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Business Mentorship Network – Simon Answerth, Lightfoot Farm, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 22, 2017

The green fields of Lightfoot Farms stretch out towards the blue sky

Name?  Simon Answerth Where do you farm? Kelowna, BC What do you farm? Market garden vegetables. What type of business structure is your farm? Husband and Wife partnership. What is your land tenure? I am involved in an incubator farm program where growers are given the chance to develop their skills on a quarter acre plot with very low land costs (i.e. lease fees, irrigation, fencing) and assumed risk.  Each ‘student’ is allowed to participate for 1-3 years after which they must move on to find their own land to lease and to hopefully one day buy. How did you seriously get … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Simon Answerth, Lightfoot Farm, BC

Lessons Learned: Graham Bradley and the Gabriola Food Hub

Posted by Kristen Nammour on January 26, 2017 1 Comment

Graham Bradley races by on his red electric cargo bike delivering produce for the Gabriola Food Hub

Name, Farm, Location? Graham Bradley, 40×40 Farm, the Gabriola Food Hub, and I have been very involved at Good Earth Farm.  All of these businesses are on Gabriola Island, BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? My main goals take form in two mottos: ‘work to learn’ and ‘don’t stop’. ‘Work to learn’ comes from something I read from Curtis Stone (an urban farmer from Kelowna who played a role in inspiring me to become a farmer). The full quote is “Work to learn and not to earn.” Often businesses lose money in … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Graham Bradley and the Gabriola Food Hub

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 14, 2016

hawthorne-creek-farm-fields

Hi, this is Laticia Chapman checking in with YA Business Mentorship Blog #2. I’m going to freestyle it, because my year diverged wildly from my expectations circa last January. I’ve just passed my first anniversary living at my family farm in Tarrys, BC, between Castlegar and Nelson in the West Kootenays. We haven’t settled on a name in any legal sense, but ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’ is a strong contender. So let me say right off the bat that you’d have to call this season a #farmfail for me, at least in a business sense. My focus for this mentorship was … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farms

Posted by Alyssa Belter on December 08, 2016

plenty-wild-lambs

We are Alyssa Belter & David Tanner of Plenty Wild Farms in Pemberton, B.C. Our mentor for the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Program was Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics. Our original goal for this mentorship was to develop two business plans – one for a livestock/dairy operation and the other for a cheese-making operation – to see if either would be viable and at what scale. Using a template and list of questions we formulated with Chris, we began our research on the livestock/dairy operation – gathering information from online sources, reading books and contacting established farm operations in … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farms

Business Mentorship Network – Emma Holmes, Duck Creek Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 21, 2016

smiling new farmer emma holmes and mentor, delisa lewis, apart of young agrarians business mentorship network

My name is Emma Holmes and I am co-managing Duck Creek Farm on Salt Spring Island. This is the same farm I got my start in market gardening 8 years ago, and I feel real lucky to be back growing food in this beautiful place. I’m co-farming with Sue Earle, who courageously took over Duck Creek Farm with grace, gusto, and determination after her partner John Wilcox passed away in 2012. John was my mentor in 2008 and his passion for growing food and building a just and sustainable food system carved me. I’m lucky to have worked alongside him … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Emma Holmes, Duck Creek Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 11, 2016

Business Mentor Robert Hettler and New Farmer Emily Jubenville standing together on Enderberry Farm

Name? Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm Where do you farm? Enderby, BC What do you farm? Mixed veggies, berries, laying hens, and a small heard of dairy goats. What type of business structure is your farm? Currently we are a partnership, but we hope to become a cooperative! What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? We own the land – two couples purchased together last year. How did you seriously get into farming? I worked in community food security and urban farming in the lower mainland for almost ten years and wanted to take the big step … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Laticia Chapman

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 08, 2016

Laticia Chapman Family

Name? Laticia Chapman Where do you farm? Tarry’s, between Nelson and Castlegar, BC What do you farm? Our family farm produces orchard fruit, flowers, & berries. What type of business structure is your farm? Sharecropping. What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? My parents are the landowners, and fellow farmers. How did you seriously get into farming?  I spent two growing seasons as an intern at the Bullocks Permaculture Homestead and Nursery on Orcas Island in Washington, which is where I got my practical, dirty-hands farming experience. Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? I applied … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Laticia Chapman

Business Mentorship Network – Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, BC

Posted by Alyssa Belter on April 13, 2016

Plenty Wild Spring Field

Names? Alyssa Belter & David Tanner Where do you farm? Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, B.C. What do you farm? Currently our focus is on growing a wide variety of certified organic vegetables. We also raise a small number of weaner pigs each year and have started a flock of sheep. What type of business structure is your farm? Corporation What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? We own our land, or at least owe the bank for most it. How did you seriously get into farming?  David: After an apprenticeship with Cropthorne Farm I knew farming was for … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, BC

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Spray Creek Ranch

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 09, 2016

Farmer at Spray Creek Ranch on a morning walk with farm dogs and sows

Name, Farm, Location? We’re Tristan & Aubyn Banwell.  As perhaps you’ve heard, we are located upon magnificent Spray Creek Ranch — in the rainshadow of the Coast Mountains, along the Mighty Fraser, in the Upper St’at’imc Territory, 15 km south of Lillooet, BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Let’s revisit our spring blog post, where we enumerated a few goals — “We are working to develop a producers’ co-op to coordinate marketing and distribution among our amazing local producers.  Our plan is to have a few producers selling to a … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Spray Creek Ranch

Goals, Growing Pains & Going Forward: Earth Apple Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 24, 2015

Earth Apple Farm - Farmers Market Stand

Shirlene Cote farms Earth Apple Farm, formerly in Burnaby and now in Abbotsford, BC. In the beginning of my mentorship I set some goals for the year and beyond. My goal planning was three-fold (1-year, 3-year and 8-year) and ended up being a page long, so I will offer the condensed version. In the first year I aimed to 1) net more income, 2) secure 2-3 feasible plans for relocating to a new stable long-term farm home in one year and 3) develop and adhere to a self-care plan. In the goal planning process I found it challenging to set … Continue reading Goals, Growing Pains & Going Forward: Earth Apple Farm