Blog Category: Thompson Okanagan

Sparkly Eyes, Grit, and Land Access: New Organic Farmers on Leased Land

Posted by Darcy Smith on July 05, 2020

This article was originally published in the BC Organic Grower Summer 2020 and is shared here with thanks! Spring on an organic produce farm looks like baby greens, tiny radishes, overflowing seedling greenhouses, and freshly turned soil. Everything feels precious and new and brimming with possibility. Touring around Loveland Acres in Salmon Arm with farmers Robin and Maylene, those feelings were especially palpable and poignant since it’s their first season on the land. They’ve had a long journey getting here, one filled with familiar challenges and dreams. The other familiar things these farmers have are sparkly eyes and grit, ineffable … Continue reading Sparkly Eyes, Grit, and Land Access: New Organic Farmers on Leased Land

FARM JOB: LILLOOET, BC – Seed to Culture, Farm and Ferment Assistant

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 25, 2020

Seed to culture farm job fermentation lillooet

Seed to Culture in Lillooet, BC is seeking a Farm and Ferment Assistant for the 2020 season! About Seed to Culture Seed to Culture is a small scale vegetable farm and fermented food processor. We grow mixed vegetables and fruit using organic practices on over 3 acres of productive land in Lillooet, BC. Our business, as farmers and fermenters, has been in operation for over 2 years but we have been market farmers for over 10 years. We sell our vegetables at Farmers Markets and use our vegetables at our small food production facility to make sauerkraut and other fermented … Continue reading FARM JOB: LILLOOET, BC – Seed to Culture, Farm and Ferment Assistant

Updates from the Okanagan Land Matcher: Summerland Success!

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on June 18, 2020

pravin and tony summerland

I stopped in recently to check in with Pravin and Tony in Summerland, two of the B.C. Land Matching Program participants who were successfully matched last year. Pravin was matched with 18 acres of land for a vineyard and it just so happened to be vine planting day! He’s struggled to secure labour this spring because of COVID19, but still managed to get 17 workers out in the field including his Dad, cousins, sister Navneet   and workers from Spain, Jamaica and Mexico. Navneet is trimming vine roots that are covered in wax to prevent rot and soaked in seaweed juice … Continue reading Updates from the Okanagan Land Matcher: Summerland Success!

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3 gorgeous acres in Cawston, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on June 15, 2020

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 This 5 acre parcel of ALR land located in the gorgeous south Similkameen Valley was previously an organic vineyard, however the land is not well suited for grapes, as the water table is too high and all the vines were lost in a cold winter.  The current owners, Debora and Gordon, purchased the land 3 years ago and have had the grapes removed, and tilled and cover cropped and … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3 gorgeous acres in Cawston, BC

FARM JOB: CHASE, BC – Burkholder’s Corn Farm, Farm Hand

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 15, 2020

burkholder's corn farm tractor

Burkholder’s Corn Farm in Chase, BC is seeking a Farm Hand for the 2020 season! About Burkholder’s Corn Farm We are a direct to customer produce farm located in Chase, BC, along the shore of the South Thompson river. We grow 25 acres of produce with a focus on sweetcorn for fresh sale at local farmers markets and our roadside stand. Along with sweetcorn we also grow potatoes, squash, tomatoes, garlic, cabbage, leafy greens, beets and carrots. We are excited to be stewards to 25 acres of very important land on the Shuswap flats. While not certified organic, we are … Continue reading FARM JOB: CHASE, BC – Burkholder’s Corn Farm, Farm Hand

JOB: VERNON, BC – COABC, Accreditation Board Administrator

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 08, 2020

coabc, organic, vernon, hands holding tomatoes

Job Posting for Maternity Leave: Accreditation Board Administrator The Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) is seeking to hire a temporary Accreditation Board Administrator to cover maternity leave for 7 months (July 2020 to February 2021). This is a full time position, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. This position could become a permanent position at the end of the term. The position will be based out of our Vernon off ice with a starting wage of $22.00 per hour. The COABC is a non-profit organization that values healthy soil, biological diversity and ecological harmony. The COABC supports and … Continue reading JOB: VERNON, BC – COABC, Accreditation Board Administrator

Looking for Land: Farmer Seeking Land in South Okanagan

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on June 08, 2020

We have more landseekers and opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with the 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 FARMER I was born in 1999 and raised in Oliver BC my whole life. My earliest childhood memories involve me running and playing around the orchard. Agriculture has been in my roots for many generations. My father started his orchard career in 1995 and I have been helping him since I was a young child. During my childhood, I did everything I could to be … Continue reading Looking for Land: Farmer Seeking Land in South Okanagan

Filled ~ FARM JOBS: KELOWNA, BC – Wise Earth Farm, Farm Hands

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 21, 2020

wise earth farm kelowna bc farm job

This position has been filled. View the Young Agrarians jobs blog for more farm job and apprenticeship listings. Wise Earth Farm in Kelowna, BC is seeking two Farm Hands for the 2020 season! About Wise Earth Farm Our farm is an intensive, 2 acre, market garden style operation. We grow a wide variety of vegetables using mostly hand tools, and minimal tillage. Our sales avenues are (new this year) an on-line farmers market store where our customers pick up at the farm, the Kelowna Farmers Market (Saturdays), grocery stores, and restaurants. Our philosophy is to work with nature to provide the … Continue reading Filled ~ FARM JOBS: KELOWNA, BC – Wise Earth Farm, Farm Hands

[Filled] FARM JOB: Enderberry Farm, Enderby, BC

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 04, 2020

enderberry farm

This job has been filled. View more farm jobs and apprenticeships here. Enderberry Farm in Enderby, BC is seeking a farm hand for the 2020 season! About Enderberry Farm Located in the Shuswap River Valley of the North Okanagan, overlooking the stunning Enderby Cliffs, Enderberry Farm is 21 acres of rolling hills and forest. Two families co-own this farm and operate separate berry/orchard and mixed vegetable enterprises. We grow for a 60 member CSA, farm stand, restaurants, and two farmers markets. The market garden enterprise on the farm is hiring a Farm Hand for this season. This is a varied … Continue reading [Filled] FARM JOB: Enderberry Farm, Enderby, BC

YA U-MAP NOW HAS A SPACE TO CONNECT FOR GARDEN SHARING!

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 20, 2020 5 Comments

We were excited to launch the Young Agrarians U-Map in 2013 as a “one-stop” resource to new farmers to help them find everything from training and jobs, to business planning resources, to suppliers and market opportunities. When we launched the B.C. Land Matching Program in 2016, we upgraded our U-Map so that farmland owners and farmers seeking land could list their detailed visions and needs – anyone across Canada can use the land listings to list or find land. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, we’re seeing a huge growth in people’s desire to grow food for themselves and their families. (And … Continue reading YA U-MAP NOW HAS A SPACE TO CONNECT FOR GARDEN SHARING!