You’re invited to Tool School 3.0 at Linden Lane Farms in Krestova on October 24, 2021! We will learn about the Kootenay Local Agricultural Society Tool Library and all the farming equipment that is available for rent.
This is the seventh event of the Young Agrarians 2021 Farm Club event series. What is a Farm Club? A Farm Club is when farmers come together to connect and nerd out with other farmers. It can be on any topic the group wants to discuss and can take many different shapes and sizes.
The goal of Tool School is to provide information about the Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS) Tool Library and show off the tools available for rent. Come see the equipment first hand!
Young Agrarians is a farmer-to-farmer network of new and young farmers in Canada with programs in the Kootenays offering land matching, business and educational support and resources.
Kootenay Local Agricultural Society hosts three tool libraries across the Central Kootenay in Creston, Kaslo and Krestova at Linden Lane Farms, the host of our last Tool School event way back in 2019 and this year’s event! Linden Lane Farms is a thriving organic farm 20 minutes from Nelson serving retail, Farmers Markets and consumers directly in the area through their CSA and on farm sales.
Don’t miss out on this in-person educational and social opportunity open to everyone to learn about the tools available for affordable rent from the Tool Library and check out Linden Lane Farms. If you’re interested in joining us on October 24th, register now.
DATE: Sunday, October 24, 2021 • 1-3pm PST
LOCATION: Traditional and unceded territories of the Ktunaxa, Sinixt and Syilx Nations. Linden Lane Farms located at 3850 Krestova Lower Rd, Krestova, BC V0G 1H2.
REGISTER: PLEASE REGISTER HERE to reserve your spot. This event is free and open to everyone. If you would like to make a donation to support Young Agrarians programming, the suggested contribution is $5-10.
Kootenay Local Agricultural Society Tool Library
The Tool Library is a unique resource available to the public. Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS) members receive a discount. Tools were carefully selected to ensure they would help farmers be more efficient, but which—because of cost or infrequency of need—farmers wouldn’t buy themselves.
The centrepieces of their fleet are BCS walking tractors and implements such as the tiller, rotary plow, and flail mower that quickly prepare soil and incorporate cover crops on farms the use land intensively with diverse crops. They also have honey extractors, hoop benders, an essential oil still, BCS hay making equipment, root washers, and dehydrators to name a few. All the tools in the library were purchased with grants from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) in 2009 and more tools are on their way from a successful 2021 grant from CBT. Thank you CBT!
Participants will be able to check out the library’s tools including tillage and haying equipment as well as a chipper and flail mower, and more, and ask the tool guardians all your questions about the rentals and equipment available.
About Linden Lane Farms
Linden Lane Farms is located on a multi-generational family-operated farm in Krestova, situated at the southern mouth of the Slocan Valley. The farm is 150 acres consisting of a mixture of forest, pasture and fields on amazing sandy-loam soil, 25 minutes west of Nelson, and 15 minutes east of Castlegar. On this land, Linden Lane Farms produces vegetables, small fruits and nursery plants that they sell online, at local farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and through their CSA.
The Carr family has been farming in Krestova since 1978. In 2012, grandson Matthew began leasing land from his grandparents and has since grown Linden Lane Farms into a successful business producing on 4.5 acres with the help of the entire family and some dedicated staff members.
Linden Lane Farms focuses on providing high quality, safe products, and are committed to soil health, sustainability and organic practices. One of their biggest goals is to be able to feed their family for an entire year and although it has not been possible due to recent commitments, they look forward to striving to reach this goal in the near future.
They are members of Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS), and house one of three KLAS tool libraries on their property in Krestova.
Check out the rest of the events this season here.
- 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 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.
- This event is free and open to everyone! Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home and please register every member so we have accurate registration numbers.
- Join our Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Facebook group 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.
If you have any questions please contact Hailey@youngagrarians.org.
GOT LAND? WANT LAND?
Through the B.C. Land Matching Program, Young Agrarians is offering support to farmers looking for land for their farm business and landowners looking for farmers to farm their land. The Columbia Basin Land Matcher will be attending the event to answer any questions about accessing land through this program. For those unable to join us, you can send a message to email@example.com for more information.
The Columbia Basin event series is made possible with funding from Columbia Basin Trust.