Blog Category: Workshops

APRIL-MAY 2018: VICTORIA, BC – Hold General Workshops

Posted by Moss Dance on April 27, 2018

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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

APRIL 7: WINLAW, BC – Permaculture Based Food System Design Workshop For Kootenay Farms & Homesteads

Posted by Shauna Teare on March 27, 2018

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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

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)

APR 28-29: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Seminar with Jean-Martin Fortier at Bullock Lake Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on March 06, 2018 2 Comments

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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

March 10 – Nelson, BC: Business Planning for New Farms Workshop

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on February 26, 2018

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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!

March 1, 8, & 22: Short Course – Business Planning for a New Farm

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on February 19, 2018

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 Kwantlen Polytechnic University presents this Short Course: Business Planning for a New Farm. Managing your farm as a business is an important but often neglected component of operating a farm. Recent research shows that farmers who create and use business planning are more confident, more profitable and more able to take advantage of new opportunities. This short course will introduce participants to the concept of farm business planning through some practical, hands-on exercises. Teaching content will reference Ministry of Agriculture resources, primarily the New Farm Start-Up guide, and introduce participants to options for further support through the Ministry. Save the dates and … Continue reading March 1, 8, & 22: Short Course – Business Planning for a New Farm

Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 01, 2018

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Our hearts were filled and our minds inspired after the first 2-day Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. Here’s a little recap on the event.  We opened the weekend by getting into the situation our food system is in today and more about the demographics of aspiring and young farmers. There are 6% fewer farms in Alberta in 2016 as compared to 2011. In that time the average farm size grew (Source: StatsCanada) Almost half of farm operators in Alberta reported having an off farm job in 2015 The average age of a farm operator in Alberta in … Continue reading Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer

FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 29, 2018

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We are celebrating five years of Winter Mixers on Vancouver Island this year! Join us for our Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer at Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake, on beautiful Vancouver Island for two days of farming workshops & networking! Looking for the Young Agrarians Okanagan Winter Mixer? Click here! VANCOUVER ISLAND 5TH WINTER MIXER At-A-Glance WHEN: Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 11, 2018 WHERE:  Coast Salish Territory – Camp Pringle, 2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3 COST:  Sliding scale $75-125.  All funds raised go to covering the cost of the event. Thank you for your support! Work trade options are available, … Continue reading FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer

Feb 20: Small Farm Summit – Calgary, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2018

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This event is for small farms, family farms, organic, sustainable or biodynamic farms, new farmers, old farmers, and young farmers. For farms or ranches of any size exploring alternatives for big ag and factory farming. When: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Where: Gunn’s Dairy Barn at Heritage Park Contact & Register: farmsmall@gmail.com

Feb 9 & 10: Organic Alberta Conference – Red Deer, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2018

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February 9 & 10, 2018 – Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta If you are a farmer or rancher working to grow a sustainable and profitable farm business, this is the event for you! This year we have partnered with Rural Routes to Climate Solutions to bring you a special series on climate change (click here to learn more). Discover innovative ideas, practical techniques and sensible management practices for every farmer at the 2018 Organic Alberta conference. Full conference program & registration here. Sessions of interest to aspiring and new farmers: Indigenous Agriculture Models – Joe Munro Saving Seed: Looking at … Continue reading Feb 9 & 10: Organic Alberta Conference – Red Deer, AB