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4th Okanagan Winter Mixer – that’s a wrap!

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on March 06, 2017

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What a fantastic weekend! The 4th Okanagan Winter Mixer brought together 100 people from across the Okanagan-Thompson region and beyond – as far as Williams Lake! We enjoyed two days of networking activities and workshops on a range of topics focused on building farming and business skills. There was a great energy in the room – a lot of passion and excitement about the coming season! A highlight for many people were the business skills workshops lead by Chris Bodnar from Close to Home Organics. Attendees expressed their gratitude for learning about what it takes to build and run their farm … Continue reading 4th Okanagan Winter Mixer – that’s a wrap!

January 21-22: Kelowna, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Okanagan Winter Farmer Mixer

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on January 20, 2017

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Looking for the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Winter Mixer? Click here! This year’s Okangan Winter Farmer Mixer is going to offer a full two days of workshops and sessions to sharpen your farm skills, and build connections with other new farmers. Join us to learn about Holistic Management, Indigenous Land and Food Systems, Crop Planning, Business Management and more! Saturday night we will host an awesome Potluck too: new and young(ish) farmers, foodies, and farm friends are all welcome! WHEN: Saturday January 21 – Sunday January 22, 2017 WHERE: Okanagan Mission Community Hall, 4409 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC COST:  Sliding scale $50-100.  All funds raised go … Continue reading January 21-22: Kelowna, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Okanagan Winter Farmer Mixer

Central Okanagan: From Field to Fork – Research Event Summary

Posted by Moss Dance on September 26, 2016

Okanagan Food policy - Chefs Michael Buffet, Adam Abernathy, and Melissa Masters

Hosted by the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council (COFPC) The Purpose of this event was (1) to return research done in the community back to the community and (2) to launch the ‘Food Quilt’, a new movement to connect people and groups in support of food security in the Central Okanagan. On Thursday April 21, 2016, over 60 guests gathered at the Canadian Mental Health Association and enjoyed 7 presentations that showcased research related to local food security. These presentations were done in the fast-paced style known as pechakucha. Following the presentations, the guests connected with one another, shared stories, … Continue reading Central Okanagan: From Field to Fork – Research Event Summary

LAND: Organic Farm & House for Lease, North Okanagan, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on September 16, 2015 4 Comments

Sunshine Certfied Organic Land for Lease Young Agrarians

This land has already been rented and is no longer available! Long term (previously certified) organic farming opportunity available for the right folks. This is a 105 acre farm property with contours, 300ft elevation from river bottom land to top area, with benches in between. Half in forest and trails. Description of property: 1900 sqft  3 bedroom, 1.5 bath farm house (built in 2000, cathedral ceilings, large windows), hay shed, root cellar, machine shed, and workshop. Woodstove and radiant hotwater floor heat.  High speed internet access. There are also a mobile home and a cottage on property that are rented to tenants.  Each rental … Continue reading LAND: Organic Farm & House for Lease, North Okanagan, BC

A Head Start for New Farmers in the Central Okanagan

Posted by Sara Dent on September 04, 2015

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A new opportunity is on the horizon for those interested in farming  but who currently face obstacles. The Central Okanagan Community Farm Society is exploring the concept of starting incubator farms for new farmers. An incubator farm provides a new farmer with affordable access to a small plot of land, limited equipment, and mentorship from experienced farmers in order to teach the skills necessary for faming as an independent business venture. The land would be available for 1-3 years and would assist new farmers in gaining all the skills required to transition onto their own land. Does this sound like … Continue reading A Head Start for New Farmers in the Central Okanagan

September 20: Horse & Tractor Ploughing Workshop, Armstrong BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on August 30, 2015

Deerfoot Farm- Tractor & Horse Ploughing Plowing Workshop Potluck and Farm Tour

Want to learn how to plough with horses or tractor? Join us at Deerfoot Farm for a ploughing workshop coordinated by David Doran. When: Sunday, September 20th | 10:00AM – 4:00PM Where: Deerfoot Farm, 4420 Hullcar Road, Armstrong, BC Registration: $20/person Please bring: Potluck lunch, a dish to share and tools to eat with! Please register as soon as possible so that David can organize the appropriate teachers, tools and tractors. This workshop is a great primer for the 37th Annual North Okanagan Ploughing Match the following Saturday, September 26th. To register contact David Doran:daviddoran@telus.net or 250 546 6884. Please let us know if … Continue reading September 20: Horse & Tractor Ploughing Workshop, Armstrong BC

FoodFlicks: Spring Edition, Kelowna, BC – June 10, 2015

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 21, 2015

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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

EVENT: Farmland Connections Conference, Kamloops, BC – March 20-22

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 10, 2015

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ARE YOU READY TO FULFILL YOUR DREAM OF BECOMING A FARMER? Learn from local organizations how to connect your farm to schools and restaurants, how the city of Kamloops supports young farmers, and the local groups that work to support your business. We’re also hosting workshops on land linking and business planning for new farmers. Location: The Plaza Hotel, 405 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC FRIDAY, MARCH 20: Join us for a a whole day devoted to linking people, land and opportunities. In the morning we’ll share opportunities for farmers with organizations like Farm to School BC, Farm 2 Chefs, Community Futures, Venture Kamloops, Urban Agriculture in … Continue reading EVENT: Farmland Connections Conference, Kamloops, BC – March 20-22

Business Mentorship Network – Steve Meggait

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 04, 2015

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Name? Steve Meggait Where do you farm? 5 km north of Armstrong What do you primarily farm? Beef (breeding to finishing), pork (breeding to finishing), broiler chickens, grains and hay. What type of business structure is your farm? Currently a sole proprietorship, with plans to incorporate. What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? I’m farming two family owned 1/4 sections. One has been in the family for 90 years. How did you seriously get into farming? I really don’t know. It just happened. Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? I could use some help making my business … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Steve Meggait

Okanagan Mixer Rocked & Wrap-up Notes

Posted by Sara Dent on May 01, 2014

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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