Blog Category: British Columbia

EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 18, 2019

Paul Kelly shows the group a financial planning spreadsheet for their farm businesses

On February 2nd, 2019, 16 farmers with a range of experience levels came together at Vallican Whole Community Center for a Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop. The workshop was prepared and given by Paul Kelly from the Community Futures Central Kootenay Self Employment Program. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business and Entrepreneurship. He has managed large retail food operations including the Kootenay Co-op, production and processing at Fieldstone organic granary, and operated a local biofuel and feed commodity business out of Winlaw. Paul began his presentation by setting the regional labour market context. December 2018 saw the lowest … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

FARM JOB: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Field House Farms, Farm Hand

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 13, 2019

field house farm

Field House Farms in Abbotsford, BC is seeking a farm hand for the 2019 season. About Field House Farms After a challenging yet successful 2018 season on multiple farm properties, we are excited to be moving onto ONE farm location starting winter 2018! This property is 5 acres, and located 12 minutes down the road from our tasting room in Abbotsford BC. We are looking for a passionate person to join our team and work with our Lead Farmer. The ideal candidate would be able to start with us by April 1st. The farmhand will be working closely with our lead … Continue reading FARM JOB: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Field House Farms, Farm Hand

Feb 28, 2019: SAANICH, BC: Farmer2Farmer Gathering

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 12, 2019

Farmer2farmer

Farmer2Farmer is an annual event for farmers and growers of the capital region. This gathering is an opportunity for networking, community building, and capacity building. When: February 28, 2019, 11am-5pm Where: Saanich Fairgrounds 1436 Stellys Cross Rd, Brentwood Bay Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/farmer-2-farmer-2019-tickets-55090583418 Learn More: http://farmer2farmer.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2210907435903348/ Program Thursday, February 28th 11am – Climate Projections and Regional Adaptation Strategies 11:45 – Farmer Roundtables 12:30 – Local Lunch 1:30 – New Entrants and New Thinking about Climate 2:15 – Concurrent Workshops 4:30 – Closing   Session Information Climate Projections and Regional Adaptation Strategies An overview of local climate projections and an introduction to the regional adaptation strategy work of the BC … Continue reading Feb 28, 2019: SAANICH, BC: Farmer2Farmer Gathering

FARM JOB: VICTORIA, BC – LifeCycles Project, Welland Orchard Coordinator

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 08, 2019

welland community orchard

The Welland Community Orchard in Victoria, BC is seeking a part time Orchard Coordinator for maintenance and community engagement. About the Welland Community Orchard The Welland Legacy Park houses a community orchard that is among the largest & most diverse in Canada. Together with the Town of View Royal and dozens of volunteers, LifeCycles is working to create a new model of public park stewardship, protecting and nurturing this local treasure. The park was once the backyard of Rex Welland, a well known local conservationist. For over twenty years Rex transformed his yard into a mixed orchard featuring more than 150 … Continue reading FARM JOB: VICTORIA, BC – LifeCycles Project, Welland Orchard Coordinator

FARM JOB: TSAWWASSEN, BC – Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU, Organic Ag Research Assistant

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 08, 2019

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Organic Agriculture Research Assistant- Soil & Plant Sciences.  ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is a research and extension unit at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)– Richmond campus. Through our integrated program of applied research, extension programming, and community engagement, we investigate and support regional food systems as a key element of sustainable communities. We focus predominantly on British Columbia but also extend our programming to other regions. Organic Agriculture Research The ISFS is involved … Continue reading FARM JOB: TSAWWASSEN, BC – Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU, Organic Ag Research Assistant

FARM JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – Nelson Park Community Garden, Maintenance Assistant

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 07, 2019

nelson park community garden

The Nelson Park Community Garden in Vancouver, BC is seeking a part time Community Garden Maintenance Assistant for the 2019 season. About The Nelson Park Community Garden The Nelson Park Community Garden Association is a Non-Profit Community Garden located in Nelson Park in Vancouver’s West End. We are made up of 83 Garden Plots individually maintained by members of the neighborhood, and two small communal show gardens. This park is also the home to Mole Hill and the West End Farmer’s Market.  This year for the first time, in an effort to maintain the common areas of the garden, we are … Continue reading FARM JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – Nelson Park Community Garden, Maintenance Assistant

APPRENTICESHIP: LYTTON, BC – Stein Mountain Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 07, 2019

Stein Mountain Farm

Stein Mountain Farm in Lytton, BC is seeking an apprentice for the 2019 season!  About Stein Mountain Farm We are located in the Fraser Canyon in a beautiful , natural, off grid setting. We have been farming organically since 1985. We are a family farm working together to grow quality produce for the Vancouver markets. We grow heirloom tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, eggplants, cucumbers, carrots, beets, squash, basil, melons. We have 60 varieties of heirloom apples. We grow cherries, plums, pears, apricots. We use a tractor and tiller for cultivation and bed making, and rely on hand weeding, hoeing, wheel hoe for … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: LYTTON, BC – Stein Mountain Farm

APPRENTICESHIP: LYTTON, BC – Sapo Bravo Organics

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 07, 2019

Sapo Bravo Organics

Sapo Bravo Organics in Lytton, BC is seeking an apprentice for the 2019 season!  About Sapo Bravo Organics This 5 acre certified organic farm is off-grid, on the side of a mountain, 12 miles down a dirt logging road from the town of Lytton, BC. Half of the farm is orchard, producing cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, apples and pears. The other half is ground crops, all heat lovers. Tomatoes, eggplants, hot peppers, heirloom melons, winter and summer squash, celeriac, basil, onions, cardoon, fennel, radicchio and a field of flowers. Very minimal machinery is used – only a small tractor for tilling the fields, building … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: LYTTON, BC – Sapo Bravo Organics

JAN 31, 2019: Guidelines for BC’s Organic Certification Regulation

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 07, 2019

organic

Guidelines for BC’s Organic Certification Regulation Circulated from the BC Ministry of Agriculture January 31, 2019 Background These guidelines are intended to provide guidance to operators in BC who are seeking clarity on how to be compliant with BC’s Organic Certification Regulation. As of September 1, 2018, the term “organic” is now a protected label within BC for agricultural products that have been produced or processed in BC, and for which certified organic programs exist. Currently Certified Organic programs exist in BC for food and beverages, flowers, cannabis, pet food and any product made from 100% agricultural products that can … Continue reading JAN 31, 2019: Guidelines for BC’s Organic Certification Regulation

FARM JOB: COURTENAY, BC – Tannadice Farms Ltd, Farm Worker

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 06, 2019

Tannadice Farm

Tannadice Farms Ltd in Courtenay, BC is hiring for a permanent Farm Worker position!  About Tannadice Farms Ltd We produce pork, beef and poultry.  We market to store, butcher shops and restaurants on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Tannadice Farms has established a method of farming that is ethical, sustainable and healthful. Quite simply, it’s how we feel farming should be done. We take great care of our animals because we know that the way your food is produced has a profound effect on its nutritional value. Healthy animals produce healthy meat.   Desired Qualities Livestock and equipment operation experience.  Must … Continue reading FARM JOB: COURTENAY, BC – Tannadice Farms Ltd, Farm Worker