Sharon and James are sustainable mini-farmers, natural builders, and environmentalists. Over the last five years they have been on a journey to become self-reliant and to transition towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Amongst meeting and learning from a variety of experts in their fields, as interns at Ecology Action they studied under John Jeavons to learn how to not only grow their own complete diet, but to bring sustainable agriculture back to their community as teachers. All of their experiences have led them back to what’s most important: to help build a strong, healthy community of localized and sustainable living. … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: Back to the Biointensive Basics with the Kootenay Society for Sustainable Living (VIDEO)
“As much as I’m a farmer that grows food, I realize how important the forest is to my water and without water I don’t have a garden. I’ve been spending way more time on forest management then on trying to grow something I can sell for five bucks”. We weren’t the only ones in our group that were deeply impacted by Sara Adair’s words during our afternoon visit to her off-grid farm in Argenta. Sara hosted Young Agrarians and farmers from across the Columbia Basin on August 25, 2018. We were shown around not only Sara’s beautiful property but also given tours of … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: North Kootenay Lake Multi-Farm Tour 2018 ~ Video
Our hearts were filled and our minds inspired after the first 2-day Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. Here’s a little recap on the event. We opened the weekend by getting into the situation our food system is in today and more about the demographics of aspiring and young farmers. There are 6% fewer farms in Alberta in 2016 as compared to 2011. In that time the average farm size grew (Source: StatsCanada) Almost half of farm operators in Alberta reported having an off farm job in 2015 The average age of a farm operator in Alberta in … Continue reading Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer
OK. So what are enterprise budgets exactly?! Good question! Enterprise budgets are a farm business management tool which project the costs and returns of a specific activity (ie: growing a vegetable crop or raising livestock) over a specified period of time (typically annually). WATCH: Enterprise Budgets Webinar (April 14, 2017) They are both a physical and financial plan for raising and selling a particular crop or livestock enterprise. As a physical plan, enterprise budgets list types and quantities of production inputs and track crop yields. From a financial perspective, they also assign costs to inputs related to producing that crop … Continue reading HOW TO: Enterprise Budgets for Small Farms
This is the fourth and final post in a series of skill share videos from Edible Garden Project in North Vancouver, BC! Holly Rooke, Farm Manager for the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project, provides an introduction to growing salad greens using intensive planting practices. Including: timing, tools, and tips. www.ediblegardenproject.com North Shore Food Charter Implementation: Growing Greens from Emily Jubenvill on Vimeo.
This post is the third in a series of four fabulous skill share videos from Edible Garden Project in North Vancouver, BC. Enjoy! Learn this how to harvest your basil plants the correct way. This quick tip from Holly Rooke, Farm Manager for the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project, will encourage more growth and prolonged harvests. www.ediblegardenproject.com North Shore Food Charter Implementation: How to Harvest Basil from Emily Jubenvill on Vimeo.
This post is the second in a series of helpful skill share videos from the Edible Garden Project in North Vancouver. Holly Rooke, Farm Manager for the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project, has managed greenhouse production for many season. Learn her tips and tricks for pruning and training tomatoes to maximize your harvest in this skill share video. www.ediblegardenproject.com North Shore Food Charter Implementation: Pruning Tomatoes for Maximum Production from Emily Jubenvill on Vimeo.
This post is the first in a series of skill share videos from the Edible Garden Project in Vancouver, BC! Stay tuned for more practical farm & garden how-to videos. The heat of summer can make germinating carrots challenging! Holly Rooke, Farm Manager for the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project, walks us through a low-tech way to promote germination in hot dry weather. North Shore Food Charter Implementation: Germinating Carrots from Emily Jubenvill on Vimeo.
Story by Eva Verbeeck This summer Spencer MacDonald and I worked and lived together with young farmers. All of them are first generation young farmers on small scale organic farms. Some of the farmers went straight from college to farming and growing food. I used to find this a strange choice but my perspective has changed over the past couple of years. After traveling extensively, I got to experience the power of food and especially home grown and cooked food. Wherever you go food is full of history and culture. It has the power to connect people unlike anything else. … Continue reading Age of the Farmer
Reblogged from our dear friends at Over Grow the System. Photo above of Foster from The Birds & The Beans in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. SEA TO SEED : A Sailboat Tour Of Farming, Music And Regenerative Culture from Over Grow The System on Vimeo. Over Grow The System is excited to be on the Sea To Seed Tour! A group of musicians, farmers, filmmakers, writers and photographers have set off on the Sea to Seed Tour, a month long sailing trip up through the Islands of British Columbia. We are on an experimental mission to collect and share … Continue reading Sea to Seed: A Sailboat Tour of Farming, Music and Regenerative Culture