FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on December 11, 2017


We are celebrating five years of Winter Mixers on Vancouver Island this year! Join us for our Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer at Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake, on beautiful Vancouver Island for two days of farming workshops & networking!

Looking for the Young Agrarians Okanagan Winter Mixer? Click here!


WHEN: Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 11, 2018

WHERE:  Coast Salish Territory – Camp Pringle, 2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3

COST:  Sliding scale $75-125.  All funds raised go to covering the cost of the event. Thank you for your support! Work trade options are available, please contact Moss at: westcoast@youngagrarians.org

REGISTER: https://vimixer2018.brownpapertickets.com

ON FACEBOOK: Join our Facebook event to offer or ask for ride shares and Friday night billeting options.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

1:30-6:00PM Land Linking Workshop

6:00PM Join in our community potluck—everyone welcome!

Running concurrently with the Vancouver Island Winter Mixer! 

Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! Join us to network, learn about leases, and more! Topics you want to learn? Email land@youngagrarians.org.

WARNING: You may find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or keep your productive farm in production! Land seekers, you may find a landowner with the land opportunity you’ve been seeking! Come with an idea of what you are looking for, and a quick synopsis of your vision for your land or future farm. List your land or farm dream on the YA U-MAP today: maps.youngagrarians.org

Community Potluck and Social

When: 6:00pm-9:30pm, Saturday, February 10, 2018

WhereCamp Pringle, 2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3

There is nothing better n’ sharing a community made meal together. Our Community Potluck is free, open to all ages, and for the whole community (not just those attending the Mixer). Please bring a dish to share! Invite your friends and family – the more, the merrier!



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In a protected natural setting, on the shores of Shawnigan Lake, Camp Pringle is a serene summer camp, retreat, and outdoor education centre. There are 18 wonderful acres of mossy forest, open fields, wetlands, nature trails, a private waterfront, beach, dock and fire circle (yes, we can have a campfire Saturday night!

The accommodation available at Camp Pringle features rooms with 4-8 bunk beds—so sleeping quarters are shared. FAMER SLEEPOVER! The bunk beds will be available first-come, first served. Please register early to secure your bed! Families are encouraged to arrive early so that you can find a room with the correct amount of bunks for parents and kids. All guests are asked to bring bedding.

For those who register after bunk beds are claimed, we’ll invite you to bring sleeping mats and bedding to set up in shared common areas in the bunk houses.


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We are working hard to bring you a full and inspiring agenda, and many opportunities to connect and build relationships. There will be hands on sessions, open discussions, and formal presentations – something for everyone!

YA Mixers are known for making remarkable connections, such as new possibilities for markets, land opportunities found, or identifying a shared interest/resource. To make the most of this, come to the mixer with an openness to meet new people, share something that you have to offer (like employment, land or special skills) and something that you might need (such as specific tools, crop planning models, or mentorship). We will be offering ways for you to share your needs and opportunities with each other 🙂


Session Descriptions & Presenter Bios – Sneak Preview!

More detailed info is coming soon! But here’s a sneak preview of a just a few of the 20 farmer workshop sessions we’ll be offering at this year’s Mixer:

THREE LEVELS of Business Planning Workshops!

with Chris Bodnar

Chris will be back at the Vancouver Island this year presenting business workshops for farmers in start-up, and for those who are more experienced. Chris will be offering his Introduction to Farm Business Planning for those of you just getting started. He’ll also offer a session on Farm Financial Management for those of you who’ve already got the basic business skills. And for those who are looking at scaling-up, hiring employees, personal financial planning and more advanced topics, Chris will be sharing his wisdom to help you get a better grasp on your farm & personal finances in his Level III workshop.

Farmer Chris Bodnar walks a row of vegetables on his farm with his daughterChris Bodnar co-owns and operates Close to Home Organics with his wife, Paige, at Glen Valley Organic Farm in Abbotsford. Now in their tenth season of farming, Chris and his family have learned some of the challenges and opportunities of farming on a small scale in the organic sector. They operate a 135-member Community Shared Agriculture program and sell at two weekly farmers markets during the farming season. Prior to farming Chris earned a PhD in Communication from Carleton University. His academic interests continue through teaching and writing. Chris teaches the  business planning components of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Sustainable Agriculture program. Chris sits on the board of the Mount Lehman Credit Union. He does business planning consulting with small-scale farmers and is a mentor with the Young Agrarians’ BC Business Mentorship Network.

On-Farm Efficiency & Technology Panel

with Robin Tunnicliffe, Graham Edward Bradley, & Scott Bell

Do you ever feel like things could be more efficient on your farm? From wash station work flow to the best farm tools for the job, these three seasoned farmers want to help you get the job done faster!

More info and bios coming soon 🙂 

From Sales to Seeds: Crop Planning for Farming Success

with Scott Belll, Amara Farm

In this workshop, participants will learn why crop planning and record keeping are vital parts of any successful farm. Topics covered will include: creating a sales plan, estimating yields, building a weekly planting schedule, calculating seed needs, and recording what actually happened during the growing season. Participants will leave this workshop with the foundation knowledge to create their own spreadsheets, procedures, and habits to ensure their records will help them for years to come.

Scott Bell is an organic farmer and educator specializing in small-scale, intensive growing practices. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agroecology and has been farming for ten years in both an urban and rural context. Scott is well versed in crop planning, farm design, organic growing practices, and record keeping. He is passionate about making small-scale farming highly productive and financially viable to create strong regional food systems that support farmers. With a strong belief in work-life balance, Scott hopes to empower growers to maximize their farms productivity through effective observation and good record keeping.

Fruit Trees 101: Planting and Pruning

With Chad Morse

Working with fruit trees can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable horticultural endeavors. In this workshop, we will demystify two of the key factors of growing healthy, productive trees: planting and pruning. Knowing when and how to prune and train your trees is key to achieving high, consistent yields and promoting long term tree health.

Chad Morse managed the organic farm at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California where he also taught a six month intensive farming apprenticeship program. Chad and his family recently moved to Vancouver Island and are setting roots on their half-acre homestead in Cumberland. He has also farmed in Tennessee, Illinois, and at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Stay tuned for more workshop descriptions—we’ll keep you posted! Want to stay up-to-date with Vancouver Island YA news? SIGN UP for our email list and be sure to specify the Vancouver Island/Coast as your region!

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We are overjoyed to welcome Nature’s Chef (Tom Kral) back to our 2018 Mixer. Last year, Tom lovingly crafted nourishing and delicious meals for 120 hungry farmers—no small feat! His beautiful cooking inspired rave reviews on our survey last year, so we are thrilled to have Nature’s Chef back for another year.

Bellies are already grumbling at the thought of the deliciousness to come!

Check out Nature’s Chef on Facebook to get inspired 🙂

Food Donations Welcome!

We are currently lining up food donors for our 2018 Mixer. Do you know a local food business or farm that would like to donate produce, meats, staples or snacks to our Mixer this year? We love to feature fabulous local foods at our Mixer and promote our food donors. Please get in touch! westcoast@youngagrarians.org

The Food & Snack Lowdown

  • We’ll providing lunches, light snacks, a dinner protein option (accompanied by your potluck contributions), and a light Sunday breakfast.
  • We try our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, and we encourage folks to bring the snacks and special food items they may need to be comfortable. Please let us know of dietary restrictions when you register.
  • BYOM—don’t forget a re-usable mug for your hot beverages—coffee and tea will be available.
  • POTLUCK ALERT! Please bring a dish or food item to share at the Community Potluck on Saturday night. And invite your friends and family, the more the merrier!

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Registration includes access to shared accommodation for Saturday night only. Register early to secure your sleeping space—we can accommodate up to 70 people in beds. After that, we ask folks to bring bedding to sleep “indoor camp-out” style in common areas.

If you need to stay in the area for Friday night as well, we encourage you to reach out on our Facebook event page here!

What to Bring

Here’s a small list of the things you’ll need to bring to make sure you have a great weekend:

  • Travel mug for your coffee or tea
  • Potluck item to share for Saturday night (refrigeration available for the day on Saturday!)
  • Bedding, toiletries
  • Notebook and pen, or laptop
  • Rain gear and sturdy shoes for outdoor exploring (do we need to remind farmers about this?)


Please use the Facebook event page to find rides and plan your travels. If you are NOT on Facebook, please send a note to westcoast@youngagrarians.org SUBJECT: Ride to Vancouver Island Mixer, OR Have a ride to offer to Vancouver Island Mixer.

Be sure to let us know where you are travelling from, and your timing needs.


This event was made possible by Coastal Community Credit Union, and with funding support from Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Thank you to all our funders and sponsors.

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