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John, Kelly & Friends is a regular podcast featuring Intelligent discussions about ideas, business, politics, and technology.

27 minutes with John & Kelly John Juricic

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John, Kelly & Friends is a regular podcast featuring Intelligent discussions about ideas, business, politics, and technology.

    Catch up chat...COVID, pets, vaccinations - May 8th, 2021

    Catch up chat...COVID, pets, vaccinations - May 8th, 2021

    we chat about a lack of information and disclosure from government

    we exchange dialogue about the personal impacts and experiences from the pandemic

    we exchange opinions about vaccination passports

    we have a fun chat about the personal impact of dogs in our workplace environment



     

    • 33 min
    Jen Rashleigh - Director of Partner & Community Engagement, Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture

    Jen Rashleigh - Director of Partner & Community Engagement, Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture

    We've been actively promoting the Peninsula based agriculture sector, food security & sustainability and agri-tourism since last year via Sidney Breakfast Club speakers, podcasts and online thought leadership forums. The Peninsula has the opportunity to be a world-class center for these food related economic development and sector based innovation issues. North Saanich has seized a  leadership role and created the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture (https://www.sandowncentre.com/).


    We had an opportunity to chat with Jen Rashleigh on "27 minutes with John & Kelly", the Centre's Director of Partner & Community Engagement and the current coordinator of the North Saanich Flavour Trails festival. The Centre is rolling out the Farmpreneur program (https://www.sandowncentre.com/farmpreneur-program) and this formed the core of our discussion with Jen on this podcast. We also chatted about food security, food production, farm business development and regional economic development. We can't wait to chat with Jen about updates and further stories about this exciting Farmpreneur program. Thanks Jen!


     


     

    • 38 min
    SBC September 10th - Tamara Knott: Owner & Controlled Environment Farmer at Bright Greens & Steve Duck: Business Manager for the Sandown Center for Regenerative Agriculture

    SBC September 10th - Tamara Knott: Owner & Controlled Environment Farmer at Bright Greens & Steve Duck: Business Manager for the Sandown Center for Regenerative Agriculture

    Challenges


    fresh food to market - distribution challenging / processing in Island challenging

    high land costs

    older farm owners dominant / succession issues / aging out with huge debt / how do young farmers get involved

    high cost of labour / limited labour pool

    how can the farm owner earn a sustainable living?


    Partner Solutions


    agri-tourism / vertical integration / challenging processing chains / supply channels

    the creation of "farmpreneur"

    Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture (https://www.vicnews.com/news/north-saanichs-sandown-lands-to-become-agricultural-focused-community-centre/) - fully committed to the development of "farmpreneur"

    focus on the business of farming

    more support from government for small farming
    education specific to accessing funding opportunities

    accomodation for staff on the farm

    grants for leasehold land ownership (soil irrigation / fencing - consider these as TI for farming)

    policy & program development should be regional, not just Vancouver & Valley oriented

    higher threshold for large land estates to claim farm tax




    Island Good (https://islandgood.ca/about-island-good/what-is-island-good/)


    3 emerging areas


    small farm development

    new foods

    new practises for small farm production


    Why are these emergent areas? Focus on high cost of land and creating sustainable & affordable businesses


    Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture


    building future farms

    agricultural sustainability & security

    regenerative farming (junkyard to farm)

    mentoring of future farmers & community farmers

    partners:
    District of North Saanich

    UVIC

    Fickle Fig Farm

    Kwantlen Institute for Sustainable Food & Systems

    Tseycum Nation in the future





    Summary


    pay attention to our own backyard - must be able to regenerate our land

    future investment in the "farmpreneur" - must be better farm based business people & entities

    the Peninsula is a fabulous asset & we must celebrate & promote the food / farming / business sector to the broader community

    • 59 min
    "Shop Local Food - Coming of Age" - An online Thought Leadership Forum

    "Shop Local Food - Coming of Age" - An online Thought Leadership Forum

    Panelists 



    Adam Olsen - MLA - Saanich North & the Islands

    Lindsay Dault - Partner / Owner - Country Bee Honey Farm

    Steve Duck - CEO - TIDES Group



    Policy & Governance



    Adam Olsen reviews the background to the ALR designation zone

    we chat the "highest & best use" of agricultural land

    affordable housing discussion







    Business of Farming / Agriculture



    is it sustainable and affordable to operate?

    we chat about local food supply chains, especially in this COVID based realty

    we chat about freezer & processing capacity 

    we chat about a Peninsula based Abattoir

    we need to investigate year-round food packaging & production capacity on the Peninsula

    we referenced Bright Green's Victoria operations as a successful example of year round food production (http://www.brightgreens.ca/home.html)





    is the ALR designation hindering the ability of farmer's to operate their business?

    can employees live on the land with this zoning?





    what are the agricultural economics, e.g., wage levels & labour shortage issues barriers to sustainable businesses?

    how much food is actually produced on the Peninsula? 

    much of the land is hayed versus food production





    is the land too expensive to profitably run a farm?

    is there enough land on the Peninsula for a sustainable Industry?







    Marketing & Networking



    who is promoting the Industry? 

    healthy local support despite lack of tourist business

    how do we find local suppliers & vendors?







    Education



    why is agriculture / farming not taught in local schools?

    why not a Farm academy on the Peninsula?

    huge opportunity...plans for a farming school on the Sandown Lands

    partnering with First Nations



    Misc



    we chat about the Sandown land development (Sandown Center for Regenerative Agriculture)

    Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) - Island Good (https://viea.ca/initiatives/island-good/) 

    new crop production (seaweed)

    we need government regulations & support to help grow the sector

    we introduce the "reef-net"



    Links



    Bright Green's - http://www.brightgreens.ca/home.html

    Island Good - https://viea.ca/initiatives/island-good/

    Cascadia Seaweed - https://www.cascadiaseaweed.com/

    Harvest Route - https://theharvestroute.com/



     


     

    • 1 hr 21 min
    A conversation with KWENCH Founder Tessa McLoughlin

    A conversation with KWENCH Founder Tessa McLoughlin

    Leadership...Innovation...Inspiring...Resilient...all words that accurately characterize KWENCH founder & director Tessa McLoughlin. In this podcast Tessa reviews the past, present and future of her remarkable work & culture club business.

    • 25 min
    Steve Duck - TIDES Group - "Agri-Tourism on the Peninsula"

    Steve Duck - TIDES Group - "Agri-Tourism on the Peninsula"

    We chat with Steve Duck of the TIDES Group, a Business Management Company.


    we chat about food security & sustainability

    we discuss branding Peninsula Agri-Tourism as the "Tuscany of Canada"

    we chat about North Saanich's "Flavour Trail" festival - can it be extended over a full season, i.e., 4 months?

    staycations will be the saviour for the Tourism Sector

    • 28 min

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