Blog Category: Events

EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 18, 2019

Paul Kelly shows the group a financial planning spreadsheet for their farm businesses

On February 2nd, 2019, 16 farmers with a range of experience levels came together at Vallican Whole Community Center for a Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop. The workshop was prepared and given by Paul Kelly from the Community Futures Central Kootenay Self Employment Program. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business and Entrepreneurship. He has managed large retail food operations including the Kootenay Co-op, production and processing at Fieldstone organic granary, and operated a local biofuel and feed commodity business out of Winlaw. Paul began his presentation by setting the regional labour market context. December 2018 saw the lowest … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

Feb 28, 2019: SAANICH, BC: Farmer2Farmer Gathering

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 12, 2019

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Farmer2Farmer is an annual event for farmers and growers of the capital region. This gathering is an opportunity for networking, community building, and capacity building. When: February 28, 2019, 11am-5pm Where: Saanich Fairgrounds 1436 Stellys Cross Rd, Brentwood Bay Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/farmer-2-farmer-2019-tickets-55090583418 Learn More: http://farmer2farmer.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2210907435903348/ Program Thursday, February 28th 11am – Climate Projections and Regional Adaptation Strategies 11:45 – Farmer Roundtables 12:30 – Local Lunch 1:30 – New Entrants and New Thinking about Climate 2:15 – Concurrent Workshops 4:30 – Closing   Session Information Climate Projections and Regional Adaptation Strategies An overview of local climate projections and an introduction to the regional adaptation strategy work of the BC … Continue reading Feb 28, 2019: SAANICH, BC: Farmer2Farmer Gathering

MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

Posted by Lilli Klamke on February 12, 2019

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The second Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer in the Peace Country is coming up! If you are a farmer, passionate food lover, grower, or a farm dreamer, join us! These two days will be filled with networking, skill sharing, and farm inspiration to help you grow your own farm business and farm story. When: Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 Where:  Camp Tamarack located south of Grande Prairie. Follow Highway 40 south, turn east onto secondary Highway 668, turn south onto Range Road 62 and you will find the camp on your left side. Find it on Google Maps. Cost: $75 + … Continue reading MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

FARM THE BASIN: Back to the Biointensive Basics with the Kootenay Society for Sustainable Living (VIDEO)

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 01, 2019

Farm the Basin: Back to the Biointensive Basics with Kootenay Society for Sustainable Living

Sharon and James are sustainable mini-farmers, natural builders, and environmentalists. Over the last five years they have been on a journey to become self-reliant and to transition towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Amongst meeting and learning from a variety of experts in their fields, as interns at Ecology Action they studied under John Jeavons to learn how to not only grow their own complete diet, but to bring sustainable agriculture back to their community as teachers. All of their experiences have led them back to what’s most important: to help build a strong, healthy community of localized and sustainable living. … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: Back to the Biointensive Basics with the Kootenay Society for Sustainable Living (VIDEO)

FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Posted by Robin Hunt on February 01, 2019 6 Comments

Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus!  Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories at … Continue reading FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

MARCH 3, 2019: PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 31, 2019

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Join us for a workshop with the legendary Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, on preventing burnout and increasing farm profits with less waste and work. Ben has inspired thousands to increase efficiency on their farms, and now he’s coming to BC to share his knowledge! No matter where you are at in your farming journey or what type of farm you operate, these “lean” principles can help you streamline and maximize your time. WHEN: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1-6pm WHERE:  Dakelh Territory | Prince George Civic Centre, 808 Canada Games Way, Prince George B.C. COST:  Sliding scale $25-$50. There are a couple work … Continue reading MARCH 3, 2019: PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

FEBRUARY 7, 2019: CAPITAL REGION, BC – Special Meeting for Capital Region Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 25, 2019

CRFAIR Capital Region Farmers

Special Meeting for Capital Region Farmers   Are you a farmer in the Capital Region who is currently selling mostly through direct marketing (e.g. farmers markets and CSA)? Ready to scale up your business?  Join the CRD’s planning process to establish supply chains for small scale producers on southern Vancouver Island!  CRFAIR is organizing a Demonstration Project and is inviting you to a meeting to share information about how you can be involved. It’s an opportunity to expand your business and make a positive change for a strong local food economy in the Capital Region. The Demonstration Project will support participating farmers … Continue reading FEBRUARY 7, 2019: CAPITAL REGION, BC – Special Meeting for Capital Region Farmers

MARCH 8, 2019: NANAIMO, BC – Lettuce Turnip the Beet: A VIU Garden Club Social & Fundraiser

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 25, 2019

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Lettuce Turnip the Beet: A VIU Garden Club Social & Fund Raiser Friday, March 8, 2019 VIU Student Pub Building 193-900 Fifth St, Nanaimo 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm Hello Earth loving folk – lettuce come together and turnip the beet at this fun seedy social in support of the VIU Community Peace Garden. Registration Register here: https://www.showpass.com/lettuce-turnip-the-beet/ Spread the word on Facebook.  Join us for an evening of great music, local food and drink specials, hands-on activities, and all the garden puns as we sow the seeds for a good time. This event is a fundraiser to support the growth of … Continue reading MARCH 8, 2019: NANAIMO, BC – Lettuce Turnip the Beet: A VIU Garden Club Social & Fundraiser

MARCH 9, 2019: BURNS LAKE, BC – SheepFest 2019

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 25, 2019

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SheepFest 2019 Saturday, March 9, 2019 Lakes District Secondary School Burns Lake, BC 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. SheepFest 2019 offers an educational day with 3 dynamic speakers speaking about wool, nutrition, herd health and artisan cheese. Registration Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sheepfest-2019-tickets-55027362322 Early Bird Registration until Feb 15th $25.00 Regular Registration from Feb 16 – Mar 5th $35.00 If you have trouble registering online, please call Debbie Evans, P. Ag., Agriculture Coordinator, RDBN 250-692-3195 About the Presenters Dr. Lisa Surber, PhD was born and raised on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and is still active in her family’s commercial cattle … Continue reading MARCH 9, 2019: BURNS LAKE, BC – SheepFest 2019

NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2019

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The National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth and in partnership with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario is planning for the 2019 Young Farmer Convergence! The purpose for the gathering is to offer young farmers workshops, planning and skill-sharing. Our mission is to build capacity for young farmers to be part of an effective social movement and empower them with tools to employ creative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change! This event will bring together dozens of young farmers chosen from around Canada. Successful participants will learn about political organizing and social movements, climate action and agriculture and indigenous … Continue reading NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend