Blog Category: Education

2019 South Coastal BC Compost Guide -SPEC

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 16, 2019

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South Coastal BC Compost Guide Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) has released a fantastic compost guide, updated for 2019. It contains information on identifying quality compost, how much to apply, and where to buy in the Lower Mainland. We hope this is helpful resource as you plan your farm amendments this season! Download the Compost Guide here: What is this Compost Guide about? This publication is an updated version of the 2018 ‘Composts for Farm Use Survey’ SPEC document created with the purpose of pursuing the issues relevant to the evaluation of local composts for farm use. For more in-depth … Continue reading 2019 South Coastal BC Compost Guide -SPEC

WORK TRADE: EAST KOOTENAYS, BC – Clear Sky Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 08, 2019

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Farm & Food Forest Caretaker at Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC Are you passionate about personal growth, meditation and community learning? If you answered “Yes!”, and you have an interest in permaculture and food forests, we invite you to apply for our 3 month residential intensive. Farm and Food Forest Karma Yoga Position If you have a particular interest in farming and food forests, then we invite you to apply for our 2019 Food Forest Caretaker karma yoga position. Clear Sky is proudly home to one of Canada’s largest cold climate food forests. Designed in 2012 and planted in 2013, … Continue reading WORK TRADE: EAST KOOTENAYS, BC – Clear Sky Farm

5 Ways to Improve Your Supply of Fruit

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 04, 2019

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By Gabe Nelson at Fruit Growers Supply Fruit yield will mostly depend on the type of fruit tree you are cultivating; however, there are general methods that apply to many varieties. Here are 5 ways to increase your fruit supply:     Know your soil. Plants and fruit trees are a lot like people. Different plants have different needs for nutrients and soil pH. Do a soil sample on the location you want to plant your fruit trees. A soil sample will reveal contents of trace minerals and what you need to fill in to make a healthy soil appropriate for your desired plants or … Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve Your Supply of Fruit

Farmer Podcast Club: Cultivariable #5: Q&A

Posted by Lilli Klamke on April 03, 2019

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Enjoy listening to your weekly Farmer Podcast Club episode. Cultivariable #5: Questions&Answers- Released Jun 29, 2018 In this episode of the Cultivariable podcast, I answer listener questions: * 00:57 Which tuber crops are best for permaculture? * 05:14 Are there any tuber crops that fix nitrogen? * 08:35 Might arracacha be a dynamic accumulator? * 10:35 Can you explain the process that you use for collecting plants from the wild? * 14:35 Why should all gardeners also be plant breeders? * 16:58 How could GMOs make all plants sterile? * 21:11 Can you explain how GMOs lead to super weeds?… … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: Cultivariable #5: Q&A

APRIL 14, 2019: CALGARY, AB – Growing Edible Mushrooms in Your Home

Posted by Erika Heiberg on March 29, 2019

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Introductory Series Workshop: Growing Edible Mushrooms in Your Home   When: April 14, 2019, 1-4PM Where: 3402 8 Street SE, Calgary AB (Calgary – Classroom) Cost: $50 for the day Register: Pre-registration is required, tickets available through Fungi Akuafo   About the Workshop This event takes place in the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta and the City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. ******************************************************************************** Are you a small farmer? DIY grower? Landscape designer? Fungi fanatic, or local eater? Then this workshop might be for you! This Introductory Series Workshop … Continue reading APRIL 14, 2019: CALGARY, AB – Growing Edible Mushrooms in Your Home

MAY 20-24, 2019: TOFINO, BC – Introduction to Permaculture Design at Cedar Coast Field Station

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 28, 2019

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Join instructor Michael Nickels, from the Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy on Saltspring Island, at this 5-day introduction to permaculture design workshop on Vargas Island. “Permaculture gives us a toolkit for moving from a culture of fear and scarcity to one of love and abundance” Learn step-by-step concepts to build your home-scale permaculture garden and more. When: May 20th to 24th, 2019 Where: Cedar Coast Field Station, Vargas Island (complimentary pick-up/drop-off from Tofino) Cost: $1625, all inclusive.  Learn more and register here.  Questions? Please send an email to info@cedarcoastfieldstation.org for more information. Thank you. What’s Included? Complimentary roundtrip transport from Tofino Harbour to Vargas Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation A … Continue reading MAY 20-24, 2019: TOFINO, BC – Introduction to Permaculture Design at Cedar Coast Field Station

APRIL-JULY, 2019: KELOWNA, BC – Community Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 28, 2019

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If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Permaculture through community building, ecological landscape design, pattern literacy and cultivating your “designer’s mind” then come join Lucie Bardos and others for Kelowna’s first 72-Hour Community PDC!   When: The course will take place over 12 Saturday sessions between April 27th – July 27th, 2019 (with breaks for the May and July long weekends). Where: Mission Creek EECO Centre at 2363A Springfield Rd. in Kelowna. Cost: $830. Register: Community Permaculture Course Registration Learn More: https://www.luciebardos.net/courses Contact: luciabardos@gmail.com What is Permaculture? Permaculture is an approach to design modelled on natural ecosystems. It is rooted in … Continue reading APRIL-JULY, 2019: KELOWNA, BC – Community Permaculture Design Certificate Course

APRIL 27, 2019: ALDERGROVE, BC – Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 25, 2019

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Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Tangled Roots When: April 27, 2019, 11am to 3pm  Where: Coast Salish Territory | Fraser Commons Farm (Parking will be in the field at 1322 256th Street, Aldergrove, BC)  Cost: $60 for the day, participants will take home their own inoculated log (see cost note below**) Register: Pre-registration is required by emailing tangledrootsnature@gmail.com About the Workshop This event takes place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory. ************************** Interested in growing your own mushrooms? In this workshop we will dive in the wonderful world of mushroom cultivation using simple DIY methods that you can do at home. This workshop is suitable for … Continue reading APRIL 27, 2019: ALDERGROVE, BC – Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap

Posted by Lilli Klamke on March 11, 2019

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Winter in northern Alberta, yes, it was cold during our second Peace Country Mixer! Nevertheless we had a fantastic time in Grande Prairie during the weekend March 2 and 3. What a wonderful and diverse crowd we got to spend the days with. There were new farmers, YA apprentices, farmers travelling the country to gather experience on different farms and of course our very supportive farm friends in the Peace Country, that run well established farms and are keen on growing the new generation of young farmers. We welcomed every new face into our YA community and are thrilled about the … Continue reading Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap

Organic Vegetable Seed Production Course

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 10, 2019

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PRODUCING ORGANIC SEEDS? WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION, HARVESTING, QUALITY, MARKETING, BREEDING AND MORE?  WANT TO BUILD YOUR OWN 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 only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program runs April 8th – November 1st, 2019 (with a summer break from July 9th – September 2nd). Designed with flexibility, this certificate program will be delivered in a part-time blended format featuring live, online instruction … Continue reading Organic Vegetable Seed Production Course