It was a remarkable day to gather and talk about our passion for stewarding the land, getting our hands dirty, and savouring the most nourishing, delectable food ever!
We were thrilled to have @ 125 people in attendance throughout the day, travelling from all over the South Interior, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland to be in Kelowna. It was exciting to see that close to half of the room were new to the Young Agrarians and, based on feedback so far, there are some clear needs in terms of supporting new entrants to agro-ecology. We’re working on it!
People commented on the good energy in the room and were impressed with the community that exists in this region. There is so much happening in the region, it will take some dedication to keep up with it all. The Young Agrarians website is a fantastic place to stay connected and to post events you might be hosting, jobs you have to offer, or land that you’re looking to share.
The diverse range of topics offered insights into starting a farm on leased land, building a business plan, running a preschool on a working farm, collective and niche marketing, permaculture and keyline design, grazing strategies, women and gender in agro-ecology, and indigenous food lands. As you can tell, it was a very full day.
Thank goodness there was exquisite food from Joy Road Catering to provide sustenance at lunch, followed by a delightful potluck to wrap up the day. Post-dinner music lined up by Gabe Cipes also provided a much needed revitalization of energy. Loads of gratitude to everyone for attending, contributing food, sharing resources and/or needs, volunteering (postering, set-up, kitchen duties, & clean-up), and providing feedback for us to move forward with. Stay tuned for our summer season of farm tours and potlucks in the Okanagan Thompson Region!
This event was made possible by the Central Okanagan Foundation and with support from Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.