Supporting Our Region's Producers

Events

Join Us for events and field days to learn, connect and grow with others!
Miss an event? Check out our archived events page with photos, summaries, resources and event handouts.

Upcoming KBFA Events 

COVID - 19 and in-person field days

  • KBFA is following Health Canada and Worksafe BC recommendations for COVID-19. 

  • If non-essential travel restrictions are brought back, the field days will be postponed. 

  • All activities are hosted outside in a spacious setting.

  • STAY HOME if you don't feel well. 

Zoom Event
Mechanization for Harvesting and Cultivating Field Crops with Hermann Bruns 

Online

Thursday, September 17, 7:30 am - 9:00 am PDT (FREE)

 

Hermann Bruns of Wildflight Farm will lead us through a virtual field day at his farm using his favourite equipment. This will be a live 'in field' demonstration and Q & A. KBFA hasn't attempted something this technologically exciting before, but we have tested the Zoom platform and it works well in the field. This virtual approach will allow us to see Hermann use his tools in action and in his own fields. 

Some equipment highlights will include: basket weeder, undercutter, potato digger and hiller.

Zoom will be recorded 

Register HERE


Time: Sep 17, 2020 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84801592028?pwd=MVFDYWQ5b3RPNnpzTk9iUWYwRUxEdz09

Meeting ID: 848 0159 2028
Passcode: 136673

Field Day 
Digging Deep into Soil Knowledge 

Rock Creek

Monday, October 5, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Wilf Lindquist's Ranch - 4649 Hwy 3 (across from the Rock Creek brake check)

About: Deep beneath the earth's surface the chemical and physical properties of your soil have a great influence on the soil's agricultural productivity; however, we often only look at the top 30 cm when discussing soil health!

Soil Scientist Wayne Blashill will lead us through a dynamic history of the soil profile and how soil physical properties impact drainage, nutrient availability and underlying production issues.

At this field day participants will:​

  • Observe an excavator in action digging deep soil pits (2- 3 soil pits)

  • Discuss how soil physical properties impact productivity

  • Learn quick field assessment methods for soil texture

  • Use soil descriptions to identify conditions and apply that knowledge to farming

  • See techniques and gadgets in action for getting accurate soils data

Register HERE

Bio: Wayne A. Blashill, PAg

Wayne A. Blashill is a Professional Agrologist (PAg) with 40 years of experience in soils and ecology work. He has worked throughout BC, also in Alta, Sask. and in the USA on soil survey. He is currently a consultant in Summerland, BC.

Mr. Blashill has taught Basic Forest Soils and Silviculture and he has knowledge in botany, evaporation theory, soil water balance modelling and soil chemistry. He recently completed soil survey on 325 vineyards in the Okanagan and Similkameen for the Summerland Research Station. He has a BSc in Ecology from the University of Victoria and was an MSc candidate at the University of British Columbia Soil Science Department. 

Field Day: Save the Date!
Riparian Area and Streambank Restoration 

 

Grand Forks: Monday, October 13, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

About: Join Biologist Jenny Coleshill and Restoration and Invasive Species Specialist Barb Stewart for a tour of riparian restoration sites in Grand Forks. Learn what works for stream bank stabilization and bio-engineering for the soils and climate in the Grand Forks area.  Practical considerations for plant varieties, cost, maintenance and managing livestock will be discussed. 

Details and location coming soon!

Field Day: Save the Date!
Commercial Seed Production as a Diversification Tool for BC Farms 
Tools, Resources and Field Demonstration 

Argenta: Thursday, October 22

Grand Forks: Saturday, October 24

​About: Join David Catzel, Seed Program Coordinator for FarmFolk CityFolk, to learn about commercial vegetable seed production in British Columbia and available resources for small scale farms. Topics covered will include:  

  • Seed growing potential in BC
  • How to get started with growing seed 

  • Marketing your seed and the BC eco-seed Co-op

  • Available resources and supports

  • Seed cleaning best practices 

  • Demonstration on how to clean seed

Details and location coming soon!

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Phone: 778-771-5851

Toll free: 800-958-7174

Email: coordinator@kbfa.ca

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The Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors are here to support commercial producers and farmers in the Kootenay & Boundary region. 

We offer one-on-one technical advising, farm visits, access to resources and free events. 

Want more information? Contact coordinator@kbfa.ca and we'd love to help!

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