Name? Rachael and Dane Sherstad Where do you farm? Paradise Valley Produce, Powell River, BC What do you farm? At this point buttercup… but hopefully delicious mixed veggies coming soon! What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? We purchased this land last summer and made the move to the Sunshine Coast in November. Endless thanks to the most supportive family ever for making this possible! How did you seriously get into farming? Farming is a new adventure for both of us as we transition from backgrounds in outdoor education/guiding. We both feel as if we are in the early … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce
Name? Sweet Digz Farm – Kareno Hawbolt & Kimi Hendess Where do you farm? Richmond, BC What do you farm? We use organic farming practices to grow veggies, seed and herbal medicinals. What type of business structure is your farm? Our business is a partnership of two sole proprietors: Kareno & Kimi. Officially, we are “Sweet Digz Farm & Construction.” Up until last year we had a carpentry side where Kimi did renovations and in 2014-15 built a tiny house for a client. Since 2016 we are trying to have Kimi full time on the farm along with head farmer Kareno. We also have been able … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm
Name? Kailli Pigott and Zach Johnston Where do you farm? Dancing Dandelion Farm is located in Duncan, BC in the lovely Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. What do you farm? Mixed vegetables and cut flowers. What type of business structure is your farm? We are a sole proprietorship. What is your land tenure? We own the land we farm on and purchased the property at the end of August 2016. Previously the property was run as a tree and shrub nursery. How did you seriously get into farming? A series of pathways led us to farming. For Kailli it began with her … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kailli Pigott & Zach Johnston, Dancing Dandelion Farm
Name? Simon Answerth Where do you farm? Kelowna, BC What do you farm? Market garden vegetables. What type of business structure is your farm? Husband and Wife partnership. What is your land tenure? I am involved in an incubator farm program where growers are given the chance to develop their skills on a quarter acre plot with very low land costs (i.e. lease fees, irrigation, fencing) and assumed risk. Each ‘student’ is allowed to participate for 1-3 years after which they must move on to find their own land to lease and to hopefully one day buy. How did you seriously get … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Simon Answerth, Lightfoot Farm, BC
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!
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
The Vancouver Urban Farming Society, Young Agrarians, and Vancity are partnering to present a workshop to help you grow your urban farm business! To support new and aspiring entrepreneurs, Vancity offers the Each One Grow One sessions which provide information and tools to help make your young business more financially stable and sustainable. The half day workshop will address two topics as identified by the urban farming community, Keys to Market Research and Making the Most of Your Money. It will be co-facilitated by Vancity and Urban Farmer Marc Schutzbank. WHERE: Vancity Oakridge Community Branch, 5594 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z WHEN: Saturday, … Continue reading April 25, 2015 – Market Research & Money Management for Urban Farmers Workshop