The Ruminant podcast has just launched its 2015 season with part one of host Jorda Marr’s conversation with Okanagan chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith, who provide advice for farmers who want to develop or improve relationshiops with restaurant customers. Listen here.
It was an awesome two days at Summerhill Winery, March 8-9, 2014. Saturday we had @ 75 participants filtering in throughout the day and night. We broke the day up into open space in the morning session and workshops in the afternoon. Introduction Circle:) Networking up the room so that farmers and participants know who is in the space. We ask folk to identify needs and opportunities. Direct connections get made through this process.The fabulous Jenica Frisque co-facilitating for the day.We were so lucky to have Joy Road Catering prepare lunch for us. A special thank you to Urban Harvest for donating food and … Continue reading Okanagan Mixer Rocked & Wrap-up Notes
This post: part one of Farmer-Podcaster Jordan Marr’s conversation with organic Market Gardener Heather Stretch, in which the pair talk starting your farm the right way, and structuring a good apprenticeship.
The latest two episodes of The Ruminant Podcast (available on the iTunes store and here) feature a conversation with Dan Brisebois, a young farmer with the Tournesol Farm Cooperative near Montreal, Quebec. Part one deals with the basics of getting started in veggie seed production, with an emphasis on how to incorporate seed production into an extant fresh veggie operation. In part two, Dan gives advice on how to find buyers for your seed and shares some resources for seed producers. Dan is very knowledgeable and articulate, so would-be seed producers should check it out!
My partner Vanessa and I (and that’s partner in both the professional sense and the hubba-hubba one) do not own the land we’re farming. We’re on a lease at The Homestead, an organic farm in Peachland that has been under the care of Joe and Jess Klein for nearly 30 years. That we would start out our farming careers on leased land was inevitable. Much of BC’s best farmland is also coveted real estate. And so, land prices being what they are (Keith Richards high), and returns on farming being what they are (Barry White low), the die is cast … Continue reading Essay: A Fairy Tale Retold (or: the challenges of leasing farmland)