Tag Archives: Comox Valley

INTERNSHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm – POSITION FILLED

Posted by Moss Dance on August 14, 2017

Amara Farm

—- POSITION FILLED! —- Amara Farm in K’ómoks Territory (Courtenay, BC) is seeking a farm intern for the Fall season this year—learn and grow on an organic farm is also a member of the Merville Organics Growers’ Co-operative. About Amara Farm Amara Farm is a 26 acre certified organic farm located about 6 km north of Courtenay, BC. We have two cleared fields surrounded by a buffer of forest. We grow vegetables on one acre and have one acre of blueberries for harvest and U-pick. We utilize five hoop houses for year-round vegetable growing, seedling propagation, and hot crop production. We keep a … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm – POSITION FILLED

FARM INTERNSHIP: Amara Farm, Courtenay, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on March 01, 2017

Amara Farm Internship

Learn about all aspects of organic vegetable production with this farm internship at Amara Farm. About Amara Farm Amara Farm is a 26 acre certified organic farm located about 6 km north of Courtenay, BC. We have two cleared fields surrounded by a buffer of forest. We grow vegetables on one acre and have one acre of blueberries for harvest and U-pick. We utilize five hoop houses for year-round vegetable growing, seedling propagation, and hot crop production. We keep a small flock of laying hens for eggs. Our produce is sold through a 120 share CSA, at farmers market, and … Continue reading FARM INTERNSHIP: Amara Farm, Courtenay, BC

FARM JOB: Pattison Farms, Comox Valley, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on January 22, 2017

Farm Job Pattison Farms

Pattison Farms is seeking two full time employees for the 2017 growing season (March-October) that would like to learn about small scale vegetable production. Do you have the right stuff? Pattison Farms is a highly successful small to mid-sized certified organic vegetable farm in the Comox Valley using intensive production tools and techniques, innovative business processes and product marketing to many local restaurant and retail customers. We grow an assortment of high quality vegetables and transplants both in field and greenhouse. Applicants must be physically fit and enjoy working outside in all kinds of weather as part of the team, … Continue reading FARM JOB: Pattison Farms, Comox Valley, BC

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Merville Organic Growers’ Co-op

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 10, 2016 2 Comments

Merville Organics - Robin Market

1. Name, Farm, Location? Arzeena Hamir & Neil Turner (Amara Farm), Moss Dance, Russell Heitzmann & Robin Sturley (Ripple Farm), Kira Kotilla (Kloverdalen Farm) and Calliope Gazetas. Together we are Merville Organic Grower Co-op, in Courtenay, BC. 2. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Our first year working together as a co-op was very exciting and we made a lot of progress. We all run our own farms as well so there were still plenty of important things that we just didn’t have time to work on in our first year. … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Merville Organic Growers’ Co-op

OPPORTUNITY: Join a Farm Co-op! Merville Organics Seeks New Growers

Posted by Moss Dance on July 18, 2016

Merville Organics Cooperative

Ever considered joining a farm co-op? If running your own business, working outside rain or shine, and growing organic food for your community are job descriptions that call to you, Merville Organics wants to meet you and help you get your farm business established in the Comox Valley. The local cooperative of five farms is facing such a high demand for produce that it is actively seeking more farmers to grow with them in the 2017 season. “Our weekly veggie box subscription program sold out in record time this year and we already have a wait list of 40 families”, … Continue reading OPPORTUNITY: Join a Farm Co-op! Merville Organics Seeks New Growers

Aug 17: Comox Valley – Fermenting the New Farm Culture

Posted by Moss Dance on June 07, 2016

AmaraFarmAugust17

Wednesday, August 17 from 4:00-6:00PM Amara Farm – 2641 Kirby Road (map) Join us for a sweet, salty and slightly sour Potluck & FermentTour at Amara Farm on a Wednesday afternoon. Put down your mobile electric fences, hoes, doff the work gloves and fancy up for a field-to-flavour sensation! Live Fermentation Demos! Join two experienced fermenters to learn about: Vegetable ferments with fabulous fermentationist, Lise Batcheller Ginger bug soda flavoured with herbs from your garden and wild foraged plants with seasoned farmer & fermenteuse, Arzeena Hamir. Bring your favourite pickles, sodas, kimchis, krauts and SCOBY’s to share. Or, if you’re new to fermentation … Continue reading Aug 17: Comox Valley – Fermenting the New Farm Culture

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

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Umbella Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 29, 2016

Umbella Farm's Russell with Giant Organic Cabbage

Name, Farm, Location? Russell Heitzmann and Calliope Gazetas, Umbella Farm, Courtenay BC What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? We had a financial goal that we set of gross sales just shy of $30,000. At the beginning of the season we said that our goal was ending the year with a positive balance in our bank account and having grown enough food to meet the targets that we committed to as part of the co-op. Calliope had a part time job and Russell worked on the farm full time. The farm was … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Umbella Farm

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Lentelus Organics, Minto Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 20, 2015

Lentelus Organics - Dave on Tractor

As most farmer’s seasons are slowly winding down, mine begins. I’ve finally made the leap and moved on Minto Farm here in the Comox Valley to begin my career as owner/operator of Lentelus Organics. Lentelus, Afrikaans for “Spring Joy”, is a nod to my late philosopher/farmer grandfather who named our family farm Lentelus back in South Africa. I grew up spending my school holidays running amuck on the family farm, learning to love rural agriculture in the Bo Kouga. The Young Agrarians mentorship partnered me with Evelyn and Jesse from Terra Nossa farms, a great example of a profitable mixed … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Lentelus Organics, Minto Farm

October 17: The Epic Tasty Pastry Potluck & Farm Tour, Comox Valley, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on September 21, 2015

Squash Harvest - Merville Organics Pie Potluck Young Agrarians Event

 Join Young Agrarians in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island for an Epic Tasty Pastry Potluck and farm tour of two of the farms of the fledgeling co-op, Merville Organics! WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 4PM-10PM WHAT TO BRING: Delectable, scrumptious pie! Of all sorts! Savoury, sweet, fruity, spiced, bring them all. Shepherd’s Pie, Rabbit Pot Pie, Salmon & Dill Pie, Berry Pie, Pumpkin (Winter Squash) Pie, Apple Pie, the possibilities are just about endless. The Merville Organics farmers will be whipping up a few tasty pies to share with you all using veggies and meat we raised this season, bring your … Continue reading October 17: The Epic Tasty Pastry Potluck & Farm Tour, Comox Valley, BC