Join us at Puddle Produce Farm in Soda Creek (near Williams Lake), BC for our first Cariboo Land Social with a farm tour, potluck social, and discussion on farming on leased land!
Come get inspired and learn about the incredible farming that can be done on leased land! Farmer Brianna has built up a hugely productive farm in the 3 years she has been leasing this land, and we are lucky to be able to spend the day learning on-site about her experiences building the farm and business!
We will tour the farm, enjoy a potluck lunch, and take a dive into the steps to building a successful farm on leased land. We will explore what farming on leased land is like and learn about how the B.C. Land Matching Program can help you find the perfect piece of land for you to build your dream farm business – or the perfect farmer for your land. Our new Central & Northern B.C. Land Matcher, Jolene, will share information and answer questions about land matching and how leasing land works. Both farmers seeking land and farmland owners thinking about leasing land are encouraged to attend – as well as anyone who loves food, farming, and getting out onto the land!
DATE: Sunday August 11, 2019 • 10am-2pm
SCHEDULE (times are approximate):
Join for the whole event or drop by when you can make it!
12:30-2 Potluck Social and discussion on farming on leased land
LOCATION: 5761 Soda Creek MacAlister Rd, Williams Lake, BC V2G5A4 (Google maps does not pin the correct location using the farm’s civic address! Please follow directions below.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE SOUTH:
Set your tripometer as you’re going through the main intersection in Williams Lake (Hwy 97 and Hwy 20). At approx. 40kms north of this intersection, you will approach Soda Creek Townsite Rd on your LEFT. Keep an eye out for Robertson Rd on your RIGHT: it is approx. 400m after this road.
Turn LEFT on Soda Creek Townsite and head all the way down this road (approx. 4kms). It’s a switch back road with beautiful views of the Fraser River and Soda Creek valley. Once you approach the valley bottom, you will cross the railroad tracks, then come to a 3-way stop with Soda Creek Macalister Rd. There are some Canada Post mailboxes here. You turn LEFT here. 5761 Soda Creek Macalister Rd is approx. 200m from this turn on your RIGHT (the address numbers are posted on the fence, and you will see some bee boxes on the corner of the property).
DIRECTIONS FROM THE NORTH:
Set your tripometer as you’re leaving McLeese Lake. Soda Creek Townsite Rd will be approx. 9kms from there, just as the 2 lanes merges back into 1. You will turn RIGHT onto this road. All other directions are the same as above from here.
BRING: Please bring a dish to share, tools to eat with, and a chair or a blanket.
SHARE: Planning on joining us? Please invite your friends and share our Facebook event!
This event is free and open to everyone! Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home.
About Puddle Produce Farm
Puddle Produce Farm is a 1.5 acre transitioning organic mixed vegetable and microgreen farm located in the Soda Creek region of the Cariboo-Chilcotin. The owner of Puddle Produce Farm, Brianna, started as an urban farmer in Williams Lake in 2013, leasing small residential plots in exchange for veggies. She entered a lease agreement with the landowners of the current property (74 acres) in 2016. She now runs a 40+ member CSA, farmers market sales, retail, and restaurants.
Discussion on farming on leased land: Young Agrarians’ Central & Northern B.C. Land Matcher, Jolene, will facilitate a discussion on leasing farmland in the region. Together with Brianna, we will explore what the steps are to building a successful business on leased land and how the B.C. Land Matching Program delivered by Young Agrarians can support you in making your farm vision into reality!
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- Children are welcome to join us us for this event but please leave pets at home.
- Carpooling is encouraged! Have space in your car? Need a ride? Post in the Facebook event discussion.
- Parking on side of main road (Soda Creek Macalister) is permitted. We can fit approximately 7 vehicles on main property.
- Not sure what to bring to the potluck? Consider supporting your local, organic farmer and/or food producer and find inspiration with their ingredients. Also, it is greatly appreciated if you can include a little card with the ingredients list for your dish in case people have food allergies/sensitivities.
- Camping is available on the farm if needed, reach out to Brianna to make arrangements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let us know you are joining us by confirming your attendance on our Facebook Event!
The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in Central and Northern B.C. by the Province of British Columbia, with support from the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.