Wildfire Business Transition Project News

Agriculture takes centre stage at workshops in Lytton

April 30, 2018

Community Futures Central Interior First Nations held a successful two-day workshop in Lytton on April 24th and 25th, featuring several speakers and presentations related to agriculture. The workshop was organized in partnership with Paula Cranmer-Underhill, Executive Director for the Rosie Skuki Weaving Centre, Lytton First Nation.

Guest speakers for the workshops included:

Day 1: Tuesday, April 24th

Erin Coghlan, owner of Stein Mountain Farm in Lytton. Erin kicked off the workshop with a presentation on organic farming, planting and irrigation techniques, and bringing products to market.

Tyrone Joseph, Business Development Officer, All Nations Trust

Toni Etchart, All Nations Trust Insurance Brokers

Heather O’Hara, Executive Director of the BC Farmers Market Association

Fred Fortier from the Simpcw First Nation. Fred has 30 years experience in organic gardening and worm composting, and operates a large commercial greenhouse, nursery and market garden near Barriere. He spoke about the opportunities for greenhouse gardening and composting.

Day 2: Wednesday, April 25th. The workshops were moved to a larger hall to accommodate more people. Speakers included:

Jim Forbes, Regional Agrologist, Ministry of Agriculture. The workshop presentation focused on the BC Wildfire Recovery for Agriculture workbook and emergency planning.

Andrew Peterson, Irrigation specialist, Ministry of Agriculture. Presentation on regionally specific irrigation methods and equipment, particularly given the concerns over drought and flooding.

Irv David, co-owner of Wolf Den Prevention with his wife, Nicole. Irv spoke about loss prevention for small business owners.

Mohave Kaplan, seed specialist, The Planting Seeds Project, founded in 1991 and based on the Stein Mountain Farm. Mohave tours the province, giving educational workshops on seed planting and proper crop management. Mohave grows and distributes certified organic seeds.

Tina Malkie and Flora Joe from the CF Central Interior First Nations Wildfire Transition team were on hand to help people complete Red Cross applications for support.

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