SEPT 26, 2021: AGASSIZ, BC – Land Social at Abundance Community Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on September 10, 2021

Land Social at Abundance Sep 26-01

You’re invited to a socially-distanced outdoor Land Social at Abundance Community Farm in Agassiz, 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. 

Abundance Community Farm is a novel experiment in collective farming and community building. Their mission is to create a community culture around creative expression, meaningful connection, and sustainable food production. The farm is owned by an individual, but is cooperatively managed by a collective of 4 additional core residents and various summer residents. In addition, Abundance hosts a Community Agriculture program (like a souped-up CSA), where city dwellers from Vancouver receive produce from the farm, but can also participate in growing food at the farm on weekends, and other community building activities. This innovative model is a great way to engage customers in farm activities, and bridge the rural-urban divide.

We’ll tour the farm, network, 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, September 26, 2021 • 2-5pm

LOCATION: Shared territory of the Cheam, Seabird Island, Skwah and Kwaw-kwaw-a-pilt people. 1020 HAMILTON ROAD, Agassiz, BC

REGISTER: Due to COVID-19, we require registration for our events so we can limit the number of attendees to allow for physical distancing. PLEASE REGISTER HERE to reserve your spot.

SCHEDULE (times are approximate): 

2:00: Arrival
2:30-3: Intro Circle  B.C. Land Matching Program Overview
3-4: Farm Tour
4-5: Food & Networking

BRING: Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Snacks will be provided, but if you’d prefer you can bring your own meal instead. There will not be any wash stations for dishes available. Optional: face mask.

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 community@youngagrarians.org. Please let us know if you aren’t able to attend so we can open up a spot to someone else.
  • Please follow physical distancing guidelines and keep 6 feet apart from other people. No handshakes or hugs please!
  • Masks are not required, but bring one to wear if you’d like.
  • We will have a hand sanitizer station for your use throughout the event. Please refrain from touching tools, pets and livestock, and door handles etc. on the farm.
  • If provincial health guidelines for events change, we may cancel the event and you will be notified by email.
Photo by Jan Vozenilek

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This event is free and open to everyone! Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home.
  • Join our Young Agrarians Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Facebook Groups to stay up to date with all events. 
  • Sign up for our e-newsletter to get events and opportunities for your region delivered straight to your inbox.

ABOUT  Abundance Community Farm

Abundance Community Farm is a novel experiment in collective farming and community building. Our mission is to create a community culture around creative expression, meaningful connection, and sustainable food production.

The farm is owned by Amir Niroumand and operated by a collective of four additional core residents, various summer residents and over 100 community members from Vancouver. Our Community Agriculture model offers an opportunity to people who live in Vancouver to come to the farm on weekends during the growing season May to Oct. Members participate in collective farming and co create community activities such as potlucks, dance, yoga, art, storytelling, music making and so much more.

The farm produce is distributed to the community through a structure of neighbourhood organized groups called PODS in Vancouver. The farm also donates regularly to Seabird Island First Nation and Agassiz Community Services. Farming practices are guided by permaculture principles, no use of chemicals and a no till method.

The farm is also home to seed production by Rupert Adams who markets his seeds through Salt Spring Seeds and the BC Eco Seed Coop.

Check out Abundance Community Farm online:

Website: https://www.abundancecommunity.farm/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundancecommunityfarm

Instagram: @abundance.community.farm

UPCOMING LOWER MAINLAND EVENTS

Not able to join us for this event? Fear not! Here’s a quick look at the dates and places we’ll be visiting this season. 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
Land Social at Salt & Harrow Farm

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 146 matches on over 6,000 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 fai@youngagrarians.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 Patagonia.

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