FarmFolk CityFolk is pleased to welcome Laurie McKenzie of the Organic Seed Alliance to Vancouver Island for a kale breeding workshop! Kale is a popular crop in BC and a great candidate for breeding and seed production. Although the principles we will cover in this kale breeding workshop apply to all kale varieties, we will be working closely with Dazzling Blue from Frank Morton at Wild Garden Seeds in Oregon. Dazzling Blue was one of the Lacinato varieties in the 2016 BC Seed Trials—and it had the best survival rate after our cold winter! It has a unique purple stem and blue-green leaves, … Continue reading JULY 12: DUNCAN, BC – Kale Breeding Workshop with FarmFolk CityFolk
Name? Kailli Pigott and Zach Johnston Where do you farm? Dancing Dandelion Farm is located in Duncan, BC in the lovely Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. What do you farm? Mixed vegetables and cut flowers. What type of business structure is your farm? We are a sole proprietorship. What is your land tenure? We own the land we farm on and purchased the property at the end of August 2016. Previously the property was run as a tree and shrub nursery. How did you seriously get into farming? A series of pathways led us to farming. For Kailli it began with her … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kailli Pigott & Zach Johnston, Dancing Dandelion Farm
A review of the Fourth Vancouver Island Winter Mixer, written by Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Coordinator Moss Dance On the morning of Saturday, January 28, I was sitting in a circle of over 100 farmers and friends in Quw’utsun Territory on beautiful Shawnigan Lake at the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer. In the centre of that circle, three inspiring Quw’utsun land and food activists were singing us a welcome. Ron & Deb George and their nephew Joe Akerman taught us to sing a Quw’utsun song, and soon enough, we were all standing up singing together. This powerful moment grounded my experience of this … Continue reading Getting Together: Reflections on the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer
About Manna Farm Manna Farm is located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, providing a year round, full diet, free choice CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) program. We currently produce organic vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, meat birds (chicken and turkey), and Big Leaf maple syrup. We hope to include organic mushrooms, pork, and grass-fed beef and dairy in the near future. We believe each component of our farm contributes to each other and aim for a closed circle operation. We grow for our CSA members, our local Farmers’ Market and for select local grocers and restaurants. Owned … Continue reading FARM JOB: Farm Hand(s) at Manna Farm – Cowichan Valley, BC
CHRISTINE BEATTIE: HORSE TRAINER, TEAMSTER & FARMER IS SEARCHING FOR A HOMESTEAD IN THE COWICHAN VALLEY Hello! My name is Christine; I am a passionate horse trainer, teamster, and farmer, as well as the human power behind Cadence Lane Farm in the Cowichan Valley. After close to four years on the same farm, I have outgrown the space I am on and am seeking a new homestead to lease and call home. My way of life and ambitions in farming with horses are inspired by a purpose, a principle, and a possibility. The purpose is to work in harmony with Mother Nature, to … Continue reading Looking for Land: Meet Teamster Christine
Accommodation in Exchange for P/T Farm Labour in the beautiful Cowichan Valley WHERE: KINSOL FARM, 4041 Mountain Road, Duncan, BC WHAT: Henk (carpenter) and Robin (herbalist) are seeking a couple to exchange 20 hours per week in farm labour for accommodation at their 12 acre farm 20 minutes south of Duncan. The farm is a hobby farm with the potential to grow and generate more revenue from produce/herbs/chickens etc. with the right help. ABOUT THE FARM: At present, the farm consists of a veggie garden, small greenhouse, orchard, herb gardens, pastureland (4 sheep), woodlot, bees, and 70 laying hens. The farm is … Continue reading Kinsol Farm Accommodation Exchange, Duncan, BC – FILLED
Cowichan Agriculture Training Supervisor (Position has been filled) Cowichan Green Community Society – Duncan, BC Position Description Overview: This position is responsible for the management of the Cowichan Agriculture Training project. This full-time contract position will coordinate all the activities of the 10 apprentices as per the educational plan, reporting directly to the Cowichan Agriculture Training Manager. Duties: Project Management Coordinate all deliverables including setting up project timeline and budget Supervise all participants including creating individual work plans, supervising work performance, providing training, mentorship, and feedback Market and promote the project Organize all work placement trainings and field trips Plan, … Continue reading JOB: Cowichan Agriculture Training Supervisor, Duncan, BC (Position Filled)
Providence Farm is seeking four awesome interns to complete the Farm team for the 2015 season! This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and work with some great people. If you have a keen interest in experiencing a full season immersed in the hard work of organic farming and are committed to working respectfully in an environment with a diversity of people with varying abilities we might be the right farm for you. Providence Farm is located just 5 minutes East of Duncan, nestled between Quamichan Lake to the North West, Mount Tzouhalem Ecological Reserve and the Salish … Continue reading INTERNSHIPS: Providence Farm, Cowichan Valley, BC
Wanted: hard-working, positive, creative thinkers Harvest Crew Manager – Full Time Vegetable Harvesters -Full Time Weeders – Full Time Numerous employment opportunities at Makaria Farm for our 2015 season (and beyond)! No farm experience is necessary. We hire hard-working people who can dedicate themselves to maintaining our high standards and growing our farm business for a full season. We’re especially keen on “intrapreneurs”: those who can master how things are done in a business, and then innovate and improve on those processes. If you have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and past employers who will give you a glowing reference, we … Continue reading JOB: Makaria Farm, Cowichan Valley, BC – Multiple Postions!
Edible Earth Seeds is an organic vegetable seed company based in the Cowichan Valley. Our mission is to support food sovereignty on Vancouver Island through the stewardship of open-pollinated seed varieties that are well-adapted to our bio-region. I began learning about seeds during my first farm apprenticeship in 2009, and I soon became convinced that we cannot have true food sovereignty without seed sovereignty. I learned about the great loss of biodiversity of our food crops, the move towards hybrid varieties, and genetic engineering. The solution seemed simple – grow more seed! So I started growing and saving seed from … Continue reading YA POTLUCK Edible Earth Seeds Cowichan Valley June 9!