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Ecological Workshops for Small-Scale Farmers – Vancouver Summer 2019

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 25, 2019

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Are you a small scale farmer in Metro Vancouver, looking to learn more about ecological farming methods? Check out the following workshops from SPEC coming up this August. Registration is free! Tuesday August 6: Cover Cropping Workshop 1:00 pm at Tsawassen Farm School (4996 28th Avenue, Tsawwasen) If you are a small-scale farmer in Metro Vancouver interested in increasing your knowledge about Cover Cropping Practices, this is the place for you! We are bringing together three experts in this field: Art Bomke is a Professor Emeritus at UBC and has spent decades studying local cover crop varieties; Corine Singfield is a local farmer, … Continue reading Ecological Workshops for Small-Scale Farmers – Vancouver Summer 2019

2019 South Coastal BC Compost Guide -SPEC

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 16, 2019

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South Coastal BC Compost Guide Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) has released a fantastic compost guide, updated for 2019. It contains information on identifying quality compost, how much to apply, and where to buy in the Lower Mainland. We hope this is helpful resource as you plan your farm amendments this season! Download the Compost Guide here: What is this Compost Guide about? This publication is an updated version of the 2018 ‘Composts for Farm Use Survey’ SPEC document created with the purpose of pursuing the issues relevant to the evaluation of local composts for farm use. For more in-depth … Continue reading 2019 South Coastal BC Compost Guide -SPEC

VOLUNTEER OPP: VANCOUVER, BC – SPEC at Westside Food Market

Posted by Moss Dance on June 18, 2018

SPEC booth at Westside Community Food Market

Want to volunteer at a dynamic farmers’ market to promote the work of SPEC, an awesome environmental conservation organization? Read on! ABOUT SPEC The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) works to provide our community with practical solutions for urban sustainability. We empower local communities in the Lower Mainland to build a greener future through our interactive programs and activities. SPEC is a non-profit, charitable and volunteer-driven organization, founded in 1969. We are the oldest environmental non-profit in Canada. Through our open education and outreach programs we provide our communities with the tools to build greener cities together. We work with citizens, industries and government agencies, putting our … Continue reading VOLUNTEER OPP: VANCOUVER, BC – SPEC at Westside Food Market

Bugging Out: An IPM Workshop Review

Posted by Moss Dance on October 25, 2017

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By Olga Lansdorp, Project Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation for Small Scale Farmers Society Promoting Environmental Conservation Have you ever had your eyes opened to a new way of seeing the world, to find that there is no turning back? I first experienced this when I was 18 and worked studying birds in the Rocky Mountains; suddenly the forest was alive with alarmed parents, begging chicks, predators, and males showing off, to name a few examples. It was a whole new world opening up before me, and I loved it. I did not expect to have a similar experience at an … Continue reading Bugging Out: An IPM Workshop Review

JULY 9: VANCOUVER, BC – Integrated Pest Management Workshop

Posted by Moss Dance on June 16, 2017 2 Comments

Integrated Pest Management Workshop

Integrated Pest Management Workshop | Presented by Vancouver Urban Farming Society & Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) July 9th, 2017  |  1:00 to 2:30 pm  |  Fresh Roots Urban Farm, Vancouver  |  $10 Explore pests on the farm and get practical tips on improving your pest management! Kiara Jack of E.S. Cropconsult will lead an in-field lesson on common pests, the importance of plant diversity, and organic pest control options. Participants will get hands-on experience with identifying garden insects and diseases and monitoring techniques. Location We’ll be using one of the Fresh Roots Urban Farm locations in Vancouver as our … Continue reading JULY 9: VANCOUVER, BC – Integrated Pest Management Workshop

MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 27, 2017 1 Comment

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Looking to learn the basics of bookkeeping for farms? It’s the first step in growing solid financial management practices for your business. Join YA and SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) for a 1.5 hour webinar laying out the foundations of farm bookkeeping, business set up, payroll and your first year-end tax report! NOTE: This webinar is going to focus on bookkeeping within the context of Canadian agriculture and tax regulation. Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST Cost: FREE! Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7568652497864152321 Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar will cover: Basic Principles of Bookkeeping GST & PST Registration Assets Cashflow … Continue reading MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar