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Posted: March 26, 2021

Time to plant your seeds and prep the soil

Fresh on the heels of a drastically different year in 2020, farmers in the Kootenays are gearing up for what is sure to be another great season.

In the coming weeks, the Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors are offering supports, workshops, and field days for producers in the region.

Last week, farmers had a virtual roundtable discussing the use of drones for agriculture. This new technology could allow farmers to work more efficiently, save money, and even operate in a more sustainable way.

Next week, Kootenay farmers will have the opportunity to attend our online “Lunch and Learn” technical series on soils in the East and Central Kootenay.

This is the time of year to start your seeds and mid-April, we’ll dig deep into seed starting with a virtual field day at Wild Flight Organic Farm in the Mara Valley about timing, efficiencies, nutrient management and season extension.

In-person events are also making a comeback this spring that will take place outdoors and will be a welcome change to a winter of online learning.

The KBFA Soil Club will spend two days learning how to map a farm to collect soil samples with Dr. Bill Chapman and in May, a regenerative agriculture and grazing field day will take place at the Karchuk Ranch in Kimberley.

If you have missed an event and you would like a recap of what KBFA and local ranchers and farmers have been up to, check out the recorded events and Youtube videos on the KBFA website. All online workshops and events are recorded and accessible at any time.

If you are interested in working with KBFA, email Rachael at [email protected] to us to chat about the next steps and opportunities for your farm, ranch or food business.

Connect with agriculture production in the region by following us on Instagram or check out our new blog at kbfa.ca/blog.

Lead image: Virtual field days have been a fun and engaging transition with the pandemic. Join KBFA on April 6 for the third virtual field day at Wild Flight Farm to learn about commercial seed starting and season extension. Photo submitted

Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors 


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