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APPRENTICESHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm 2018 positions

Posted by Moss Dance on November 16, 2017

Amara Farm

Looking for a farm apprenticeship on Vancouver Island for 2018? Check out Amara Farm in the Comox Valley! 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 1.25 acres of vegetables, 1 acre of blueberries for harvest and U-pick, and 0.25 acre of asparagus. We utilize five hoop houses—two of which are movable—for year-round vegetable growing, seedling propagation, and hot crop production. Our produce is sold through a 150 share CSA, at farmers market, and to restaurants. … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm 2018 positions

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

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: Green Arrow Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 23, 2015

Merville Organics - Robin Market

Name, Farm, Location? Robin Sturley, I run Green Arrow Farm and I’m a member of the Merville Organics Growers Co-op, in Courtenay, BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? This was my second year of farming full-time during the growing season. My goals were to increase my production of vegetables on the farm, and also to do my part as a member of the co-op to help get it off the ground. Did you meet your goals / Did it work out?  Yes, on both counts. I more than doubled my income from … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Green Arrow 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

Apprenticeship: Green Arrow Farm, Royston, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 12, 2015

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Apprenticeship: Green Arrow Farm, Royston, BC Green Arrow Farm is seeking a full-time farm apprentice from May to October. I grow a 1-acre market garden on a 30 acre-farm in Royston, BC. I share the property with another farm business, Umbella Farm. We’re both founding members of the recently established Merville Organics Growers Co-op in Courtenay (http://mervilleorganics.ca/), a group of five organic farms working together to market our produce, fruit, chicken, eggs and wild harvested foods. We believe co-operative growing and marketing is the future of sustainable agriculture! We supply a 60-share CSA, 3 farmers markets per week as well … Continue reading Apprenticeship: Green Arrow Farm, Royston, BC

Business Mentorship Network – Russell Heitzmann & Calliope Gazetas

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 15, 2015

Umbella Farm Growers

Name? Russell Heitzmann and Calliope Gazetas Where do you farm? Royston, in the Comox Valley just south of Courtenay. We are some of the newest members of the Merville Organics Growers Cooperative! What do you farm? Vegetables and meat chickens What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? We have a one year lease for this year with the possibility to renew for a longer term. It’s our relationship with the landowner and her desire to have her property be a working farm that really makes things tick. Because the landowner really understands what we’re doing and what … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Russell Heitzmann & Calliope Gazetas

Business Mentorship Network – Robin Sturley

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 02, 2015

Young Agrarians Merville Organics Business Mentorship Network

Name? Robin Sturley Where do you farm? Merville, Comox Valley, BC What do you farm? One acre of organic vegetables What type of business structure is your farm? I run a sole proprietorship, Green Arrow Farm, which is a member of the Merville Organics Growers Co-op (registered co-op in BC). What is your land tenure? I am leasing one acre of land on a farm that is also a member of Merville Organics. We are currently discussing the terms of the lease. By leasing on my co-worker’s farm it allows us to stay in tune with each other’s farming operations, as … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Robin Sturley

Business Mentorship Network – Kira Kotilla

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 06, 2015

Merville Organics - Kira Kotilla

 Name? Kira Kotilla Where do you farm? Just north of Courtenay What do you farm? Mixed vegetables, vegetable seed, poultry (in the near future) What type of business structure is your farm? Sole proprietorship. But I am also a member of the new Merville Organics co-operative. What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? I own the property with my boyfriend, Ingmar Dalen as of July 2015. How did you seriously get into farming? Its been a long-running interest. I grew up on a hobby farm, have always loved growing plants and have always loved quality food. In 2007 I decided … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kira Kotilla