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When: February 10, 2018 – February 11, 2018 all-day
Where: Camp Pringle, 2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3, Canada

VANCOUVER ISLAND 5TH WINTER MIXER We are celebrating five years of Winter Mixers on Vancouver Island this year! Join us for our Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer at Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake, on beautiful[…]

February 10, 2018 – February 11, 2018 all-day
Camp Pringle
2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd
Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3

We are celebrating five years of Winter Mixers on Vancouver Island this year! Join us for our Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer at Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake, on beautiful Vancouver Island for two days of farming workshops & networking!

COST: Sliding scale $75-125. All funds raised go to covering the cost of the event. Thank you for your support! To register see ticket link.
Work trade options are available, please contact Moss at: westcoast@youngagrarians.org

ON OUR BLOG: Find more info on our blog at: http://youngagrarians.org/vimixer2018

Looking for Land? Got Land? We will be offering a Land Linking event concurrently with the Mixer on Saturday afternoon!

When: 6:00pm-9:30pm, Saturday, February 10, 2018

There is nothing better n’ sharing a community made meal together. Our Community Potluck is free, open to all ages, and for the whole community (not just those attending the Mixer). Please bring a dish to share! Invite your friends and family – the more, the merrier!

In a protected natural setting, on the shores of Shawnigan Lake, Camp Pringle is a serene summer camp, retreat, and outdoor education centre. There are 18 wonderful acres of mossy forest, open fields, wetlands, nature trails, a private waterfront, beach, dock and fire circle (yes, we can have a campfire Saturday night!

The accommodation available at Camp Pringle features rooms with 4-8 bunk beds—so sleeping quarters are shared. FAMER SLEEPOVER! The bunk beds will be available first-come, first served. Please register early to secure your bed! Families are encouraged to arrive early so that you can find a room with the correct amount of bunks for parents and kids. All guests are asked to bring bedding.

For those who register after bunk beds are claimed, we’ll invite you to bring sleeping mats and bedding to set up in shared common areas in the bunk houses.

For the full workshop schedule and descriptions and presenter bios, please stay tuned on our website: http://youngagrarians.org/vimixer2018

We are working hard to bring you a full and inspiring agenda, and many opportunities to connect and build relationships. There will be hands on sessions, open discussions, and formal presentations – something for everyone!

YA Mixers are known for making remarkable connections, such as new possibilities for markets, land opportunities found, or identifying a shared interest/resource. To make the most of this, come to the mixer with an openness to meet new people, share something that you have to offer (like employment, land or special skills) and something that you might need (such as specific tools, crop planning models, or mentorship). We will be offering ways for you to share your needs and opportunities with each other 🙂

We are overjoyed to welcome Nature’s Chef (Tom Kral) back to our 2018 Mixer. Last year, Tom lovingly crafted nourishing and delicious meals for 120 hungry farmers—no small feat! His beautiful cooking inspired rave reviews on our survey last year, so we are thrilled to have Nature’s Chef back for another year.

Bellies are already grumbling at the thought of the deliciousness to come!

We are currently lining up food donors for our 2018 Mixer. Do you know a local food business or farm that would like to donate produce, meats, staples or snacks to our Mixer this year? We love to feature fabulous local foods at our Mixer and promote our food donors. Please get in touch! westcoast@youngagrarians.org

We try our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, and we encourage folks to bring the snacks and special food items they may need to be comfortable. Please let us know of dietary restrictions when you register.

BYOM—don’t forget a re-usable mug for your hot beverages—coffee and tea will be available.

POTLUCK ALERT! Please bring a dish or food item to share at the Community Potluck on Saturday night. And invite your friends and family, the more the merrier!

Registration includes access to shared accommodation for Saturday night only. Register early to secure your sleeping space—we can accommodate up to 70 people in beds. After that, we ask folks to bring bedding to sleep “indoor camp-out” style in common areas.

If you need to stay in the area for Friday night as well, we encourage you to reach out on our Facebook event page here!

We are working on arranging for a childcare option for those parents who want to soak up the farming workshops! The childcare will be hosted on site and we will ask parents to pay a small fee to help us offer this service.

Here’s a small list of the things you’ll need to bring to make sure you have a great weekend:

Travel mug for your coffee or tea
Potluck item to share for Saturday night (refrigeration available for the day on Saturday!)
Bedding, toiletries
Notebook and pen, or laptop
Rain gear and sturdy shoes for outdoor exploring (do we need to remind farmers about this?)

Please use this Facebook event page to find rides and plan your travels. If you are NOT on Facebook, please send a note to westcoast@youngagrarians.org SUBJECT: Ride to Vancouver Island Mixer, OR Have a ride to offer to Vancouver Island Mixer.

Be sure to let us know where you are travelling from, and your timing needs.

This event was made possible by Coastal Community Credit Union, and with funding support from Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Thank you to all our funders and sponsors.