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
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!
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
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
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
FarmFolk CityFolk is pleased to welcome Laurie McKenzie of the Organic Seed Alliance to Vancouver Island for a kale breeding workshop! Kale is a popular crop in BC and a great candidate for breeding and seed production. Although the principles we will cover in this kale breeding workshop apply to all kale varieties, we will be working closely with Dazzling Blue from Frank Morton at Wild Garden Seeds in Oregon. Dazzling Blue was one of the Lacinato varieties in the 2016 BC Seed Trials—and it had the best survival rate after our cold winter! It has a unique purple stem and blue-green leaves, … Continue reading JULY 12: DUNCAN, BC – Kale Breeding Workshop with FarmFolk CityFolk
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!
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
Learn everything about compost tea and create your own brewer at the Earthwise Society Garden! WHEN: Saturday, June 10 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM WHERE: Earthwise Society Demonstration Garden and Farm, 6400 3rd Avenue, Delta, BC, V4L 1B1 GET TICKETS * For those who would like to, bring your lunch and we will eat in the garden after the workshop. Compost tea is loaded with microorganisms that increase the exchange of nutrients and nitrogen to your plants and accelerate the decomposition of organic matter in your soil. Actively aerated compost tea is loaded with beneficial, active, aerobic microbes that … Continue reading June 10: DELTA, BC – Compost Tea Workshop, Earthwise Society
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