are also excellent training opportunities offered by organizations outside our program. These events can be difficult for many to attend because of the significant travel and accommodation costs. Our Seed Production Capacity Building Grant program is designed to support seed producers and farmers to access training opportunities that they otherwise would not be able to access. Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend training events on ecological field crop … Continue reading BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants