Looking for the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Winter Mixer? Click here! Celebrating five years of Winter Mixers in the Okanagan, we’re back at the location of the first ever mixer – the beautiful Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, BC! Summerhill Pyramid Winery gives us more space for sessions and gathering with a beautiful backdrop of Okanagan Lake and the vineyard. Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Okangan Winter Mixer with a full two days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. … Continue reading January 27-28: Kelowna, BC – Young Agrarians 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer
Hello! We, Cecilia and Kevin, are start-up farmers at Ceres Circle Farm, an operation that has recently been gifted by its founder and currently under transition to a land trust by the BC Foodlands Cooperative. The farm will be operated as a cooperative owned by the community of Kelowna, serving as a flagship enterprise displaying the potential and importance of local foodsheds. We are excited to be key players in this transition process! As the first farmers to manage the farm operations after its donation, we intend to pursue the life’s work of the past operator and raise lamb naturally on … Continue reading Ceres Circle Farm – Help purchase sheep!
We’re checking back in with our B.C. Business Mentorship Network participants to see how their seasons have gone and how mentorship has benefitted them. My name is Simon Answerth and I Farm a quarter acre of leased land under a incubator program in Kelowna, BC. My farm business is called Lightfoot Farm and I hope to expand to a half acre next year as well as recruit the help of my wife. This year my goals were to; add 3 new restaurant customers, set up a CSA program with between 5-15 members and increase public exposure with intensive advertising. My … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Lightfoot Farm
Don’t miss the 7th Building SustainABLE Communities conference in Kelowna, BC! Check out speakers, panelists, and network with delegates during engaging workshops, game-changing plenary presentations, and professionally facilitated breakouts. WHEN: November 21-24, 2017 WHERE: Delta Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, 1310 Water Steet, Kelowna, BC REGISTER: www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2017/BuildingSustainableCommunities Fresh Outlook Foundation is thrilled to be hosting its 7th Building SustainABLE Communities (BSC) conference in Kelowna, BC November 21-24, 2017 at the Delta Grand Hotel & Conference Centre. This highly acclaimed and hugely popular event gathers people from all sectors to explore emerging trends in sustainability at the individual, organizational, and community scales. At a previous BSC, … Continue reading NOV 21-24: KELOWNA, BC – Building SustainABLE Communities Conference
Join us at Morning Dove Gardens in Kelowna, BC for a farm tour & potluck social! Please bring a dish to share and tools to eat with. When: Sunday August 13th, 4:30pm – 9:00pm (potluck starts at 6:00pm) Where: Morning Dove Gardens, 1945 Heimlich Road, Kelowna, BC About Morning Dove Gardens Morning Dove Gardens is a 4 acre bio-dynamic farm situated in the Mission area of Kelowna, BC—surrounded by picturesque willows, year round creeks, marsh land, forest and some of the most fertile soil in BC. The farm is rich in bio-diversity, with fruit trees, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, walnuts, hazelnuts, heritage breed chickens, a small … Continue reading AUG 13: KELOWNA, BC – Morning Dove Gardens Farm Tour & Potluck Social
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
Date: August 14, 2016, 3:00-9:00PM (farm tour @ 4:00PM, potluck to follow) Address: Summerhill Pyramid Winery, 4870 Chutelake Rd, Kelowna, BC Bring a dish to share! Join Gabe Cipes, Permaculture designer and Biodynamicist with Jade Shaman, master gardener/carpenter for a farm tour of Summerhill Pyramid Winery. This special farm is more than a winery! The farm tour will give you a chance to check out the vineyards, forest gardens, culinary gardens, glass house nursery, Pit house/Kekuli, bees and chickens. The tour starts at 4pm and will be followed by a potluck gathering at the estate house looking over the lake and vineyards. Farm Tour, Potluck, Conversation Gabe has been involved … Continue reading AUG 14: KELOWNA, BC – Summerhill Farm Tour + Potluck
Clubhouse Farmer Position: The Clubhouse Farm is seeking a candidate with farming experience to join our team for the 2016 growing season. This unique and exciting farm and nature based summer program for children provides a platform for childcare and education, a source of local produce, and support for local ecosystems and biodiversity. Please review the eligibility criteria before submitting your application. Start Date: May 2, 2016 Position Responsibilities and Details: Managing volunteer labour groups – sometimes weekly, groups of 10 to 30 volunteers. Production tasks – seeding, transplanting, trellising, pruning, thinning, irrigating, managing pests, weeding, harvesting, etc. Egg production … Continue reading JOB: Farmer Position at the Clubhouse Farm, Kelowna, BC
It was a remarkable day to gather and talk about our passion for stewarding the land, getting our hands dirty, and savouring the most nourishing, delectable food ever! We were thrilled to have @ 125 people in attendance throughout the day, travelling from all over the South Interior, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland to be in Kelowna. It was exciting to see that close to half of the room were new to the Young Agrarians and, based on feedback so far, there are some clear needs in terms of supporting new entrants to agro-ecology. We’re working on it! People commented … Continue reading 3rd Winter Okanagan Mixer a Whirlwind Day!
FoodFlicks: Spring Edition is a new event hosted by FarmFolk CityFolk, in partnership with Slow Food Okanagan and Okanagan College’s Culinary Foods Program. On June 10th join us to Celebrate the Bees – with honey-themed nibbles (from Culinary Arts Students), honey wine tastings (with Meadow Vista Honey Wines), a screening of the award-winning film ‘Queen of The Sun’ and a facilitated discussion to wrap up the night. Tickets are $20 and include food, wine tasting and the film. More details and online ticket sales at www.picatic.com/foodflicks BUY YOUR TICKET THIS WEEK! Anyone who buys a ticket before this Friday, May 22, at noon, … Continue reading FoodFlicks: Spring Edition, Kelowna, BC – June 10, 2015