Workshop Testimonials

"Rasa Creek's workshops are a valuable tool for one starting into the business, the presentations are of the finest quality, given by people whose passion is garlic."
Larry Churchill

"Fantastic day spent at Rasa Creek. Interesting people, interesting subject matter, and a beautiful location. Jim is an extremely articulate and knowledgeable presenter. Lots was learnt!"
Dave Semmelink

How to Farm Garlic Seminar at Rasa Creek Farm

"As seasoned grain farmers, looking to expand into the unique and niche market of garlic, we were finding it difficult to find information on seed, best growing practices, or marketing. Rasa Creek, particularly Jim, immediately and very generously opened up lines of communication answering every question we had, and going far beyond our expectations. Offering his first garlic workshop, we jumped on the opportunity to learn first hand from Jim and are so glad we did! In one day, Jim efficiently covered a plethora of information on the basics of garlic growth, best farming practices, marketing strategies, and was overall open to sharing his farm and previous years of knowledge and skill with garlic. The workshop went above and beyond our expectations. The mix of presentation, discussion, hands on practice and viewing, and networking opportunities has set us in a confident direction for growing garlic ourselves. Jim's personality lends to the enjoyment of this workshop as he offers intelligence, but modesty, genuine kindness, and a passion for this industry. He was incredibly generous with his time and expertise and all in attendance walked away from the day impressed by the extensive workshop he provided. We'll be planning on enrolling for the next one!"
Russell & Shea Mellows

Garlic Growing Workshop Rasa Creek Farm

"I walked in unsure if I was capable of growing garlic commercially. I walked out knowing I could."
Tanya Siepiela

"The team at Rasa Creek has provided me with the tools to become a successful garlic farmer."
John Wells

Workshops

Growing Garlic Successfully & Profitably

We are hosting garlic workshops here at Rasa Creek Farm on a semi-regular basis. Check this page for updates on upcoming workshops and to register to attend.

Rasa Creek Farm is a leading supplier of quality organic seed garlic and consulting for start-up garlic farms. From the backyard gardener who grows 800 bulbs to the experienced farmer who grows three acres, garlic is a profitable crop on any scale. Learn precisely what it takes to add—or scale up—your own garlic production.

GROWING GARLIC SUCCESSFULLY & PROFITABLY
 2020: 1-Day Zoom (Video Conferencing) Workshops 
Saturday, May 23rd, 9am-4pm: Growing & Marketing 
COMPLETED
Saturday, June 20th, 9am-4pm: Growing & Marketing 
OPEN
Saturday, Sept 26th, 9am-4pm: Growing & Marketing
 
OPEN

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COVID-19 Update:
We're moving all of our 2020 Workshops to the Zoom (video conferencing) platform. This way, we can schedule events with confidence (regardless of any government restrictions) and make the necessary preparations to create a profitable experience for all concerned.

We've reduced the price of these Zoom workshops from $150 to just $100 per participant. Of course, there will also be no travel expense.

Our workshops are PowerPoint events, and Zoom provides the ability to share computer screens. So, as a participant, you'll see every slide up close and on your own monitor. We'll be creating custom video of our farming procedures, equipment and fields to also share during the day.  In short, you'll be experiencing the full spectrum of what we offer when hosting workshops here on the farm (minus the awesome lunch!)

There is a certain camaraderie and networking opportunity available when events are held live, and participants in our workshops often offer to share their contact information with the rest of the group so that they can continue using one another as an added resource. I see no reason we can't continue with that tradition... as individuals wish.

If you're not familiar with Zoom, and would like to participate but feel uncertain of the technology, we're here to help. If you have a computer and an internet connection, then you're ready to Zoom with us. You can also use a phone (cell or landline) to call into the workshop. But you'll require a screen and internet connection to view the presentation.

Please feel free to call ( 250-547-2077) with any questions about these events... 

All Workshops listed above:
  • Conducted via Zoom
  • 45 minute break for lunch
  • Tuition: $100.00 + 5% GST (per participant)
  • PDF of PowerPoint presentation emailed to all participants at end of day

Workshop Curriculum


Growing from A to Z
  • Cultivar Selection
  • Field Planning
    • Spacing
    • Soil Preparation
    • Cover Crops
  • Popping & Planting
    • Dimplers
    • Time Saving Techniques
  • Mulch Options (pros and cons)
  • Irrigation Methods
  • Weeding Requirements
  • Scape Removal
    • Disposal or Marketing of Scapes
    • Saving & Growing from Bulbils
  • Harvest: Tools and Techniques
  • The Curing Shed
  • Processing for Market
  • Storage
Marketing and Planning
  • The Farm Business Plan
  • The Optimal Expansion Curve
  • Marketing Your Bulbs
    • How to Wholesale
    • How to Retail
    • Farmer's Markets
    • Value Added
    • Carving a Niche'
    • Creating a co-operative
    • The Future of Canadian Garlic
  • Customer Relations and Education

Travel & Accommodation


Rasa Creek Farm is located 23 kilometers north of the township of Lumby, BC. We'll provide a detailed map for anyone driving to the workshop and you can get a rough idea of our location on the Contacts page of this website. If flying from farther away, the nearest airport is Kelowna International (YLW), which is a 90 minute drive from Rasa Creek Farm.  There are non-stop flights from many Canadian cities into Kelowna, as well as several cities in the USA, including Seattle.

If you'll be needing to stay overnight, there are several options available
  1. Camping at Rasa Creek: Rasa Creek Farm has beautiful meadows by it's crystal clear creek and for $15 you're welcome to camp on the property. We provide on-demand hot showers in our compost toilet equipped bath house. Nights can be cool so be prepared with plenty of warm bedding.  NOTE: We request that no alcohol or drugs (including cannabis) be brought onto the property.
  2. Twin Creeks Motel: Lumby is a 25 minute drive from the farm and has one motel. Rooms are about $79 a night.
    Address: 1643 Vernon St, Lumby
    Phone: 250-547-9221
  3. Enderby: If you're coming from the north, then you'll probably want to arrange for accommodations in Enderby, which is approximately 25 minutes from us to the north. There are several nice choices there.
  4. B&Bs: With the advent of Air B&B there are more and more options each year. When searching, include the towns of Enderby and Grindrod since they are also about 25 minutes away.
  5. Vernon: Our local "big city" is Vernon. Vernon is about 50 minutes from our farm and there are numerous hotel, B&B and resort options there, from cheap to quite pricey.