All posts by Chantelle Chan

Farmer Podcast Club: The Current State of Farmers Markets in BC

Posted by Chantelle Chan on June 10, 2024

Enjoy listening to this Farmer Podcast Club episode. From the podcast series Farming in British Columbia, we are sharing their episode on the current state of farmer’s markets in BC, featuring Wylie Bystedt. Released April 17th 2024 “My guest today is Wylie Bystedt, a farmer based in Quesnel and the current board chair of the British Columbia Association of Farmers Markets. Wylie joined me on the phone to trumpet a recent study conducted at the University of Northern British Columbia that confirms what Wylie already knew: that farmers markets in BC are growing in popularity and economic impact. We’ll talk … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: The Current State of Farmers Markets in BC

Farmer Podcast Club: Impact Farming – Conflict on the Farm, with Elaine Froese

Posted by Chantelle Chan on May 22, 2024

Enjoy listening to this Farmer Podcast Club episode. Impact Farming – Elaine Froese, Canada’s farm whisperer discusses the loaded topic of “Farm Family Conflict”. Released June 6th 2019 On this episode of Impact Farming, we sit down with Elaine Froese to discuss the loaded topic of “Farm Family Conflict.” Whether it’s open conflict or hidden resentments, Tracy and Elaine speak about the importance of discussing the “undiscussables”. Elaine shares “the unwritten rules” that are on every farm and dictate how the farm family functions and operates. She speaks about communication styles, negative & positive conflict behaviours and hot buttons. Have you ever noticed how … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: Impact Farming – Conflict on the Farm, with Elaine Froese

Farmer Podcast Club: No-Till Market Garden Podcast – Scaling-up from Homestead to Farm Business | Roundtable w/ Cedar Chest Farm & Wild East Farm

Posted by Chantelle Chan on April 30, 2024

Enjoy listening to this Farmer Podcast Club episode. The No-Till Market Garden Podcast – Scaling-up from Homestead to Farm Business | Roundtable w/ Cedar Chest Farm & Wild East Farm Released April 15th 2024 In March, part of the No-Till Growers team went to the Organic Growers School in NC and held a roundtable with Erin of Cedar Chest Farm and Lyric and Noah of Wild East Farm about scaling-up from homestead to full-fledged farm business. We get to hear the stories of how both farms started on a very small scale and smartly grew their operations, plus tips, lessons, and helpful thoughts on business startups. … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: No-Till Market Garden Podcast – Scaling-up from Homestead to Farm Business | Roundtable w/ Cedar Chest Farm & Wild East Farm

Meet Pinette of Fairfolk Farm!

Posted by Chantelle Chan on April 19, 2024

Pinette Robinson was a part of the Business Bootcamp for New Farmers program, and we wanted to share her perspectives with the new and aspiring farmers in our network. Want more stories of other farmers? Check out the links at the bottom of this post!  Please share a bit about yourself and about your farm! What do you grow or want to grow? My name is Pinette Robinson (she/her). I own and operate Fairfolk Farm with my husband Brandon (he/him). We are currently growing mixed vegetables that we sell at farmers markets. In the spring of 2024 we will be … Continue reading Meet Pinette of Fairfolk Farm!

Meet Brian Tattam of Tattam Valley Farms!

Posted by Chantelle Chan on April 19, 2024

Brian Tattam was a part of the Business Bootcamp for New Farmers program, and we wanted to share his perspectives with the new and aspiring farmers in our network. Want more stories of other farmers? Check out the links at the bottom of this post! Please share a bit about yourself and about your farm.  What do you grow or want to grow?  My name is Brian Tattam (he/him), and I grew up in the Cowichan Valley on a dairy farm. My family does not dairy farm anymore, but still owns the 100 acres. The land has been in the … Continue reading Meet Brian Tattam of Tattam Valley Farms!

Meet Trent Romanow of Cluck and Clove Farm!

Posted by Chantelle Chan on April 19, 2024

Trent Romanow was a part of the Business Bootcamp for New Farmers program, and we wanted to share his perspectives with the new and aspiring farmers in our network. Want more stories of other farmers? Check out the links at the bottom of this post! Please share a bit about yourself and about your farm. What do you grow or want to grow? Trent Romanow (he/him), father of 3 boys 3, 5 and 10. My partner Katie and I have a 40 acre farm, Cluck and Clove Farm, just west of Edmonton. We have only 1 acre in production. We … Continue reading Meet Trent Romanow of Cluck and Clove Farm!

Meet MC Pace of Salt + Sickle Homestead

Posted by Chantelle Chan on April 19, 2024

MC Pace was a part of the Business Bootcamp for New Farmers program, and we wanted to share their perspectives with the new and aspiring farmers in our network. Want more stories of other farmers? Check out the links at the bottom of this post! Please share a bit about yourself and about your farm. My name is MC Pace [they/them], and I am currently gearing up for my second year of farming. I grow food and flowers on 7 acres in the Annapolis Valley (Sipekne’katik), upon Unceded Mi’kima’ki (Nova Scotia). What is the name of your farm? Salt+Sickle Homestead. … Continue reading Meet MC Pace of Salt + Sickle Homestead

Meet Guru Khalsa of Earthmother Farm!

Posted by Chantelle Chan on April 19, 2024

Guru Khalsa was a part of the Business Bootcamp for New Farmers program, and we wanted to share his perspectives with the new and aspiring farmers in our network. Want more stories of other farmers? Check out the links at the bottom of this post! Please share a bit about yourself and about your farm. What do you grow or want to grow? Hi, my first name is Gurudayal, and I generally go by Guru (he/him). My farm’s name is Earthmother Farm, and we are based near Owen Sound, Ontario. My parents purchased this farm property over a decade ago … Continue reading Meet Guru Khalsa of Earthmother Farm!

Meet Doug Visser of Lady Flower Gardens!

Posted by Chantelle Chan on March 31, 2024

This is the fourth of a four-part series of farmer interviews conducted by students in a Community Service Learning course at the University of Alberta. Nathaniel Nakonechny interviewed Doug Visser of Lady Flower Gardens, and wrote this inspiring blog post. We’re delighted to share these farmer stories with you! Dig and you’ll Find Doug; A History of the Gardens.  If you’re interested in unearthing the agricultural architect behind the origins of Lady Flower Gardens, you need only dig just below the surface, to find Doug! Doug Visser, the now-retired head farmer at Lady Flower Gardens, says that in a sense, he … Continue reading Meet Doug Visser of Lady Flower Gardens!

Meet Fern of Fern’s Flowers Garden!

Posted by Chantelle Chan on March 18, 2024

This is the second of a four-part series of farmer interviews conducted by students in a Community Service Learning course at the University of Alberta. Nayeon Kim interviewed Fern of Fern’s Flower Garden, and wrote this heartfelt blog post. We’re delighted to share these farmer stories with you! Fern says she wasn’t born with a green thumb, but her beautiful flower garden says otherwise. Once you start talking to Fern you’ll quickly realize how passionate she is about growing flowers and building community! Fern is a first-time farmer who founded Fern’s Flowers Garden in 2022 with her husband, Kevin. Together, … Continue reading Meet Fern of Fern’s Flowers Garden!