Future food

Future Food: Getting Beyond the Energy Blindness of Techno-Utopianism

(The following is adapted from The Future is Rural: Food System Adaptations to the Great Simplification, by Jason Bradford.   How’s this for a party-stopper: Contrary to the forecasts of most demographers, urbanization will reverse course as globalization unwinds during the 21st century. The eventual decline in fossil hydrocarbon flows, and the inability of renewables Continue reading


Agri-tourism boosts farmers' incomes

Agri-Tourism Succeeds in the Central Okanagan!

The Challenge For the past 30 years, the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) has faced challenges common to many agricultural communities, including higher production and land costs. Farmers were forced to supplement farm income with off-farm employment. By 2011, however, the area experienced an increase in ecotourists, particularly those seeking life-enriching vacations that involve culture, nature, the outdoors and Continue reading


Successful BC farmers markets rock!

Successful BC Farmers’ Market Farmers

In partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets has developed a resource guide to highlight successful farmers’ market farmers, and communicate their best business and operations management practices.   The objectives of the resource guide are to strengthen the marketing skills of farmers selling at farmers’ markets. identify Continue reading


Canada, BC Support Agriculture in Indigenous Communities

  The provincial and federal governments have announced a new program to assist Indigneous communities in BC interested in expanding their agricultural businesses and supporting local food security. Under this new initiative, professional and qualified business consultants with experience in building agriculture ventures are able to provide site-specific guidance on the types of crops or Continue reading


Small Stores a Big Idea?

This article by the New York Times‘ Kim Severson showcases some intriguing ways innovative entrepreneurs are ensuring folks in small towns and urban neighbourhoods have access to healthy food. The Freshest Ideas Are in Small Grocery Stores As big supermarkets struggle, a new crop of local groceries are innovating to serve niche audiences and advance Continue reading


Saving rural communities is a challenge

Saving Rural Communities

Saving rural communities — what are the obstacles and the opportunities facing rural towns and regions today? In this thought-provoking video produced by NET and Harvest Public Media, Brian Depew, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs, Maxine Moul, former Nebraska director for Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture, and Caleb Pollard, Ord, Nebraska entrepreneur,  discuss Continue reading


Foodlands co-op webinar

Webinar — BC Farming’s Future!

    BC farming’s future is the subject of an upcoming BC Rural Centre webinar,  Tuesday, February 27, at 11AM Pacific, featuring Heather Pritchard of the Foodlands Cooperative of BC.  Join us to listen, learn, and pose questions to this outstanding presenter. Participation is simple. All you need is a decent computer or smartphone. Be sure to Continue reading


Farmers have a future

Farmers Have a Future — Lindsey Shute

  Farmers have a future. At least according to Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director and co-founder of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition, (NYFC) a membership-based organization dedicated to the success of the next generation of sustainable farmers in the United States. NYFC’s supporter network includes thousands of farmers and consumers from all fifty states, who Continue reading


foodlands are essential to BC's future

BC’s FoodLands Cooperative Launches

  FarmFolk CityFolk’s Foodlands Trust Project has been approved by the BC government. We are officially the Foodlands Cooperative of BC. Its founding members — FarmFolk CityFolk Society, Vancity Community Foundation, Fraser Common Farm Cooperative, and the BC Farmer’s Market Association — will be joined by other advisory members to form the first board of Continue reading


B.C. small farms are booming, despite fickle buyers and extreme weather

B.C.’s small farms are booming, despite market and climate challenges, according to this article from CBC News.    High winds slammed a tree into Paul Dumais’ chicken coop Tuesday while he was collecting eggs inside, sending a shudder through the walls of the shack south of Quesnel B.C. — but the chickens survived. “I just Continue reading