Blog Category: kootenays

JOB: Snow’s Hillhouse Microfarm & Inn, Nelson, BC

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on January 19, 2017

Green landscape and garden beds at Snow's Hillhouse Microfarm

Garden Manager Snow’s Hillhouse Microfarm and Inn seeks a qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable gardener to oversee small-scale production of food and flowers. The seasonal position begins in March with seed starting and continues through harvest, with hours increasing to 30 hours per week as the growing season gets into full gear. The Gardener will work closely with the property owner to set goals, plan, assign tasks, and prioritize. In addition to at least 2 years of paid garden work, the applicant must have excellent verbal communication and organizing skills, familiarity with permaculture principles, and must be 100% reliable. On-site housing … Continue reading JOB: Snow’s Hillhouse Microfarm & Inn, Nelson, BC

Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 01, 2016


photo by 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

October 22: Creston, BC – New Farm Start-up Workshop

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on October 18, 2016


Looking to start a new farm operation in the Kootenays? Check out this New Farm Start-up workshop happening October 22nd. Its a free full day complete with lunch. October 22, 2016, 8:00AM-3:30PM Creston, BC Registration required:

Business Mentorship Network – Laticia Chapman

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 08, 2016

Laticia Chapman Family

Name? Laticia Chapman Where do you farm? Tarry’s, between Nelson and Castlegar, BC What do you farm? Our family farm produces orchard fruit, flowers, & berries. What type of business structure is your farm? Sharecropping. What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? My parents are the landowners, and fellow farmers. How did you seriously get into farming?  I spent two growing seasons as an intern at the Bullocks Permaculture Homestead and Nursery on Orcas Island in Washington, which is where I got my practical, dirty-hands farming experience. Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? I applied … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Laticia Chapman

People Planet & Profits; Tools & Principles for Farm Business

Posted by Shauna Teare on April 26, 2016

Farmsteding Workshop; People Planet & Profit. Kootenay Food

Farmsteading 101; An intensive workshop in the lovely Slocan Valley, with Verge Permaculture, Brought to you by The West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op , (your friends at Kootenay Food!) Workshop Friday & Saturday May 13+14 Rob & Michelle Avis own & operate two successful businesses: Verge Permaculture & Adaptive Habitat. They are not farmers, but have worked closely with many farms. In this workshop, they will share their arms-length perspective, tools and principles of great value to farm businesses. On DAY ONE, Michelle will cover an overview of the Holistic Management Framework, and demonstrate how this tool has become perhaps the … Continue reading People Planet & Profits; Tools & Principles for Farm Business

APR 12-13: Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop, Nelson, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 01, 2016

Visual display of jars - examples of agrifood value added processing businesses

Are you in the pre-planning stage of starting a food business, or have an established business whose growth you want to kick-start? Community Futures of Central Kootenays, Found Tree Product Design & Partners for Growth Advisory Services is proud to be presenting another Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop! WHEN: April 12 -13, 2016; 8:30AM-4:30PM WHERE: Community Futures of Central Kootenay, 201-514 Vernon St, Nelson, BC V1L 4E7 COST: $105 (includes GST) w/ Lunch Provided The workshop is for both professional development and building up your network. It is a great opportunity to either build-out or refresh your business plan! This is a program funded … Continue reading APR 12-13: Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop, Nelson, BC

Zen and a Food Forest: Farm Manager Position

Posted by Moss Dance on March 22, 2016


Clear Sky Meditation Centre in the East Kootenay of BC is offering two farm and food forest opportunities in 2016. About Clear Sky Meditation Centre We are meditation and retreat centre with a quadruple bottom line of economic, social, environmental and spiritual sustainability. Our one-acre food forest is one of Canada’s few larger cold climate systems. It was designed by Richard Walker and was planted in 2013, with the support of agroforestry initiative funding. Our food forest is being developed as a ‘demonstration model’ of sustainable agroforestry systems in practice. Learning how to make a food forest system financially viable, … Continue reading Zen and a Food Forest: Farm Manager Position

RESIDENCY: Come learn and grow at Yasodhara Ashram this season!

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on February 22, 2016

Yasodahara Ashram - Eggs

Hello – we at Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake want you to know that our 2016 Learning Residencies are posted and we are looking for applicants! These 4 – 8 month opportunities are a deep dive into developing personal and professional skills while expanding your own self-understanding. The program is based on experiential and self led learning within a guided mentorship. We are looking to fill 6 – 8 residencies in our Garden, Kitchen, Hospitality, Preserving Kitchen, Grounds areas. Learning Residents receive meals and accommodations for the length of their stay, a value of $1200 per month. A modest stipend is … Continue reading RESIDENCY: Come learn and grow at Yasodhara Ashram this season!

November 18: Kootenay Co-op True Local Supplier Event, Nelson, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 05, 2015

Tawny jersy Cows Interested in the Kootenay Co-op True North Supplier Event

Are you a new or established agricultural producer in the Kootenays? Are you interested in becoming a local wholesale supplier to an incredible community cooperative? Join the Kootenay Co-op for their upcoming True Local Supplier Event! When: Wednesday, November 18th, 9AM – 4PM Where: Nelson Rod & Gun Club 801 Railway St, Nelson, BC V1L 1H6 To continue to develop their capacity to bring on new farmers and sell more fresh, local, organic produce the Kootenay Co-op is hosting a full day seminar focused on fostering business growth in their agricultural suppliers. Featuring: Information on opportunities for local sales and areas of likely demand for 2016 Educational opportunities … Continue reading November 18: Kootenay Co-op True Local Supplier Event, Nelson, BC

September 13: Creston Valley Tour de Farm, Creston BC

Posted by Laura Hannant on September 01, 2015 1 Comment


Creston Valley Tour de Farm is back on track! The day long cycling tour of 5 of our local farms has been rescheduled for September 13th. Hopefully the weather will have cooled a bit by then! For all those who had already purchased tickets, if you can’t attend on September 13, please contact Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre to arrange a refund by calling 1-866-528-4342. For those wishing to see a non-bike option, keep your fingers crossed. We will do our best to organize an alternative in the meantime! Get your bicycles tuned-up and your picnic baskets … Continue reading September 13: Creston Valley Tour de Farm, Creston BC