On Saturday, October 27th, 30 landowners and current and prospective farmers converged on the Creston & District Community Complex to talk land access, lease agreements and farming in the Columbia Basin. We saw a great turnout of both farmers looking for land and landowners, and the event welcomed a good mix of new and experienced farmers, including some farmers who are currently leasing or had leased land previously. People came out from as far as Shore Acres, Cranbrook, Harrop and Nelson and there was great local participation from Creston. Activities kicked off at 1pm with an introduction circle and networking … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Linking Workshop
Join Young Agrarians at Glade Organics for a Greenhouse Tour & Community Potluck Social. We’ll learn about overwintering in a greenhouse, network, and celebrate the season around a bonfire! Date: Friday, November 30th, 2018, Time: 5:00-10:00pm Location: 2305 Highway 3A Glade B.C. Between Nelson and Castlegar. Event Overview: Greenhouse tour and discussion on overwintering, introduction circle, community social including potluck tapas and live music in the greenhouse and a bonfire outside. Glade Organics Glade Organics is a small-scale Certified Organic farm that is operated by Mira and Ross who are first-generation farmers that generate income through direct sales, including farm gate and farmers … Continue reading Nov 30: Glade Organics – Tapas & Tunes: Greenhouse Tour and Community Social
Towards a Working Model for a Robust Regional Food Security Network On September 21st a group of representatives from the food, farming and policy worlds of the Central Kootenays converged on the Sunshine Bay Retreat Centre in Harrop for a day-long retreat consisting of two field trips to local farms, the regularly-scheduled council meeting, as well as a focus group. Columbia Basin Land Matcher Hailey Troock went along to get a taste of what’s happening on the policy side of the local food and farming scene. The focus group, led by Katrina Lehenbrauer – a consultant with Interior Health, sought to provide insight into a … Continue reading Updates from the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council
“As much as I’m a farmer that grows food, I realize how important the forest is to my water and without water I don’t have a garden. I’ve been spending way more time on forest management then on trying to grow something I can sell for five bucks”. We weren’t the only ones in our group that were deeply impacted by Sara Adair’s words during our afternoon visit to her off-grid farm in Argenta. Sara hosted Young Agrarians and farmers from across the Columbia Basin on August 25, 2018. We were shown around not only Sara’s beautiful property but also given tours of … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: North Kootenay Lake Multi-Farm Tour 2018 ~ Video
Join us at Dutch Girl Peonies in Beasley near Nelson, BC for a tool demonstration with Kootenay Local Agricultural Society, farm tour & potluck social! Kootenay Local Agricultural Society Tool Library The Tool Library is a unique resource available to the public. Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS) members receive a discount. Tools were carefully selected to ensure they would help farmers be more efficient, but which—because of cost or infrequency of need—farmers wouldn’t buy themselves. The centrepiece is their fleet are BCS walking tractors and implements such as the tiller, rotary plow, and flail mower that quickly prepare soil and incorporate cover crops on farms the use land intensively … Continue reading Oct 12: BEASLEY, BC – Tool School! with Kootenay Local Agricultural Society
Join us at Sunshine Herb near Nelson, BC, for a farm tour focused on terraced mountain farming & a potluck social! Please bring a dish to share, tools to eat with and a chair or a blanket. Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home. This event is free and open to everyone! Date: Wednesday October 24, 2018 Time: 5:00 pm (we are going to start promptly as the sun will set at 5:40) Location: 3520 Yeatman Road, Bonnington, near Nelson, BC Directions: From Nelson turn right onto South Slocan Village Road, turn right on to Yeatman Road, pass Smokey Creek Salvage, go … Continue reading Oct 24: Terraced Mountain Farming – Farm Tour and Potluck Social – Bonnington, BC
Join us in the Elk Valley for a round table discussion and potluck social! This is a regional event and we are hoping to see people from Elkford and Fernie too! Live in Crowsnest Pass and interested in local food security and farm related activities? Great! We would love to have you there! Date: Tuesday October 9, 2018 Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm Location: Sparwood Senior Drop In Centre 101 4 Ave, Sparwood, BC Exploring Farming Opportunities The evening will include a presentation from Gillian Saunders about the effectiveness of electric fencing as a tool to protect fruit trees, livestock and wildlife. Gillian has … Continue reading OCT 9: SPARWOOD, BC – Elk Valley Round Table Farming Discussion & Potluck Social
WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We want you! 1pm – 6pm | Saturday, October 27, 2018 Ktunaxa Territory Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, B.C. Land Matching Program, Expert Panel, & more! Join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of land linking. We’ll network, learn about land leasing and the B.C. Land Matching Program, and hear from our expert panel. You just might find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or a landowner who has the ideal piece … Continue reading OCT 27: CRESTON, BC – Columbia Basin Land Link
Join the Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors and the Quadra Estate in Beaverdell on September 11th for a workshop on soil health. Through this one-day intensive workshop with Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils, you’ll learn how to build soils to reduce the impact of extreme climate and decrease production costs. Participants will learn the fundamentals of soil management and practical skills such as conducting quick on-site assessments to monitor soil health. You can register for this free event here on the KBFA website. Check out the Facebook event for more information!
Join us at Intentional Peasants near Edgewood, BC for a farm tour, horse plough demonstration & potluck social! The Columbia Basin Land Matcher, Hailey Troock, will be joining us to share more about the program. Please bring a dish to share, tools to eat with and a chair or a blanket. Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home. Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 Time: 11:30 am Location: Intentional Peasants, Hwy 6, Edgewood BC We will put signs up to the farm. More about Intentional Peasants Intentional Peasants, operated by Andy Holmberg and Rebecca Carmichael is an 80 acre mixed farm nestled between the … Continue reading SEPT 23: EDGEWOOD, BC – Intentional Peasants Horse Plough Demo & Potluck Social!