Blog Category: Tools

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

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

Posted by Hailey Troock on April 21, 2020

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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!

Local Seed Producers in Canada

Posted by Alex on April 14, 2020

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Photo Credit: Patchwork City Farms It’s spring and you know what that means…SEEDS!! In the same way that we promote buying local food, we also promote buying local seeds. Seed sovereignty is, of course, foundational to food sovereignty! Virtually all vegetable seed planted in Canada is imported. Buying, planting, and saving local seed is one way to support local growers and strengthen our food system, starting with regionally adapted seeds. Steph Hughes, from The Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security, talks about five reasons to buy local seed: Seeds learn as they grow. By saving seed, farmers adapt their crop varieties to their growing conditions, and improve … Continue reading Local Seed Producers in Canada

WorkBC Support for Enterprising Farmers

Posted by Hailey Troock on April 06, 2020

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Are you an enterprising farmer looking for support for your business? WorkBC Employment Services has several programs that offer businesses in BC access to grants and subsidies for wage subsidies, infrastructure projects and job creation, to name a few. Read on to find out more about these programs that you may be able to access to help grow your farm dream! Community Employer Partnership The goal of the CEP is to increase employment and work experience opportunities through partnerships, shared information, technology and innovation. The program seeks to fulfill this goal through five streams, which include Job Creation Partnerships, Labour Market Partnerships, … Continue reading WorkBC Support for Enterprising Farmers

POSTPONED – MAR 23, 2020: CHILLIWACK, BC – Farmer Self Care Social

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 04, 2020

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Photo of Late Bloomers Flower Farm, by Damaris Riedinger We are postponing this event. If you’d like to be notified by email when we reschedule, please register on eventbrite.  Stay well farm friends! Join us in Chilliwack, BC for a casual social and potluck on self care for farmers. Make 2020 your best season yet by establishing self care practices to reduce stress and enhance your wellbeing both on and off-farm. Farmer Self Care Social WHEN: Monday, March 23rd, 2020 – 6pm-8:30pm WHERE: Thrive Collective: 203-5960 Tyson Road Chilliwack, BC V2R 3R5 SCHEDULE: 6:00pm- Introduction to the Facility (facilitated by a Thrive Collective Counsellor) 6:30pm- Introduction … Continue reading POSTPONED – MAR 23, 2020: CHILLIWACK, BC – Farmer Self Care Social

Tools for Farmer Mental Health and Wellness

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 03, 2020

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Farmers work hard, and the conversation around farmer stress and burnout is not a new one. Young Agrarians hears about these challenges from farmers all the time – there is a huge burden on farmers to be superheroes! We know how much loving care you put into your crops and animals, and want to support you in caring for yourself as well. As you (hopefully!) take a bit of time off this winter, we wanted to share some resources with you that might be helpful in building up a toolbox of supports for your health and wellness this winter, in the 2020 season, and beyond! … Continue reading Tools for Farmer Mental Health and Wellness

JAN & FEB, 2020: DUNCAN, BC – Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 09, 2019

Join us in Duncan, Vancouver Island for a workshop series for farmer wellness. Make 2020 your best season yet with a toolbox of practices to reduce stress and enhance your wellbeing both on and off-farm. Young Agrarians and Harmony Yoga and Wellness Center present: Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Farmers – Gentle stretching – Deep breathing – Learn to learn to calm the mind and tame the nervous system.  4 DATES: Mondays, 3-4:30pm | January 20, 27, February 3, 10 WHERE: Harmony Yoga Centre, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC COST: A suggested $20 donation for the full four sessions can be paid online during … Continue reading JAN & FEB, 2020: DUNCAN, BC – Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Farmers

Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual

Posted by Darcy Smith on November 25, 2019

The Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual for Landowners and Farmers in Metro Vancouver is intended to support landowners and farmers to assess and improve drainage and irrigation for planning and implementation purposes. The goal of this resource is to help you objectively decide, from an irrigation and drainage perspective, if your land can support a farming operation, and help farmers determine if there are ways to improve irrigation and drainage on the land through shifts in farming practices.  Download the manual here: The YA Water Use & Drainage Manual features everything from technical explanations of irrigation and drainage, to flowcharts helping … Continue reading Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual

Training Courses Covered Through Wildfire Recovery Program in BC

Posted by Michalina Hunter on September 06, 2019

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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