All posts by Melanie Buffel

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Sweet Acres Farm

Posted by Melanie Buffel on October 27, 2020

Young Agrarians is celebrating the seventh year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. Applications are now open for our BMN 2021 Mentee Cohort. Find more information and an application form here. Deadline to apply is November 6th, 2020.  We are wrapping up with our 2020 Mentee Cohort and are thrilled to profile them and celebrate their efforts! Ariella Falkowski is the owner of Sweet … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Sweet Acres Farm

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Solstedt Organics

Posted by Melanie Buffel on October 20, 2020

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Young Agrarians is celebrating the seventh year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. Applications are now open for our BMN 2021 Mentee Cohort. Find more information and an application form here. Deadline to apply is November 6th, 2020.  We are wrapping up with our 2020 Mentee Cohort and are thrilled to profile them and celebrate their efforts! Ashala Daniel is the owner of Solstedt … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Solstedt Organics

2020/21 BC BUSINESS MENTORSHIP NETWORK – APPLY!

Posted by Melanie Buffel on October 06, 2020

New Farmers Apply for Farm Business Support through Young Agrarians Mentorship Network

Ready to Grow Your Farm Business? Are you a young (or young at heart) animal or vegetable producer living in British Columbia? Are you operating a new farm and looking for guidance to grow your business? Young Agrarians is excited to offer a seventh season (woohoo!) of the BC Business Mentorship Network! This program pairs new and seasoned farmers together to cultivate the skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Mentors work with you to analyze your operations and lay the groundwork for your farm’s business growth.  What You Get! As a participant in this program you will receive 30 hours of … Continue reading 2020/21 BC BUSINESS MENTORSHIP NETWORK – APPLY!

Small Farm Software Tools

Posted by Melanie Buffel on April 29, 2020 13 Comments

Software Tools for Small Farms This article was originally written by Chris Bodnar, and was published in COABC’s BC Organic Grower, Volume 16, Number 3, Summer, 2013. It has since been expanded and updated by YA staff.  Find more farm business resources  on our FARM BUSINESS TOOLS PAGE Many organic farms have a special binder. The binder holds field records, crop plans, a multitude of to-do lists and miscellaneous notes. The binder is sacred; should it ever go missing, the following year’s organic inspection would be a nightmare. The farm’s operations depend on a bundle of papers that, with one drop in … Continue reading Small Farm Software Tools

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Brass Bell Farm

Posted by Melanie Buffel on March 30, 2020

Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! My name is Amber Rowse-Robinson from Brass Bell Farm and my Mentor is Blake Hall from Prairie Gold Meats in Alberta.  Where do you farm? I farm in Sooke, BC.  What do you farm? I raise and sell heritage breed grass-fed beef and pastured chicken. What inspired you … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Brass Bell Farm

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Denman Island Heritage Apples

Posted by Melanie Buffel on March 23, 2020

Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! My name is Kate Janeway from Denman Island Heritage Apples and my Mentors are Chris Bodnar from Close to Home Organics and Kent Mullinex, Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at Kwatlan Polytechnic University.  Where do you farm? I farm on Denman Island, one of the … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Denman Island Heritage Apples

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Late Bloomers Flower Farm

Posted by Melanie Buffel on March 16, 2020

Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts!  My name is Elly Rakhmetouline and I own and run Late Bloomers Flower Farm.  I’ve been lucky enough to have two mentors this season; a business one and a production one. The incredibly smart, persistent and helpful Kristen Nammour has been helping me whip the business … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Late Bloomers Flower Farm

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Linden Lane Farms

Posted by Melanie Buffel on March 09, 2020

Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! My name is Matthew Carr from Linden Lane Farms and my Mentor is Seann Dory from Salt and Harrow Farm.  Where do you farm? The farm is located in Krestova, BC (Between Nelson & Castlegar).  What do you farm? We mainly farm mixed vegetables and small fruits on … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Linden Lane Farms

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Still Wild Gardens and Design

Posted by Melanie Buffel on March 02, 2020

Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! One of two flower farms in this year’s cohort is Still Wild Gardens and Design on Vancouver Island with Mentors Kristen Nammour from Quadra Island and Amie Bengtson from Back Country Blooms in Lumby, BC.  Where do you farm? On leased land in Saanich, Vancouver Island, BC.  What do you … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Still Wild Gardens and Design

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Sweet Acres Farm

Posted by Melanie Buffel on February 24, 2020

Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! My name is Ariella Falkowski from  Sweet Acres Farm, and my Mentor is Niki Strutynski at Tatlo Road Farm.  Where do you farm? On leased land at Lohbrunner Community Farm, in Langford, BC  What do you farm? Mixed vegetables and culinary herbs What inspired you to … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Sweet Acres Farm