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Seasonal Changes Are Constant: Summer and Fall Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Posted by Alex on October 25, 2022

Photo by Natasha As part of the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers course, a group of farmers, growers, and food lovers across many Indigenous territories and ecosystems have committed to one year of active ecological observation based on the Blackfoot lunar calendar. Students pick a study site in their area and visit it often in order to recognize and learn from the patterns, relationships, and cycles they observe. Here are some of their reflections from the second half of summer. The latter part of summer was dry and warm with a long, drawn-out fall. There were lots of opportunities to harvest … Continue reading Seasonal Changes Are Constant: Summer and Fall Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Soaking It All In: Spring and Summer Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Posted by Alex on September 08, 2022

Photo by Brenda B. As part of the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers course, a group of farmers, growers, and food lovers across many Indigenous territories and ecosystems have committed to one year of active ecological observation based on the Blackfoot lunar calendar. Students pick a study site in their area and visit it often in order to recognize and learn from the patterns, relationships, and cycles they observe. Here are some of their reflections from the first part of summer. The first few lunar cycles of summer have been dynamic and vibrant. We passed though the summer solstice and watched … Continue reading Soaking It All In: Spring and Summer Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Delighted by Colour and Sound: Winter Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Posted by Rachel Spruston on May 30, 2022

Photo by Brenda Bohmer As part of the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers course, a group of farmers, growers, and food lovers across many Indigenous territories and ecosystems have committed to one year of active ecological observation based on the Blackfoot lunar calendar. Students pick a study site in their area and visit it often in order to recognize and learn from the patterns, relationships, and cycles they observe. Here are some of their reflections from the second part of winter. The past few moon cycles have been rich with change. We have passed through both the winter solstice and the … Continue reading Delighted by Colour and Sound: Winter Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Seeing with Different Eyes: Initial reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Posted by Rachel Spruston on December 15, 2021

Blackfoot Phenology

Photo by Travis Lee, Invermere, BC As part of the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers course, led by Beaver Bundle holder Ryan First Diver, a group of farmers, growers, and food lovers across many Indigenous territories and ecosystems have committed to one year of active ecological observation. Students pick a study site in their area and visit it often in order to recognize and learn from the patterns, relationships, and cycles they observe. (So far, students have observed and identified over 170 different species of plants, animals, and fungi at their sites.) Throughout the course, students are capturing their observations through … Continue reading Seeing with Different Eyes: Initial reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

AgSafe launches new COR Self-Assessment website for B.C.’s agriculture industry

Posted by Moss Dance on June 14, 2018

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AgSafe has launched a new free safety self-assessment web tool for B.C.’s agriculture organizations and other naturally aligned industries. The Safety Ready Certificate of Recognition (COR) Self-Assessment website is designed to assist organizations in assessing their readiness for a COR program audit. The self-assessment tool begins with a questionnaire to be completed by the person responsible for overseeing the Safety Management System in your organization. Once that is done, the tool provides feedback on your readiness for a COR review. The web tool will also help you calculate your organization’s potential WorkSafeBC incentive. “There are three levels of readiness and … Continue reading AgSafe launches new COR Self-Assessment website for B.C.’s agriculture industry

Soil Testing for New Farmers: a Step by Step Guide

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 22, 2017 5 Comments

‘Feed the soil, not the plants’ is a great way of looking at the importance of managing soils for food production. Soils vary in diversity from one location to another, and require comprehensive management strategies for on-site nutrient recycling and long-term land stewardship. Healthy soils will grow healthy crops, and knowing what types of soils you are working with will help you figure out what will grow best on your land. For a farmer on a new piece of land, there are a few methods that will reveal what type of soil and nutrient content you are working with. Soil testing, on … Continue reading Soil Testing for New Farmers: a Step by Step Guide