Blog Category: Skills Sharing

2018 BC BUSINESS MENTORSHIP NETWORK – APPLY!

Posted by Kristen Nammour on October 17, 2017

New Farmers Apply for Farm Business Support through Young Agrarians Mentorship Network

Ready to Grow Your Farm Business? Are you a young (or young at heart) animal or vegetable producer living in British Columbia? Are you operating a new farm and looking for guidance to grow your business? Young Agrarians is excited to offer a fourth season (woo!) of the BC Business Mentorship Network! This program pairs new and seasoned farmers together to cultivate the skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Mentors work with you to analyze your operations and lay the groundwork for your farm’s business growth. Additionally, this winter season we’re planning to spend some time together as a full cohort to work directly on your … Continue reading 2018 BC BUSINESS MENTORSHIP NETWORK – APPLY!

NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering

Posted by Moss Dance on September 05, 2017

BC Seed Gathering

Want to learn to grow and save seed? Get connected with seed savers and growers at the BC Seed Gathering! WHEN: November 3-4, 2017 WHERE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond, BC REGISTER: bcseedgathering.eventbrite.ca FOR MORE INFO: www.bcseeds.org/gathering “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds, and the harvest can either be flowers or weeds.” ~ Unknown Join us at the BC Seed Gathering to let your thoughts blossom into beautiful flowers—and beautiful weeds—because let’s be honest here, many weeds are edible and perform many important functions on Earth. Moreover, seeds provide food for fuel to feed our thoughts. The … Continue reading NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering

SEPT 10: PENDER ISLAND, BC – Twin Island Cider Harvest Tour + Tasting

Posted by Moss Dance on September 05, 2017

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Join cider makers Matthew and Katie at Twin Island Cider for an orchard & cidery tour, a demo of two traditional pressing methods, a honey bee talk by a local beekeeper, and by-donation cider tasting. Bring a small dish to share and tools to eat with if you’d like to join us for a (weather dependent) potluck dinner in the orchard afterwards. WHEN:  Sunday, September 10, 1PM-4PM (Potluck to follow) WHERE: Twin Island Cider, 5601 Lupin Rd, Pender Island, BC REGISTER: Cider tasting, by donation: http://twinislandciderfarmtour.brownpapertickets.ca Click here to join the event on Facebook and invite all of your friends!  About Twin Island … Continue reading SEPT 10: PENDER ISLAND, BC – Twin Island Cider Harvest Tour + Tasting

BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 06, 2017

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The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, in partnership with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada, has been offering training on seed production since 2013. There are also excellent training opportunities offered by organizations outside our program. These events can be difficult for many to attend because of the significant travel and accommodation costs. Our Seed Production Capacity Building Grant program is designed to support seed producers and farmers to access training opportunities that they otherwise would not be able to access. Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend training events on ecological field crop … Continue reading BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

Tamara Ranch Tour Recap & Announcement of the Winners of the Grazing Olympics!

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 20, 2017

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Tamara Ranch is an amazing hub for those wanting to nerd out on gardening and grazing! Home to Prairie Pastured Gold Meats, Field to Fork Pasture Poultry and Steel Pony Farms we had a jam-packed tour with these amazing farmers. “I like to describe a garden tour like coming to a party. If you come and tour it in the late fall, its a bit like coming to the party at 2am when things are winding down and you’re crawling over sleepy people to find a place to sit and can scarcely find a beer around. When you come in June, its like coming … Continue reading Tamara Ranch Tour Recap & Announcement of the Winners of the Grazing Olympics!

JULY 16: CASTOR, AB – Redtail Farms Riparian Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 14, 2017

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Looking for ideas on what to do with that spot that’s too wet to farm? Interested in building your farm’s resilience to flooding and droughts while improving water quality within the greater watershed? Join Luke Wonneck from the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society for a hands-on workshop on establishing and managing riparian forest buffers. You will gain skills in understanding what’s going on in your riparian area, what (if anything) needs to be done about it, and how to design forest buffers that provide valuable ecosystem services for your farm (e.g. bank stabilization, water filtration, pollinator habitat, food products, etc.). … Continue reading JULY 16: CASTOR, AB – Redtail Farms Riparian Workshop

June 21-22: Ferintosh, AB – Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 02, 2017

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Interested in digging deeper to improve soil health? Join agroecologist Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils, for a surprising and revealing look at your most valuable asset… your soil. Workshop Topics Deepen your understanding of soil health and soil microbes The vital role of soil microbes in building resilience Enhancing water, carbon and nutrient cycles Using soil organisms and/or livestock to lift microbial function on the land Soil detective tools Download & print workshop poster here for more details! About Nicole Masters Nicole Masters, director of Integrity Soils, is an agro-ecologist with over 17 years’ extensive practical and theoretical experience in regenerative … Continue reading June 21-22: Ferintosh, AB – Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

HOW TO: Enterprise Budgets for Small Farms

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 19, 2017

Farm Business Management tools for small scale farmers

OK. So what are enterprise budgets exactly?! Good question! Enterprise budgets are a farm business management tool which project the costs and returns of a specific activity (ie: growing a vegetable crop or raising livestock) over a specified period of time (typically annually). WATCH: Enterprise Budgets Webinar (April 14, 2017) They are both a physical and financial plan for raising and selling a particular crop or livestock enterprise. As a physical plan, enterprise budgets list types and quantities of production inputs and track crop yields. From a financial perspective, they also assign costs to inputs related to producing that crop … Continue reading HOW TO: Enterprise Budgets for Small Farms