Blog Category: Education

OCT 9, 2019: Sooke, BC – Apprenticeship Enrichment on Seed Saving

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 04, 2019

alm farm, sooke, vancouver island, seed

Join ALM Organic Farm in Sooke on October 9, 2019 for an apprentice enrichment day about seed saving, selection processing and marketing for apprentices and others who are interested in seed saving for farms.  It’s a potluck and at the end of the day folks can stay on and help us process seeds. When: October 9, 2019 from 10am-2pm Where: 3680 Otter Point Rd, Sooke, BC Schedule:  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Seed workshop and walk around. • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Potluck RSVP: Email mary@almfarms.org Mary Alice Johnson, owner of Full Circle Seeds, will be facilitating the event with … Continue reading OCT 9, 2019: Sooke, BC – Apprenticeship Enrichment on Seed Saving

Low Stress Livestock Handling with Dylan Biggs- RECAP

Posted by Lilli Klamke on September 17, 2019

P1020035

  RECAP: Low-Stress Livestock Handling with Dylan Biggs   “SQUEEZING- NOT PUSHING!” – Overcoming our human impulses… This last weekend a number of Younger and Elder Agrarians from across Alberta gathered at Nature’s Way Farm in Grimshaw, AB to participate in the Low Stress Livestock Handling workshop with Dylan Biggs from TK Ranch. Dylan has got an exceptional set of skills not only on working with cattle but also in teaching how to handle livestock in a quiet and most of all effective way. We eagerly listened to his captivating descriptions and stories throughout the two-day workshop. But not only … Continue reading Low Stress Livestock Handling with Dylan Biggs- RECAP

Training Courses Covered Through Wildfire Recovery Program in BC

Posted by Michalina Hunter on September 06, 2019

wildfire recovery program

Community Futures Wildfire Business Transition Program Business and Not-For-Profit Training The Wildfire Business Transition – Self-Directed Training Program is intended to help businesses and not-for-profits (organizations) impacted by the 2017 wild fire season to identify their training needs and provide financial and advisory support to meet those needs. Courses such as the “The Market Gardener’s Master Class” with Jean-Martin Fortier can be paid for, if completed by Nov 15, 2019.  For a list of more information and eligible communities, click the document below: How to apply and find if a certain training is eligible: Application forms are available at cfwildfire.ca Contact … Continue reading Training Courses Covered Through Wildfire Recovery Program in BC

VANCOUVER, BC: 2020 UBC Farm Practicum Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Seth Friedman on August 31, 2019 2 Comments

DSC_6477-940x628

The 2020 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is now accepting applications! The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a seven-month (April – October), or as a five-month (April – August), experiential-learning program.  The program is part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), and is designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. The program is often taken as a non-credit Certificate program; however, 6-9 academic credits are available for interested students. Participants gain a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and a network … Continue reading VANCOUVER, BC: 2020 UBC Farm Practicum Now Accepting Applications

1st GENERATION FARMERS CONFERENCE RECAP

Posted by Alex on August 16, 2019

1stGenRecap

The inaugural 1st Generation Farmers Conference was a day of great connections and great ideas! More than 50 farmers, aspiring farmers, and farm supporters drove out to Rosy Farms, where we gathered to learn about marketing, business planning, building community, and everything in between. Although it was a cool August day, we made the most of it by enjoying our delicious lunch around a campfire. This feast featured local Alberta producers including Ruby Apron, Steve & Dan’s BC Fruit, Herbologie , Chicks-n-chaps, Rosy Farms, Reclaim Organics, Meuwly’s, Confetti Sweets, The Northern Table, and MoJo JoJo.           … Continue reading 1st GENERATION FARMERS CONFERENCE RECAP

MAR 5-6, 2020: BRANDON, MB – Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Conference

Posted by Michalina Hunter on August 15, 2019

think whole farm 2020

Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm 2020 The Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm conference and trade show is back for its third conference! This exciting event will be held March 5th and 6th, 2020 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm 2020 will bring together the science and practice of organic farming. During 2 days of conference presentations, conference delegates will learn about building soil fertility, managing weeds, the latest cultivation and seeding equipment along with other cross cutting issues such as building biodiversity and responding to a changing climate. Producers can build their markets by participating in one-on-one business meetings … Continue reading MAR 5-6, 2020: BRANDON, MB – Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Conference

Sept 14+15 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

Posted by Lilli Klamke on August 15, 2019

September 14 & 15 _Nature's Way Farm_ Grimshaw, AB-2

  Workshop: Low-Stress Livestock Handling with Dylan Biggs “Low-stress livestock handling can contribute to the well being of your cattle by allowing you to handle them in all situations in a safe, calm, efficient manner — effectively minimizing the amount of stress you expose your cattle to.” Dylan Biggs Are you running your herd of cattle or are they running you? There is lot’s to learn and to know about not only the behavior of our animals but also about the way we are handling them. Come on out for the two-day workshop at Nature’s Way Farm in Grimshaw. Dylan … Continue reading Sept 14+15 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

FARM JOB: ACME, AB – APPRENTICE GOATHERD, DANCING GOATS FARM

Posted by Alex on August 13, 2019

Image-12

Dancing Goats Farm is seeking an apprentice Goatherd/Farm Worker for September 2019 for full-time employment. On farm accommodation is available. Dancing Goats Farm is an equal opportunity employer. Tasks and Responsibilities This position offers the opportunity to learn about animal care and husbandry, pasture management, and relevant government agriculture regulations. The employee will assist with and be responsible for daily care of the goats including: Milking Feeding General animal care and health Cleaning milking equipment, milking parlour, and animal housing areas Other duties as assigned Experience and Physical Requirements General livestock, farm, or veterinary experience an asset. The successful candidate will … Continue reading FARM JOB: ACME, AB – APPRENTICE GOATHERD, DANCING GOATS FARM

REPORT RECAP: Kootenay & Boundary Regional Adaptation Strategies

Posted by Hailey Troock on August 09, 2019

The Columbia River in Castlegar

This post provides a summary of some key points taken directly from the 64-page Regional Adaptation Strategies: Kootenay & Boundary report, published July 2019. Questions about this project and report can be sent to emily@bcagclimateaction.ca. If you have questions about Kootenay and Boundary programming and support for your farm’s adaptation strategy or Environmental Farm Plan, contact coordinator@kbfa.ca. The full report can be accessed online here.  Background The Kootenay & Boundary Adaptation Strategies plan was initiated by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative to address priorities identified through both the 2012 Climate Change Risk & Opportunity Assessment and the … Continue reading REPORT RECAP: Kootenay & Boundary Regional Adaptation Strategies

New Farmers: Here’s What You Need to Know About Organic Marketing in BC

Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 26, 2019

Organic_Produce

Have you checked your website and packaging to ensure it’s aligned with the new Organic Certification Regulation? A new Organic Certification Regulation came into effect in BC on September 1, 2018. The term “organic” is now a protected label within BC.  This means producers and processors must have organic certification from an accredited certification body if they want to make any sort of organic claim on a product, including “grown following organic principles”, or “made with organic ingredients”. Claims such as “uncertified organic” or “more than organic” are not permitted. Greater clarity around what organic means is something consumers in … Continue reading New Farmers: Here’s What You Need to Know About Organic Marketing in BC