Okay wait. That sounds really boring to the unsoiled ear, but it was actually REALLY AWESOME! Especially the talk on soil. Man. I got schooled in more than one aspect.
So why the heck did all these young folk get together and talk about dirt anyways? Well, there is this amazing organization called the Young Agrarians.Who are they and what do they stand for? I think they say it best so I will just copy and paste who they are (I'm also a little bit lazy and this is just way easier): a grassroots initiative made up of agriculturalists and media conspirators intent on growing food sustainably. Inspired by The Greenhorns to build a network Canada-side to celebrate, connect and recruit young farmers – the Young Agrarians are the movers and shakers of a new agrarian movement: young agriculturalists, farmers, urban farmers, market and community gardeners, community groups and academics, organizations and the public who want to ecologically rebuild, promote and inspire the agriculture of our country. We are using the power of media and the internet, and bringing people together in real time- to build community and grow ‘good, clean, and fair’ food.
Sounds pretty cool right? Well, it is. YA (Young Agrarians) is helping young farmers to connect the dots all across B.C, helping us facilitate and build our own ways of learning and networks. So, word to the wise, if you're thinking of getting your hands dirty these guys are a good place to start.
We also learnt a few things about intensive farming thanks to Jean-Martin Fortier. A briliant man, with a ton of experience, he has taken his farm and made it work at maximum capacity like a well oiled machine. It was thought provoking and made us even more excited about getting the ball rolling and planting the greenhouse to its full potential.
Okay, so we've been really busy networking and getting things started, so I need to make one more shout out: Okanagan Meet Your Maker. Put on so wonderfully by Farm Folk City Folk, another grassroots organization changing the industry bit by bit, it was everything we dreamed it would be and more. We met some cool people who are making new and delicious products here in the valley. We absolutely can't wait to stock our shelves with them. Don't worry- I will let all know what they are closer to our opening date. We wouldn't want to give away too much too soon! We have to keep this exciting folks.
A big thank you to all the folks, both farmers and product innovators, that helped to make this last week invigorating! Spring wou'd