Introducing the Northern Co-Hort

 

Welcome to the first newsletter from Northern Co-Hort!

 

We are so excited to be a part of this new initiative brought to you by NEAT (The Northern Environmental Action Team).

Northern Co-Hort was born from the desire of local producers in the Peace to create a more sustainable food secure region. Over the last few years the Ministry of Agriculture engaged local producers through a research company named EcoTactix to create a document outlining the results of these meetings. The case study titled “North Peace Horticulture Business and Marketing case study” was created to see what is available, and what is needed to help farmers, producers and industry expand in the Peace River Region. From this case study the Northern Co-Hort was created to go the next step. Action! To put these ideas into practice and start coordinating the needs of the farmers, producers and industry in this region.

We began our work November 2018, and since then have accomplished a great deal. In the first two months we made numerous farm visits and completed over 50 surveys. We have also completed three Northern Farmer Series Events held in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Hudson Hope. It was great to see such a wonderful turn out to both events. We have made some very exciting visits including one with a group of 11 producers in Cecil Lake! What a wonderful morning getting to know producers in our region! After gathering the data and understanding some of the needs of the community we decided to put on a couple workshops.

                   

We were off with a bang the first week of January with our first workshop. What a fantastic turn out with over 50 people in attendance! This workshop helped farmers understand the complexities of grant writing and give them a start to success.

The fun didn’t stop there… Then we got ready for our major event, Grow Series with Chris Bodnar. A two-day event held at the Northern Grand January 26 & 27th. This was an intensive weekend about Cooperative Development and Farm Financial Management supported by the Young Agrarians and the PRRD. Both days saw great discussions and brain storming, not to mention some great information! To top off the weekend both days were enriched by a sensational lunch with the meat and vegetables supplied by our local producers along with the amazing talents of the Chef at the Northern Grand Hotel.                             

Saturday’s Lunch Featured:

Pork from Red Willow Farms

Potatoes from Peace Vale Farms

Micro Greens from Station Greens

Pumpkins from the Rustic Market Garden

Sunday’s Lunch Featured:

Beef from Whisky Creek Ranch

Potatoes from Peace Vale Farms

Microgreens from Station Greens

Pumpkins from Rustic Market Garden

Garlic from Hip Peace Produce

 

Northern Co-Hort Team