Blog Category: Organizations

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

Regeneration Canada

Posted by Moss Dance on October 10, 2018

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Regeneration Canada is a new non-profit organization seeking to catalyze a paradigm change in Canada towards regenerative agriculture and land management.  It was born following the Living Soils Symposium, which took place in Montreal in October 2017 in Montreal. Young Agrarians is proud to be a member of Regeneration Canada.  Representatives from international soil and climate initiatives gathered with farmers, researchers, students, and committed consumers at that event and left inspired to take action. The organizers decided to continue to grow the movement beyond simply organizing the one annual event and to rally the many pioneering individuals and organizations who … Continue reading Regeneration Canada

JOB: COABC Communications Coordinator

Posted by Darcy Smith on October 01, 2018

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The Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) is seeking someone passionate about communications and organic food for the role of Communications Coordinator. This role is ideal for someone with existing media relationships and PR experience who can dive headfirst into sharing the story of organic in BC! The communications coordinator will communicate and promote the work and mandate of the COABC and organic both within the sector and to consumers. The ideal candidate will possess: Ability to be proactive to support the needs of COABC team members and organic community Ability to take responsibility to meet deadlines and make progress … Continue reading JOB: COABC Communications Coordinator

NFU-O Land Access Guide for Young Farmers in Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on August 02, 2018

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The NFU-O (National Farmers Union of Ontario) has published the Young Agrarians Ontario Land Access Guide, thanks to funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The guide is an adaptation of the immensely popular Young Agrarians BC Land Access Guide. “Farmland in Ontario is amongst the most expensive in Canada with a provincial average of over $10,000 per acre. In Southwestern Ontario, farmland values are now averaging over $16,000 per acre,” noted Ayla Fenton, NFU-O Board member. “New farmers have to be more creative in finding land to grow their business. This guide highlights creative options for new farmers regarding … Continue reading NFU-O Land Access Guide for Young Farmers in Ontario

Petition to WorkSafe BC: Create a New Class of Small-Scale Vegetable Farming

Posted by Moss Dance on June 18, 2018 2 Comments

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John Hofer, a farmer in our Young Agrarians network, is calling all small-scale veggie farmers and supporters of local agriculture to sign his petition. The petition is asking WorkSafeBC to set a lower insurance rate standard for small-scale vegetable growers. WORKSAFEBC – BACKGROUND The WorkSafeBC website describes how industries are classified in order to set premium rates. This is an excerpt from that description: Our classification system groups employers in similar industries with similar levels of risk, so we’re able to set fair rates and charge your industry an appropriate rate that reflects the rate of injury and illness in your industry. … Continue reading Petition to WorkSafe BC: Create a New Class of Small-Scale Vegetable Farming

VOLUNTEER OPP: VANCOUVER, BC – SPEC at Westside Food Market

Posted by Moss Dance on June 18, 2018

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Want to volunteer at a dynamic farmers’ market to promote the work of SPEC, an awesome environmental conservation organization? Read on! ABOUT SPEC The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) works to provide our community with practical solutions for urban sustainability. We empower local communities in the Lower Mainland to build a greener future through our interactive programs and activities. SPEC is a non-profit, charitable and volunteer-driven organization, founded in 1969. We are the oldest environmental non-profit in Canada. Through our open education and outreach programs we provide our communities with the tools to build greener cities together. We work with citizens, industries and government agencies, putting our … Continue reading VOLUNTEER OPP: VANCOUVER, BC – SPEC at Westside Food Market

Feast of Fields: Call For Volunteers!

Posted by Moss Dance on June 05, 2018

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Looking for a great farm and food volunteer opportunity this summer? Have a great time and help out this summer at FarmFolk CityFolk’s Feast of Fields in one of three BC locations! WHAT IS FEAST OF FIELDS? Feast of Fields is FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual local food celebration and fundraiser, highlighting the contribution local chefs, restaurants, farmers, ranchers, fishers, food artisans, vintners, brewers and distillers make to our local food economy. It emphasizes how they are connected to the land, support the regional economy, and create the most delicious local, seasonal, sustainable flavours BC has to offer. In 2018, Feast of Fields will … Continue reading Feast of Fields: Call For Volunteers!

FEB 23-25: ABBOTSFORD, BC – #COABC2018 Conference

Posted by Moss Dance on January 20, 2018

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Organic farmers from across British Columbia are gathering in Abbotsford Feb 23-25 for #COABC2018 – Bioregionalism: Resilience in a Changing Climate! COABC 2018 Conference in Abbotsford February 23-25th WHEN: Feb 23-25, 2018 WHERE: Quality Hotel & Conference Centre in Abbotsford, BC FMI & REGISTRATION: https://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca BIOREGIONALISM: RESLIENCE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE  The Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC)’s annual gathering is almost here! Register to attend #COABC2018 in Abbotsford – while early bird tickets are still on sale! This year the COABC is celebrating its 25th anniversary and the conference will feature not one but two thought-provoking keynote presenters each exploring the … Continue reading FEB 23-25: ABBOTSFORD, BC – #COABC2018 Conference

JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Urban Farming Society Program Mananger

Posted by Moss Dance on December 24, 2017

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ABOUT VANCOUVER URBAN FARMING SOCIETY The Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS) is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen urban farming through education, networking, advocacy and business support towards our mission of growing urban farming in Vancouver and beyond. We do so through programming and events, maintaining a strong network, working with policymakers, as well as public education and engagement. VUFS Online: www.urbanfarmers.ca Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VancouverUrbanFarmingSociety/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/VUFS QUALIFICATIONS Previous experience in a nonprofit setting In-depth knowledge of urban farming and/or urban agriculture and other forms of small-scale sustainable agriculture and food systems Strong project management and event planning skills Experience with budget … Continue reading JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Urban Farming Society Program Mananger

Bugging Out: An IPM Workshop Review

Posted by Moss Dance on October 25, 2017

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By Olga Lansdorp, Project Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation for Small Scale Farmers Society Promoting Environmental Conservation Have you ever had your eyes opened to a new way of seeing the world, to find that there is no turning back? I first experienced this when I was 18 and worked studying birds in the Rocky Mountains; suddenly the forest was alive with alarmed parents, begging chicks, predators, and males showing off, to name a few examples. It was a whole new world opening up before me, and I loved it. I did not expect to have a similar experience at an … Continue reading Bugging Out: An IPM Workshop Review