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Green as the Cambium of an Apple Tree: Getting Started at Twin Island Cider

Posted by Moss Dance on April 22, 2016 1 Comment

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By Katie Selbee For us, starting a farm-based cidery began with two community-minded landowners on Pender Island who wanted to see something beneficial happening on their parcel of ALR land. Fortuitously, the land had a neglected heritage orchard on it; and also fortuitously, the landowners love craft cider—because we’d been dreaming about opening a land-based cidery together for a couple of years. The four of us came together last year to form Twin Island Cider, with a Year One goal of grafting and planting an additional acre of cider variety apple trees and, using a mix of apples from Gulf … Continue reading Green as the Cambium of an Apple Tree: Getting Started at Twin Island Cider

New Sustainable Ranching Certificate Program

Posted by Kristen Nammour on November 20, 2015

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An exciting new post-secondary certification program is launching in BC at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Williams Lake campus this coming January, and there couldn’t be a better time or place. The TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching (ASUR) program is the first of its kind in British Columbia, and located in the oldest ranching region in Canada – the Cariboo Chilcotin – where over 20% of the province’s cattle herd still resides. The Alkali Lake Ranch, for example, is the oldest in Canada, and still operates today. But times have changed, and the ranching industry – like so many others within agriculture today – is adapting to … Continue reading New Sustainable Ranching Certificate Program

Interview with Quebec Farmer & Author Frederic Theriault

Posted by Sara Dent on January 13, 2015

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Young Agrarians BC Coordinator Sara Dent caught Frédéric Thériault  for an interview to learn more about him and his farm operation. We’re super excited to host Frédéric for three Rockstar Farmer Tour Workshops on Crop Planning for farm financial viability: Kelowna (Jan 25), Victoria (Jan 29) and Richmond (Feb 4). If you are in farm start-up, or want to learn more about how to plan the financial aspects of your future farm – this workshop is for you! More info and tickets here: youngagrarians.org/cropplanning. Where do you farm? Tourne-sol, Les Cèdres, Quebec Favourite vegetable or fruit to grow in summer? … Continue reading Interview with Quebec Farmer & Author Frederic Theriault

FARMER PROFILE: ABDELLAH BOUDHIRA, ORGANIC FARMING IN MOROCCO

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 02, 2014 4 Comments

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Name: Abdellah Boudhira Farm Location: Agadir, Morocco, which is located in close proximity, approximately 25 kilometers, to the east of the Atlantic Ocean,  Because of this, the area has a very mild favourable Mediterranean climate which is highly conducive to growing year round. What do you produce?  Our chief crop is tomatoes, but we also grow green beans, squash, potatoes, lettuce, cauliflower, and edible gourds. Farming background? My grandfather and father are of the Berber culture and have been farmers since the early 1950’s, which coincided with the time Morocco gained independence from France.  The Berbers are found in scattered communities throughout North Africa, with … Continue reading FARMER PROFILE: ABDELLAH BOUDHIRA, ORGANIC FARMING IN MOROCCO

Metchosin, BC: Heather Ramsay on Farming

Posted by Moss Dance on October 17, 2014 2 Comments

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Heather Ramsay is a young farmer and business partner at Uminami Farm in Metchosin. She wants you to know: “Uminami Farm isn’t just me…it’s owned and co-run by Yoshiko Unno (the boss :-).  We also have three employees (one currently on maternity leave) and a host of volunteers, who are all integral members of the farm family. “ Heather is learning a lot about machinery maintenance at Uminami, and she’ll be sharing her skills and expertise with us at the October 26 Gathering in the Greenhouse at Uminami Farm!  We love this farmer profile format created by the National Farmers’ Union! Check out more inspiring farmer … Continue reading Metchosin, BC: Heather Ramsay on Farming

Farmer Profile: Ayla Fenton, Roots Down Organic Farm

Posted by Sara Dent on July 02, 2014 1 Comment

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We’re thrilled to be working with young farmer Ayla Fenton from Ontario. Ayla is coordinating a Young Agrarians mixer in her area fall 2014. For more info on the event – check out this blog post: Young Agrarians Eastern Ontario Mixer This profile first appeared on the National Farmers Union blog. Name: Ayla Fenton Age: 24 Farm name: Manager at Roots Down Organic Farm Location: Near Kingston, ON What do you produce? Lots and lots of vegetables! Size of farm? 100+ acre forested property, 15 acres cultivated Number of years farming?  2 Farming background? I grew up in the suburbs, but my parents cultivated a love of the outdoors from a very early age with frequent camping trips … Continue reading Farmer Profile: Ayla Fenton, Roots Down Organic Farm

Muskoka, Ontario: Dan Kretschmar on Farming

Posted by Sara Dent on July 02, 2014 3 Comments

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Dan Kretschmar is a young farmer and member of the National Farmers Union. Dan attended the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Mixer in March 2014. Dan is organizing the first Young Agrarians Mixer in Ontario October 18-19th! The mixer will feature a day-long workshop with rockstar, six-figure, small-lot farmer Jean-Martin Fortier. Name: Dan Kretschmar Age: 29 Farm name: Grenville Farms Location: Severn Bridge (Muskoka), Ontario What do you produce? Organic Vegetables Size of farm? 190 Acres Number of years farming?  15 years give or take a few Farming background? I spent the first 18 years of my life on my family farm. I grew up around sheep and cows, as well as growing vegetables. My mother was one … Continue reading Muskoka, Ontario: Dan Kretschmar on Farming

Hope Farm – Agrariannaire #6

Posted by Mike Dewar on April 06, 2014

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New farmer, young farmer, northern farmer, and hero farmer, Andrew Adams was kind enough to take some of his time to tell the Young Agrarians about his personal experiences with farming and life . Andrew, along with his wife Janie operate Hope Farm, which is located about 45 minutes outside Prince George. Hope Farm provides a wide variety of delicious natural foods to the community of Prince George and the surrounding area. They supply the community with locally famous Berkshire pork, duck, eggs, and seasonal garden produce. Hope Farm offers their products through a variety of outlets including restaurants, grocery … Continue reading Hope Farm – Agrariannaire #6

Puddle Produce – The Agrariannaire #5

Posted by Mike Dewar on April 04, 2014 1 Comment

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Brianna Van de Wijngaard is a new farmer,  young farmer, and hero farmer in Williams Lake, BC.  Her farm, Puddle Produce operates on leased land plots using the SPIN model of farming to produce delicious fresh produce for the local community.  Brianna was kind enough to share some of her farming experiences with the Young Agrarians…..  Name? Brianna van de Wijngaard Where you farm? Williams Lake, BC Favourite vegetable or fruit to grow in summer? Beets! They grow really well here, are easy to process for market, and are beautiful! What is your favourite vegetable to grow in the winter? I’ve only … Continue reading Puddle Produce – The Agrariannaire #5

AGRARIANNAIRE #4 With Corissa Lee – Farming in Bella Coola

Posted by Robin Sturley on March 01, 2014 1 Comment

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YA’er Robin Sturley of Edible Earth Seeds interviewed farmer Corissa Lee, who grows garlic and vegetables in the Bella Coola Valley with fellow organic farmer Corine Singfield. Farming in remote locations has its unique challenges and rewards. Robin caught up with Corissa on a trip to Bella Coola in January 2014. Robin Sturley: What is the name of your farm? Corissa Lee: Our CSA is based on Corine’s farm, which doesn’t really have a name right now….! We’ve called it Monarch Glacier Farm in the past. RS: So it’s not just you on the farm. What’s the setup? CL: Corine’s … Continue reading AGRARIANNAIRE #4 With Corissa Lee – Farming in Bella Coola