The sun came out and shone on a large crowd gathered on the lawns of the legislative buildings today at the Food for the Future Rally. Many thanks are due to the organizers, the sterling lineup of speakers, and even more importantly, the families and individuals who showed up to make it known that there are plenty of citizens who do not support the government’s move to dismantle the ALR. We are fortunate here in BC to have landmark legislation in place to protect farmland from development. Here’s hoping the powers that be take note and respect the wishes of those who are determined to protect what little farmland we have left.
Though the day was warm, there was still some sparkly evidence of the recent cold snap.
One question… who ARE those guys up on the balcony that show up at every protest and take photos of the crowd with their long camera lenses?
Who are you working for, gentlemen? And what are you doing with the images?
With apologies to distant readers, here’s a heads up re. some local farm-y events heading our way…
Egg Addling Workshop – (or interest to anyone dealing with the resident Canada Geese)
January 25, 2014, 9:30 – 4pm
St Mary’s Anglican Church, 1973 Cultra Avenue, Saanichton
Free egg addling and permit training opportunity! Join us for information, addling training and support with completing permits related to resident, non-migratory geese. Workshop is free, but please RSVP
Meet Your Maker Monday, January 27th, 2014
9:30am to 3:00pm
9:00-9:30am- Registration, Set-up & Coffee
1528 Stelly’s X-Road
This event is a networking event for BC food producers and BC food buyers (not the general public.) Great opportunity for small producers to connect with local buyers (restaurants, wholesalers, grocery stores, etc.)
Registration is now open!
Islands Agricultural Show February 7-8, 2014
Celebrating the International Year of Family Farming
Cowichan Exhibition Park, Duncan, BC
Trade Show Hours: 8:30 am- 4:00 pm.
Trade show admission fee: $5.00 each for adults and children get in free
Conference registration includes admission to the trade show and Welcome Reception
Family Day Rally to Save the Agricultural Land Reserve – February 10
Noon – BC Legislature Grounds
More info: Farmland Protection Coalition
February 15, 2014 Seedy Saturday – Victoria (**Note: Many communities organize a Seedy Saturday event at the beginning of the gardening season – have a google to see what’s happening in your area)
Saturday, February 15, 2014
10am – 4pm
Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
$7 cash at the door
Under 16 free
Vancouver Island direct Farm Market Association Spring Meeting –
February 20, 2014
Oak Room, Main Hall, Saanich Fairground @ 7 pm. We are planning to invite several member farms who use social media tools to come and share their stories about how social media helps promote their farm or winery business.
Farmer 2 Farmer March 6, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Exhibitors (Enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org or voice message 250-381-5323)
Seedlings, Plants, Shrubs, Fruit Trees
Garden & Food Products
ATM on Site
NEW: Gardening Book Exchange
NEW: School Scarecrow Contest
Registration, coffee, meet ‘n’ greet 8:15 am
1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Saanichton