Blog Category: Education

Flooding Preparedness for BC Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley Farmers

Posted by Moss Dance on May 18, 2018

Flooding Preparedness

The province of BC has activated the Southwest Provincial Regional Operations Center (SW PREOC) to support the response to the 2018 lower Fraser River freshet and the potential for flooding.  Additional PREOCs have also been activated in other regions of the province due to the flooding situation and the following information is also applicable to those impacted regions.  The Ministry of Agriculture is providing support to Local Governments, First Nations, and agricultural producers through the PREOC.  Below we have attached a number of links to provide producers with key information and resources to assist them in preparing, responding and recovering from potential … Continue reading Flooding Preparedness for BC Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley Farmers

Young Agrarians Farmer Podcast Club

Posted by Lilli Klamke on May 10, 2018 1 Comment

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Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Are you spending a lot of time on a tractor, out in your garden, or hoeing rows in the fields? Many farmers are turning to podcasts to keep their brains occupied, and there’s a lot of interesting podcast material out there. Thanks to the Young Agrarians Farmer Podcast Club, you no longer have to dig for the good ones! Sometimes it just seems hard to choose the episodes that are going to be interesting… Wouldn’t it be convenient to pick from a “best of” list, by and for farmers? Join the Young Agrarians Farmer … Continue reading Young Agrarians Farmer Podcast Club

April 8: Kelowna, BC – Agro-ecological Knowledge Exchange

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on March 27, 2018

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Central Okanagan Agro-ecological Knowledge Exchange  A one-day free conference/workshop held at UBCO for new farmers, researchers, and students to build community around agricultural science and local food production. Goals: To introduce interested community members and new farmers to ideas and knowledge generated from agricultural and biological research that might help them better understand and manage the processes taking place on their farms. To introduce interested researchers to farming practices and problems found in local farming systems, encouraging more research/outreach in these areas. Provide a venue for community collaboration and idea sharing around agro-ecology, farming, and local food systems.  Topics: Soil … Continue reading April 8: Kelowna, BC – Agro-ecological Knowledge Exchange

APRIL 7: WINLAW, BC – Permaculture Based Food System Design Workshop For Kootenay Farms & Homesteads

Posted by Shauna Teare on March 27, 2018

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Saturday April 7 – Full day class- Winlaw In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to successfully integrate various livestock, like chickens, cows, pigs, fowl, and rabbits into your gardening and cropping rotations. Learn how to get all your weeding, tilling, fertilizing, aeration, shredding and more done for free. You might even get bacon and eggs too. Through examples of his families 250 acres farm, Takota will introduce the principles and processes he uses to design for functional fauna interactions in the back yard or on the back forty. TOPICS COVERED WILL INCLUDE: Permaculture design. Forest gardening. How to … Continue reading APRIL 7: WINLAW, BC – Permaculture Based Food System Design Workshop For Kootenay Farms & Homesteads

Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018

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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 9th – November 2nd, 2018 (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 Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

MARCH 3 – MAY 5: SURREY, BC – Workshops for New Farmers at UFV

Posted by Moss Dance on February 25, 2018

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Spring is around the corner, the seed catalogues are out and gardeners are eager to get their hands dirty. Perhaps this is the year that you bring your dream of having a market garden closer to reality? If it is horticulture knowledge that you lack, then you may be interested in attending 1 or more of 4 workshops being held in Surrey by University of the Fraser Valley from March to May. The workshops will provide essential training and hands-on practice, covering the principles of organic agriculture with a focus on vegetable production for market. They are designed for aspiring … Continue reading MARCH 3 – MAY 5: SURREY, BC – Workshops for New Farmers at UFV

MARCH 6 & 13: LEAN FARM MANAGEMENT WEBINARS

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 08, 2018

Ben Hartman will present two lean farm management business webinars for Young Agrarians

Higher Profits. Less Work.  Sound like your farm business goals for 2018? Join Young Agrarians and author Ben Hartman for a series of webinars focused on how lean principles of efficiency can be applied to your farm enterprise to decrease waste and increase profitability. DATES: March 6, 2018 – An Introduction to Lean Concepts for the Small Farm March 13, 2018 – Five Lean Business Management Tools to Increase Profits w/ Less Work TIME: 10:00AM – 12:00PM (PST) COST: $45 If you’re not able to join for both sessions, please contact kristen(at)youngagrarians.org for single session payment options – cost: $25/session REGISTER NOW: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3653149762140663811 Once you register on the GoToWebinar page … Continue reading MARCH 6 & 13: LEAN FARM MANAGEMENT WEBINARS

FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 29, 2018

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We are celebrating five years of Winter Mixers on Vancouver Island this year! Join us for our Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer at Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake, on beautiful Vancouver Island for two days of farming workshops & networking! Looking for the Young Agrarians Okanagan Winter Mixer? Click here! VANCOUVER ISLAND 5TH WINTER MIXER At-A-Glance WHEN: Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 11, 2018 WHERE:  Coast Salish Territory – Camp Pringle, 2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3 COST:  Sliding scale $75-125.  All funds raised go to covering the cost of the event. Thank you for your support! Work trade options are available, … Continue reading FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer