A snapshot of what’s happening this month in the local island agriculture community, courtesy of the Islands Forage Committee.  

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A snapshot of what’s happening this month in the local island agriculture community, courtesy of the Islands Forage Committee.

Used to be anybody could farm. All you needed was a strong back. . . but nowadays you need a good
education to understand all the advice you get so you can pick out what’ll do you the least harm.
~ Vermont Saying, Mid-1900s


Foxglove Farm
Centre for Arts, Ecology & Agriculture Salt Spring Island, BC
October 2, 2010
Field to Plate: Fall Roots & Squashes with Chef Heidi Fink
October 24, 2010
Foraging for Fungi

Upcoming Food Safety Planning Workshops on Vancouver Island
(registration fee $20, includes lunch and coffee breaks)
• Thursday, September 30 – Courtenay (Courtenay Community Futures, Suite 200–580 Duncan Avenue, Courtenay)
• Friday, November 5, 2010 – Victoria (Saanich Fairground, 1528 Stelly's Cross Rd, Saanichton)
Jane Kelly
FSSI (Processor) Program Outreach Coordinator
Small Scale Food Processor Association
1-866-619-7372 or direct 250-951-9945
Register on-line at:  www.ssfpa.net/foodsafety

Foxglove Community Garden & Culinary School
Cooking in the Barn
October 3rd.
“Art of Canadian Heritage Cuisine”
In this first class of the series, Pat Germschied will take us back to the beginning when Canada was being settled. She will teach the art of preserving  and “putting by” the produce  and fruit from our gardens. Time 1:30 – 3:30 m.   Cost  $35 with lunch
October 17th.
“The Art of Chinese Cuisine”
Li Ping, originally from China will take us on a  culinary journey to China as she creates her countries cuisine in this first series. Time 1:30 – 3:30 pm Cost, $35 with lunch
October 24th,
The Art of Coast Salish Native Cuisine”
Using her Native culture as her guide, Gloria Norris, will teach the art of preparing and smoking a salmon. Time 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Cost $35 with lunch
November 7th.
“Art of Canadian Heritage Cuisine”
In this second series Pat Germschied will teach the art of making soups and stews.
Time 1:30 – 3:30 pm.  Cost $35 with lunch.
All classes are limited to 12 students. Please call Nancy at (250) 246-4967 for information and reserve your space.  info@foxglovecommunitygardens.org
Foxglove Community Gardens and Culinary School non-profit Society, 8035 Vye Road, Crofton BC V0R 1R0

Vineyard Workshop
Wine Islands Growers Association
Saturday October 2nd
Topics:      Botrytis Control,  and Determination of Grape Maturity                                
Where:     begins at Rocky Creek Winery
1854 Myhrest Rd, Cowichan Bay
Time:                2 – 4 p.m.

COASTAL INVASIVE PLANT COMMITTEE
Sunshine Coast Stakeholders Meeting: 
Thursday October 28th
Land managers, stakeholders, interested organizations and landowners are invited to attend a meeting in Sechelt on Thursday October 28th.  The objectives of this meeting are to: increase awareness of invasive plant issues and coordinated management approaches along the Sunshine Coast, share information about invasive plant activities already occurring in region, discuss areas for improvement and identify the level of interest in joining with or forming a regional invasive plant committee. 
Where: Seaside Centre 5790 Teredo Street, Sechelt 
When: 9:30am - 3:30pm on Thursday October 28th (refreshments and lunch to be provided)
RSVP: Melissa Noel, CIPC Coordinator at: info@coastalinvasiveplants.com or 250-857-2472 by Tuesday October 26th
There is no cost associated with attending the meeting. 

Farm Credit Canada – Upcoming Free Workshops
Farm Financial Management – Profitability and Budgeting in Abbotsford on November 9
Farm Financial Management – Statements and Ratios in Langley on November 10.
Maureen Hari
Customer Service Manager / Directrice, Service à la clientèle
BC Coast & Interior District
Farm Credit Canada / Financement agricole Canada
#301 – 5460 152 Street
5460 152 Street, bureau 301
Surrey, BC  V3S 5J9
Tel/Tél: (604) 575-4268   Cell: (604) 722-6891   Fax/Téléc: (604) 575-4260
E-mail/Courriel: maureen.hari@fcc-fac.ca

Building Sustainable Communities Conference
November 15th-18th, 2010
Delta Grand Resort & Conference Centre, KELOWNA, BC
Hosted & Facilitated by the Fresh Outlook Foundation
EMAIL: jo@freshoutlookfoundation.org  • PHONE: 250-766-1777

The Island Agr-food Initiative is Open for Business
The Islands Agri-Food Initiative (IAFI) was started in 2001, to encourage the development of a viable and sustainable agri-food sector on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Powell River. Funding is available to groups, societies and organizations based in the areas served by the initiative for projects that fit at least one of the initiative’s four strategic priorities:
1.      To enhance market and product development and promotion of the agri-food industry.
2.      To increase the agri-food stakeholder knowledge base (including stakeholder communication, economic potential, statistical data, marketing skills and product development).
3.      To facilitate the development of strategic partnerships and alliances that enhances the long-term sustainability of the agri-food industry.
4.       To support increased agri-food processing as a catalyst for rural community development
IAFI funding is provided by IAF through the federal-provincial Agri-Food Futures Fund.
Jamai Schile
Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC
Program Manager
Direct Line: 250.356.0119

Farm Business Advisory Services Program
Are you considering changes to your farm business? Do you have the financial information and plans you need to make the best decisions for you, your family and your farm business?
Up to $5,000 is now available for both new and established farms to answer these questions.  Check the link below for all the program and eligibility details or contact:
Toll Free: 1 877 702-5585 Email: BCFBAS@gov.bc.ca for more information. http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/busmgmt/FB_Advisory_Services.html
BC Assessment Authority Farm Classification
Application Deadline October 31st
Janice Weninger
Farm Appraiser
Vancouver Island Region
300 - 125 Wallace St,
Nanaimo BC V9R 5B2  
Tel 250.753.6621 x 228
Toll-free 1.800.977.2775

Island Ideal Meats
Class A custom meat processing service
Operated by: Vancouver Island Heritage Foodservice Co-operative
located at Valley View Farm, 2322 Gomerich Rd. in Nanaimo
Now Open August 2010 offering slaughter and custom cut-and-wrap services
All enquiries should be directed to:
Grant Henry,
250 6680-8718

Agriculture and Water -  Waterbucket website for information on drought management, irrigation scheduling, drainage and more

Provincially Licensed Meat Plant Establishments
New! ENHANCED REGULATIONS SUPPORT LOCAL MEAT SALES

UPDATE Spotted Wing Drosophila (Fruit Fly)
Attention: Berries, grapes and stone fruit producers
Spotted Wing Drosophila been found in all fruit growing areas in BC where traps have been placed including Southern Vancouver Island
Information on sanitation New
Canadian Horticulture’s Council CanadaGAP On-Farm Food Safety program
Annette Moore, recognized trainer
Quality First in Agriculture Inc.
T: (604) 859-5962

BC Good Agricultural and Collection Practices
Keith Hunter, recognized trainer
phone 250 720-8907

Agri-Food Trade Service Funding Opportunities for BC Producers, Processors, and Associations
For a print copy of this publication please contact:
BC Regional Office
Market and Industry Services Branch
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
420 – 4321 Still Creek Drive
Burnaby, BC
V5C 6S7
Telephone: 604-666-6344
Fax: 604-666-7235
Email: atsbc@agr.gc.ca
ISSN 1923-0060
AAFC No. 11160E

Farm Centre Agriwebinar’s  http://agriwebinar.com/

Soil Nematodes with Rosy Smit

Canadian Organic Growers Vancouver Island Chapter (COGVI)
Meets monthly every third Thursday of the month 7 p.m. at Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Road, Victoria.
Please see www.haliburtonfarm.org  for map."

Comox Valley Farmers' Institute
Meets at the Dove Creek Hall, Courtenay the third Tuesday of every month.
Contact:  Gerry 250-334-4562
Cowichan Agricultural Society & Farmers Institute Meeting
Come to our meetings and learn from other growers during the “Farmers Soap Box”
Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. 5855 Clements St. Duncan, BC
Contact:  David at 250-748-8089
Meetings from June to September will be at member farms hosting tours!

Cowichan Exhibition Society
Meets at 5855 Clements St in Duncan on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Island Farmer’s Alliance

Nanaimo-Cedar Farmers' Institute
Meets at the Cedar United Church Hall (1644 Cedar Rd) on the second Thursday of October - June. 
Contact Joanne at 250-722-3397
Peninsula Agricultural Commission (PAC)

For more information please contact:
Isobel Hoffmann Secretary to PAC Isobel.Hoffmann@saanich.ca
Shawnigan Cobble Hill Farmers Institute
Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 P.M. in the Cobble Hill Hall.

Vancouver Island Goat Association Meetings
Contact:  Marion 250-752-8526 e-mail mousefieldfarm@uniserve.com

Wine Island Growers Association 
A majority of our 2010 Conference Presentations are now available on our website under Events and News
VEGGIE, POULTRY AND SMALL ANIMAL SWAP that has started up at the Lighthouse Community Center on Lions Way in Qualicum Bay. There is an indoor swap meet and Pancake Breakfast from 9am - 1pm and an outdoor farmers market (including live poultry) that runs from 10am till 1pm. The contact person is Sheena McCorquodale 250-757-9991

Farm Animal and Poultry Swaps
Courtenay - South Country Feeds - 2rd Sunday each month 11am - 1pm
Courtenay - SharKare Feeds - 3rd Sunday each month 11am - 1pm
Duncan, (Cowichan Feather Fanciers) at Buckerfields - 4th Sunday each month 11 am til 12:30 pm starting Feb 28 til Oct http://members.shaw.ca/cowichanfeatherfanciers/
Coombs, Farm Animal & Poultry Swap, Coombs Fairgrounds - 1st Sunday of the month 11 am - 1 pm starting March 1 until November. Contact 250-752-1703 dogma@bcsupernet.com  "Subscribe to free eNewsletter"

BC HST Information
Canada Revenue Agency – Technical Questions: 1 800 959-5525
B.C. Ministry of Finance: 1 877 388-4440
BC Crop Production Guides
 Home and Garden Pest Management Guide for B.C. is now available!
Ordering information available at the following link  http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/prodguide.htm
Courses being offered through Vancouver Island University Continuing Ed.
Call today to register! 250-746-3519
G.R. Paine Horticulture Training Centre

Courses being offered through North Island College Continuing Ed.
Campbell River 250-923-9750
Comox Valley 250-334-5005
Port Alberni 250-724-8705

Courses being offered through Camosun College Continuing Ed.
1–877–554–7555

BC Farmers Market Association “Find A Market”
Farm and Ranch Safety Association (FARSHA)
Provides ongoing safety courses, safety materials and helpful advice to the farm and ranching community of BC

Agriculture Labour Pool (based in Abbotsford but does the Islands as well)

Western Agriculture Labour Initiative

Federal - Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2008

Federal - Youth Employment Strategy

Bee Information
Apiculture Inspector Vancouver Island
Brenda Jager
cell/message250-755-5834
bzbees@telus.net
Canada - British Columbia Environmental Farm Plan Program

Multispecies Grazing Articles


Farm Vehicles on the Move
A guide to licensing and insuring farm vehicles in British Columbia

Farm Structures and Fencing Information can be found at:
To apply for Farm Status you would contact BC Assessment in Nanaimo or Courtenay.

Leasing options for farmers and rural land owners

Dam Safety in BC

Food Safety Systems
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Programs and Services

Investment Agriculture Foundation

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