Spring 2020 is seeing a HUGE growth in support for local food through models like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), like a weekly or monthly seasonal harvest box delivery. We wanted to catch up with farmers in the YA network who are connecting directly with their communities through their protein and vegetable CSA and pick their brains! Amanda and Ewan Forrest operate Forrest Farm in Salmo, a small-scale, mixed farm that they are diligently building towards being a zero waste farmstead creamery. Now in their fifth year on the property, they are currently producing natural goat milk soap and natural wool products … Continue reading CSA STORIES: Forrest Farm Salmo
We recently shared our first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Story featuring Forrest Farm Salmo, jumping into the ins and outs of their protein and vegetable CSA. Next up, we’re catching up with Christina Yahn and Justin Werner, two holistic beekeepers and pollinator activists based in the Slocan Valley of BC. Through their business, White Pine Mountain Apiary, they operate a unique CSA model that includes a community supported apiary, whereby members adopt a bee hive and they do the maintenance and care over the season at their mountain apiary. Harvest is then shared among each member! Read on to learn more … Continue reading CSA STORIES: WHITE PINE MOUNTAIN APIARY
Join Young Agrarians on farms across the Columbia Basin for an event series this season featuring 7 farms and even more food and farming entrepreneurs! The 2020 event series will be focused on collaborations with the YA Business Mentorship Network (BMN) and B.C. Land Matching Program (BCLMP) participants, like-minded community organizations and community leaders. Here’s a quick look at the dates and places we’ll be visiting. Read on for more information about each event! *Please note our Summer 2020 event series has been postponed. Stay tuned for updates by subscribing to our Columbia Basin/Kootenay newsletter! POSTPONED – TBA 2020 ZeroFox Farms, Harrop … Continue reading 2020 Columbia Basin Event Series Announced!
On October 25 – 26, 2019, over 100 people joined us at Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, BC, for the Columbia Basin Mixer. The three-day Basin Food Summit kicked off on October 24th with the Food and Buyers Expo. The YA Mixer coincided with the Agricultural Forum on day two, with the third day full of unique programming aimed at new and young entrants into agriculture and food production. Participants attended the event from all across BC, travelling from as far away as Vancouver Island and central BC to join in the multi-day programming aimed at knowledge sharing, capacity building, establishing new relationships … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: YA Mixer @ the Basin Food Summit ~ Rossland
On Sunday, November 3, 2019, 30 people braved the first day of daylight savings to join us over the course of the afternoon at Forrest Farm in Salmo for a farm tour and fireside potluck, enjoying several delicious soups made from the farm’s bounty! Participants joined us from the communities of Rossland, Salmo, Glade, Thrums, Blewett, Krestova, Bonnington, Argenta and Nelson. Amongst the awesome group of food enthusiasts, it was great to see other local food producers out at the farm from Bent Plow Farm, Earth Temple Gardens, Glade Organics, Hoedown CSA, Linden Lane Farms, Salix and Sedge and Little Miss Gelato. Thank you to our awesome hosts … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Forrest Farm Tour & Potluck ~ Salmo
On October 6, 2019, over 40 food and fermentation enthusiasts joined us over the course of the afternoon at the Doukhobor Discovery Center for a hands-on workshop, roundtable discussion and intimate potluck inside the museum! Participants joined us from the communities of Grand Forks, Rossland, Salmo, Vallican, Castlegar, Glade, Thrums, Nelson, and Harrop. Thank you to our amazing workshop hosts Leeza Zurwick from Happy Gut and Jess Bowman, our roundtable participants, hosts at the DDC and everyone who came out! Read on for a recap of the day’s activities and discussions! FERMENTATION WORKSHOP The day began with a presentation by Leeza from Happy Gut about … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Ferment & Feast ~ Castlegar
On August 18, 2019, over thirty-five folks of all ages joined us through out the day as we explored three farms and four farm businesses across Creston and Erickson. Folks came out from as far away as Blewett and Winlaw and we even had a few people travel by bike between the stops, despite the 30+ degree weather (way to go!). Thank you to all of our amazing host farms and farmers and to everyone who joined us! Read on for a recap of the afternoon’s activities and to learn about our inspiring host farms! WLOKA FARMS FRUIT STAND The day … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Creston Valley Farm Tour
Join Young Agrarians on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar for a hands-on workshop, museum tour, roundtable discussion and community potluck! This event will provide an opportunity both to those new to the area and long-time residents to familiarize themselves with the past, present and future of food and farming in their community. Join us for part or all of the event! WHEN: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2pm – 8pm WHERE: The Doukhobor Discovery Centre, 112 Heritage Way, Castlegar, BC, V1N 4M5 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Fermenting and Preserving Workshop (WORKSHOP IS FULL- register here) 4:00 – 5:00 … Continue reading OCT 6, 2019: CASTLEGAR, BC – Ferment & Feast!
Join Young Agrarians in Creston and Erickson for a multi-farm tour to learn about four unique farms in the Creston Valley! Alongside our host farms, there are several farms and orchards along the way that make for a scenic route. Time is provided to enjoy and find local bounty along the way. WHEN: Sunday, August 18, 2019. 2-8pm. WHERE: Bike (35 mins) or drive (10 mins) between locations (click here for route link). Join for the whole tour or drop in along the way! 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Wloka Farms Fruit Stand (3524 Crowsnest Hwy) 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Yaqan … Continue reading AUGUST 18, 2019: CRESTON, BC – Creston Valley Farm Tour, Potluck & Live Music
On August 20, join the 13th annual Slow Food Cycle’s celebration of food, farmers, and the joys of biking! Where: Pemberton Meadows Road at the location of the old Pemberton Community Centre. Look for School District 48’s Bus Garage and Playing Fields just north west of the Village of Pemberton. When: 9 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, August 20 Cost: $5 per person / $20 per family (up to 6 members) / Free – Children 5 and under About the Slow Food Cycle The 13th annual Slow Food Cycle Sunday presented by Pemberton Valley Supermarket is an opportunity to connect — town folk and … Continue reading AUG 20: PEMBERTON, BC – Slow Food Cycle