BC Young Farmers (BCYF) is a committee of BCAC. Our purpose is to represent the voice of the next generation of farmers and ranchers in B.C. We do this in collaboration with BCAC by participating on the BCAC Board, attending key industry, events and hosting events of our own. We have a keen interest in sharing our perspective with government so that their future public policies support the long-term sustainability of agriculture. BCYF plays an important role in organizing peer-to-peer networking and leadership-development opportunities. BCAC’s Board of Directors and staff support the BCYF Committee Members with transitioning into a boardroom and farm management.
BC Young Farmers is seeking passionate young farmers who are interested in strengthening the future of agriculture in British Columbia to join our committee. BC Young Farmers provides a forum where young leaders can discuss issues related to agriculture, provide input in BCAC policy-building processes, and build connections to the next generation of farmers in BC. Our members have the opportunity to contribute to discussion and direction through the BC Agriculture Council, Canadian Young Farmers Forum, Centre for Organizational Governance in Agriculture, Young Farmer Skill Development Program steering committee, and more. BCYF Committee Members will be primary agriculture producers between the ages of 19 and 40 (inclusive).
Young farmers and future farmers are invited to apply for funding towards participation in specific agricultural education events and programs. Applicants must be a resident of B.C., between the ages of 19 and 40 (inclusive), and involved in the agriculture industry.
To apply for funding towards an event before June 2022, complete and submit the form here. Please allow for 2 weeks' processing.
This program is funded through the governments of Canada and British Columbia as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector.
Summer Session 1 - One-Hour Business Plan for Ready Farmers
If you've done research for your farm business or are already farming, but have yet to put your plan down on paper, this session will take you that last mile. Limited spaces - to apply, please use the contact form to send us a brief description of your farming or ranching situation (max 3 sentences).
Summer Session 1 - Weighing Your Land-Access Options
Come hear from four fabulous resources for young farmers in B.C. all about your options for accessing land, whether you're starting or growing your farm or ranch: Cory Vanderhorst & Cheyanne Unicume (MNP), Darcy Smith, BC Land Matching Program Manager (Young Agrarians), and Jag Sahi (Farm Credit Canada).
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Mailing Address: BC Young Farmers c/o BC Agriculture Council, Unit #1 – 2650 Progressive Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H9