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
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
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
Join us at Intentional Peasants near Edgewood, BC for a farm tour, horse plough demonstration & potluck social! The Columbia Basin Land Matcher, Hailey Troock, will be joining us to share more about the program. 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. Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 Time: 11:30 am Location: Intentional Peasants, Hwy 6, Edgewood BC We will put signs up to the farm. More about Intentional Peasants Intentional Peasants, operated by Andy Holmberg and Rebecca Carmichael is an 80 acre mixed farm nestled between the … Continue reading SEPT 23: EDGEWOOD, BC – Intentional Peasants Horse Plough Demo & Potluck Social!
Join us at the Kootenay Society for Sustainable Living’s Biointensive Center in Meadowbrook BC (Near Kimberley) for an event themed around bread production! Sharon and James will feature a mini-workshop that details all of the steps they take to grow grains using biointensive techniques. The tour and the workshop will be followed by potluck. Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 Time: 3:00 pm Location: Biointensive Center, 2371 Thomason Rd in Meadowbrook near Kimberely, BC Directions: Turn on to Thomason Rd and keep straight. Their driveway is on the right just before hideaway kennels. We’ll post signs to make it easy for guests. More about Kootenay Society for Sustainable Living and their Biointensive … Continue reading Sept. 15 – Kootenay Society for Sustainable Living Presents: For the love of bread! How we grow grains using biointensive techniques
Join us at Salix and Sedge in Salmo, BC for a farm tour & potluck social! Please bring a dish to share, tools to eat with and a chair or a blanket. Date: Friday, September 14, 2018 Time: 5:00 pm Location: Salix and Sedge 204 Curwen Road, Salmo More about Salix and Sedge Salix and Sedge is a certified organic vegetable farm. They grow a wide range of vegetables for their Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program and for selling at the Salmo Valley Farmer’s Market. From radishes and kale to carrots and tomatoes, they have planned a diverse selection for the whole growing season. They … Continue reading Sept. 14 – Salix and Sedge Farm Tour & Potluck Social
Join Young Agrarians for a two day, multi-farm tour at the stunning north end of Kootenay Lake (Johnsons Landing, Meadow Creek and Argenta) August 25 & 26, 2018. We will be touring several diverse farms (Animals, Herbs, CSA, Market Gardens, Agritourism), explore local farm resources in the area and and learn about grizzly bear coexistence solutions from Gillian Saunders. Participants are invited to join us for part of, one or both days. Camping Saturday night is available on a local farm but numbers are limited. The event will start at 10:00 am on both days at 2251 Kootenay Joe Road. Click … Continue reading AUG 25-26: KOOTENAYS – North Kootenay Lake Multi-Farm Tour
Meet your Columbia Basin Program Coordinator, Brittny Anderson Brittny Anderson grew up in the Columbia Basin. She is excited to join the Young Agrarians team and work with farmers around the region. Brittny became deeply passionate about food systems while working as an intern at Bija Vidyapeeth (Earth University) Vandana Shiva’s Biodiversity Conservation Farm in India. Since her internship, she has earned her M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Policy, worked for local governments (RDCK, Town of Creston, City of Cranbrook) and is an entrepreneur. In her free time Brittny loves to garden, cook, hike with her dog and spend time … Continue reading Our New Columbia Basin Coordinator is Seeking Your Input on Events
The 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer brought together @ 100 people over the weekend to learn, share skills, and make new connections. It was a fantastic group with lots of familiar faces and a whole bunch of new ones. A huge thank you to all our amazing speakers – you were engaging, thoughtful, and inspiring! The slideshows and handouts are available from almost all of the sessions. You can DOWNLOAD RESOURCES FROM SPEAKERS here (email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have technical difficulties). Tara Nakashima from Invati Yoga wanted to share this YouTube video with you – Yoga for Farmers. Danny Harris who led the … Continue reading 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer: Wrap-Up Post & Resources!
Our hearts were filled and our minds inspired after the first 2-day Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. Here’s a little recap on the event. We opened the weekend by getting into the situation our food system is in today and more about the demographics of aspiring and young farmers. There are 6% fewer farms in Alberta in 2016 as compared to 2011. In that time the average farm size grew (Source: StatsCanada) Almost half of farm operators in Alberta reported having an off farm job in 2015 The average age of a farm operator in Alberta in … Continue reading Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer