Join the Young Agrarians for their 5th Winter Mixer and Land Link!

WHEN: February 10-11, 2018

WHERE: Coast Salish Territory – Camp Pringle, 2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3


(Photos from Young Agrarians)

This weekend of workshops, mingling, and land trading will bring together a variety of participants interested in the local food system. “Our Mixers are open to the public, and the range of sessions will appeal to everybody with an interest in the local food system, including farmers, homesteaders, and gardeners,” says Moss Dance, Vancouver Island Coordinator for Young Agrarians (YA). “We also welcome folks who are ‘farm curious’ to attend. You don’t need to have any experience in farming to join in the learning and networking.”

(Photos from Young Agrarians)

At this year’s mixer there will be three levels of workshops for beginner, intermediate, and experienced farmers. The workshops offered this year were created based on farmer feedback received through surveys and the YA regional advisory committee. “we reached out through social media and our newsletter to ask our farmers let us know what was important for them to learn,” says Dance. This year’s workshops include:

  • 3 levels of business planning workshops
  • 2 soil fertility management workshops
  • Crop planning
  • Quw’utsun Elders Tousilum and Sulsa’meethl and local activist Joe Akerman with an update on the Xwaaqw’um Project and fish farm occupation
  • Farmers Market Best Practices
  • On-Farm Efficiency panel
  • Online Marketing for Farmers panel
  • Integrating Livestock and Organic Crops
  • Organic Fruit Tree Care
  • Co-operative Farm Models
  • And many more! Click here for the full list.

The workshops will be facilitated by well known mentors, farmers and elders in the community.

(Photos from Young Agrarians)

The Land Linking session will take place Saturday February 10th from 1:00-6:00 PM. It was designed to connect farmers looking for land with landowners looking to see their fields turned into productive farms. “Land access continues to be a core issue for new farmers, as soaring land prices prevent young folks from getting into the market,” says Dance. “We offer Land Linking sessions to empower land seekers and land owners with the nuts and bolts of land leasing, and give them a chance to network and potentially find the right match. The idea is to spread the word about crafting effective lease agreements, so that farmers and landowners can create secure, long term land access agreements that are beneficial to both parties.”

(Photos from Young Agrarians)

Interested? You can register for the mixer here. Your pass includes access to the two full days of farming workshops and networking activities. Meals are provided by Tom Kral, known as “Nature’s Chef.” Kral is known for creating dishes out of a combination of foraged and fresh farmed foods.  There will be a community potluck where participants are asked to bring a dish to share.

“The $75-150 sliding scale ticket price includes camp-style shared accommodation—the first 60 people to register will be able to reserve a bunk bed,” says Dance. “After that, people are still welcome to stay with us, but will have to bring their own sleeping mat, so we encourage folks to register early!” Work trade options are also available, “and no one is turned away for lack of funds,” says Dance. Please contact Moss Dance at  [email protected] to volunteer.

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-Ryann Anderson

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