Blog Category: Skills Sharing

FEB 9-10: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Posted by Robin Hunt on December 15, 2018

Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus!    Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories … Continue reading FEB 9-10: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Jan 25-26: SURREY – Regenerative Agriculture & Soil Health Workshop

Posted by Michi Hunter on December 10, 2018

Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Workshop

Intensive 2-day Workshop on Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Health What: An intensive 2-day workshop on Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Health When: January 25 – 26 2019 Where: Surrey, BC This workshop has a limited capacity of 30 participants. What this workshop offers With the workshop’s heavy focus on regenerative agriculture and soil health, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to appropriately engage with their water management systems while promoting plant fertility governed mainly by soil biology. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of: Farm planning and management Streamlining farming operations with regenerative design Water management and farm hydrology Fundamentals of soil ecology and microbiology’s role in plant production Integrated pest management and promotion of biodiversity … Continue reading Jan 25-26: SURREY – Regenerative Agriculture & Soil Health Workshop

FARM JOB: Abbotsford, BC – Field Crop Management Internship, Close to Home Organics

Posted by Michi Hunter on December 09, 2018

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Close to Home Organics in Abbotsford is looking for a Field Crop Management Intern for the 2019 season!  About Close to Home Organics Our farm propagates, grows, harvests, packs and markets certified organic berries, fruit and vegetables. We sell these through direct-to-consumer outlets including farmers markets and a community shared agriculture program as well as wholesaling to bakeries and distributors. We are located at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op in Abbotsford, on the Fraser River flood plain. We are a 7-acre certified organic farm that produces berries and vegetables of outstanding quality for local customers. We place a high value on … Continue reading FARM JOB: Abbotsford, BC – Field Crop Management Internship, Close to Home Organics

JAN 20, 2019: VICTORIA, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michi Hunter on December 07, 2018

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Join us for a workshop with the legendary Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, on preventing burnout and increasing farm profits with less waste and work. Ben has inspired thousands to increase efficiency and profitability on their farms, and now he’s coming to BC to share his knowledge! Ben and his wife earn a comfortable living from 1/2 acre of cultivated land working less than 35 hours per week. All kinds of farms can benefit from these lean principles, not just market gardens! WHEN: Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1:00-6:00 PM WHERE:  Coast Salish Territory – Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street, … Continue reading JAN 20, 2019: VICTORIA, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 06, 2018 1 Comment

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain skills and knowledge that match the ecological values you hold? Are you feeling the farming bug, but not quite ready to take the plunge and launch your own business? Peter and Mary Lundgard and their farm manager Lilli Klamke (a fellow young farmer herself) are excited to provide you with a meaningful apprenticeship experience in your path to becoming a farmer. About the Farm Nature’s Way Farm, a 640 acre farm close to the banks of the Peace River in northern Alberta. Covered by aspen, birch, spruce, pine, and willow shelter belts, this farm provides wildlife habitat for moose, deer, beaver, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

FARM RESIDENCY: POUCE COUPE, BC – Wildwood Farm

Posted by Lilli Klamke on October 29, 2018

Horse Power at Wildwod Farm

By Tim and Linda Ewert, Wildwood Farm “We are looking for energetic, passionate, co-operatively minded farmers to participate in a three-month residency on a 160 acre mixed farm in Northeastern B.C. In 1974, we homesteaded the land and now wish to retire in place while seeing the farm thrive in an atmosphere of co-operation. We hope that an organic, ecologically regenerative, partially horse-powered farming community will evolve from this residency. If this idea appeals to you, please go to https://wildwood.farm/ for details and contact information.” We came to the Peace Region as a young couple to build a farm from scratch, where … Continue reading FARM RESIDENCY: POUCE COUPE, BC – Wildwood Farm

AUG 14: KELOWNA, BC – Sunshine Farm Carrot Trial Field Day & Seed Farm Tour

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on July 23, 2018

Sunshine Farm Carrot Field Day

Join FarmFolk CityFolk and Young Agrarians for a farm potluck and carrot evaluation field day at Sunshine Farm in Kelowna. At the field day you will have a chance to evaluate 10 varieties of nantes carrots grown side-by-side to see and taste which performed best. You will learn more about why variety trials are important for growing great quality seed and adapting varieties to local conditions, and how you can get involved in a new research network for vegetable variety trial and on-farm plant breeding happening across Canada. We’ll do a quick tasting and evaluation of a selection of nantes carrots … Continue reading AUG 14: KELOWNA, BC – Sunshine Farm Carrot Trial Field Day & Seed Farm Tour

JUL 10,11,15: WINLAW & PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Seed Production Workshops

Posted by Moss Dance on June 18, 2018

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Demand for organic seed is increasing across North America and many regions of BC offer a great growing environment for seed crops. On-farm seed production can bring additional revenue to your farm and help you grow seed optimally suited to your farm environment. SEED PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS WITH PATRICK STEINER Join long-time organic seed producer and founder of Stellar Seeds, Patrick Steiner, for these seed production workshops and field days in Winlaw (July 15) and Prince George (July 10 & 11). These workshops include both classroom and field time as Patrick covers the fundamentals of seed production in the classroom and … Continue reading JUL 10,11,15: WINLAW & PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Seed Production Workshops

Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018

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Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more?  Want to build your own business following your own unique seed-farm business plan? If so, this course is for you! In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program runs April 9th – November 2nd, 2018 (with a summer break from July 9th – September 2nd). Designed with flexibility, this certificate program will be delivered in a part-time blended format featuring live, online instruction … Continue reading Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)