Blog Category: Tools


Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 08, 2018

Ben Hartman will present two lean farm management business webinars for Young Agrarians

Higher Profits. Less Work.  Sound like your farm business goals for 2018? Join Young Agrarians and author Ben Hartman for a series of webinars focused on how lean principles of efficiency can be applied to your farm enterprise to decrease waste and increase profitability. DATES: March 6, 2018 – An Introduction to Lean Concepts for the Small Farm March 13, 2018 – Five Lean Business Management Tools to Increase Profits w/ Less Work TIME: 10:00AM – 12:00PM (PST) COST: $45 If you’re not able to join for both sessions, please contact kristen(at) for single session payment options – cost: $25/session REGISTER NOW: Once you register on the GoToWebinar page … Continue reading MARCH 6 & 13: LEAN FARM MANAGEMENT WEBINARS

APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on April 17, 2017

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Join in this field-based workshop in Creston & District to experience different soils and crop production environments! The workshop will travel to Herbada Farm, a commercial dairy farm on the Creston Flats; Cartwheel Farm, an organic market vegetable farm in Erickson; Twisted Roots, a four season community greenhouse in Crawford Bay; Yasodhara Ashram, an organic market garden; and Kootenay Honey Berry Farm, an emerging buckwheat, blueberry and honey farm. Fields Forward is excited to welcome educators Bill and Laticia Chapman to our region. Bill is an agrologist with the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resource Operations. Currently based in Williams Lake, Bill has … Continue reading APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore

Getting Started with Holistic Management

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 28, 2017

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Adapted from Dana Penrice and Ted Chastko’s Intro to Holistic Management presentation at the YA Kelowna and Vancouver Island Winter Mixers. The nature of managing natural systems requires that we create farms and farm businesses that are adaptive. The challenge is that farming is complex and things are always emerging and evolving and we need to be able to adapt. In other words, we need to fit our skills capacities, resources to the context of threats, challenges and opportunities in which we’re working.  As farmers, on a typical day, any number of ideas, questions and thoughts run through our head in a … Continue reading Getting Started with Holistic Management

Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 18, 2016

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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

June 1: Kloverdalen Farm Tour + BCS Tractor Demo, Courtenay, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on May 01, 2016

Kloverdalen Farm Tour Potluck Courtenay BC

Join Kira Kotilla at shiny, brand new Kloverdalen Farm for a field tour followed by a BCS tractor demo with David Wicklund of Growing Island Growers! David will be demonstrating the Berta Rotary Plow and Flail Mower implements to help Kira prep garlic beds for the fall. All this hard work learning and trying out equipment in the field will be followed by a relaxing snack-potluck & social time where we can connect with farmers & foodies in the Comox Valley. When: Wednesday, June 1, 2:00-5:00PM Where: Kloverdalen Farm – 5109 Rennison Rd at Island Hwy Bring a snack to share for a snacky field potluck! … Continue reading June 1: Kloverdalen Farm Tour + BCS Tractor Demo, Courtenay, BC

Tool Circle Notes from #VIMIXER2016

Posted by Moss Dance on March 02, 2016 1 Comment

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We just met up at #VIMIXER2016 to talk about our favourite tools and we wanted to share what we learned from each other with this tool notes blog! Stefan Schmitz, Wolfram Tools Stefan is making tools in the Cowichan Valley for local market gardeners & farmers – broadforks, wheel hoes, tilthers and more! He is interested in creating tools that are hard to find, overpriced to import & is open to ideas and suggestions for tools. One suggestion he’s already received is a rat-proof chicken feeder. Seems like a great idea for the West Coast! Stefan suggested that he might be able to replace hoe heads that … Continue reading Tool Circle Notes from #VIMIXER2016

September 20: Horse & Tractor Ploughing Workshop, Armstrong BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on August 30, 2015

Deerfoot Farm- Tractor & Horse Ploughing Plowing Workshop Potluck and Farm Tour

Want to learn how to plough with horses or tractor? Join us at Deerfoot Farm for a ploughing workshop coordinated by David Doran. When: Sunday, September 20th | 10:00AM – 4:00PM Where: Deerfoot Farm, 4420 Hullcar Road, Armstrong, BC Registration: $20/person Please bring: Potluck lunch, a dish to share and tools to eat with! Please register as soon as possible so that David can organize the appropriate teachers, tools and tractors. This workshop is a great primer for the 37th Annual North Okanagan Ploughing Match the following Saturday, September 26th. To register contact David or 250 546 6884. Please let us know if … Continue reading September 20: Horse & Tractor Ploughing Workshop, Armstrong BC

Small Farm Software Tools

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 01, 2015 2 Comments

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Software Tools for Small Farms, By Chris Bodnar This article has been expanded from the original which was published in COABC’s BC Organic Grower, Volume 16, Number 3, Summer, 2013 Find all of these resources and more on YA’s FARM BUSINESS TOOLS PAGE Many organic farms have a special binder. The binder holds field records, crop plans, a multitude of to-do lists and miscellaneous notes. The binder is sacred; should it ever go missing, the following year’s organic inspection would be a nightmare. The farm’s operations depend on a bundle of papers that, with one drop in a mud puddle, could cause a lot of … Continue reading Small Farm Software Tools