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Friday February 27 to Sunday March 1, 2015

Join us in Chilliwack at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn for our next annual conference focusing on Livestock. In addition to a full slate of sessions related to livestock, there will be presentations on wire worm, tree fruit production (cherries, peaches, apples), land linking with Young Agrarians, and much more.

We're also excited to announce a new format with a full-day workshop on Friday, February 27: "Write Your Own Handbook." This workshop is intended to help farm owners and their managers create their own farm-specific employee handbook. A well-crafted handbook can effectively communicate the benefits and responsibilities of working on your farm, as well as foster a fair work environment and help your employees identify with your business values.

Save these dates and mark them in your calendar -- registration will open at the end of October.

We look forward to seeing you there!.

Keynote Speaker - Sara Dent

Sara Dent Nature's Path Sara Dent is the BC Coordinator and Producer of Young Agrarians, a network and capacity building project for the next generation of small-scale, ecological farmers in BC. Together we can address the issues new farmers face and work towards an ecological and organic future. With less than 5% of farmers in BC ages 35 and under, and more than 50% 59 and up– BC's farming community is facing an important demographic shift and a need for the next generation to take up the art and science of agriculture. While the market is growing for organics, new farmers face several challenges in start-up: learning how to farm, starting a business, accessing secure land and start-up capital, and more. To do these things, new farmers have to innovate often with less secure land tenure arrangements and housing than previous generations. Since Young Agrarians started January 2012 as a partnership with FarmFolk CityFolk, the program has doubled in size and participation annually in response to a very real need for new farmers to network and build community-based ‘extension services’. Through our farmer-driven engagement strategy, Young Agrarians has hosted 75 events with over 4000 participants, representing more than 3000 farmer volunteer hours. The network online has had over 150,000 visitors with an engaged following of 10,000. Young Agrarians will inspire you to support the movement to grow new farmers in BC and beyond!

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