You’re invited to an outdoor Land Social at Common Acres in Squamish, B.C.! If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about – or just want to check out what your local farmers are up to – join us for the event, co-hosted with the Squamish Food Policy Council.
With support from the B.C. Land Matching Program (BCLMP), Squamish Climate Action Network (Squamish CAN) has established the region’s first community farm on one acre of previously fallow ALR land on Easter Seals grounds, located centrally in Squamish, BC. Common Acres Community Farm subleased ¼ acre plots to new entrant farmers through the BCLMP. It officially launched in spring 2022 with three new farm businesses in operation:
- Rebecca Bolkowy & Nick Bolkowy from Local Roots Farm (previously Republic Heirlooms; @localrootsfarmbc)
- Vince Hoog from Fieldstone Garlic
- Amanda Bagliore from Aura Rosa Florals
We’ll tour the farm, network, learn about community farms and look at the steps to building a successful land sharing relationship. Your regional Land Matcher will share information about how the B.C. Land Matching Program can help you find the perfect farmer for your land – or farmland where you can build your dream farm business.
Land Socials connect farmers and farmland holders, and set them up to receive ongoing support through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Both farmers seeking land and farmland holders thinking about sharing land are encouraged to attend – as well as anyone who loves food, farming, and getting out onto the land.
DATE: Sunday, August 28, 2022 • 10:30am-1pm
LOCATION: Traditional Territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). 41015 Government Rd., Brackendale B.C. North Gate Entrance.
REGISTER: To have a better idea of how many people will join us, PLEASE REGISTER HERE.
DIRECTIONS/PARKING: There are about a dozen spots inside the farm and lots of parking on the west side of the street.
SCHEDULE (times are approximate):
10:30-11:30 Farm Tour
11:30-12 Introduction circle & B.C. Land Matching Program Overview
12-1pm Refreshments & Networking
BRING: Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on and sturdy shoes for walking the farm. Refreshments will be provided with vegetarian and vegan options, and if you’d prefer you can bring your own. Optional: face mask.
CARPOOL INFO: If you are looking for or can offer a ride to or from the event, please post in the Facebook event discussion to connect with others.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Please stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, OR if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are completing a period of self-isolation as mandated by public health, OR if you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days. Refer to the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for more information.
We welcome cancellations at any time – you can do so through Eventbrite, through the link in your registration confirmation email, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know if you aren’t able to attend. If provincial health guidelines for events change, we may cancel the event and you will be notified by email.
AVIAN FLU PROTOCOLS: To prevent the spread of the current avian flu, if you keep chickens or have visited a farm or household that does, please wash your boots before coming onto the property.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This event is free and open to everyone! Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home. Sign up for our e-newsletter to get events and opportunities for your region delivered straight to your inbox.
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UPCOMING METRO VANCOUVER – FRASER VALLEY EVENTS
Not able to join us for this event? Fear not! Save the date for a farmer social coming up in September:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2022
LAND SOCIAL – FARM TOUR AND POTLUCK AT SEED OF LIFE FARM, SURREY
(more info coming soon!)
If you are interested in hosting an event at your farm and bringing together the farming community in your area, please reach out to email@example.com with your idea!
GOT LAND? WANT LAND?
Through the B.C. Land Matching Program, Young Agrarians offers support to farmers looking for land for their farm business, and landholders looking for farmers to farm their land. We’ve made more than 230 matches on over 9,600 acres to date! The Metro Vancouver – Fraser Valley Land Matcher will be attending the event to answer any questions the B.C. Land Matching Program. For those unable to join us, you can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley by the Province of British Columbia, with support from Bullitt Foundation and the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.