All posts by Melanie Buffel

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Rad-ish Farms

Posted by Melanie Buffel on November 12, 2019

Katie Ralphs with her Mentor DeLisa Lewis.

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 develops the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! Applications now open for the 2019/2020 season. APPLY NOW! Deadline extended to Monday, November 18th, 2019 – Program Application here! What is your name, where do you farm, and who are your mentors? My name is Katie Ralphs from Rad-ish Farm in  Duncan, BC (unceded Cowichan Territory). I am supported by … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Rad-ish Farms

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Elderberry Grove

Posted by Melanie Buffel on November 04, 2019

Louise and Jed, Elderberry Grove 2019

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 develops the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! Applications now open for the 2019/2020 season. APPLY NOW! Deadline extended to Monday, November 18th, 2019 – Program Application here! What is your name, where do you farm, and who are your mentors? Our names are Louise Lecouffe and Jed Wiebe and we operate Elderberry Grove. We farm in the Shuswap … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Elderberry Grove

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Blackwater Creek Orchard

Posted by Melanie Buffel on October 29, 2019

Blackwater Creek Orchard Farm Stand

Young Agrarians is going into 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 develops the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! Applications now open for the 2019/2020 season. APPLY NOW! Deadline extended to Monday, November 18th, 2019 – Program Application here! What is your name, where do you farm, and who are your mentors? Our names are Riley Peterson and Olivia Kester and we operate Blackwater Creek Orchard in Devine, … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Blackwater Creek Orchard

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Bees Please Farms

Posted by Melanie Buffel on October 21, 2019

Kate and a handsome fella.

What is your name, where do you farm, and who are your mentors? My name is Kate Fraser and I run Bees Please Farms in and around Victoria, BC. My business mentor is Seann Dory from Salt and Harrow Farm in Parksville, and my production mentors are Deb and Liam at Six Legs Good Apiaries in East Vancouver. What do you farm? I rent out bees and chickens around the lower island! For the bees, it is a way for people to support bees without having to learn to be a beekeeper. For the chickens it is a way for people to … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Bees Please Farms

2020 BC BUSINESS MENTORSHIP NETWORK – APPLY!

Posted by Melanie Buffel on October 01, 2019 5 Comments

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 its sixth season (woo!) 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 30-40 hours of one-on-one mentorship with an experienced … Continue reading 2020 BC BUSINESS MENTORSHIP NETWORK – APPLY!

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Thimble Hill Orchard and Nursery

Posted by Melanie Buffel on September 10, 2019 2 Comments

Kim Watt in the greenhouse at Thimble Hill Orchard and Nursery

What is your name, where do you farm, and who are your mentors? My name is Kim Watt and I run Thimble Hill Orchard and Nursery, just outside Nelson B.C. My business mentor is Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics in Abbotsford, and my production mentor is Richard Walker of Silver Moon Food Forest in Osoyoos. What do you farm? I grow edible and useful perennial plants through my nursery, and will be selling produce from the orchard once our young trees come into production. The orchard includes nut trees, fruit trees, berries, herbs, and perennial vegetables that are … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Thimble Hill Orchard and Nursery

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Feature on Peninsula Kiwi

Posted by Melanie Buffel on June 10, 2019

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Stuart Basset is one of ten participants in the 2018/2019 YA Business Mentorship Program. His business is aptly named Peninsula Kiwi as he is growing kiwis in the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Stuart is new to the area and has developed a profit sharing arrangement with the landowner and is taking the stewardship of the land very seriously. Stuart’s inspiration to grow kiwis comes from growing up on a farm  in New Zealand, a love for working with plants and literally being able to seeing the fruits of his labour. Peninsula Kiwi is the first business Stuart has run and he applied for the Young Agrarian … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Feature on Peninsula Kiwi