DEC 5, 2021: TERRACE, BC – NorthWest Growers Conference

Posted by Morgan Kitchen on November 22, 2021

Northwest Growers Conference

You’re invited to the Northwest Growers Conference in Terrace, BC! Join us for an afternoon gathering of Skeena & Bulkley Valley producers to share information and support the development of new producers! The Northwest Growers Conference is being hosted at Hidden Acres Farm and Treehouse Resort in Terrace, BC. The event is sponsored by Ministry of Agriculture | Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).

Join industry experts from the regions for an afternoon of information sharing and networking. This conference will include a farm tour at Hidden Acres Farm and Treehouse Resort as well as information sessions covering a variety of topics:

  • extending the growing season
  • animal husbandry
  • seed saving
  • grain production
  • root crop production and storage

WHENSunday, December 5, 2021 | 12:30 – 4:30 PM

WHERE: Hidden Acres Farm and Treehouse Resort, 3527 River Dr, Terrace, BC, V8G 3P2

REGISTER: Due to limited spaces, we ask everyone planning to attend the conference to register. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE!

FACEBOOK: Please join the Facebook event and invite all your farmy friends! Also feel free to share on any community pages or message boards.

SCHEDULE:

12:30 PM – Arrive
1:00 PM  – Farmer Cam’s Food Farm Tour & Season Extension Info
1:30 PM – Opening Remarks
1:40 PM – Seed Saving Presentation by Jolene of WoodGrain Farmer Co-operative
2:10 PM – Animal Husbandry Presentation by Vicky of Thimbleberry Farm
2:40 PM  – Coffee Break
2:50 PM – Grain Production Presentation by Jonathan of WoodGrain Farmer Co-operative
3:20 PM – Potato Production Presentation by Jacob of Tea Creek Farm
3:50 PM – Closing Remarks
4:00 PM  – Networking
4:30 PM – Conference End

    A Bit About Our Presenters

    Cameron Bell:

    Cameron has over 6 seasons of production experience, and is finishing his third year farming in the Skeena Valley. His experience managing a high tunnel in Ontario and working for an agricultural consulting and contracting firm supported his progression in protected culture and controlled environment agriculture when he started his business in Terrace. He has managed educational gardens and youth farm programs, and trains new staff at his operation every year.

    Jolene Swain:

    Jolene has been producing vegetables and saving seed in the Kispiox Valley since 2015. Her experience as an organic verification officer and Land Matcher with Young Agrarians contributes to her ability to communicate information to farmers. Her seeds are for sale locally and through the BC Eco Seed Coop.

    Vicky Serafini:

    Vicky is the owner and operator of Thimbleberry Farm, located in Terrace, BC. The farm’s operations include a market garden, pastured poultry, rabbit meat, and laying hens. Thimbleberry Farm is a small-scale, no-till farm, where just under 30 varieties of crops are grown with limited mechanization. Fertility is built on the farm through mulching, composting, and raising animals in conjunction with growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit. Thimbleberry Farm attempts to create a balanced agro-ecological system that encourages both plants and animals to thrive.

    Jonathan Knight:

    Jonathan Knight has been farming organically in the Kispiox Valley since 2009. Jonathan is also an accomplished baker and miller with a past bakery, True Grain Bread on Vancouver Island, as well as co-coordinated the establishment of the Skeena Bakery in New Hazelton.

    Jacob Beaton:

    Jacob Beaton has been growing food in the northwest for many years, and farming with his family at Tea Creek Farm for the past 3. A recipient of the BCAF Indigenous Business Award, he leads a team coordinating training programs and production at the farm. Their mechanized approach to field production is one of the largest operations in the region, and roughly 10,000 lbs of potatoes were harvested in 2021.

    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. 
    • Please follow physical distancing guidelines and keep 6 feet apart from other people. 
    • Masks are not required, but bring one to wear if you’d like.
    • If provincial health guidelines for events change, we may cancel the event and you will be notified via email.

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