Thank you to everyone who has been participating in the Columbia Basin Mixer! We’ve had some incredible workshops so far and we can’t wait to share all the great learning with everyone. On this page, you’ll find the needs and opportunities that people wish to share, many farming resources to help you bring your farming to the next level, and a recap of all the workshops (including recordings where possible) from the Mixer. Enjoy the resources and recap for the Columbia Basin Mixer!
Don’t forget to check out the full schedule for the Columbia Basin Mixer and to register for the workshops in January 2021!
NEEDS & OPPORTUNITIES
To support networking in this virtual space, we’re posting the needs and opportunities that some participants have shared in the registration form. We encourage you to take a look and reach out to your fellow farmers!
|NEED OR OPPORTUNITY||CONTACT INFORMATION|
|I’m here to learn about extension needs for firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wanting to start a public food forest in Kimberley in email@example.com|
|I’m a consultant and can help with farm viability assessments and business firstname.lastname@example.org|
|We may have a job opportunity on our vegetable and flower farm. We will know more by the email@example.com|
|Starting a farm and new to the area, seeking peer connection and mentor firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Looking for land, or management possibilities around the Columbia Basin / Kootenays/ Okanagan. As well as any and all information and experiences in starting a small scale regenerative email@example.com or 4038604119|
|Have a position for a potential landshare partner for farming (various options to incubate) and hiring for a number of positions for farmers/value-added design & creations/CSA for folks who have been EI in the last firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Looking for help in farm and marketing||2506661177|
|I am in the process of turning my grandparents’ land into an urban farm in Strathmore AB.||email@example.com|
|Start up info is most interesting to me but all knowledge is appreciated! Thank you!||Katiekatie.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|We are seeking a collaborator / farm email@example.com|
|Could use help or a farm hand. After chores are done enjoy training and working with firstname.lastname@example.org|
|I am gleaning ideas and knowledge to start an urban market garden from the bottom up. The space will also be an educational space for youth and the elderly. I am looking to learn how to build soil, greenhouse designs, advise on livestock ideal for a small space, high value crop ideas, ideas for tools, biodynamic farming techniques, pest management, and financial email@example.com|
|I am an artist/photographer working on a project about young farmers in Canada and as well, I moved out to the country and am looking for information on starting a small scale firstname.lastname@example.org|
|I have land and want to learn how to develop it to be more self sufficient and potentially earn a income||Jeanette_35@hotmail.com|
|Looking for farm hands in 2021.||Job packages to email@example.com|
|Have: Job opportunity/housing, experience w vegetable farming, bee keeping, chickens, horses and social media/branding
Need: support w organic pest management, organic nutrients, blueprint or experience w building a root cellar
|Starting/Expanding a CSAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kalesnikoff Lumber is proposing an agroforestry pilot project on Crown lands near Nelson BC to help reduce wildfire risk while increasing local food security. We are seeking collaborators to help bring the Selous in Bloom project to email@example.com|
|Starting a flower farm and mixed vegetables on the Sunshine Coast this year. First time farming and huge learning curve ahead 🙂||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|We are looking for other farmers to purchase land with. We are working with Tessa [Okanagan Land Matcher] to send an announcement email@example.com|
|I am starting a small garden centre with long-term goals of offering local products, plastic free plant seedlings, organic tools, plants and provisions for sustainable gardens. I would be happy to offer discounts on anything needed by local food producers that I carry. I am also happy to collaborate and help sell local, applicable firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Permaculture Teacher with insight to email@example.com|
|Looking for a farm for myself and my 4yr old son to live and work on with firstname.lastname@example.org 250 307 4627|
|work exchange for cabin on farm for a woman email@example.com|
|I am a student researcher with the LUGE Lab at UBC. We are currently looking for BC vegetable farmers to share their experience via our short survey which includes questions about field management, technology use, and employment practices.
The survey is offered in English, Punjabi and Chinese and participants will be entered to win one of twenty $50 gift cards for Lee Valley Tools!https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_25gdBpxFy9oGm5TThank you in advance to all those who get a chance to check out the survey, we really do appreciate your time and input!
|Will be looking for land if not this season then hopefully next. Currently looking in Fruitvale, and will hopefully be looking in Nakusp in the future. Would also love the opportunity to work for or volunteer with a farmer in Fruitvale part-time (I’m currently on mat leave but would love more experience).||Michelle: firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-215-1509|
|I am a land owner / former farmer, and have leased our land to active farmers for past 6 years. They are moving on, and I am exploring next steps. I am very interested in regenerative agriculture and ways to build resilient soils to withstand climate email@example.com|
My husband and I have recently moved to B.C. (in Kimberley currently), with the hope of eventually obtaining land and starting a farm and orchard of our own in the West Kootenays in a few years. We’d like to find a farm/orchard that would be willing to apprentice/mentor us for the 2021 season, ideally a mixed farm that encompasses orchard management, animal husbandry, growing vegetables, etc.
Accommodation will not be required as we are currently completing an off-grid bus conversion, and are only requesting a small monthly stipend to live on. Mostly we are just looking for knowledge/experience from others that are already living and growing in the Kootenays. My husband is a journeyman welder and mechanic, my background is in nutrition and food science (and several years in the banking industry).
Contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be included in this list.
Are you itching to learn more about farming? Then check out these amazing resources from farmers in the Columbia Basin and beyond!
Winter Crop Storage (KBFA Virtual Field Day)
Wild Flight Organic Farm grows a range of winter storage crops including carrots, cabbage, onions, potatoes and squash that are sold through the winter at farmers’ markets and wholesale channels. This field day provides a virtual tour of winter storage and packing areas and address questions of humidity, air circulation and temperature for specific vegetables. Check out the full recording of the winter crop storage field day.
Mechanization for Harvesting and Cultivating Field Crops (KBFA Virtual Field Day)
Hermann and Louise Bruns of Wild Flight Farm lead us through a virtual field day demonstrating his favourite equipment for weeding and cultivating field crops. This was a live ‘in field’ demonstration and Q & A. Equipment highlights included: basket weeder, under cutter, potato digger and hiller. Check out the full recording of the virtual field day.
ECommerce Tips, Tricks & Tools
Are you looking to move your business online, transition from what you’re currently using, or integrate Point of Sale with your online sales for your farm or food business? This article will provide a toolkit for farmers and food producers who would like to build or manage their own online business, or be better equipped to work with a web or marketing professional. Read the full ecommerce for farmers article.
Do you have another great farming resources you’d like the Young Agrarians community to know about? Email the content to Alex at email@example.com
Check back throughout January as we post workshop recaps and recordings!
Yoga for the Farm-Bod
Join Shazad for two sessions of stretching designed to ease the demands that farming put on your body!
Frédéric Thériault of Tourne-Sol Co-operative, introduced us to the first two steps in planning a CSA. “Setting Your Financial Goals” and “Develop a Marketing Plan” covers the backbone of planning a profitable farm; from calculations of sales and revenue and what it looks like on a per foot bed plot, to how the produce is sold in various sales outlets (farmers markets and CSA). Frédéric demonstrated the planning through input-output calculations, spreadsheets, and how new farmers should plan harvest-revenue calculations.
In the second part of this two day workshop we further explored crop planning and planting & harvesting schedules. This planning involved inputting data – such as days to maturity and average yields – into spreadsheets to determine staggered planting, harvesting and greenhouse schedule. During the workshop we also determined many outputs, including seed quantity needed for planting with ‘safety factors’ built into the entire process. Through giving us a brief overview of the 11 step process in his co-authored book “Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers”, we got a glimpse into what it takes to plan a successful CSA.
Note: the recording is not publicly available but has been sent out to all participants.
Online Sales & Product Handling
The evening began with Jessica Piccinin, farmer extraordinaire at Roots and Vine Acre in Creston BC, where she told us about the packaging, labeling, and distribution of their meat, and the hurdles that they have faced including recalls, tracking, and working with abattoirs and butchers. After a short break we were joined by Hailey Troock and Nyree Marsh as they introduced us to the basics of online sales platforms and the elements that we need to consider when moving a farm business online. We learned about ‘Google my business’, hashtags (#), the relationship between cellulars and desktop/laptop purchasing and more.
Kim Watt of Thimblehill Nursery introduced us to the joys and importance of perennials. From creating sanctuaries for beneficial animals to what successional growing could look like with alley planting of perennials and the associated carbon sinking and season extension that can occur. We learned from her lived experiences of working difficult land, and planning for long term growth, and seeing how she planned around the topography of her land was invaluable. Ending the workshop we learned about the layers of the canopy and the benefits of working with mixed annual/perennial land.
Building Diversified & Resilient Markets in Start-up
Tonight we had a chance to hear from three panelists, each with a unique story. Nyree Marsh from the Basin Business Advisory, introduced us to the foundation of planning a farm followed by Matt Carr from Linden Farms who took us through the history of his farm, and the places he built resilience throughout the years. Alys Ford from Raven Creek Farms shared important lessons and the valuable understanding around technical versus existential problems. Questions to the panelists followed their introduction, which covered topics such as providing food to grocers, e-sales platforms, pivoting CSA and what the future looks like for their farms.