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YA Apprenticeship: Steel Pony Farm – Red Deer, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 07, 2018

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Photo: 2017 Steel Pony Apprentice, MacKenzie, and 2018 Steel Pony Apprentice, Julie Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a vegetable farm? Are you wanting to learn about market gardening and lean farm management? Steel Pony Farm is offering a unique apprenticeship, join their team! About the Farm Steel Pony Farm is a 7 acre market garden which grows a diversity of vegetables for a CSA program and for wholesale. Mike Kozlowski grows his veggies with an emphasis on soil health and high nutrient density.  Steel Pony is located on the Tamara Ranch just south of Red Deer … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Steel Pony Farm – Red Deer, AB

YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 06, 2018 1 Comment

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain skills and knowledge that match the ecological values you hold? Are you feeling the farming bug, but not quite ready to take the plunge and launch your own business? Peter and Mary Lundgard and their farm manager Lilli Klamke (a fellow young farmer herself) are excited to provide you with a meaningful apprenticeship experience in your path to becoming a farmer. About the Farm Nature’s Way Farm, a 640 acre farm close to the banks of the Peace River in northern Alberta. Covered by aspen, birch, spruce, pine, and willow shelter belts, this farm provides wildlife habitat for moose, deer, beaver, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

Apply for the 2019 YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 05, 2018

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DEADLINE JAN 30. Get your applications in! Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain skills and knowledge that match the ecological values you hold? Are you feeling the farming bug, but not quite ready to take the plunge and launch your own business?  Young Agrarians, Organic Alberta and our network of exceptional mentor farmers are now offering advanced, hands-on apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. Participants with a serious interest, curiosity and commitment to full-time farming are invited to apply. Our apprenticeships are a full immersion program that puts you into the heart of running a farm business, day in and day out. Our carefully selected family of … Continue reading Apply for the 2019 YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

YA Apprenticeship: Redtail Farms – Castor, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 05, 2018 1 Comment

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Photo by Jens Gerbitz . 2018 Farm Apprentice Karel and Rusty on the Farm Are you an aspiring farmer, rancher or grazier looking to gain the hands-on skills and experience? Are you feeling like you’re not quite ready to start your own business yet but want to keep the dream moving along? Retail Farms is excited to offer a meaningful apprenticeship to help you on your farming journey. About the Farm Redtail Farms is located 3 kilometers south of Castor, Alberta, on a rich mix of rejuvenated grasslands and wetlands.  Ian Griebel and Dana Blume (young farmers themselves) are building on the legacy of Ian’s parents, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Redtail Farms – Castor, AB

January 12 & 13: ALIX, AB – Young Agrarians Central Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 29, 2018 2 Comments

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Calling all farm dreamers and food growers! Join us for our 2nd Young Agrarians Winter Mixer in Alix, AB for two days farm inspiration and skill sharing to help you grow your farm business. There will be workshops on getting your farm started, farm financial planning, direct marketing, and stories from successful farm start ups. Meet with other farmers and share ideas, struggles and successes. Find mentors and supporters and learn what works right here in Central Alberta. And come for the fun! There will be farmer slide shows, the Farmer’s Library, campfires and more!!! When: Saturday, January 12 – Sunday January 13, 2019 Where:  Deer Valley … Continue reading January 12 & 13: ALIX, AB – Young Agrarians Central Alberta Winter Mixer

YA Apprenticeship: Sundog Organic Farm – Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 05, 2018

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Photo: 2018 Sundog Organic Farm Apprentice, Sam Flasha Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a vegetable farm? Are you interested in learning organic farming management? Sundog Organic Farms is offering a unique apprenticeship, join their team! About the Farm Sundog Organic Farms uses practices that begin with respect for the soil.  Soil covers only a small part of the earth, and what we have has been built up over millennia to become the life-supporting substrate that we can grow food in.  It is teeming with organisms, all of which work together to become a nutrient-dense matter that supports plant life (along … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Sundog Organic Farm – Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Marketing for Hippies – Peace River & Demmitt, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 01, 2018

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Young Agrarians Alberta is excited to be partnering with the Berwyn Legion, Demmitt Cultural Society, and the County of Grande Prairie to bring: Marketing for Hippies 101: How to Grow Your Green, Local and Holistic Business to the Peace Country! Marketing can feel good. That’s the premise of this workshop. Learn the marketing secret of North America’s most successful green, holistic, community-minded entrepreneurs! This is a pay-what-you-can, day-long, content-rich, roll-up-your-sleeves, nuts and bolts workshop. It’s all about how you can grow your business and attract all of the right kinds of clients (without ever sacrificing your integrity or spending a … Continue reading Marketing for Hippies – Peace River & Demmitt, AB

Oct. 18: Webinar – Holistic Land Design

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 16, 2018

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Are you overwhelmed & paralyzed by the complexity of designing & managing land in a way that is ecologically regenerative, financially sustainable, functionally resilient, & actually enjoyable? Join us for a 1.5 hour online webinar that will discuss the 5 steps that primary producers and homesteaders should take in order to design and implement the property of their dreams. At the end of the webinar, we will talk about the 6-day Holistic Land Design course that we are hosting with PCBFA , the County of Grand Prairie, and the MD of Greenview. Make sure to bring any questions you have … Continue reading Oct. 18: Webinar – Holistic Land Design

JOB: Young Agrarians Central Alberta Coordinator

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 10, 2018

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Young Agrarians Central Alberta Regional Coordinator Organic Alberta is looking for an outgoing, self-motivated, highly organized person to join our team as a Young Agrarians (YA) Regional Coordinator. Young Agrarians is a program of Organic Alberta and has been formally delivered in the province since January 2016. The mission of this program is to “grow the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta.” The YA Regional Coordinator will work to support programming in the Central Alberta region including Young Agrarians farm tours and potlucks and the Central Alberta Winter Mixer. This position will also be responsible for building partnerships with … Continue reading JOB: Young Agrarians Central Alberta Coordinator

Oct. 18: Webinar – Holistic Land Design

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 09, 2018

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Are you overwhelmed & paralyzed by the complexity of designing & managing land in a way that is ecologically regenerative, financially sustainable, functionally resilient, & actually enjoyable? Join us for a 1.5 hour online webinar that will discuss the 5 steps that primary producers and homesteaders should take in order to design and implement the property of their dreams. At the end of the webinar, we will talk about the 6-day Holistic Land Design course that we are hosting with PCBFA and the County of Grand Prairie. Make sure to bring any questions you have about your own land design … Continue reading Oct. 18: Webinar – Holistic Land Design