The 2017 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture – APPLY NOW! OPEN HOUSE, Sept 17th, and YA/VUFS potluck in evening. Don’t miss this fantastic farm event! **Come to our OPEN HOUSE, Sept 17th – UBC Farm – to learn more and meet current practicum students and staff (see details below)** Have you ever dreamed of having your own small farm, a small cottage, fresh eggs from your chickens, growing, healthy organic vegetables and fruits? If so, then maybe it’s time to stop dreaming, and take action! Make your dream a reality by enrolling in the 2017 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable … Continue reading Sept 17: VANCOUVER, BC – UBC Farm Practicum Open House + YA/VUFS Potluck
photo by Sara Dent. The BAUTA Family Seed Security Initiative is offering grants to farmers interested in building their capacity and understanding of seed production through their Seed Training Support Grant. Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend the following training events on ecological seed production. These events offer intermediate to advanced training on growing vegetable seeds and field crops. Eligible costs include travel expenses and registration fees. Kneading Conference: Skowhegan, Maine – July 28, 29, 2016 Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference & Campout: Decorah, Iowa – Jul. 15-17, 2016 NOVIC 2-day Plant Breeding Intensive: Pablo, Montana – Sept. … Continue reading Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production
Are you interested in nutrient-dense food for you and your family? Are you a farmer or livestock producer interested in learning how to successfully transfer ownership of your farm or ranch to the younger generation? Do you want to learn how we can heal our land with a healthier food system? Redtail Farms Day is part of Holistic Management International’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. Holistic Management works with nature, not against it. We … Continue reading Aug 3: Castor, AB Holistic Management Workshop Planning for Success into the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers
Locally Sourced Dinner, Libations, Farmer’s Market and Evening of Entertainment Food Water Wellness Foundation and Fallentimber Meadery have teamed up for Rootstock, a field to table farm-fresh experience, on August 13, 2016, from 5pm until midnight. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards building an online ecological/regenerative agriculture portal and, by extension, a viable local food system. Hosted by Fallentimber Meadery in Water Valley, Alberta, this celebration of the best in regional food, drink and amazing music is being hailed as the “event of the summer.” “Rootstock will showcase local farmers and the contribution they make to environmental stewardship while growing … Continue reading August 13: Water Valley, AB – Rootstock: A Field to Table Event featuring Reuben and the Dark
Southern BC: It’s a question that stumps many of us, from farmers to food policy makers to farmers’ market fans: how do we get more farmers on farmland when land prices are so high? Farmland access and land management are hot topics in British Columbia. A fresh-off-the-press report by FarmFolk CityFolk, CRFAIR, Young Agrarians and Deer Crossing the Art Farm profiles four on-the-ground projects as inspiration for land access solutions. The report’s authors affirm that they are “jointly committed to ensuring that the next generation of farmers in BC have access to land to develop viable farm operations, and that elder generations of farmers are … Continue reading Four Innovative Ways to Access B.C. Land – B.C. Farmland Access Report is Out!
Santropol Roulant is a community food hub located in Montreal that brings people together through various programs, activities and services. As part of its agriculture program, Santropol Roulant is offering two 6-month positions: an internship in peri-urban farming and an apprenticeship in urban agriculture. Internship in Peri-Urban Farming Spend 6 months on Santropol Roulant’s farm in Senneville, deepening your knowledge of organic farming and growing organic food for Santropol Roulant’s food security programs. This position is specifically targeted towards applicants with 1 year of previous experienceon a rural or peri-urban farm. Key responsibilities: Under the guidance of the farm co-managers, the … Continue reading Job Offers: Internships at Santropol Roulant, Quebec
Join Certified Organic Association of BC in Vernon for their next annual conference focusing on Resilience! Sessions on water harvesting and resilient/restorative agriculture are pertinent given extreme temperatures and water shortages in BC this season. There will also be sessions on the certification process, seed saving (beginner and advanced presentations), pest management, stories from trailblazers in the organic community, and so much more. WHEN: Feb. 26 – Feb. 28, 2016 WHERE: Vernon, BC COST: Full Conference $250 – See website for single sessions & student discount PURCHASE TICKETS HERE! Conference Highlights: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vandana Shiva: COABC is thrilled to have Dr. Vandana Shiva, internationally recognized … Continue reading FEB 26-28: 2016 Certified Organic Association of BC Conference, Vernon, BC
An exciting new post-secondary certification program is launching in BC at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Williams Lake campus this coming January, and there couldn’t be a better time or place. The TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching (ASUR) program is the first of its kind in British Columbia, and located in the oldest ranching region in Canada – the Cariboo Chilcotin – where over 20% of the province’s cattle herd still resides. The Alkali Lake Ranch, for example, is the oldest in Canada, and still operates today. But times have changed, and the ranching industry – like so many others within agriculture today – is adapting to … Continue reading New Sustainable Ranching Certificate Program
By Derek Leahy, Eat Think Vote Campaigns Coordinator Can food be an election issue? Canadian elections are usually dominated by heated debates around jobs and the economy, but rarely is the food we eat and how it grows a ‘hot’ issue. Food Secure Canada, a coalition of farmers, food banks, health advocates and community food organizations think food should be an election issue. Earlier this summer, the coalition launched the Eat Think Vote campaign to make food an issue in the upcoming federal election. What is Eat Think Vote? The campaign is organizing a series of events (over 50 so … Continue reading Eat Think Vote: Making Food An Election Issue
Help LifeCycles reach their $5000 goal so they are able to rescue as much fruit as possible this harvest season. This year the Fruit Tree Project wants to break their records and harvest 40,000 pounds of fruit. That means feeding 17,000 people, many of whom can not afford to buy fresh fruit and produce. The LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project has 18 years of experience coordinating volunteers to harvest and redistribute the abundance of fruit in Victoria. This is the time of year the project needs the most support. There is plenty to harvest, but with volunteers heading back to school our capacity is stretched. … Continue reading Support LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project!