Join the Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors and the Quadra Estate in Beaverdell on September 11th for a workshop on soil health. Through this one-day intensive workshop with Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils, you’ll learn how to build soils to reduce the impact of extreme climate and decrease production costs. Participants will learn the fundamentals of soil management and practical skills such as conducting quick on-site assessments to monitor soil health. You can register for this free event here on the KBFA website. Check out the Facebook event for more information!
Join Young Agrarians for a two day, multi-farm tour at the stunning north end of Kootenay Lake (Johnsons Landing, Meadow Creek and Argenta) August 25 & 26, 2018. We will be touring several diverse farms (Animals, Herbs, CSA, Market Gardens, Agritourism), explore local farm resources in the area and and learn about grizzly bear coexistence solutions from Gillian Saunders. Participants are invited to join us for part of, one or both days. Camping Saturday night is available on a local farm but numbers are limited. The event will start at 10:00 am on both days at 2251 Kootenay Joe Road. Click … Continue reading AUG 25-26: KOOTENAYS – North Kootenay Lake Multi-Farm Tour
UBC Farm is excited to announce that registration for the second half of our 2018 workshop series is now open! The UBC Farm hosts a wide range of workshops covering everything from gardening and seed saving to herbal medicine, weaving, fermenting, foraging, and much more. All of our workshops are beginner friendly and open to everyone. Check out our upcoming workshops below, or visit our website: ubcfarm.bc.ca We suggest registering early as our workshops have limited seats and often sell out—to register for any of our workshops, please click the link of the workshop you are interested in below and find the registration … Continue reading AUG-DEC 2018: VANCOUVER, BC – UBC Farm Workshops
Meet your Columbia Basin Program Coordinator, Brittny Anderson Brittny Anderson grew up in the Columbia Basin. She is excited to join the Young Agrarians team and work with farmers around the region. Brittny became deeply passionate about food systems while working as an intern at Bija Vidyapeeth (Earth University) Vandana Shiva’s Biodiversity Conservation Farm in India. Since her internship, she has earned her M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Policy, worked for local governments (RDCK, Town of Creston, City of Cranbrook) and is an entrepreneur. In her free time Brittny loves to garden, cook, hike with her dog and spend time … Continue reading Our New Columbia Basin Coordinator is Seeking Your Input on Events
Alberta’s farms and ranches are home to so much more than livestock and crops. There’s dung beetles, deer, crocuses, spruce trees and countless wildlife species living on agricultural land. In fact, the more diverse a farm or ranch is in plants and animals the more agricultural producers benefit. It is a win-win for producers and ecosystems. Rural Routes to Climate Solutions, Little Loaves Farm and Organic Alberta are hosting a pay-what-you-can ($10 or less) workshop on how producers can protect, boost and benefit from biodiversity on their land. Limited spots are available. Register now: Date: Saturday June 23rd Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm … Continue reading June 23: Sundre, AB – Farming with Biodiversity Workshop
Hold General has been running for 3 years in Victoria, BC aiming to help forge connections with food supply, community, and the natural environment. They encourage folks to connect with dirt, heirloom skills, and traditional craft. They are now shifting their focus to offer more skill-building workshops in the community. Below, we’ve got a selection of some of their homestead/foodie workshops! Growing food in the City @ Hold General and Solara’s Garden With Solara Goldwynn, Hatchet & Seed Sunday May 6 3:30pm-6:30pm $50 FMI and REGISTER: https://holdgeneral.ca/collections/upcoming-events/products/may-6th-growing-food-in-the-city-1 Join Solara Goldwynn of Hatchet & Seed for a hands-on workshop exploring the potential of growing food … Continue reading APRIL-MAY 2018: VICTORIA, BC – Hold General Workshops
Saturday April 7 – Full day class- Winlaw In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to successfully integrate various livestock, like chickens, cows, pigs, fowl, and rabbits into your gardening and cropping rotations. Learn how to get all your weeding, tilling, fertilizing, aeration, shredding and more done for free. You might even get bacon and eggs too. Through examples of his families 250 acres farm, Takota will introduce the principles and processes he uses to design for functional fauna interactions in the back yard or on the back forty. TOPICS COVERED WILL INCLUDE: Permaculture design. Forest gardening. How to … Continue reading APRIL 7: WINLAW, BC – Permaculture Based Food System Design Workshop For Kootenay Farms & Homesteads
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)
In this two-day workshop Jean Martin (JM) will show you the many tools to his success, including both physical techniques and management practices that enliven his agro-ecological approach to market gardening. He will use a combination of slides, lectures, and interactive dialogue. JM will uncover the process of creating Les Jardins de la Grelinette, his acclaimed micro-farm in Québec, Canada where he actively uses 1.5 acres cultivated in permanent beds, grossing than $100,000 per acre with operating margins of about 60 percent. He will also include details about the development of Ferme des Quatre-Temps, an educational project designed to demonstrate what the … Continue reading APR 28-29: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Seminar with Jean-Martin Fortier at Bullock Lake Farm
Business Planning for New Farms Workshop Participants: New farmers or farmers looking to change or diversify their products Date and Time: Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (PST) Location: Taghum Hall, Nelson Presenters: Emma Holmes, Organics Industry Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, and Chris Bodner, owner of Close to Home Organics and farm business management specialist and teacher at Kwantleen Polytechnic University. Workshop Overview: The focus of this workshop is farm business planning. Emma Holmes will also provide information on soil management fundamentals, and Ministry of Agriculture resources and programs for farmers. Lunch: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (potluck mingler) Cost: Free – Registration required Register now!