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Fall 2017/Organic Community

Resilience in Co-operation

Learning From Italy’s Thriving Agriculture Co-operatives By Chris Bodnar Over two weeks in June, I had the opportunity to join other farmers and a group of Vancity Credit Union staff on a study tour in Bologna, Italy. The focus of the tour was the agricultural co-operative sector. The Bologna region is unique because of its… Keep Reading

Ecological Farming with Interns and Volunteers

Michael Ekers and Charles Levkoe Originally published by Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario in Ecological Farming in Ontario, Volume 36, Issue 5. While the research was conducted with farms in Ontario, much of the findings likely carry over to BC. There are increasing numbers of interns, apprentices, and volunteers working on small- and medium sized… Keep Reading

Temporary Migrant Farm Workers in BC

Robyn Bunn, Elise Hjalmarson and Christine Mettler, collective members of Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA) Okanagan. RAMA is a volunteer, grassroots collective of community organizers that work to address the disenfranchisement and injustices faced by seasonal agricultural workers in the Okanagan. The Invisible ‘Foreign’ Labour in ‘Local’ Food [the boss] only sees [us]… Keep Reading

Ask an Expert: Transforming Conflict on the Farm

Keeley Nixon Seeds ordered? Check. Planting calendar set? Check. Staff hired? Check. Conflict resolution preparedness in place? Wait, what?! Though it’s often overlooked in the sheer onslaught of too-much-to-do-not-enough-time of daily farm life, collaborative communication practice can be one of our strongest tools,.Think you’ve got this covered? Remember back to the hardest moments of last… Keep Reading

Claremont Ranch Organics transition planning
2016/Fall 2016/Organic Community

Passing on the Farm

Bob McCoubrey A Succession Planning Story After more than 35 years of growing tree fruits and vegetables on our small farm in Lake Country, it was time to think about retirement. Our joints were telling us to ease up on the physical work and our son and daughter had moved on to other towns and… Keep Reading

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