Blog Category: kootenays

Feb 2: Farm Business Planning 101 followed by a Community Potluck & Farmer Slideshow

Posted by Brittny Anderson on November 18, 2018

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Two Separate YA events. One day, One Location!  Join Young Agrarians and Community Futures at Vallican Whole  for two farm focused events:  1:00-5:00 pm Farm Business Planning 101 5:30-9:00 pm Community Potluck and Farmer Slideshow Event Overview These are intended to be two separate yet mutually beneficial events. The Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop will be lead by Paul Kelly, the Self Employment Program Manager at Community Futures and a Local Food Procurement Consultant with Columbia Basin Trust. The workshop is geared towards new farmers and farmers who might be looking at diversifying or professionalizing their operation.  The potluck and farmer slide show is open … Continue reading Feb 2: Farm Business Planning 101 followed by a Community Potluck & Farmer Slideshow

EVENT RECAP: Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Linking Workshop

Posted by Hailey Troock on November 08, 2018

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On Saturday, October 27th, 30 landowners and current and prospective farmers converged on the Creston & District Community Complex to talk land access, lease agreements and farming in the Columbia Basin. We saw a great turnout of both farmers looking for land and landowners, and the event welcomed a good mix of new and experienced farmers, including some farmers who are currently leasing or had leased land previously. People came out from as far as Shore Acres, Cranbrook, Harrop and Nelson and there was great local participation from Creston. Activities kicked off at 1pm with an introduction circle and networking … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Linking Workshop

Nov 30: Glade Organics – Tapas & Tunes: Greenhouse Tour and Community Social

Posted by Brittny Anderson on November 08, 2018

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Join Young Agrarians at Glade Organics for a Greenhouse Tour & Community Potluck Social. We’ll learn about overwintering in a greenhouse, network, and celebrate the season around a bonfire!  Date: Friday, November 30th, 2018, Time: 5:00-10:00pm Location: 2305 Highway 3A Glade B.C. Between Nelson and Castlegar. Event Overview: Greenhouse tour and discussion on overwintering, introduction circle, community social including potluck tapas and live music in the greenhouse and a bonfire outside. Glade Organics Glade Organics is a small-scale Certified Organic farm that is operated by Mira and Ross who are first-generation farmers that generate income through direct sales, including farm gate and farmers … Continue reading Nov 30: Glade Organics – Tapas & Tunes: Greenhouse Tour and Community Social

Updates from the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council

Posted by Hailey Troock on October 20, 2018

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Towards a Working Model for a Robust Regional Food Security Network On September 21st a group of representatives from the food, farming and policy worlds of the Central Kootenays converged on the Sunshine Bay Retreat Centre in Harrop for a day-long retreat consisting of two field trips to local farms, the regularly-scheduled council meeting, as well as a focus group. Columbia Basin Land Matcher Hailey Troock went along to get a taste of what’s happening on the policy side of the local food and farming scene.  The focus group, led by Katrina Lehenbrauer – a consultant with Interior Health, sought to provide insight into a … Continue reading Updates from the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council

NOV 29: NELSON, BC – FABx Columbia Basin Food & Buyers Expo

Posted by Moss Dance on October 15, 2018

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FABx is dedicated to helping local food businesses grow! The Expo brings together producers, processors (caterers, restauranteurs, value-added businesses), distributors and purchasers. FABx AT A GLANCE WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Nelson, BC WHO: Basin food growers and producers, retailers, restaurateurs, caterers, distributors and wholesalers  interested in purchasing Basin products The event includes: Workshops Networking lunch featuring local food suppliers Vendor expo and discussions with food industry experts FABx WORKSHOPS Sales & Distribution – Who to sell to, who to distribute with, how to represent your product. The Path from Farm to Table – Local food restaurants and schools … Continue reading NOV 29: NELSON, BC – FABx Columbia Basin Food & Buyers Expo

Farming in the Columbia Basin (Kootenays): Multi-Farm Tour 2018 ~ Video

Posted by Hailey Troock on October 02, 2018

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“As much as I’m a farmer that grows food, I realize how important the forest is to my water and without water I don’t have a garden. I’ve been spending way more time on forest management then on trying to grow something I can sell for five bucks”. We weren’t the only ones in our group that were deeply impacted by Sara Adair’s words during our afternoon visit to her off-grid farm in Argenta. Sara hosted Young Agrarians and farmers from across the Columbia Basin on August 25, 2018. We were shown around not only Sara’s beautiful property but also given tours of … Continue reading Farming in the Columbia Basin (Kootenays): Multi-Farm Tour 2018 ~ Video

Oct 12: BEASLEY, BC – Tool School! with Kootenay Local Agricultural Society

Posted by Brittny Anderson on September 18, 2018

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Join us at Dutch Girl Peonies in Beasley near Nelson, BC for a tool demonstration with Kootenay Local Agricultural Society, farm tour & potluck social! Kootenay Local Agricultural Society Tool Library The Tool Library is a unique resource available to the public. Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS) members receive a discount.  Tools were carefully selected to ensure they would help farmers be more efficient, but which—because of cost or infrequency of need—farmers wouldn’t buy themselves. The centrepiece is their fleet are BCS walking tractors and implements such as the tiller, rotary plow, and flail mower that quickly prepare soil and incorporate cover crops on farms the use land intensively … Continue reading Oct 12: BEASLEY, BC – Tool School! with Kootenay Local Agricultural Society

Oct 24: Terraced Mountain Farming – Farm Tour and Potluck Social – Bonnington, BC

Posted by Brittny Anderson on September 18, 2018

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Join us at Sunshine Herb near Nelson, BC, for a farm tour focused on terraced mountain farming & a potluck social! Please bring a dish to share, tools to eat with and a chair or a blanket. Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home. This event is free and open to everyone! Date: Wednesday October 24, 2018 Time: 5:00 pm (we are going to start promptly as the sun will set at 5:40) Location: 3520 Yeatman Road, Bonnington, near Nelson, BC Directions: From Nelson turn right onto South Slocan Village Road, turn right on to Yeatman Road, pass Smokey Creek Salvage, go … Continue reading Oct 24: Terraced Mountain Farming – Farm Tour and Potluck Social – Bonnington, BC

OCT 9: SPARWOOD, BC – Elk Valley Round Table Farming Discussion & Potluck Social

Posted by Brittny Anderson on September 17, 2018

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Join us in the Elk Valley for a round table discussion and potluck social! This is a regional event and we are hoping to see people from Elkford and Fernie too! Live in Crowsnest Pass and interested in local food security and farm related activities? Great! We would love to have you there! Date: Tuesday October 9, 2018 Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm  Location:  Sparwood Senior Drop In Centre 101 4 Ave, Sparwood, BC Exploring Farming Opportunities  The evening will include a presentation from Gillian Saunders about the effectiveness of electric fencing as a tool to protect fruit trees, livestock and wildlife. Gillian has … Continue reading OCT 9: SPARWOOD, BC – Elk Valley Round Table Farming Discussion & Potluck Social

OCT 27: CRESTON, BC – Columbia Basin Land Link

Posted by Hailey Troock on September 17, 2018

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WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We want you! 1pm – 6pm  |  Saturday, October 27, 2018 Ktunaxa Territory Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, B.C. Land Matching Program, Expert Panel, & more! Join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of land linking. We’ll network, learn about land leasing and the B.C. Land Matching Program, and hear from our expert panel. You just might find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or a landowner who has the ideal piece … Continue reading OCT 27: CRESTON, BC – Columbia Basin Land Link