Blog Category: Farmer Profiles

Lessons Learned: City Beet Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 26, 2017

City Beet Farm Chard Plot

We’re checking back in with our B.C. Business Mentorship Network participants to see how their seasons have gone and how mentorship has benefitted them. We are Elana and Maddy from City Beet Farm in Vancouver. Our goals for the 2017 season were to pay off the farm that we bought in 2016 and run our first ever successful, 60 member CSA program. We both committed entirely to making those goals a reality. We sacrificed paying ourselves and working full time on the farm in order to breakeven and not incur any debt. Long days, focus, dedication, a little help from … Continue reading Lessons Learned: City Beet Farm

Lessons Learned: SOLscapes Ecological Landscaping

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 24, 2017

Solscapes Edible Garden Boat

We’re checking back in with our B.C. Business Mentorship Network participants to see how their seasons have gone and how mentorship has benefitted them. Hello fellow farmers and foodies! We are Stephanie Vigneux (Urban Farmer) and Jordie Bulpit (Horticulturalist) from SOLscapes collaborating with Samantha Philips and Lisa Giroday of Victory Gardens. We so deeply appreciate having had the opportunity to be a part of the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship network. This experience has truly nurtured our growth and development as a small business. SOLscapes is an ecologically sustainable landscaping company that services the Sea-to-Sky Corridor; you can find our edible … Continue reading Lessons Learned: SOLscapes Ecological Landscaping

Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 22, 2017

Plenty Wild Farm Family

We’re checking back in with our B.C. Business Mentorship Network participants to see how their seasons have gone and how mentorship has benefitted them. The 2017 season certainly kept us on our toes!  It presented a wide array of both challenges and gifts and we are incredibly grateful to have had the mentorship of Chris Bodnar, through the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Program. Last spring we were anxiously preparing for a wave of change as we planned to make several key changes to our farm’s marketing and production plans while expecting our first child. We had decided to stop raising … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farm

Lessons Learned: Two Roads Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 20, 2017

Business Mentorship network new farmers at two roads farm grow a luscious and colourful cover crop

We’re checking back in with our B.C. Business Mentorship Network participants to see how their seasons have gone and how mentorship has benefitted them. Name, Farm, Location? Sam Croome and Emily Anderson at Two Roads Farm on Denman Island. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Goal 1: Increase our income (both gross and net, to allow us to pay ourselves more than a parking meter) – We worked with our mentor to identify low hanging fruit to increase efficiency and reduce expenses. We implemented some of these, like buying potting soil in bulk rather than mixing … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Two Roads Farm

Lessons Learned: Dancing Dandelion Farms

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 18, 2017

Dancing Dandelion Precision Seeder and Dog

We’re checking back in with our B.C. Business Mentorship Network participants to see how their seasons have gone and how mentorship has benefitted them. Name, Farm, Location? Dancing Dandelion Farms, Duncan, BC What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? This was our very first year farming. Our main goal for the year was to learn to grow vegetables and flowers at a market scale. Our first goal was to set-up our farm infrastructure such as our wash station, harvest area, deer fencing, irrigation and to prepare our soil and beds to grow crops. Once … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Dancing Dandelion Farms

Lessons Learned: Lightfoot Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 16, 2017

business mentorship network farmer delivers colourful produce order

We’re checking back in with our B.C. Business Mentorship Network participants to see how their seasons have gone and how mentorship has benefitted them. My name is Simon Answerth and I Farm a quarter acre of leased land under a incubator program in Kelowna, BC. My farm business is called Lightfoot Farm and I hope to expand to a half acre next year as well as recruit the help of my wife. This year my goals were to; add 3 new restaurant customers, set up a CSA program with between 5-15 members and increase public exposure with intensive advertising. My … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Lightfoot Farm

Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action—National Farmers Union

Posted by Moss Dance on April 25, 2017 1 Comment

Agroecology in Canada

The following article consists of excerpts from Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action published by the National Farmers’ Union. “Agroecology is much more than a set of technologies; it is a political and social system, a way of life, a form of resistance against corporate control of the food system, and quite simply the best means of achieving food sovereignty.” — Ayla Fenton, NFU Youth Vice President “Agroecology is the answer to how to transform and repair our material reality in a food system and rural world that has been devastated by industrial food production and its so-called Green and … Continue reading Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action—National Farmers Union

Business Mentorship Network – Bent Plow Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 15, 2017

Business Mentorship Network farmers Bent Plow bound for BC

Hi my name is Emma and together with my partner Scott, we operate Bent Plow Farm. Where do you farm? We were farming in Eastern Ontario for the past three years, but now we find ourselves on new land in Nelson BC.  What do you farm? We have been farming vegetables on a one acre piece for CSA, retail, and farmers’ markets.  What type of business structure is your farm? I am the sole-proprietor of our business, but we operate much like a partnership.  What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? We have a … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Bent Plow Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 11, 2017

New Farmers Dane and Rachael's Farm Land

Name? Rachael and Dane Sherstad Where do you farm? Paradise Valley Produce, Powell River, BC What do you farm? At this point buttercup… but hopefully delicious mixed veggies coming soon! What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? We purchased this land last summer and made the move to the Sunshine Coast in November.  Endless thanks to the most supportive family ever for making this possible! How did you seriously get into farming? Farming is a new adventure for both of us as we transition from backgrounds in outdoor education/guiding.  We both feel as if we are in the early … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce

Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 07, 2017

The july fields of sweet digz farm

Name? Sweet Digz Farm – Kareno Hawbolt & Kimi Hendess Where do you farm? Richmond, BC What do you farm? We use organic farming practices to grow veggies, seed and herbal medicinals. What type of business structure is your farm? Our business is a partnership of two sole proprietors: Kareno & Kimi.  Officially, we are “Sweet Digz Farm & Construction.” Up until last year we had a carpentry side where Kimi did renovations and in 2014-15 built a tiny house for a client.  Since 2016 we are trying to have Kimi full time on the farm along with head farmer Kareno.  We also have been able … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm