Blog Category: Workshops

EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 18, 2019

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On February 2nd, 2019, 16 farmers with a range of experience levels came together at Vallican Whole Community Center for a Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop. The workshop was prepared and given by Paul Kelly from the Community Futures Central Kootenay Self Employment Program. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business and Entrepreneurship. He has managed large retail food operations including the Kootenay Co-op, production and processing at Fieldstone organic granary, and operated a local biofuel and feed commodity business out of Winlaw. Paul began his presentation by setting the regional labour market context. December 2018 saw the lowest … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

Feb 28, 2019: SAANICH, BC: Farmer2Farmer Gathering

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 12, 2019

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Farmer2Farmer is an annual event for farmers and growers of the capital region. This gathering is an opportunity for networking, community building, and capacity building. When: February 28, 2019, 11am-5pm Where: Saanich Fairgrounds 1436 Stellys Cross Rd, Brentwood Bay Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/farmer-2-farmer-2019-tickets-55090583418 Learn More: http://farmer2farmer.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2210907435903348/ Program Thursday, February 28th 11am – Climate Projections and Regional Adaptation Strategies 11:45 – Farmer Roundtables 12:30 – Local Lunch 1:30 – New Entrants and New Thinking about Climate 2:15 – Concurrent Workshops 4:30 – Closing   Session Information Climate Projections and Regional Adaptation Strategies An overview of local climate projections and an introduction to the regional adaptation strategy work of the BC … Continue reading Feb 28, 2019: SAANICH, BC: Farmer2Farmer Gathering

MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

Posted by Lilli Klamke on February 12, 2019

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The second Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer in the Peace Country is coming up! If you are a farmer, passionate food lover, grower, or a farm dreamer, join us! These two days will be filled with networking, skill sharing, and farm inspiration to help you grow your own farm business and farm story. When: Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 Where:  Camp Tamarack located south of Grande Prairie. Follow Highway 40 south, turn east onto secondary Highway 668, turn south onto Range Road 62 and you will find the camp on your left side. Find it on Google Maps. Cost: $75 + … Continue reading MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Posted by Robin Hunt on February 01, 2019 4 Comments

Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus!  Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories at … Continue reading FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

MARCH 3, 2019: PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 31, 2019

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Join us for a workshop with the legendary Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, on preventing burnout and increasing farm profits with less waste and work. Ben has inspired thousands to increase efficiency on their farms, and now he’s coming to BC to share his knowledge! No matter where you are at in your farming journey or what type of farm you operate, these “lean” principles can help you streamline and maximize your time. WHEN: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1-6pm WHERE:  Dakelh Territory | Prince George Civic Centre, 808 Canada Games Way, Prince George B.C. COST:  Sliding scale $25-$50. There are a couple work … Continue reading MARCH 3, 2019: PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Lean Farm Workshop with Ben Hartman

EVENT RECAP: Ben Hartman of ‘The Lean Farm’ speaks to farmers from across the Basin in Kimberley

Posted by Hailey Troock on January 30, 2019

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*Farmers in featured image (L – R): Christian from 3 Crows Farm/Cranbrook, Nigel from Cartwheel Farm/Creston, Cali from Salix and Sedge/Salmo, Ben Hartman, Sarah from Stone Meadow Gardens/Castlegar, Emma from Bent Plow Farm/Blewitt & Kate from Hoedown CSA/Pass Creek. On January 21st, a diverse group of more than 40 people came together at Centre64 in Kimberley for a presentation by Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm. This was Ben’s third stop on a tour of British Columbia that brought him first to Langley and Victoria before hopping on a flight to the East Kootenay. After brief introductions on the … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Ben Hartman of ‘The Lean Farm’ speaks to farmers from across the Basin in Kimberley

MARCH 9, 2019: BURNS LAKE, BC – SheepFest 2019

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 25, 2019

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SheepFest 2019 Saturday, March 9, 2019 Lakes District Secondary School Burns Lake, BC 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. SheepFest 2019 offers an educational day with 3 dynamic speakers speaking about wool, nutrition, herd health and artisan cheese. Registration Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sheepfest-2019-tickets-55027362322 Early Bird Registration until Feb 15th $25.00 Regular Registration from Feb 16 – Mar 5th $35.00 If you have trouble registering online, please call Debbie Evans, P. Ag., Agriculture Coordinator, RDBN 250-692-3195 About the Presenters Dr. Lisa Surber, PhD was born and raised on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and is still active in her family’s commercial cattle … Continue reading MARCH 9, 2019: BURNS LAKE, BC – SheepFest 2019

NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2019

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The National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth and in partnership with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario is planning for the 2019 Young Farmer Convergence! The purpose for the gathering is to offer young farmers workshops, planning and skill-sharing. Our mission is to build capacity for young farmers to be part of an effective social movement and empower them with tools to employ creative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change! This event will bring together dozens of young farmers chosen from around Canada. Successful participants will learn about political organizing and social movements, climate action and agriculture and indigenous … Continue reading NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

2nd Annual Central Alberta Winter Mixer – That’s a (W)Rap!

Posted by Erika Heiberg on January 21, 2019

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The 2nd Annual Central Alberta Winter Mixer brought together around 65 people from January 12-13th to learn, share stories and knowledge, and to make new connections. What a lovely group of new and old faces to spend the weekend with! We were able to close out this mixer feeling inspired and excited about the future of farming in this region. Thank you to all of our fantastic speakers – you engaged us in your passions, and left us feeling inspired and more knowledgeable. We jumped right into the tough stuff (because we know you can all handle it) with our … Continue reading 2nd Annual Central Alberta Winter Mixer – That’s a (W)Rap!

Feb. 2: Stettler, AB – Creating a Farmers Co-operative workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 18, 2019

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Working together is not exactly a new concept to agriculture in Alberta. The vast majority of agricultural producers are willing to drop whatever they are doing if a neighbour, friend or family member needs a hand. There are also producers in Alberta who have found it benficial to take things one step further by creating a co-operative with other producers. Rural Routes to Climate Solutions has partnered up with the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA) to host a full day workshop for agricultural producers to learn how to form their very own co-operative that will help producers save on … Continue reading Feb. 2: Stettler, AB – Creating a Farmers Co-operative workshop