Are you an enterprising farmer or food producer looking for more ways to sell your locally-made products online, to your community and beyond? Read on! In other blog posts, we cover general ecommerce tricks, tips and tools and small farm software tools for farmers and food producers. These resources are helpful for anyone in and outside of BC! In BC, multiple online platforms, directories and marketplaces where farmers and food producers (and other businesses!) can sell their fare have popped up in the last year to address increased demands for buying local, including healthy food. This post features two of … Continue reading Online Marketplaces for Farmers and Food Producers in BC
You are invited to participate in a study to understand how capturing soil carbon through agricultural management practices impacts farmer health and food quality. As a farmer in BC, we thought you might be interested in supporting efforts to shift the current policy paradigm to one that recognizes the multidisciplinary aspects of your job. If you are not a farmer, please pass this along to those that you know! The survey below will take about 20-25 minutes, and doesn’t require any long narrative contributions (although there is space for that if you are so inclined). You may wish to have … Continue reading SURVEY: Soil Quality, Farmer Health, and Product Quality
BC vegetable farmers are wanted to respond to a survey about their farm management! The survey will include questions about field management practices, seed practices, technology use, and employment. The study is being conducted by Dr. Hannah Wittman (Principal Investigator), Susanna Klassen (Doctoral Candidate), and Chris Thoreau (Masters Student), from the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Your responses will help us to better understand your experiences and the sustainability challenges facing vegetable farmers like you, and contribute to ongoing research out of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. We are especially … Continue reading SURVEY: UBC Farm Management Survey
Dallas Barnes and Anthony Csikos are a team of two recent UBC graduates determined to make eating local the norm. They hope to connect consumers directly to farms in their area through an online platform, think “digital farmer’s market”. Understanding that consumer preferences are changing and that the planet is struggling, these two are inspired to create a solution. The team is working to get farmers involved in this solution and hear their experiences and stories when it comes to selling goods. The following survey is an act of instigating that conversation! They’re looking for small-medium sized BC crop farmers … Continue reading SURVEY: HOW TO CONNECT CONSUMERS TO THEIR SOURCE OF FOOD AND FARMERS
The BC Ministry of Agriculture is coordinating focus groups to develop their New Entrants to Farming Strategy. They are currently recruiting for two web-based focus groups: Are you planning to enter farming or ranching in the next 10 years? (Prospective) Within the last 10 years, did you start or consider starting a career in farming, but then decide not to continue? (Unrealized) The total time commitment is 1-3 hours and participants will receive a $75 gift card. To Participate Anyone who would like to take part in online focus groups can contact Malatest toll-free 1-866-247-6465 and refer to the Agriculture Focus … Continue reading Prospective and Unrealized Farmers in BC: We want you!
Calling all new farmers (years 1-10)! Time to get your survey on! Submit your feedback by February 22nd, 2019 to the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and let them know what your needs as a farmer are. Are you responsible for the management decisions for a farm, ranch, agricultural business or new farming enterprise, and did you enter farming in the last 10 years? If you answered yes, please take this short survey! CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY The survey will take approximately 15 minutes – 20 minutes to complete. Deadline: The survey will be available until February 22nd 2019. About the Survey The … Continue reading Survey for New BC Farmers: Deadline Feb 22, 2019
Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus! Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories at … Continue reading FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER