This workshop for food producers will include a morning classroom component, and an afternoon field walk. Students will learn to use the basic tools for monitoring soil and crop conditions, and how to analyze the results to gradually improve the growing environment, maximize plant quality and soil health regardless of changing weather conditions. In addition to improved crop quality and yield, producers applying the scientific principles to produce nutrient dense plants also report significant reductions in disease, insect, and weed pressures. They also observe increased drought and frost tolerance in crops, and improved soil tilth. The principles and techniques taught are … Continue reading May 28: Armstrong, BC – Soil Health Workshop
Join Fresh Valley Farms and YA for another annual farmer mixer. This year, you will have a chance to get dirty with FARM OLYMPICS! Where: Fresh Valley Farms, 1346 Mountain View Rd, Armstrong, BC Time: 3:00-10:00PM Check it out on Facebook! Schedule of Events: 3:00pm – Farm tour – come and see what we’ve been up to in the past year and how this farm functions. We will do a walk-through of our animal pastures, give an overview of our popular monthly meat CSA program, and show our growing home garden and orchard. 4:30pm – Farm olympics – bring some shoes you don’t mind getting … Continue reading JUNE 24: ARMSTRONG, BC – Fresh Valley Farms Annual YA Mixer!
When: June 18, 4 – 10 PM *Special Note*: Please do not bring your dogs to the event as we have on-farm animals that could be disturbed by unfamiliar dogs. Where: 4 PM – Farm tour starts at 1346 Mountain View Road, Armstrong. Meet the pigs, chickens, and see how Fresh Valley Farms functions. 6 PM – Potluck and food happens at the Cub Camp, just a couple km down the road from Fresh Valley Farms, at 1052 Mountain View Road. There is ample parking available, just follow the signs to the field near the Cub Camp. About Fresh Valley … Continue reading June 18: Fresh Valley Farms Annual YA Mixer, Armstrong, BC
July 18, 2015: Join us for a relaxed evening of friends, food and fun on this beautiful forested farm that specializes in grass-fed, naturally raised, GMO free meat. Dinner will be provided this year thanks to local sponsors: Askews Foods, Rancho Vignola and Fresh Valley Farms, we’re having a Mexican fiesta. Don’t worry about bringing anything, but if you must, you could bring the best fruit you can find that is in season. We will put them all into a giant fresh fruit salad for desert. Please bring a donation to contribute so we can cover any cash costs. Any … Continue reading JULY 18: Fresh Valley Farms Annual Young Agrarians Mixer!
Name? Steve Meggait Where do you farm? 5 km north of Armstrong What do you primarily farm? Beef (breeding to finishing), pork (breeding to finishing), broiler chickens, grains and hay. What type of business structure is your farm? Currently a sole proprietorship, with plans to incorporate. What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? I’m farming two family owned 1/4 sections. One has been in the family for 90 years. How did you seriously get into farming? I really don’t know. It just happened. Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? I could use some help making my business … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Steve Meggait
Want to learn how to plough with a tractor, and horses? Join us at Deerfoot Farm for a ploughing workshop coordinated by David Boran. Please register as soon as possible so that David can organize the appropriate teachers, tools and tractors. This workshop is a great primer for the 37th Annual North Okanagan Ploughing Match the following weekend, Sunday, September 28th. Where: Deerfoot Farm, 4420 Hullcar Road, Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B4 Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 Times: 10am-4pm You can choose to learn horse ploughing and/or tractor ploughing. The group will be split up into two to give people time … Continue reading September 21: Tractor & Horse Ploughing Workshop at Deerfoot Farm, Armstrong, BC
Armstrong, BC: Dear farmers and farm supporters from far and wide, join us for an evening of friends, delicious local food, music and fun at Fresh Valley Farms. It’s going to be worth the drive! Please leave your dogs at home, but do bring your farm-y & food loving friends, musical instruments, camping gear and a willingness to let loose and kick up your heels. Saturday June 14 3 PM – Farm Tour: 1346 Mountain View Road 5:30 PM – Camp Ground: 1152 Mountain View Road 6:30 PM – Potluck, Bring a dish to share and tools to eat with … Continue reading June 14 Join Us For: Put your hoe down – Farmer Hoe Down!
Nearly one long and eventful year has passed since Steve posted this article on the Young Agrarians blog. Since starting farming Steve Meggait has made some good progress and he thought it was about time to share some stories with the ever expanding network of young agrarians that might be interested: For me, 2013 started out with a big empty house, a big empty pig barn and a big empty pole barn on 150 acres of land in desperate need of some drainage and cattle fencing. After attending the first Young Agrarians mixer in Kelowna I came home to the … Continue reading Young Agrarians Dispatch from Fresh Valley Farms, Armstrong BC
Pictures are now up on Facebook from the Crannóg Ales/Left Field Farms potluck and tour on June 16th. What an afternoon that was — such an informative and engaging farm tour, complete with rock-picking contest wherein almost 900 lb of rocks were collected in 10 minutes!!! The brewery tour wasn’t that bad, either:) The tasting was ample and varied, followed by one of the biggest potluck spreads yet. Thanks to the Crannóg/Left Field crew for putting on a great day for us. Saturday, July 13, 2013 Join us in sweet Armstrong for the next Young Agrarians South Interior Potluck! 3pm … Continue reading Armstrong Apiaries Potluck