Blog Category: Business

SMALL BC FARM FUNDING PILOT: Small Farm Business Acceleration Program

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 23, 2020

Small Farm Business Acceleration Program

As a part of the economic recovery from COVID-19, the Ministry of Agriculture has developed a new pilot called the Small Farm Business Acceleration Program to support the growth of small and new farm businesses through: Improving the business planning skills of small and new farmers by supporting business plan coaching; and Accelerating the revenue growth of small and new farm businesses by providing cost-share funding for commercial farm infrastructure and equipment. The Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program is intended for farm business entities producing agricultural products grown in B.C. with the intent to grow their sales and increase their … Continue reading SMALL BC FARM FUNDING PILOT: Small Farm Business Acceleration Program

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!

FARM/BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Kelowna Free Graze Lamb, Kelowna, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on September 22, 2020 2 Comments

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 FARM Ceres Circle Farm is a 36.8 acre livestock farm with a provincial abattoir licensed for sheep, goats and poultry in Kelowna, BC. The farm includes approximately 30 acres of pasture, cross-fenced into paddocks for rotational grazing. Most of the pasture is sub-irrigated low-lying land in the flood plain of Mission Creek and includes sandy loam soil with areas of gravel and muck soil. There is also a hill with silty … Continue reading FARM/BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Kelowna Free Graze Lamb, Kelowna, BC

SEPT-NOV, 2020: ONLINE – SCALE YOUR PROGRESSIVE FOOD BUSINESS

Posted by Michalina Hunter on August 25, 2020

Give your progressive food business a leg up with Feeding Growth! This series of five workshops provides practical tips for progressive retail and packaged goods companies to reach and maintain success. Each workshop follows the Feeding Growth recipe: personable and caring food industry mentors share advice; participants engage in hands-on exercises; and the helpful community of progressive change-makers connects over tasty local food. The series culminates with a keynote event celebrating our graduates and the local food movement. WORKSHOP DATES   Brand & Marketing, September 24, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Online via Zoom   Sales & Distribution, October 8, … Continue reading SEPT-NOV, 2020: ONLINE – SCALE YOUR PROGRESSIVE FOOD BUSINESS

How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot

Posted by Alex on May 14, 2020

How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot. Photo credit: TOPSOIL Are you living in the city but find yourself aching to farm? Urban agriculture may be just the right fit for you! But wait…how do you even find enough land to start a farm in the city? That’s where vacant lots come in to the picture. This post is all about how you can find a vacant lot and things to consider when starting an urban farm! So, what is a vacant lot? A vacant lot is classified as a registered lot (serviced or unserviced) that contains no permanent structures … Continue reading How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot

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

Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms

Posted by Moss Dance on April 26, 2020

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WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS FOR FARMS Are you a farm looking for a wage subsidy to hire labour? Here are five federally funded programs to consider. For a youth to qualify to be hired using one of these programs, they cannot be accessing a wage subsidy through another federally funded program. This is a one wage subsidy program per employee opportunity. ECO CANADA  This program will cover up to 50% of a student’s wages to $5,000 when employers hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business. Funding is for paid work terms. Work terms can be full time or … Continue reading Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms

DIY Website Toolkit for Farmers & Food Producers: Ecommerce Tricks, Tips & Tools!

Posted by Hailey Troock on April 21, 2020 1 Comment

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20 minute read Are you looking to move your business online, transition from what you’re currently using, or integrate Point of Sale with your online sales for your farm or food business? This article will provide a toolkit for farmers and food producers who would like to build or manage their own online business, or be better equipped to work with a web or marketing professional. Consultants and agencies can be hired to build your site for you or customize certain aspects of plug-and-play software or standard theme designs. Marketing professionals can help you build out an amazing plan and … Continue reading DIY Website Toolkit for Farmers & Food Producers: Ecommerce Tricks, Tips & Tools!

FARM BUSINESS FOR SALE – FOOD PEDALERS, Vancouver BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 17, 2020 2 Comments

Have you been dreaming about launching a farm business or adding to your existing operation? The Food Pedalers, a microgreens business in Vancouver B.C., is now for sale! Read on for more info and reach out to info@foodpedalers.ca if you’re interested. The Food Pedalers started in 2009 as an urban microgreens project by Chris Thoreau and was incorporated as a workers’ co-operative in 2013. Since then the Food Pedalers have sold over 30 tons of microgreens and delivered them by bike across the city to dozens of restaurants, grocers, and households while also cycling and car-sharing our way to local farmers markets over … Continue reading FARM BUSINESS FOR SALE – FOOD PEDALERS, Vancouver BC