This year FarmFolk CityFolk turns 20! That’s two decades of supporting sustainable agriculture and celebrating local food in British Columbia. To celebrate this milestone and launch FarmFolk CityFolk into the next 20 years we would like to invite you to an exclusive 20th Anniversary Party.
Join us Thursday, October 24th, from 7-11pm at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.
Hear from special guest, FarmFolk CityFolk founder Herb Barbolet, on how far we've come as a movement and where we are headed together.
Enjoy delicious canapé's prepared by Chef Dave Carlson prepared with fresh local ingredients sourced from his own farm Common Ground Farm, along with many other delicious contributions from local producers that have supported us over the years.
Raise a glass and toast all the work we've accomplished together with beer from Granville Island Brewing, organic wine from Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and delicious local juices from Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery.
Accompanied by live music and good friends it is sure to be a gala evening.
Tickets to this intimate event are limited so please purchase yours today.
A great opportunity for the next generation of farmers to sink their hands into the earth and learn about ecologically sound food production.The cost for the one week will be $200/camper, and additional siblings will be $185/week
There will be two camps this year, each running for one week, Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. The first camp runs July 22nd to July 26th, the second from July 29th to August 2nd.The camp will focus on ecologically based farming, and how food production interacts with the natural environment. We will explore soils, forests, fields, edges, and the ways in which they interact through insects, water, and weeds. Children will experience food production, from natural soil amendments, to seeding, planting, harvesting, and finally selling produce to the public.
For more information, please contact David or Donna at Fraser Common Farm by email or call 604 857-9057.
Small Scale Organic Seed Production Manual
By Patrick Steiner
Small Scale Organic Seed Production, a new handbook produced by FarmFolk/CityFolk for farmers in British Columbia and beyond, gives practical advice on why and how to incorporate vegetable seed production into existing farming systems.. Written by organic seed grower Patrick Steiner, this publication is not so much a "how-to" of seed growing as it is a "what to expect" when embarking on a journey of seed growing.
Patrick interviews several small-scale seed growers from Canada and the United States to get a glimpse of their experience over the years - their successes, their challenges, and what to expect in the future. Their stories are inspiring and do a wonderful job of preparing the reader for the world of seed growing.
Patrick himself is an experienced seed grower, operating Stellar Seeds (www.stellarseeds.com) in Salmon Arm, BC. He is well-known for his high-quality seeds as well as his involvement in seed growing education. Patrick has worked for the last several years on seed security issues in Canada and abroad, including serving on the board of USC Canada ( www.usc-canada.org) and BC Seeds, a FarmFolkCityFolk Project (www.bcseeds.org)
Table of Contents
The Art of Seed Growing:
Voices From the Field
Disease Prevention and Seed Treatments
Table 1: Seed Economics Matrix
Table 2: Seed Yields
Table 3: Seed Longevity in Ideal Storage
Table 4: Minimum Germination Standards for Canada No. 1 Seed
Table 5: Hot Water Seed Treatment Guidelines
Formats and Payment
We offer the 40-page manual in two formats - as a free electronic pdf file available by clicking here or as a coloured printed booklet ($10 including shipping). Download our order form and mail or fax it to the FarmFolkCityFolk office
FarmFolk CityFolk is proud to present
Good for You, Good for Our Earth
Exclusively on Shaw TV Vancouver
This health and wellness show features BC food producers and manufacturers who embrace environmental sustainable business practices
Each segment will take you behind the scenes to show you exactly where your dollar goes when buying local food, and how our local food manufacturers are leading the way in reducing the effect food production has on the environment. The show's host and well-known Vancouver dietitian Lori Petryk, will provide viewers with valuable nutrition information to help them make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
Each segment will feature a different Vancouver Lower Mainland farmer / food producer and manufacturer who produce healthy food products while embracing environmentally sustainable business practices.
Tune into The Express, SHAW TV (channel 4 Vancouver) airing Wednesdays @ 3pm, 6pm, and 10pm starting Wednesday July 20th.
If you happen to miss any segment, or if it does not air in your area, you can also head to the website to view all segments after each has aired at http://www.goodforyouandearth.com
Okanagan, Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island
The most delicious way to support our work ... come to one of our annual fundraising events! Feast of Fields: experience the harvest, gourmet style. If you've never been to one of our Feast of Fields or you come every year, they just keep getting better and better. More information about our Feast and information about ticket sales can be found on our Feast of Fields website.