farmer mixer : crowford bay


Ready to gather, share, learn, dream and mix it up Kootenay farm style? 

Kootenay’s first ever Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer & Sleepover!

Before the days get too long, the weather too warm, and all our lives way too busy… it’s time to gather and network with farm folk!!!  We’re bringing together as many young(ish) ecological farmers as we can for two-days of skills sharing, workshops and connection making.

Young Agrarians has officially come to the Kootenays!  We have regional coordinators on the ground and modest funding to start supporting local young farmers and the farm-curious.  The Mixer will also be a chance to plant the seeds for meaningful projects and gatherings for 2014 and beyond.



Bring food to share, seeds to swap, preserves to trade, travel-able tool(s) to show off, the best farm book(s) you’ve ever read that everyone else should know about, your innovative farm-ideas and more…


Your input will help to shape our time together.  Participants will receive an info package with details by email before the Mixer.


We’ll be gathering in the community of Crawford Bay on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake.  The Mixer will be hosted by the Crawford Bay School –  We will get a taste (literally!) of the school’s awesome garden and lunch program.  We will also have the chance to visit the nearby Yasodhara Ashram, a yoga and retreat space with an inspiring “food flow” program that includes extensive gardens and a super local farm network –


We have great accommodations available at the Kokanee Chalets –  Shared accommodation for Saturday will be organised as part of your event registration.  We will be sleeping four to a chalet; although a limited number of private two person rooms are available, first come first served. If you require a place to stay on Friday and/or Sunday nights, let us know and we will point you to good options.


We would love to have as much food locally sourced as possible from participants. The registration process will give you a chance to tell us how you might help to make this happen!

POTLUCK DINNER SATURDAY NIGHT – Please bring a dish to share… and invite friends!  We would like this part of the weekend to include as many Kootenay farmers, food lovers, and friends as possible.  *Folks coming to just the potluck do not need to register here.”

There are kitchen facilities available on-site, as well as in each chalet at the Kokanee Chalets.


Info on getting to Crawford Bay will be included in the package we email participants.

We recommend using Kootenay Rideshare and the Facebook Event Page for the Mixer to connect with others and plan shared journeys.

We want you with us!  A very limited number of travel subsidies are available.

*If you will not be able to join us without this support, please contact :


The event is being held by donation.  We are asking each adult to donate between $35 and $75.  Smaller contributions for participating children would be very much appreciated.  Monies raised will be directed into future Young Agrarians activities that will benefit us here in the Kootenays.

*Too steep?  We need some volunteers – contact for work trade opportunities!

Crawfor Bay

We can’t wait to see you on March 15 & 16!


Huge thanks to Columbia Basin Trust, Kootenay Co-op, Kokanee Chalets and the East Shore community for making this event possible!

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