Mark Vickars

Mark is the former CEO of Choices Markets and has a lifelong commitment to volunteerism, social activism and continuing education. As a retirement gift to himself Mark recently completed the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture program at UBC Farm. The UBC program re-energized his commitment to helping nurture, protect and promote BC’s Foodlands and Agro-producers. Additionally Mark is keen to...
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Elvezio Del Bianca

Elvezio Del Bianco, Program Manager, Co-operative Partnerships Vancity Credit Union As Vancity Credit Union’s Program Manager for Cooperative Partnerships, Elvezio (“Elvy”) Del Bianco works internally on disseminating knowledge of the cooperative business model to increase Vancity’s capacity to support co-ops, and externally on building partnerships and developing projects with cooperatives and...
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Allison Felker

Allison Felker, Acting Executive Director, Vancity Community Foundation  
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Heather O’Hara

Heather O’Hara, Executive Director, BC Association of Farmers’ Markets Heather is the Executive Director of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets and a new organic farmer living on a horse farm in Ladner. As a social entrepreneur and food lover, Heather believes deeply in farmers’ markets and small-scale farms and farmers as a critical force in our regional food system. Over the past decade,...
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Darcy Smith

Darcy Smith, Manager, Land Matching ProgramYoung Agrarians Darcy was raised with her hands in the dirt sowing seeds and harvesting backyard veggies. With a background in communications and project coordination, this farm enthusiast found her path when she started writing about and working with farmers. Darcy is drawn to projects that empower new entrants to agriculture with much-needed...
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Hannah Wittman

Hannah Wittman,Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, UBC Dr. Hannah Wittman’s research examines the ways that the rights to produce and consume food are contested and transformed through struggles for agrarian reform, food sovereignty, and agrarian citizenship. Her projects include community-based research on farmland access, transition to organic agriculture, and seed sovereignty in...
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Heather Pritchard

Heather Pritchard Heather is not new to big innovative ideas. In the early 80’s when she co-founded Folk on the Rocks music festival, bringing together musicians from the far-flung communities in the Northwest Territories, she did so to demonstrate how a racially divided community could unite around music. In the 90’s, she co-founded an agricultural business on Fraser Common Farm and is...
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Michael Marrapese

Michael Marrapese, Representative, Fraser Common Farm Cooperative A long-time member of Community Alternatives Society and resident of the Fraser Common Farm Cooperative in the Fraser Valley, Michael has provided technical and production support for a wide range of non-profit and community action projects including the Oxfam Global Heath Project, the BC Cooperative Housing Federation, Isadora’s...
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Wrapping it Up.

The growing season is almost all wrapped up at Lohbrunner Community Farm this year, as our rich flood plain soils grow great veggies, but do not facilitate year round growing due to flooding and saturated ground. And so the Homesteaders have all of their crops harvested and stored away for their winter eating, and Sweet Acres Farm and Vitality Farm attended their last farmers market of the...
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Sweet Acres CSA

The beginning of 2018 heralds many exciting things for the Lohbrunner Community Farm Cooperative, including its launch of a CSA Harvest Share Program for the 2018 season. This CSA program is a joint venture between Lohbrunner’s two resident farm businesses, Vitality Farm and Sweet Acres Farm. The 2018 CSA Program will run from July 12th until October 18th, with pick-ups on Thursday...
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Morning Chores

The flock has arrived which means more morning chores for Kevin. Chores have to happen early as Kevin is still working at the butcher shop and Cecilia is busy with her courses at school. The sheep are getting accustomed to their new accommodations and life at the farm. They’ve also got a new guard dog who’s torn between spending time with the sheep and time with Kevin and...
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Spring Cleaning

While things like dump trucks full of gravel, crushed rock, and soil, and big machinery like excavators are not usually things associated with small scale organic veggie farms like Lohbrunner, there has been a lot of such things around the farm this late February. That is because we are dealing with some drainage issues, and rerouting some of the ample water that flows on this property from...
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