Tag Archives: Farm Business

Business Mentorship Network – Alyssa & David, Plenty Wild Farms

Posted by Alyssa Belter on April 03, 2017

Plenty Wild Farms Greenhouses piled with white snow against purple pemberton mountains

We are David and Alyssa of Plenty Wild Farms – we are part of the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network and are working with Chris Bodnar, our mentor from Close to Home Organics. We feel incredibly fortunate to receive mentorship support – thank you Young Agrarians! The primary goal for our mentorship this season is to prepare Plenty Wild Farms for the birth of our first child in June (model timing, am I right?). In a normal season, Alyssa works full-time on the farm – in the field managing day-to-day operations, at a desk bookkeeping and on the road marketing. Frankly, her … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Alyssa & David, Plenty Wild Farms

Business Mentorship Network – Maddy & Elana, City Beet Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 30, 2017

CSA PIck Up Day for City Beet Farm

We are Maddy and Elana and we are the new farmers at City Beet Farm in Vancouver. We farm on a dozen different properties in East Van, around the Riley Park neighbourhood. This summer we are growing over 70 types of veggies and cut flowers for our 22 week CSA program that runs from end of May to mid-October. Our land tenure model is pretty unique. We are very fortunate to have a community of homeowners who support our business and trade us the land around their homes for weekly vegetables. We came into farming from different angles but with … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Maddy & Elana, City Beet Farm

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

MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 27, 2017

Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Looking to learn the basics of bookkeeping for farms? It’s the first step in growing solid financial management practices for your business. Join YA and SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) for a 1.5 hour webinar laying out the foundations of farm bookkeeping, business set up, payroll and your first year-end tax report! NOTE: This webinar is going to focus on bookkeeping within the context of Canadian agriculture and tax regulation. Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST Cost: FREE! Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7568652497864152321 Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar will cover: Basic Principles of Bookkeeping GST & PST Registration Assets Cashflow … Continue reading MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farms

Posted by Alyssa Belter on December 08, 2016

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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

City Beet Farm for Sale

Posted by Moss Dance on September 08, 2016

City Beet Farm for Sale

Info You Should Know: We (Ruth and Katie) started City Beet Farm in 2013 and have grown from a 26-member CSA to a 75-member CSA. We provide vegetables for 23-25 weeks of the year from late April until mid-October. We are mostly bicycle-powered and all of our farms are within 10 blocks (mostly less) of each other to make this convenient and efficient.  We have a partnership with a local coffee shop where we do our CSA pick ups and vegetable sales. We have consistently sold out of our CSA every year and have a strong customer base and a … Continue reading City Beet Farm for Sale

June 18: Grassroots Family Farm Tour, Ferintosh, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 27, 2016

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Grassroots Family Farm is a unique diversified 250 acre farm that functions like an ecosystem. Come and see its interconnected sources of revenue AND resilience: Treatment-free honeybees Thriving forest gardens of fruits and nuts Market gardens where pigs till and chickens weed Solar water pumping and gravity irrigation system Grass-fed beef, milk-fed pork and forest-fed chickens 3 KM of swales and 6 million gallons of farther water storage When: June 18th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm What: Farmer and permaculture designer Takota Coen will lead a tour of his family’s farm. Where: Grassroots Family Farm, near Ferintosh, Camrose, County. Detailed Directions will be given upon registration. … Continue reading June 18: Grassroots Family Farm Tour, Ferintosh, AB

Business Mentorship Network – Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, BC

Posted by Alyssa Belter on April 13, 2016 1 Comment

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

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Granite Bay Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 22, 2015

Emily holds her son at Granite Bay Farm on Quadra Island

Name, Farm, Location? Granite Bay Farm, Quadra Island What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? To find some kind of balance between raising a young family and growing a farm. The secret for me was simplifying the growing. Focusing on 2 or 3 crops that were easy and enjoyable to grow. Did you meet your goals / Did it work out? It did but it took some getting used to. Part of what I like about market gardening is the diversity that you get to try out. I think that at the … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Granite Bay Farm