October was a busy month for KBFA! We have been squeezing the last drops out of this beautiful fall for a full schedule of farm visits and events.
Here’s a recap to get you up to speed on what we’ve been up to!
Digging Deep into Soil Knowledge Rock Creek, October 5
Soil scientist Wayne Blashill lead us through a soil identification exercise by looking at deep soil pits. Wayne described soil properties and introduced participants to the Canadian soil classification system. We also discussed new land mapping tools that are available free to producers.
The field day focused on Chernozem, a dark, natural grassland soil. This soil is productive for agriculture and can be found in the Kootenay-Boundary region. Knowing about your soil and its nutrition and deficiencies can impact your farm’s operation.
Riparian & Streambank Restoration Field DayGrand Forks, October 13
Local restoration specialists Jenny Coleshill and Barb Stewart shared their work at two restoration sties in the Grand Forks area for stream bank stabilization and bio-engineering. Participants viewed two restoration sites and discussed practical considerations for plant varieties, cost, maintenance and livestock management. This field day was relevant to landowners, ranchers and farmers who want to learn key restoration design strategies and how to protect streambanks and riparian areas from erosion and livestock impacts.
Seed Production as a Diversification Tool for BC FarmsArgenta, October 22 Winlaw, October 23 Grand Forks, October 24
David Catzel with FarmFolk CityFok’s BC Seeds Program toured the region to provide information and resources to local producers about initiative to support seed security and seed sovereignty and he inspired discussion about future seed opportunities in BC. The workshop in Argenta focused on cleaning a large quantity of buckwheat and cover crops with the mobile seed cleaner and at Hummingbird Farm in the Slocan Valley, over seven different varieties of flower seed were cleaned using the smaller seed cleaning equipment.
Targeted Grazing Field DayCranbrook, October 27
Rangeland ecologist Amanda Miller, with support from rangeland practitioner Tim Ross, shared findings from year one of a pilot project with the BC Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA) using targeted grazing to reduce fine fuels and wildfire risk in BC’s wildland/urban interface. Local ranchers Jordy and Leanne Thibeault partnered with BCCA on this project and kindly volunteered their time, resources and cattle. The results of year one on the Thibeault’s operation were very favourable, highlighting how knowledge and sound stewardship paired with prescriptive vegetation management can work to deliver desired results, in this case, potentially protecting communities.
Greenhouse Tour at Salix & Sedge FarmSalmo, November 10