Blog Category: Indigenous Land & Food

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

EVENT: Calgary, AB – Towards a Prairie Atonement with author Trevor Herriot

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 03, 2017

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The Calgary Public Library is pleased to host award-winning author and naturalist, Trevor Herriot.   The discussion will focus on Herriot’s latest book, Towards a Prairie Atonement where he recounts what happened to First Nations and Metis communities who were moved off the grasslands. April 20 | 6:30 pm Memorial Park Library | 1221 2 St. S.W. | Calgary Towards a Prairie Atonement addresses the question of our relationship with the land. Enlisting the help of a Metis Elder, Trevor Herriot revisits the history of one corner of the Great Plains. This book’s lyrical blend of personal narrative, prairie history, imagery, … Continue reading EVENT: Calgary, AB – Towards a Prairie Atonement with author Trevor Herriot

January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 23, 2017 4 Comments

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Join us for two days of workshops for small-scale, ecological farmers and farmers-to-be on Vancouver Island. Dive in to amazing networking opportunities and skills-sharing with experienced farmer facilitators who are ready to help you grow your farm business. We’ve got workshops on everything from farm business planning to holistic management and livestock to crop planning, land access, and more! Are you farm-curious, or thinking about becoming a farmer? JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! When: Saturday, January 28 – Sunday January 29, 2017 Where:  Camp Pringle, Coast Salish Territory Camp (Shawnigan Lake), 2520 West Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake B.C. V0R 2W3 Cost: Our updated price is … Continue reading January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 01, 2016

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photo by greenkeepers.ca This is the 4th and final webinar of the 2016 season hosted by the BAUTA Initiative – time to celebrate! Please join us to hear from seed leaders in three regions of Canada. They’ll talk about their diverse and forward thinking seed initiatives that are advancing ecological seed and regional seed systems across the country. We’ll hear from Sarah Hargreaves (Ecological Farming Association of Ontario) on “farmer-led research”; Teprine Baldo & Stephen McComber (organizers of Strawberry Moon and Crow Moon Festivals, and owners of Fire Council Farms) on “seed for the community”; and Mel Sylvestre (BC Seed … Continue reading Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

November 26: VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Urban Farming Forum & Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on November 10, 2016

Vancouver Urban Farming Forum

The Vancouver Urban Farming Society is pleased to host the 6th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum on November 26. The theme for 2016 is Sustainable Futures: Sowing Knowledge, Skills & Connection. Get Tickets: http://bit.ly/VUFF2016 About the Vancouver Urban Farming Forum Community building and opportunities to share and mingle will be at the heart of the Forum – VUFS is excited to welcome co-host Mutya Macatumpag, an interdisciplinary artist who will be animating the event and strengthening person-to-person connections alongside Marcela Crowe, Executive Director of VUFS. The Forum will also feature Sara Dent, BC Coordinator and Co-Founder of Young Agrarians, who will … Continue reading November 26: VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Urban Farming Forum & Mixer

SEPT 18: David Suzuki: Climate, Food and the Future – Saskatoon, SK

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 31, 2016

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Sunday September 18th, 2016; Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon 7:30 PM – An evening with David Suzuki – Climate, Food and the Future. Pre-order tickets at: https://broadwaytheatre.ca/events?p=event&event=3770 DOORS OPEN at 6:30 PM Dr. David Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster.  He holds a Ph.D in zoology and genetics, has won numerous academic awards, and holds 25 honorary degrees from academic institutions in Canada and around the world.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.  Dr. Suzuki has written 52 books. David will be joined by Ian Mauro and Darrin Qualman. … Continue reading SEPT 18: David Suzuki: Climate, Food and the Future – Saskatoon, SK

Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 18, 2016

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photo by Sara Dent.  The BAUTA Family Seed Security Initiative is offering grants to farmers interested in building their capacity and understanding of seed production through their Seed Training Support Grant.  Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend the following training events on ecological seed production. These events offer intermediate to advanced training on growing vegetable seeds and field crops. Eligible costs include travel expenses and registration fees. Kneading Conference: Skowhegan, Maine – July 28, 29, 2016 Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference & Campout: Decorah, Iowa – Jul. 15-17, 2016 NOVIC 2-day Plant Breeding Intensive: Pablo, Montana – Sept. … Continue reading Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

July 15-17: Syilx Territory – BC Food Systems Network Gathering

Posted by Moss Dance on June 21, 2016

BC Food Systems Network

The 18th annual BC Food Systems Network Gathering will be July 15 – 17, 2016 in Syilx Territory at the En’owkin Centre near Penticton, BC Each year since 1999 the BC Food Systems Network has gathered somewhere in BC to share knowledge, experience, and wisdom from the grassroots. This annual Gathering is a celebration of our food systems. Gathering together connects and re-energizes some of the amazing people around BC and across Canada working on food security and food sovereignty. The BC Food Systems Network Gathering blends plenaries, workshops, and presentations with unstructured time and space to encourage formal and informal sharing, socializing … Continue reading July 15-17: Syilx Territory – BC Food Systems Network Gathering

Four Innovative Ways to Access B.C. Land – B.C. Farmland Access Report is Out!

Posted by Moss Dance on June 07, 2016 1 Comment

Farmland Access

Southern BC: It’s a question that stumps many of us, from farmers to food policy makers to farmers’ market fans: how do we get more farmers on farmland when land prices are so high? Farmland access and land management are hot topics in British Columbia. A fresh-off-the-press report by FarmFolk CityFolk, CRFAIR, Young Agrarians and Deer Crossing the Art Farm profiles four on-the-ground projects as inspiration for land access solutions. The report’s authors affirm that they are “jointly committed to ensuring that the next generation of farmers in BC have access to land to develop viable farm operations, and that elder generations of farmers are … Continue reading Four Innovative Ways to Access B.C. Land – B.C. Farmland Access Report is Out!

June 11: Wild Salmon Caravan, Vancouver, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on June 05, 2016

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UPDATE: Wild Salmon Caravan – Request for donations of food The Wild Salmon Caravan (WSC) is fast approaching and we are looking for donations of food to be shared with all 10 communities who are hosting dinners, lunches or breakfasts for the caravan, as it travels from Mount Robson to Victoria during the week of June 6 – 12, 2016. The WSC will provide opportunities to celebrate the spirit of wild salmon, and raise awareness of the ecological and social importance of wild salmon within mutual aid networks, and various forms of media and arts based engagement strategies. We are … Continue reading June 11: Wild Salmon Caravan, Vancouver, BC