All posts by Jolene Swain

Farmer Profile: Ruth Calduch growing Garlic on leased land, Prince George

Posted by Jolene Swain on July 26, 2021

We’re thrilled to be working with young farmer Ruth, born and raised in Barcelona, Catalunya who moved to Canada 13 years ago and has landed in Prince George, BC. She currently has a 1/4 acre garlic crop (and a newborn!) on leased land she found with support from the B.C. Land Matching Program. How did you decide you wanted to lease land and what was your dream property? I decided I wanted to lease out of necessity as I do not have access to the financial means to own a property big enough to grown my business – literally-. My … Continue reading Farmer Profile: Ruth Calduch growing Garlic on leased land, Prince George

Kitwanga, BC – Food Sovereignty Tour at Tea Creek Farm

Posted by Jolene Swain on July 20, 2021

We are excited to announce a by invitation Food Sovereignty Tour at Tea Creek Farm, in Kitwanga, B.C. August 7th.  Jacob and Jessica Beaton are passionate about revitalizing food production and feeding their community. With a vision of resilient, healthy communities built on land-based programs and abundant local food, they established Tea Creek Farm in 2020. In a short amount of time, they have developed land-based training programs that “catalyze new agricultural projects and livelihoods—restoring the ability of Indigenous nations to grow fresh, healthy food and medicine for ourselves and our communities.”  Tea Creek’s Indigenous-led program works in partnership with … Continue reading Kitwanga, BC – Food Sovereignty Tour at Tea Creek Farm

JULY 11, 2021: Hazelton, BC – Land Social at WoodGrain Farmer Co-op

Posted by Jolene Swain on June 24, 2021

You’re invited to a socially-distanced outdoor Land Social at WoodGrain Farmer Cooperative in the Kispiox Valley! If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about, join us for the event.  Be inspired and learn about the incredible farming that can be done on leased land! WoodGrain Farmer Cooperative is an organic, full-circle, small-scale vegetable operation in Northwest BC within unceded traditional Gitxsan territory. Growing a diverse selection of veggies for two local markets and a 40+ member CSA, the four WoodGrain farmers have been able to divide and conquer farm tasks to keep a steady supply of … Continue reading JULY 11, 2021: Hazelton, BC – Land Social at WoodGrain Farmer Co-op

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Remote farming in the vast expanse of the Chilcotin Plateau, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on May 19, 2021

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 Looking to get away from it all? Nestled in a very remote valley, in a very remote region, this West Chilcotin property can be found somewhere between Anahim Lake and Bella Coola. Access is by snowmobile for 5 months of the year, and via a rough bush road after that. Other residents in the area include bears, biting insects, and a very small community of homesteaders and ranchers. … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Remote farming in the vast expanse of the Chilcotin Plateau, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Historic farm on the goldrush trail, Likely BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on April 13, 2021

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 A beautiful 80 acre parcel in Likely BC looking for new occupants! The land was originally occupied by Chinese farmers and was on the original Likely/Barkerville gold rush trail. A lot of great history in an amazing community. The property is on the bench directly above the Cariboo River and a third of the property is fenced pasture with a large garden with some fruit trees – looking … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Historic farm on the goldrush trail, Likely BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Market Garden opportunity at Snowshoe Creek Organics, Robson Valley BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on April 06, 2021

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 For fifteen years, Crescent Spur Snowshoe Creek Organics owners, Charles & Elizabeth, have made the Robson Valley their garden home. The property is a 500-acre farm, bordered by the Fraser River along the south and surrounded by the Cariboo and Rocky Mountain ranges. There is a diversity of habitat to support many species of wildlife: large predators and ungulates, many species of waterfowl and predatory birds. Ample opportunities … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Market Garden opportunity at Snowshoe Creek Organics, Robson Valley BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Cleared farm land just outside Terrace, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on March 22, 2021

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 Just north of Terrace, BC these south facing fields are fenced and bursting with opportunity. This parcel could have up to 2-3 available acres of cleared fields with 1.3 acres of fenced pasture. Flat, south facing mountain side land includes fenced pasture and fields, surrounded by mountains with no shortage of water from the mountain streams. Previous owner had orchid trees and grew various nursery plants and trees. … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Cleared farm land just outside Terrace, BC

Beyond the Market: Selling to Retailers

Posted by Jolene Swain on March 18, 2021

Have you outgrown the farmers’ market? Can you produce more than you can sell direct to customers? Are you ready to branch out to retailers? Here are some tips and tricks from retailers and producers to help assess your readiness and provide some considerations when it comes to moving your product beyond the market. Flexible farm business incubators Farmers’ Markets are a great incubator for local producers to fine tune their growing practices while building up a customer base and brand. Direct to customer sales offer a short supply chain and forge valuable relationships with the community. Cutting out the … Continue reading Beyond the Market: Selling to Retailers

Hot Crops in a Cold Climate: Tomato Security in Northern BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on January 28, 2021

growing tomatoes in the north hope farm organics

Hope Farm Organics grows vegetables near Willow River, BC, one hour outside of Prince George. The farm operates under a co-operative model, sharing resources, knowledge, skills and tools, to grow a diverse number of crops, foraged wild products and value-added products for the local markets. Tomato Production in Zone 3 Farming in the North is not for the faint at heart. Late frosts, early frosts, arctic fronts bringing in -30 °C hard freezes – how do they do it?! Many crops (think brassicas, root crops, potatoes, etc) readily adapt to the short, intense northern summer, where long summer days more … Continue reading Hot Crops in a Cold Climate: Tomato Security in Northern BC

Protein for the People: Regenerative Poultry Project Grows Food Sovereignty

Posted by Jolene Swain on January 25, 2021 1 Comment

The Power of Feeding Ourselves Concerns over food security in the Gitxsan Nation started well before the pandemic. During the Festival of What Works (full video below), Shannon McPhail of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition shared concerns she heard from the Gitwangak hereditary chiefs of dwindling salmon runs and declining moose populations: “We need another option, whether it’s to give these stocks a break, or whether it’s a dark future where we can’t rely on them anymore.” Finding an alternative protein source for the region took shape in the form of a collaboration between SWCC and Gitxsan farmer Nathan Combs, designing … Continue reading Protein for the People: Regenerative Poultry Project Grows Food Sovereignty