Farm Sector Capacity Building
Over 50% of our farm sector will retire in the next decade and there is a real need to equip the next generation with the resources, knowledge and experience they need to succeed.
Farmer2Farmer is an annual event for farmers and growers of the capital region. This gathering is an opportunity for networking, community building, and capacity building. Farmer2Farmer grows farm sector capacity through peer support and development. The annual Farmer2Farmer Gathering is the primary activity and is complemented by several other initiatives designed to assist new farmers. The Farmer2Farmer Gathering provides powerful networking and learning opportunities for farmers and food producers in the region.
Another year of Farmer2Farmer has come and gone. On February 28th 50 participants gathered to discuss Growing Food in a Changing Climate.
SPEAKERS FROM OUR 2019 GATHERING
Dr. Coulter, Liese
Dr. Liese Coulter returned to Victoria from Australia where she worked in climate change adaptation research and communication across topics from agriculture to health. She looks at the pathways paved by the decisions made as we consider what climate change will bring. Her work supports adaptation actions that combine climate change narratives and future thinking. She is currently a Mitacs Science Policy Research Fellow with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.
Tayler Krawczyk, with his wife Solara, co-manages Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping & ecological design company based in Victoria, BC. Since 2011, they’ve been transforming barren, boring landscapes into thriving edible ecosystems. As a Regrarians® Team Member, he also provides a design-consulting service to farmers, ranchers & land-managers looking to develop climate-adaptive, regenerative farms on Vancouver Island. They led a three-year ‘Keyline Water Management’ research & monitoring project from 2015-2017: www.crkeyline.ca.
Doug is the Regional Agrologist with the Ministry of Agriculture for Vancouver Island, based out of Duncan BC. He has an extensive background in Emergency Preparedness, working with farmers and ranchers in the interior dealing with wildfires, before coming to his current post on Vancouver Island.
Andrew graduated from UBC with a degree in Agricultural Science in 1986. For the next 20 years he worked in the irrigation industry focusing on agricultural design and sales. In 2006 Andrew joined the province to work for Ministry of Agriculture as a Water Management Specialist. He is a Certified Irrigation Designer and a Professional Agrologist.
Foster works for the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative since June 2018 and manages adaptation projects in Delta, the Peace and the Fraser Valley. Raised on a hobby farm in the Cowichan Valley, he completed a degree from UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, market gardened for 3 years in the Comox Valley, worked for the Cowichan Green Community in Duncan, and currently farms in Cobble Hill.
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