The third Okanagan Winter Mixer for Young Agrarians is Jan. 30 in Kelowna.

The third Okanagan Winter Mixer for Young Agrarians is Jan. 30 in Kelowna.

Young Okanagan farmers come together

Young Agrarians will host the third Okanagan Winter Mixer Jan. 30.

Young Agrarians will host the third Okanagan Winter Mixer Jan. 30.

A partnership with FarmFolk CityFolk Society, YA is a network for new and young ecological and organic farmers in B.C.

YA co-ordinates an ongoing educational event series, from farm tours and potlucks to winter one- to two-day new farmer mixers.

“YA also offers a business mentorship program, and works to promote land-linking, matching new entrants with established farm land,” said Tristan Cavers, with the group.

The third Okanagan Winter Mixer at Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Community Hall will include information, networking and food.

Topics and presenters were selected after surveying new farmers in the region and they range from water harvesting and permaculture design for drought, business planning and marketing, indigenous food lands, rotational grazing for livestock, setting up a one-acre farm on leased land to women in agro-ecology.

Open to the public, Cavers says the mixer and its sessions will appeal to everybody with an interest in maintaining the local food system, including urban farmers and gardeners, conventional growers and producers, and permaculture or biodynamic farmers.

“YA mixers provide a great excuse for getting together with other farmers to learn, socialize, and share resources during the dark days of winter,” said Cavers.

The dinner will be a community potluck. Bring a dish to share and tools to eat with.

For the schedule and registration, visit youngagrarians.org/okmixer2016/