Saturday, March 19th From 9am to 7pm, we’ll gather in Kaslo for a day of keynote presentations, speakers, panel discussions, and information sharing, as well as the Kootenay Food Economy Tradeshow. Lunch dinner and snacks are provided, with a musical celebration to finish off the evening.

Sunday, March 20th we’ll meet in Meadow Creek from 9am to 5pm for our Business Boot Camp where farmers and food entrepreneurs will take part in a day-long, guided business planning session with expert Chris Bodnar.   Participants will identify or clarify their businesses mission, objectives, goals and action plans. This will be a serious, but fun and mutually supportive exercise to ensure participants leave the day with strong direction for their businesses, a clear action plan, and a support process to help them stay accountable to themselves in the following year. We mean business, we’re here to help all of us be successful! (Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks)

** Billeting Available for Saturday night ** – contact dustineast@nklcss.org

** Childcare is also available for kids 1-6** – contact patricksteiner@nklcss.org

F3 Agenda – Subject to Change




Day one: A Growing Economy

9:00   Registration and Food Economy Tradeshow

9:25   Introduction from Hosts Dustin East and Patrick Steiner

9:30   Facts, Realities and Opportunities with Paul Kelly

10:00 Message from Community Futures and Kootenay-Boundary Food Producers Coop

10:20 Introduction to Strategic Doing and Exercise with Ange Qualizza

10:40 Creating a Successful Farm Enterprise with Chris Bodnar

11:20 Messages from KLAS, Young Agrarians, FoundTree

11:30 E-Tools with Chris Bodnar

12:00 Lunch and Food Economy Tradeshow

1:00  Address from RDCK Area D Director Aimee Watson and Kaslo Mayor Suzan Hewat

1:15 Farmer Panel discussion facilitated by Patrick Steiner

2:00  Food Processing Panel discussion facilitated by Shauna Teare

3:00 Refreshment Break and Strategic Doing Setup

3:15  Strategic Doing Groups

4:30  Present Results and Paths forward

5:00  Food Security Songs and local entertainment

5:30  Dinner and Social

Day 2: Cultivating Entrepreneurs with Chris Bodnar and Sylvia Caldwell

9:00   Registration and Breakfast

10:00 “Drawing Change” Vision Planning Exercise

11:00 The one page Business Plan

12:00 Lunch

1:00   Workshops with Chris Bodnar and Sylvia Caldwell

Workshops for farmers may include: Row Planning, Seed calculation, financial planning, enterprise budgeting, Labor resources, Farming with a family

Workshops for Value added Processing may include: Pricing, Regulations, Marketing, Transportation, and “getting ready to value add”

2:00   Workshop session #2 (Breakout sessions with Chris Bodnar, Kristen Namour and Sylvia Caldwell)