SPEC

Small Farm Sessions

Small Farm Sessions

These workshops are designed to support small farmers, especially in the Metro Vancouver area. 

You can submit your question(s) ahead of time and we will investigate for you. The workshops will feature a teaching portion and a live Q&A. See you there!

Workshop Description
Having issues with nutrient management / soil health / compost? Look no further! Jo Tobias is here to answer your questions and provide practical methods and workflows to rebuild soil biology and improve plant health.

Join Jo at this SPEC Small Farm Session and have your questions answered!

  • Practical and effective soil health assessment of your farm or garden
  • Methodologies and workflows to help rebuild your soil biology
  • Biological inoculants, such as thermophilic compost, extracts and teas, including management and applications for soil restoration
  • Proper applications and assessment of biological inoculants for restoration
  • Project case studies including conversations with farmers who began the journey of soil life rehabilitation

Submit your question(s) ahead of time and we will investigate for you! Plus, we’ll save some time for old-fashioned live Q&A at the end. See you there!

Biography
Jo Tobias is a regenerative soils and living compost specialist with the primary goal of helping farmers regenerate life in their soil.
She founded RootShoot Soils in 2015 and has since been educating and working with producers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. She combines curious exploration with ecology to successfully guide her clients in restoring the symbiotic relationships between their crops and the soil microbiome.

To learn more about Jo and her company, RootShoot Soils, visit www.rootshootsoils.com

Tickets coming soon!

 

Workshop Description
Climate change is no longer a future scenario, climate change is here. What does this mean for farmers in BC and how can you climate-proof your farm?

This presentation will explore some of the impacts of climate change on our food system and what we can do to mitigate effects at the farm level. Particular emphasis will be placed on water management, including strategies to both conserve water during a drought and prepare for flooding during the wet season. Opportunities to protect ecosystem services on farmland will also be discussed.
Submit your question(s) ahead of time and we will investigate for you! Plus, we’ll save some time for old-fashioned live Q&A at the end. See you there!

Biography
Ione is passionate about working to find solutions to challenging food system problems. She is a Professional Agrologist with a background in community engagement, agricultural planning, and land resource science. Ione brings over 17 years of extensive experience in developing recommendations and policies for local and provincial levels of government that will improve farm viability and food production through strategic stakeholder engagement processes. She has built a career on developing innovative agriculture and food security plans, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, and farm business plans. She has worked with Indigenous communities, governments of all levels, and non-governmental organizations to craft actionable recommendations and implement key business strategies to improve and develop opportunities for agriculture and food security. Ione is a Qualified BC Farm Business Advisor as conferred by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP): a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

In addition to her consulting work, Ione currently serves as Vice Chair (South Coast) of the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission and is an Instructor of CED 230: Community Economic Development Approaches to Food at Simon Fraser University.

To learn more about Ione and her company, Upland Consulting, visit https://uplandconsulting.ca/

Workshop Description
Coming soon.

Biography
Ellen is a full time farm consultant and workshop leader. She leverages her 35 years of biological vegetable farming experience to help growers around the country to achieve more satisfaction and better profitability from their farm businesses.

Ellen was one of three owners of Potomac Vegetable Farms in Northern Virginia where she grew Ecoganic produce for 7 farmers markets, a 550 member CSA and two roadside stands. Ellen is a co-author of the book Start Your Farm and writes the farmer-to-farmer profile column for Growing For Market magazine. She lives in suburban Maryland with her husband, where she gardens like crazy.

To learn more about Ellen and her company, Plant to Profit, visit https://www.planttoprofit.com/