It was an awesome two days at Summerhill Winery, March 8-9, 2014. Saturday we had @ 75 participants filtering in throughout the day and night. We broke the day up into open space in the morning session and workshops in the afternoon.
Introduction Circle:) Networking up the room so that farmers and participants know who is in the space. We ask folk to identify needs and opportunities. Direct connections get made through this process.The fabulous Jenica Frisque co-facilitating for the day.We were so lucky to have Joy Road Catering prepare lunch for us. A special thank you to Urban Harvest for donating food and organizing food transportation. Also thank you to food sponsors: Claremont Ranch Organics, Crannog Ales and Fresh Valley Farms. What we ate was all local product grown by the farmers in the room. What a joy it is to eat with those who steward our local food systems. I am constantly inspired by the choices young people are making today to farm the land and work to make their farm dreams come true.
This is Steve Meggait of Fresh Valley Farms in Armstrong, BC – one of our generous food sponsors for the weekend. We’re excited for Steve’s mixer this summer on his family farm!Heather Pritchard, Farm Program Manager from FarmFolk CityFolk leading a workshop on farm co-ops. Heather has been actively supporting the development of Young Agrarians since we became a partnership with FarmFolk CityFolk in 2012. To download a rad new handbook about farming cooperatively, check out this guide published by The Greenhorns.We are lucky to have many wee’ agrarians join us at events. Their plant growing parents are awesome; many of these munchkins are over-exposed to too much good food, healthy environments and happy, strong, resilient people.MAZUNGA!!! Group warrior call led by Jenica to energize the room! Scott Bell’s workshop on recordkeeping for production rocked. People got all nerdy on Excel spreadsheets together. Scott works with Fresh Roots Urban Farm in Vancouver, an amazing edible education organization that market gardens school yards and builds community in the Big Smoke. To download the worksheets click on these links: Scott Bell Record Keeping Wksp.pdf Scott Bell Record Keeping Spreadsheet Template.xlsx Matt Gomez giving a workshop on marketing on the Internet, optimizing search engines so people can find you, and Soil Mate, an awesome new farmer to consumer platform you should sign up on. To read more about it check out this blog post: https://youngagrarians.org/soil-mate/.Jordan Marr of Homestead Organic Farm and the Ruminant Blog leading a workshop on Organic Certification. Download the new Certified Organic Association of British Columbia (COABC) toolkit here: certifiedorganic.bc.ca/toolkits.In general, the organic certification application process is the sort of thing that appears overwhelming at first, but if you break it down into steps you’ll find that it’s fairly straightforward:
This is the fabulous Curtis Stone of Green City Acres rocking the recording and SPIN urban farmer extraordinaire in Kelowna. Curtis helped us organize the weekend.Jean-Martin is a great speaker. We thoroughly enjoyed his workshop. The agrarians in the room were inspired by Jean-Martin’s know-how of how to make a small-acreage profitable and efficient. Great to see Vileena and Nicholas Peterson who run Nicola Valley Produce out for the workshop. They are fantastic Garlic Growers in the Nicola Valley. Thanks to everyone who joined us on the weekend. Thank you to the Central Okanagan Foundation, Summerhill Winery and Farm Start for making the weekend possible.
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Okanagan area folk: if you want to host a Young Agrarians farm tour and potluck, or some other type of event this year get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to work with you! In Farm Love, Sara Dent