Tag Archives: #AgriBIZ

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Zaklan Heritage Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 10, 2015

Zaklan Heritage Farm

Name, Farm, Location? Gemma McNeill and Doug Zaklan, Zaklan Heritage Farm, Surrey BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? This season our goal was to increase our CSA box program from 25 boxes to 50 boxes. As the spring drew near we realized that we probably would have to work really hard to get the extra sign ups to reach 50 members, and that we felt more comfortable with 40 members. So we adjusted our CSA goal and played with the budget accordingly. We reached our membership goal of 40 for the season. … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Zaklan Heritage Farm

BC Business Mentorship Network – Apply Now!

Posted by Kristen Nammour on October 27, 2015

Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sunday, November 8th, 2015 Are you a young (or young at heart) animal or vegetable producer located in British Columbia? Are you running a farm and are looking for guidance in continuing to grow your business? Once again we are running our BC Business Mentorship Network which will pair new farmers with some of the veterans of small scale agriculture to cultivate the skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Mentors will work to help you analyze your operations and chart a course to move forward towards financial sustainability. See what our 2014/2015 mentees have been up to this season! … Continue reading BC Business Mentorship Network – Apply Now!

SEPT 28-29: Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop, Abbotsford, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on September 25, 2015

Visual display of jars - examples of agrifood value added processing businesses

Partners for Growth Advisory Services is proud to be presenting another Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop! WHEN: September 28th – 29th, 2015 WHERE: Abbotsford Agricultural Centre 1767 Angus Campbell 8:30AM-4:30PM COST: $105 (includes GST) w/ Lunch Provided The workshop is for both professional development and building up your network. It is a great opportunity to either build-out or refresh your business plan! This is a program funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, and is perfect for those that are thinking of starting up and/or have an existing Agri-Food/Beverage Processing or Farming Business. Please see the image below for detailed course information: We are very … Continue reading SEPT 28-29: Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop, Abbotsford, BC

Business Mentorship Network – Tristan & Aubyn Banwell

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 25, 2015

Photographing the daily activities and farming lifestyle on Spray Creek Ranch located on Texas Creek Road, Lillooet

Name?  Tristan & Aubyn Banwell Where do you farm?  Spray Creek Ranch — in the rainshadow of the Coast Mountains, along the Mighty Fraser, in the Upper St’at’mic Territory, 15 km south of Lillooet, BC. What do you farm?  Soil.  We make money raising cattle, laying hens and meat chickens, but really we’re growing healthy, diverse pasture to build the soil. What type of business structure is your farm?  Spray Creek Ranch is a corporation we own in partnership with the land owners. What is your land tenure? We have a wonderful partnership with the land owners — we partnered … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Tristan & Aubyn Banwell

Business Mentorship Network – Shirlene Cote

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 17, 2015

Earth Apple Farm Fields

Name? Shirlene Cote Where do you farm? Earth Apple Farm, South Burnaby What do you farm? Vegetables and some fruit. What type of business structure is your farm? Sole-Proprietorship What is your land tenure? 5 Year Lease How did you seriously get into farming? I worked for social and environmental NGOs for many years with a focus on food security for much of it. I finally realized the most direct and positive impact I could have locally was to produce something that everyone requires to live and be healthy.  It was important to me to do this in such a way that had minimal impact … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Shirlene Cote

Business Mentorship Network – Russell Heitzmann & Calliope Gazetas

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 15, 2015

Umbella Farm Growers

Name? Russell Heitzmann and Calliope Gazetas Where do you farm? Royston, in the Comox Valley just south of Courtenay. We are some of the newest members of the Merville Organics Growers Cooperative! What do you farm? Vegetables and meat chickens What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? We have a one year lease for this year with the possibility to renew for a longer term. It’s our relationship with the landowner and her desire to have her property be a working farm that really makes things tick. Because the landowner really understands what we’re doing and what … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Russell Heitzmann & Calliope Gazetas

Business Mentorship Network – Dan Mousseau

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 13, 2015

Linger Longer Lodge Fields

Name? Dan Mousseau Where do you farm? Linger Longer Lodge, Macalister, BC in the Cariboo region. What do you farm? Heritage Pork (breeding to finishing), Pastured Poultry as well as greenhouse tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership (with my wife) What is your land tenure? We purchased the 30 acres Homestead in 2012 How did you seriously get into farming? Everyone is involved in agriculture every day since we all eat food yet only 1% of the population actually grows it. Industrial factory farming is not the future of farming and I want to lead by example by showing the next generation … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Dan Mousseau

2015 Canadian Chef Survey Results

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 09, 2015

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In early spring I always look forward to the results of the Canadian Chef Survey put out by Restaurants Canada. I’m excited to see what foods are popular on menus and I consider what I might be able to produce to fulfill this potential demand. For those of you who familiar with this survey, it provides an overview of the current food trends in Canada’s restaurant industry as measured by the chefs. It’s full report runs through a number of foodie categories (produce, proteins, seasonings, desserts, method of preparation, menus, etc…) and then ranks the overall top trends. Sadly, the … Continue reading 2015 Canadian Chef Survey Results

Business Mentorship Network – Robert Gilchrist

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 08, 2015

Funky Beets Farm Market Stall

Name? Rob Gilchrist Where do you farm? Funky Beets Farm in Powell River B.C. What do you farm? We are a small mixed use farm raising  organic chickens and pork, a market garden, 2 greenhouses and organic eggs. What is your land tenure? The farm is located on leased land that we have slowly been clearing of alders and have about 2 acres cleared.  We are in the process of working though a subdivision as well as a legal lease agreement. How did you seriously get into farming? I seriously got into farming after years of working in restaurants and finding it … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Robert Gilchrist

Business Mentorship Network – Karly Pinch & Michaela Horner

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 06, 2015 2 Comments

Shady Acres Farm Richmond

Name? Karly Pinch, with farming partner Michaela Horner Where you farm? Shady Acre Farm, in Richmond, BC What do you farm? Mixed vegetables What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? 2 year lease, renewable How did you seriously get into farming? Both of us were looking for a career change, and through volunteering, came across the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture. From there, we both fell in love with farming and decided to make a go of it! Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? We’re starting our own farm, a brand new venture for both of us, … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Karly Pinch & Michaela Horner