Music and Agritourism Society of the Hazeltons
The Permaculture Farm Festival Club is a non-profit society registered in February 2017. In December 2017, with input from our membership, the Board voted to change the name to the Music and Agritourism Society of the Hazeltons (MASH) to clarify our work.Our mandate is to produce agri-tourism events featuring arts and music, and to develop a model of best practices and a system of support that will encourage the growth and expansion of other artistic and agri-tourism endeavors in the region. In doing so, we advocate for food security and sustainable community economic development.
Our goals for Year 2 are as follows:
- Produce six live music events by June 30, 2018.
- Produce the second annual Hops Harvest Festival September 7-9 weekend and aim to sell 500 tickets.
- Apply for a grant to help with Year 2 operating costs.
- Grow our membership to 75 people at $10 per membership.
- Send out a short monthly newsletter to members starting in January.
- Identify at least one other farm in the area interested in Agri-tourism and explore a co-operative venture.
All of our events this year will be hosted by Bulkley Canyon Ranch & Hazelton Hops.
Board of Directors
Laurie Gallant brings over 20 years of start-up, entrepreneurial, and event planning experience to her solar powered permaculture farm business (Bulkley Canyon Ranch & Hazelton Hops) and her role as President. She served as Treasurer for the Kispiox Valley Music Festival in 2016, and has volunteered in various other roles with music festivals in the Bulkley Valley since moving here in 1998. Laurie consulted as a specialist in Zero Waste systems for government and corporate clients in Ontario and BC. She earned a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Geography) from the University of Waterloo and, more recently, a Permaculture Design Certificate. She is deeply committed to sustainable community development and is leading a local initiative for regional food security.
Bill Crosson is a true-blue northerner, and grew up on the family homestead and hobby farm in Quick, 20 minutes east of Smithers. He provides the practical knowledge and experience that keeps the board grounded in its sometimes overly grandiose plans. He has a BSc in math from Thompson Rivers University, where he served on the campus community radio’s board and was president of the TRU Wine Geek Club. Bill applies his strong permaculture background on the farm he owns with his partner Laurie Gallant. Bill has a passion for backcountry skiing, music and adventure and often performs a few songs at live music events hosted at the Ranch. It was inevitable that the bottom floor of the farm house would be converted into a live music venue given Bill’s long history as a singer-songwriter and one-time lead man for the Ski Bums, a jam band based in Smithers that spawned a lifetime of musical connections.
Elaine Seier has worked with not-for-profit organizations for over 20 years in Smithers and Whitehorse, Yukon, both as a board member and as an employee managing projects for adults with disabilities. She grew up in rural Saskatchewan on a small mixed-use farm, and farming has been her first love ever since. She is now co-owner of Ross Lake Farm, an up-and-coming operation breeding Miniature Donkeys and Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats near New Hazelton, BC. While the term “permaculture” is new to her, she has always believed that sustainable farm practices must use naturally existing systems to produce maximum food yields with minimum toll on the earth’s limited resources. Furthermore, she believes that everyone is entitled to their fair share of the earth’s wealth, so the ethical philosophy that forms the foundation of permaculture rings true for her. In a world where increasing demands are made on energy and resources, farmers must both care for the earth and share resources with less fortunate people in their communities. Elaine believes that the Permaculture Farm Festival Club will play a vital role in promoting the values of permaculture to all northerners.
Laurie Paulin joined the Board in December 2017 as Vice-President. She is a Consciousness Medicine Facilitator and the Owner of Hummingbird Holistic Health. After working as a Human Resources Professional for 15 years, Laurie decided to start a full-time business and become a Mompreneur. Laurie is Haisla and Haida and grew up in Kitwanga and Terrace. In 1997, Laurie received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. A Human Resources Post Diploma was obtained in 1999. Laurie became a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner in 2011. Laurie and her 5 year old son love spending time at the rivers, lakes, and trails in this area. She grew up off the grid until the age of 8 and has a goal to live on a property that meets her needs for self sufficiency.
Simon Stockner also joined the Board in December 2017 and will be focusing on bookings and promotions. Being born and raised in the Hazelton’s/Kispiox Valley, Simon, 22, plays drums in a popular local band, The Racket. Simon also plays the role of booking-agent for his band, booking most of their shows including a 40 show tour spread over 4 months for their “Petty Crimes Summer Tour 2017”. He was born a few months before the very first Kispiox Valley Music Festival and grew up three minutes down the road from the festival, never missing a year. With this beautiful hometown festival practically in his blood, and having years of experience writing and performing music, his love for creating and sharing good energy through music and community is very true.
In October 2017, our funding application to Creative BC's Live Music Fund was approved! This was amazing news as the funding contributed 50% to the costs of our 2017 Hootenanny, and provided 50% funding for our ongoing Off-Grid Concerts and Open Mic events. The application highlighted the need to keep live music accessible and affordable to rural residents who may have low incomes, which means all our concert tickets are only $10, while also guaranteeing performers a minimum fee plus half the door sales. The funding also covers 50% of administration costs such as hosting performers at a local bed and breakfast and contributing to marketing expenses. To learn more about Creative BC, visit their website.
Become a Member today!
Benefits of the $10 membership include a monthly newsletter with advance notice of all events, members only pricing, and the intrinsic rewards of supporting live music and sustainable agriculture in Northwest BC! Memberships can be bought buy clicking on the button below, through Eventbrite when you buy event tickets, or during events. Some Directors have also been known to carry application forms on their person while attending other events, so if you prefer random, we’ve got you covered.