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Resources & Recap – Columbia Basin Mixer 2021

Posted by Alex on January 07, 2021

Thank you to everyone who has been participating in the Columbia Basin Mixer! We’ve had some incredible workshops so far and we can’t wait to share all the great learning with everyone. On this page, you’ll find the needs and opportunities that people wish to share, many farming resources to help you bring your farming to the next level, and a recap of all the workshops (including recordings where possible) from the Mixer. Enjoy the resources and recap for the Columbia Basin Mixer! Don’t forget to check out the full schedule for the Columbia Basin Mixer and to register for … Continue reading Resources & Recap – Columbia Basin Mixer 2021

January 2021: ONLINE – Columbia Basin Mixer

Posted by Alex on November 05, 2020 2 Comments

Join us online for farm workshops and networking at the Columbia Basin Mixer! This year’s mixer will be hosted virtually throughout the month of January. Although we are not able to gather in person, we’re excited to bring you a stellar line-up of speakers from across the Columbia Basin and beyond! Join us for discussions about Indigenous land stewardship, growing your farm, online retail, climate mitigation, CSA planning, and more. We’ll also have online networking events and a farmer yoga classes. The Mixer will be hosted in Ktunaxa, Syilx, Sinixt, Secwépemc and Lheidli T’enneh Territory.  It is open to everyone … Continue reading January 2021: ONLINE – Columbia Basin Mixer

Customer Relationships During Farm Transition

Posted by Alex on October 06, 2020

Photo credit: Sole Food Street Farms Successful customer relationships are at the heart of successful businesses. Informing customers and nurturing these relationships during the transition period (and before!) is crucial for a smooth transfer.  Many farms sell their products through a variety of sales channels. Indirect sales occur when sales are Business-to-Business (B2B), and the customer is a buyer from a store or distributor, rather than the end consumer. Direct sales channels occur when a farm is selling directly to the person who consumes the products (B2C), and may include Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, farmgate and online sales.  Your approach to … Continue reading Customer Relationships During Farm Transition

Farm Legacy Letters: Linda and Tim Ewert, Wildwood Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 2 Comments

To future generations, We came to the Peace River region (near Pouce Coupe) with our baby and toddler in 1974. We took on an agricultural lease, which required us to clear land, and prepare fields for seeding before we were able to purchase the land. We are still here on our 160-acre farm with fields, forest, hand-built buildings, fences, ponds etc. We have worked over the years to realize our dream of using draft horses for as much of the mechanized work as possible. We have used our horses for cutting, raking and hauling hay; field preparation; ploughing, discing, harrowing, … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Linda and Tim Ewert, Wildwood Farm

Farm Legacy Letters: Rob Hettler, Pilgrims’ Produce Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 1 Comment

To future generations: I personally can trace a farming heritage on my father’s side back to 1770 in Alsace-Lorraine in the Black Forest region of Germany. Our current farm was bought in 1991 at 1568 Eagle Rock Road in Spallumcheen. Prior to our taking over the farm it had been a pig farm, a mixed farm and a raspberry farm dating back to the 1930’s. The farm began as a hay farm when we took over, which we quickly converted back to a market garden vegetable operation, also growing strawberries and raspberries.  We transitioned to being an organic farm from … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Rob Hettler, Pilgrims’ Produce Farm

Farm Legacy Letter: Lorne & Barbara Ebell, Nanoose Edibles Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 2 Comments

To future generations: Nanoose Edibles is a certified organic farm located in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island. The land has been farmed off and on since 1909. We have owned it since 1985. It is a little more than 22 acres. It had previously been used as cattle pasture and perhaps the odd cut of hay.  I want people to remember that we grew delicious organically grown greens for the people in the region and encouraged people to grown their own greens and gardens. And that is still our goal. We love it when people come to volunteer as that … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letter: Lorne & Barbara Ebell, Nanoose Edibles Farm

Farm Legacy Letters: Mary Alice Johnson, ALM Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 2 Comments

To future generations: Thirty years from now, I want people to remember that my farm was a beautiful productive healthy place to find good food and to learn about producing good food. My farm consists of three properties, the 10-acre main farm with an old farmhouse and outbuildings, a wooded 5 acres contiguous to the farm, and a third 2.5 acre property 4 km down the road where I live and grow some crops. I have owned the main farm since 1986 and purchased the second property in 2008. These properties are located in the Otter Point district of Sooke, … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Mary Alice Johnson, ALM Farm

Farm Legacy Letters: Pete Amyoony

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 4 Comments

To future generations:  My farm is 10 acres in the hamlet of Dunster, B.C., on the north side of the valley on a bench above the Fraser River with amazing southern exposure. In the short days of winter here at the 54th parallel, our side of the valley gets more than double the amount of sun from the other side. This is such a help with starting crops earlier in the spring and growing later into the fall months. Even though our high latitude only has 90-100 frost free days some years, on the long summer days when we receive … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Pete Amyoony

Land Opportunity: 2 Acres of Field with Barn near Winlaw

Posted by Alex on August 19, 2020

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region.   ABOUT THE LAND This 2 acre field is situated in the Slocan Valley, close to Winlaw. There are a few small poplar saplings and some knapweed, but most of the field is tallgrass. The land had been used to pasture horses most recently and it is fenced with standard barbed wire fencing that is in need of minor repairs. Skunks, deer, and bears frequent the … Continue reading Land Opportunity: 2 Acres of Field with Barn near Winlaw

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 5 Acres of Forest and Field near Nelson, BC

Posted by Alex on July 27, 2020

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region.   ABOUT THE LAND This parcel of land consists of open fields, shrubs and forest. There are also some older, neglected fruit trees on the property. The land is mostly flat and there is a seasonal creek that runs through the property. The land is currently vacant and there are no buildings or fences. The owners plan on building a single-family home in the next 1–2 years. Zoning is currently … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 5 Acres of Forest and Field near Nelson, BC