Blog Category: kootenays

FARM JOB: SALMO, BC – Salix and Sedge, Market Garden Farm Hand

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 25, 2019

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Salix and Sedge in Salmo, BC is seeking a Market Garden Farm Hand for the 2019 season. About Salix and Sedge Salix and Sedge is a certified organic farm located in the Salmo Valley, and is owned and operated by Brendan and Cali who began farming in 2015. Our farm is small-scale, and we produce a range of vegetables for our Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, farmers markets, and for a variety of local food processors and retailers. Salmo is a small community of about 1100 people, and we live just on the edge of town- far enough away to feel … Continue reading FARM JOB: SALMO, BC – Salix and Sedge, Market Garden Farm Hand

EVENT RECAP: Community Potluck and Farmer Slideshows ~ Vallican, February 2019

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 22, 2019

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On February 2nd, following a Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop, several dozen community members of all ages came together at Vallican Whole Community Center to enjoy a community potluck and farmer slideshow. The potluck featured many amazing dishes provided by community members, including a whole roast turkey and root vegetables from Real Good Food and some local accompaniments from Kootenay Food. The event kicked off with an intro circle, providing an opportunity for everyone in the group to share where they’re coming from and if they’re in need of anything or have something they can offer to the farming community. After … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Community Potluck and Farmer Slideshows ~ Vallican, February 2019

March 8-10: YA Land Access Workshop @ BCAFM Conference, Kimberley 2019

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 21, 2019 1 Comment

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Are you attending the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets conference taking place in Kimberley from March 8-10th? Looking for information on how to create a solid land arrangement? Look no further! Amongst the plethora of amazing workshops and events happening over the course of the weekend, on March 9th Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Matcher Hailey Troock will lead a session exploring the B.C. Land Matching Program and the nuts and bolts of leasing land. In this workshop that runs from 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm on Saturday afternoon, we’ll look at what goes into creating a solid land arrangement … Continue reading March 8-10: YA Land Access Workshop @ BCAFM Conference, Kimberley 2019

FARM JOB: WINDERMERE, BC – Edible Acres Farm and Cafe/ Winderberry, Farm Assistant & Soil Technician

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 20, 2019

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Edible Acres Farm and Cafe/ Winderberry in Windermere, BC is seeking a Farm Assistant & Soil Technician for the 2019 season! About WINDERBERRY and EDIBLE ACRES FARM Winderberry and Edible Acres Farm are located in Windermere, BC. We are nestled in the Columbia Valley and Rocky Mountains and a 15 min walk to Lake Windermere. The area is a mecca for outdoor activities all seasons of the year. We own and operate a Greenhouse business where we specialize in annual flower production and selling of trees, shrubs, perennials, gardening soils and fertilizers, etc. We also have 5 acres of certified organic … Continue reading FARM JOB: WINDERMERE, BC – Edible Acres Farm and Cafe/ Winderberry, Farm Assistant & Soil Technician

FARM THE BASIN: Catching up with Bent Plow Farm

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 19, 2019

Scott and Emma of Bent Plow Farm

Back in 2016, Young Agrarians interviewed Scott and Emma just as they arrived to BC to start their new farm in Blewett after participating in the YA Business Mentorship Network. Fast forward three years and a couple of growing seasons and the dynamic duo from Bent Plow Farm have become integral members of the local farming community. Emma is one of four Directors at Large for the Kootenay Organic Growers Society and recently presented a farmer slideshow at a YA Community Potluck at Vallican Whole. You can find more information about Bent Plow Farm on their website, the YA U-MAP, as well as … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: Catching up with Bent Plow Farm

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

FARM JOB: WINLAW, BC – Ravine Creek Farm, Farm Worker

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 06, 2019

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Ravine Creek Farm in Winlaw, BC is seeking a farm worker for their certified organic, family run vegetable farm in the stunning and Slocan Valley. Come grow with us! ABOUT Ravine Creek Farm We are a small, certified organic family farm near the banks of the Slocan River in the West Kootenay. We grow a broad range of seasonal vegetables for our CSA, Nelson Famer’s Market and a weekly farmstand. We use mainly hand tools and our BCS walking tractor. We also have 3 acres of hay fields which we use for mulch in the garden. Our presence serves to engage our community … Continue reading FARM JOB: WINLAW, BC – Ravine Creek Farm, Farm Worker

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)

EVENT RECAP: Ben Hartman of ‘The Lean Farm’ speaks to farmers from across the Basin in Kimberley

Posted by Hailey Troock on January 30, 2019

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*Farmers in featured image (L – R): Christian from 3 Crows Farm/Cranbrook, Nigel from Cartwheel Farm/Creston, Cali from Salix and Sedge/Salmo, Ben Hartman, Sarah from Stone Meadow Gardens/Castlegar, Emma from Bent Plow Farm/Blewitt & Kate from Hoedown CSA/Pass Creek. On January 21st, a diverse group of more than 40 people came together at Centre64 in Kimberley for a presentation by Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm. This was Ben’s third stop on a tour of British Columbia that brought him first to Langley and Victoria before hopping on a flight to the East Kootenay. After brief introductions on the … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Ben Hartman of ‘The Lean Farm’ speaks to farmers from across the Basin in Kimberley

APPRENTICESHIP: EDGEWOOD, BC – Intentional Peasants

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 17, 2019

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Looking for a farming apprenticeship in the Kootenays? Check out Intentional Peasants in Edgewood, BC! About Intentional Peasants We operate an 80 acre mixed farm nestled in a beautiful mountain valley in the northwest Kootenays, blessed with great soil and plenty of water. We are primarily vegetable growers, with an abundance of veggies through the summer and fall for a small CSA, local farmers markets, restaurants and stores. The focus is on storable root crops, which we continue to sell throughout the winter. We also have a small apple and plum orchard. We have a small herd of cattle that we raise … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: EDGEWOOD, BC – Intentional Peasants