Attention Mainland small-scale farmers or Islanders interested in making the trip to this great weekend conference!
I will be giving a 45 minute presentation on Saturday and Sunday on my Tax Tips for Small-Scale Farmers. I will also have an exhibitor booth and be available there for questions all weekend!
There is an amazing line up of expert speakers on all areas of interest regarding farming on 5 acres or less.
Early bird registration is open now!
-Alicia Loewen, Coastal Tax
New Expo Keeps Small Farms in Focus
CLOVERDALE, BC (April 4, 2017) — A new expo and educational event aims to help small farm owners maximize their productivity and keep within British Columbia’s farm-use regulations. Geared toward homesteaders, market farmers, hobby farmers, and those living on small ALR parcels, the Grow & Gather™ Farm Expo will assemble as many as 40 pros at the Agriplex in Cloverdale over just one weekend in June.
“We really think the timing is right,” says Bill Hardy, one of the event’s organizers. “While we hear all about monster homes consuming farm land, there is a sizeable sector that truly wants to steward their little agricultural plot—or their neighbour’s—and make good use of it. A lot of these folks are starting fresh, and don’t know where to begin. Or how to make the effort pay off.” The expo, he says, will focus on farmers operating five acres or smaller, and will cover aspects of small plot intensive farming, animal rearing, and sustainable and as well as urban farming topics.
The expo launches on the heels of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s recent study, which asserts the region’s need to maximize food-production on small lots, and to better support its processing. According to Kent Mullinix, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen, “Farming itself will need to be transformed to take advantage of smaller parcels with human-scale and space-intensive systems.” With sessions featuring small plot intensive farmer, Curtis Stone, along with a myriad of other experts, organizers hope the event will play a part in this transformation.
The Grow & Gather™ Farm Expo takes place on June 10th and 11th at the Agriplex in Cloverdale; a weekend pass to all sessions costs $35 per person.