SEPT 4, 2021: DAWSON CREEK, BC – Land Social at Wildwood Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on August 16, 2021

You’re invited to a socially-distanced outdoor Land Social at Wildwood Farm in Dawson Creek, 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. 

Be inspired and learn about the incredible farming that can be done on an intergenerational farm! Wildwood Farm is a 160-acre, off-grid farm in the Peace Region of B.C. Tim and Linda Ewert moved to the area as a young couple and now, nearly 50 years later, they are in the midst of non-family farm transition to pass the farm onto the next generation. The farmers use draft horses for much of the mechanized labour, and raise grass-fed cows, pastured pigs, and free-range chickens. They grow annual and perennial gardens, and grow grain and hay for their livestock.

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: Saturday, September 4, 2021 • 12-3pm (note- the time has been changed!)

LOCATION: Treaty 8 lands. Wildwood Farm: link to approximate location on Google Maps.

Written directions to Wildwood Farm:

Driving from Alberta – On Hwy 43, drive through the BC border, where Hwy 43 turns into Hwy 2. Pass through Toms Lake, then turn West (left) on Road 200. If you’ve reached Pouce Coupe, you’ve gone too far! The farm is approximately 2 ¼ miles down Road 200, on the north side of the road. Look for a sign that says Wildwood Farm. Park at the top.

Driving from BC – Drive south on Hwy 2, turn West (right) on Road 200 (Blockline Road). If you reach Toms Lake, or the Alberta Border, you’ve gone too far! The farm is approximately 2 ¼ miles down Road 200, on the north side of the road. Look for a sign that says Wildwood Farm. Park at the top.

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):

12-1 Farm Tour

1-2 Introduction circle & B.C. Land Matching Program Overview

2-3 Food  & Networking

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

Overnight camping welcome! Please bring your own tent and sleeping gear, or you are welcome to camp in your vehicle/camper.

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 morgan@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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This event is free and open to everyone! Children are welcome but please leave furry friends at home.
  • Parking – turn in the driveway and park where you see all the other vehicles. The farm can be a bit tricky for folks with mobility issues and requires a lot of walking to get around. We can use the horses and wagon for some of the tour.
  • Join our Young Agrarians Central-Northern BC 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.

SHARE: Planning on joining us? Invite your friends and share the Facebook event! (Link coming soon)

About Wildwood Farm

Tim and Linda Ewert moved to the Peace Region as a young couple with two babies to try to farm in an ecologically sound and sustainable way. Over the years, they worked to realize their dream of using draft horses for as much of the mechanized work as possible.

Now, nearly 50 years later, they are in the midst of non-family farm transition. They are working with the B.C. Land Matching Program to finalize a lease agreement where they will remain living on the farm in their retirement. Kolby Peterson is the young agrarian who is working alongside Tim and Linda. This is her third summer on the farm.

Currently, Wildwood raises grass-fed cows, pastured pigs, and free-range chickens for eggs and meat. They milk a dairy cow and grow annual and perennial gardens for fruits and vegetables. In trying to keep nutrient and life cycles continuous on the farm, they grow the grain for the pigs and chickens on farm, and grind some of it into flour for themselves. The hay that the cows and horses require in the winters is from Wildwood pastures.

Tim and Linda’s retirement house is currently under construction- it is framed and with the roof on. The buildings on the property were mostly built with on-farm/local materials.

Looking for more information on non-family farm transition? Check out our B.C. Transition Toolkit for Non-Family Farm Transfer!

Check out Wildwood Farm online:

Website: https://wildwood.farm/

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildwoodfarmers/

UPCOMING CENTRAL & NORTHERN BC 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. 

SEPT 12: TERRACE, BC – Skeena-Bulkley Farmers Meet and Greet at Thimbleberry 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 Central and Northern BC 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 morgan@youngagrarians.org for more information.


The B.C. Land Matching Program is funded in Central and Northern B.C. by the Province of British Columbia, with support from Patagonia.

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