MEET YOUR CENTRAL B.C. COORDINATOR: Robin Hunt is a market gardener from the Cariboo Region of B.C. She is excited to join the Young Agrarians team and work with farmers around the region. She currently farms with her husband Johan Bos at Big Rock Ranch in Buffalo Creek, B.C. Here they raise free range heritage chickens rotationally on pasture, run a mixed fruit/vegetable market garden and tiny home B&B, with a large focus on animal welfare and soil health. They feel strongly about building community, their local economy and supporting it by investing locally. Questions? Get in touch with Robin here: email@example.com WILLIAMS LAKE … Continue reading Our new Central B.C. Coordinator is looking for your input!
Name, Farm, Location? Brianna van de Wijngaard, Puddle Produce Urban Farms – Williams Lake, BC What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? My goals were: to start a CSA program with at least 15 subscriptions, to have 10,000 sq ft in production, and to gross at least $25,000 Did you meet your goals / Did it work out? (Explain a bit) Almost. I did start a CSA, and had 16 subscriptions. It worked well; I definitely had to purchase produce from other farms at the end because I didn’t have enough variety, … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Puddle Produce
An exciting new post-secondary certification program is launching in BC at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Williams Lake campus this coming January, and there couldn’t be a better time or place. The TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching (ASUR) program is the first of its kind in British Columbia, and located in the oldest ranching region in Canada – the Cariboo Chilcotin – where over 20% of the province’s cattle herd still resides. The Alkali Lake Ranch, for example, is the oldest in Canada, and still operates today. But times have changed, and the ranching industry – like so many others within agriculture today – is adapting to … Continue reading New Sustainable Ranching Certificate Program
Owned and operated by Cathie Allen and Rob Borsato since 1988. We are looking for an employee to help us finish out the season from mid August to the end of October 2015. No experience is necessary, but an interest in organic gardening is an asset. There is an opportunity to learn from planting to weeding, weeding to marketing. We will work hands on with employees to ensure understanding of all processes. Mackin Creek Farm is located on the west si de of the Fraser River between the cities of Williams Lake and Quesnel, Both are at least an hour away. Our climate … Continue reading JOB: Mackin Creek Farm, Cariboo Chilcotin, BC
Seeking an apprentice for the 2015 growing season, from May through October. Slow Train Farm is small family farm which grows over an acre of vegetable crops and staple foods for their family. Their primary markets are the Quesnel and Williams Lake Farmers’ Markets and a weekly CSA vegetable bin delivery in Williams Lake. Time is split between garden tasks and ongoing construction projects, many of them using techniques such as cob, earthbag and cordwood. This year they also hope to begin a riparian management project along the Fraser River. As the home is still under construction, interns will be … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Slow Train Farm, Williams Lake, BC
Name? Brianna van de Wijngaard Where do you farm? Williams Lake, BC What do you farm? Approx. 25 different vegetable crops on multiple urban plots. What type of business structure is your farm? Sole proprietorship. What is your land tenure? Lease-based; It’s all independent: I draft and sign a MOU with each landowner. Currently, they are renewed annually and compensated with weekly produce deliveries. How did you seriously get into farming? I did a few farm-stays after university, in 2011. After reading the SPIN farming guides, I decided I could do it on my own. Why did you apply for the … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Brianna van de Wijngaard
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