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VI Cover Cropping Field Day
September 21 @ 10:00 am
This field day is geared toward all BC farmers interested in learning more about cover cropping in agriculture.
Join us for a cover cropping field day where we will hear from several guest speakers as we tour Lentelus Farms on Vancouver Island. Cover cropping is a method of planting that helps build healthy soil and can be practiced in any farming operation. Cover cropping keeps the ground covered and helps with continued carbon sequestration in non-production areas. They significantly reduce emissions from nitrogen fertilizers by providing healthy nutrients to the soil. When carefully chosen and managed properly, cover crops can benefit production for farmers and help mitigate climate change.
We invite farmers to join us and hear from our three guest speakers, tour Lentelus Farms, see a variety of cover crops and learn about their cover cropping program. Farmers will be able to meet other farmers in the area and learn about different operations. This will be an opportunity to hear from industry specialists, fellow farmers, and the owner/operator of our host farm. The day will include a tour of the 20 acres of diverse cover cropped area, demonstrations with their cover cropping, and significant time for questions and conversation. Our host farm also grows their own cover crop seed and will do a demonstration using the combine and seed cleaning equipment.
About Lentelus Farms
Lentelus Farms is a mixed livestock and grain operation on Vancouver Island and Kelowna. They were established in 2015 and provide products across BC. With 150 acres of land, they create riparian buffers and grassland set-asides, cover crop all of their fields every winter, produce most of the feed for the animals on the farm, keep their animals on a 1km diet, and manage an on-farm breeding program. Leasing land from Ducks Unlimited, they work with the organization to maintain wildlife habitats. Cover crops on their farm benefit their soil and provide visiting birds with a food source, especially in the off-season.
Their cover cropping program uses covercrops as part of a winter wildfowl habitat program on the lands leased from Ducks Unlimited Canada. With a majority of their fields planted as permanent grass stands now, they have 20 acres of crop land in cover crops which are on their vegetable and grain rotations using cover crop seed grown on the farm. This fall, they are planting in rye and tillage radish to naturally break up compaction and reduce their tillage program going into spring 2023. Their cover cropping schedule largely depends on what crops they have planned for the following year.
Dave has a degree in sustainable forestry and conservation from The University of British Columbia and years of farming experience back in Bo-Kouga, South Africa. Utilizing a balance between theoretical scientific knowledge, practical skills and work ethic, Dave has a strong passion for creating sustainable solutions for the agricultural industry. He has done talks for the Ministry of Agriculture in BC and teaches a farming program for North Island College in regenerative agriculture. Dave grew up working on and learning from large scale conventional grain and dairy farmers in South Africa. He has significant past experience as a large scale producer and continues to work with both small and large scale producers on Vancouver Island.
Angela is the Coast Team Lead in the Regional Development Unit of Vancouver Island for BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food. She is a professional agrologist with extensive experience in food security and agriculture program design, extension methods, behavior change and program implementation and reporting. With education from University of British Columbia and Royal Roads University, Angela is dedicated to strengthening local food systems and supporting farmers through innovation in agriculture.
Thom is the North Island regional agrologist, new to the role and excited to help bring extension services to farmers in the area. He specialized in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University and has over thirty five years experience focussing on plants, fungi and their interactions. Thom worked at Nature Tech Nursery managing laboratory, greenhouse and nursery production and developing propagation methods for native and cultivated plants. He manages a micropropagation laboratory specializing in hazelnut propagation and is conducting research on improving multiplication in vitro, acclimation (‘hardening off’) and growth in the nursery of hazelnut plants along with other species of interest. He designs and provides scientific oversight for the BC Hazelnut Grower’s Association suitability trial for new hazelnut varieties.