This year’s Islands Agriculture Show will explore agritech, regenerative agriculture, farm transition, and other exciting topics under the theme of “Growing Stability in Uncertain Times”. The event will take place at the Cowichan Exhibition Park on February 3 and 4, 2023.
The Islands Agriculture Show is the only agricultural trade show serving the farm and food community on Vancouver Island, the Coast and Gulf Islands. It is a venue for farmers, rural landowners, farm organizations, equipment dealers, service providers and the general public to learn, connect and engage. The Cowichan Valley Regional District is proud to be a community partner for this year’s event, which aims to promote agriculture and professional development for farmers in the region.
The show features two days of engaging conference sessions, a trade show with over 70 vendors, and Young Farmers Day where children and families learn about agriculture and farm operations. There will be food, tractor displays, demonstration booths and much more.
This year’s Keynote Speakers are Jesse Hirsh and Tristan Banwell. As technology continues to impact our relationship with the world, Jesse believes it should be used in responsible and creative ways. His talk, “Smart Farms: How technology is transforming agriculture”, examines the potential to improve agriculture practices and the relationship between growers and eaters. Tristan manages Spray Creek Ranch, a diversified regenerative organic farm in the Northern St’at’imc Territory near Lillooet, BC. His session, “Regenerative Agriculture for Uncertain Times”, will range from regenerative certifications to the implications of corporate greenwashing, with actionable advice on implementing regenerative practices to improve the resilience of your operation. Other conference session topics include forage crop production decisions, perennial fruit crop opportunities, farm variety trials, and more.
Don’t miss out on Vancouver Islands’ largest agricultural event of the year, showcasing the latest and most innovative equipment and technology for the agriculture industry.
Registration for the conference is now open. For more information, visit www.iashow.ca.
Photo credit: Peter O’Hara and 4VI at Yellow Point Farms