Who We Are!

NEAT’s Northern Co-Hort is a farmer led, family farm support program. Our goal is to help local farmers explore soil health and work towards regional food security by working together to establish a robust, diverse regional food system in the Peace Region of BC.

Current Events

  • EVENT: Peace Region Food Hub Network Business Plan Launch
    The Northern Co-Hort is proud to be officially rolling out our Business Plan for the Peace Region Food Hub Network! This vision has been a long time in the works and we can’t wait to share it with our members (both current and prospective) and determine our next steps together! […]
  • AUGUST 15: Microbes in Horticulture Field Day
    We are excited to announce our upcoming Applying Local Beneficial Microbes in Horticulture research field day, happening on August 15, 2021! Join the Northern Co-Hort, local applied researchers and soil health professionals for an afternoon in the field to learn about the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil! This […]
  • Northern Co-Hort Producer Meeting and Q&A
    Hello Valued Co-Hort Producers, The 2021 growing season is upon us and we are thrilled to start lending our support! Please join us next Thursday May 13th at 6:30pm for the first 2021 Northern Co-Hort producer meeting and Q&A. We are excited to introduce you to our team this year and […]
  • Applying Local Beneficial Microbes in Horticulture: Research and Innovation in the Peace Region
    Over the course of the 2021/2022 growing seasons, the Northern Co-Hort, local agrologist Aaron Mackay, Fixed Earth Innovations and Black Bird Environmental, in partnership with four Peace Region haskap and sour cherry producers, will be conducting research on the application of soil microbes in soft-fruit orchards. Applying Local Beneficial Microbes […]
  • The Earth is our Provider Webinar – Peace Region Seedy Spring Lineup
    The Northern Co-Hort, in partnership with Seeds of Diversity, is hosting three webinars to celebrate seed saving and exchanging this spring! Tune in for this free recorded webinar, The Earth is our Provider: Grocery Store, Pharmacy and Hospital with Adrian Jacobs, followed by a live Q & A with Northern Co-hort producers, who will provide […]

Local Producer Highlights Map

learn more about each producer by clicking the pins below.

Job Opportunities

  • Now Hiring! Northern Co-Hort Eco Farm Skills Intern
    2021 Eco Farm Skills Intern NEAT is looking for a group of candidates that enjoy being outside, working with their hands, and building community! If you are self-motivated, enjoy local food, and can work independently, this job might be perfect for you! Please fill out the form below to apply! […]
  • Northern Co-Hort is Hiring! Eco Farm Skills Coordinator
    2021 Eco Farm Skills Coordinator NEAT is looking for a dynamic leader to coordinate our Eco Farm Skills Program for the 2021 season. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.
  • Position Filled: We are Hiring a Food Security Coordinator
    JOB DESCRIPTION The Food Security Coordinator is based in Fort St John, BC and will report to the Executive Director. The Food Security Coordinator will: Design, execute, and evaluate NOURISH including designing research methodologies, developing programs, supervising and evaluating staff, creating daily schedules and activity plans; Develop partnerships with local community groups; […]

NEAT’s Northern Co-Hort Programs 2021

Soil Health Matters Program

Rose Prairie 2021. Made possible through a Systems Change Develop Grant funded by the Vancouver Foundation.  This is a pilot project geared to connect 5 local cross-commodity farmers from the Rose Prairie area with each other and with deeply experienced Peace Region soil agrologists to explore historical and current soil health factors.  The program goals are to develop relationships between researchers and farmers as well as farmers across commodities in their local area to support them as they consider innovation in their operations and the factors that support or prevent shifts in land management decisions that foster soil health development.  Based on the results of this pilot project, additional funding will be sought to provide these connections for farmers in a community near you.

Market Garden Extension Program

Partially funded through the BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund, we are offering our first production series of webinars featuring Cait Vince of the Rustic Garden and Pantry in Hudson’s Hope.  The Northern C0-hort has supported Cait as she developed webinars and resources to share her knowledge around Northern Greenhouse Production.  Register today for your space at one or all workshops:  Saturday March 20 | Northern Greenhouse Design, Sunday March 21 | Northern Greenhouse Growing 101, Sunday July 11 | On-site Greenhouse Production Tour.  For more information and to register click here:  https://neat.ca/northerngreenhouseseries/

Peace Food Hub Network

Business Planning Spring 2021

The BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development funded a Food Hub Feasibility Study and Business Plan which has been underway since spring 2020.  Northern Co-hort just received the draft feasibility study and is working to connect producers in the region with the team at Greenchain Consulting as they develop the Business Plan for a Food Hub Network that will work towards achieving regional food security here in the BC Peace Region.  Our Northern Co-hort producer members are working on piloting weekly pantry, meat and veggie boxes to be offered starting summer 2021

Doig River First Nations Food Security Planning

The Northern Co-hort began supporting food security programming at the Doig River First Nations in 2020.  Supported by the Eco Farm Skill program labour access, a 1 acres in ground garden was developed and planted in June of 2020 providing potatoes, onions, carrots, peas and beans for the community.  A beautiful raised bed gathering area was also developed and an abundance of lettuce, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, peas and squash were enjoyed by the community.  Our favorite day at the Doig River FN was when we safely gathered outdoors with elders and children to paint vegetables and fruits on river rocks and learned Beaver language as stories were shared about harvesting wild strawberries. 

Eco Farm Skills Program

We will be entering our 3rd year offering the Eco Farm Skills program to producer members of the Northern Co-hort who are seeking engaged labour to support their operations.  In exchange for mentorship to the students who are eager to learn about soil health focused agriculture, agroecology, regenerative ranching, permaculture and local marketing, our producer members are able to access students when they are needed throughout the growing season to ensure labour intensive tasks are completed. In 2020 we started to pilot hands-off market access for producer members so they could have a consistent presence at the local farmers markets throughout the busy season. Job postings are up on our website if you know any youth or students who would be interested in learning and growing with the Northern Co-hort this summer. https://neat.ca/northern-co-hort-eco-farm-skills-coordinator/