Farmers and ranchers are facing a summer of the fiercest B.C. wildfires on record. Many were forced to evacuate, and have lost animals, homes, and their livelihoods. Amongst the loss and devastation, we wanted to share an inspiring story from an off-the-grid rancher who managed to make it through. Thanks to Shanti Heywood for telling her story. Protecting my home was just something I had to do. People keep commenting on how brave I was – but I like to think everyone has some grit inside of them somewhere to fight when they have to. My heart goes out to … Continue reading From the Chilcotin B.C. Wildfire Front: A Rotational Grazer’s Story
New farmer, young farmer, northern farmer, and hero farmer, Andrew Adams was kind enough to take some of his time to tell the Young Agrarians about his personal experiences with farming and life . Andrew, along with his wife Janie operate Hope Farm, which is located about 45 minutes outside Prince George. Hope Farm provides a wide variety of delicious natural foods to the community of Prince George and the surrounding area. They supply the community with locally famous Berkshire pork, duck, eggs, and seasonal garden produce. Hope Farm offers their products through a variety of outlets including restaurants, grocery … Continue reading Hope Farm – Agrariannaire #6
Brianna Van de Wijngaard is a new farmer, young farmer, and hero farmer in Williams Lake, BC. Her farm, Puddle Produce operates on leased land plots using the SPIN model of farming to produce delicious fresh produce for the local community. Brianna was kind enough to share some of her farming experiences with the Young Agrarians….. Name? Brianna van de Wijngaard Where you farm? Williams Lake, BC Favourite vegetable or fruit to grow in summer? Beets! They grow really well here, are easy to process for market, and are beautiful! What is your favourite vegetable to grow in the winter? I’ve only … Continue reading Puddle Produce – The Agrariannaire #5
Mike Dewar is writing his Masters Degree on farmers in Northern BC through UNBC. We’re excited to have him blog with YA. I am a lucky man! As an aspiring farmer (someday!), appreciator and researcher of farmers, I was lucky enough to travel across northern BC’s Highway 16 corridor to spend time with new and young farmers this past fall. The main purpose of this journey was to complete research for my graduate studies thesis, however the rewards of this journey extended far beyond the work. For my research, I helped out on 12 regional farms operated by new and … Continue reading How spending time with new and young farmers has made me a better person!
Seeking farmers 55 years of age and younger who have farmed along northern BC’s Highway 16 corridor for 10 years or less to participate in research on farmers’ motivations. UNBC graduate student, Mike Dewar is conducting research on the motivations and success of new and young farmers and ranchers in Northern BC’s Highway 16 Corridor. He is currently seeking potential research participants. The investigation will examine new and young farmers’ motivations focusing on farmers’ goals, resources, and practices that facilitate success. It is anticipated that results will benefit active and potential new and young regional farmers as well as regional … Continue reading Northern BC New and Young Farmer Research