All posts by Dana Penrice

Sept 1: Pouce Coupe, BC: Wildwood Farm Tour

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 09, 2018

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Check out Wildwood Farm where Tim and Linda have been farming organically, and have worked over the years to realize their dreams of using draught horses for nearly all their mechanized farm work. Wildwood Farm is off-grid, using a small solar array to give the farm modest, but adequate supply of power. Included in the tour:  A grain milling demonstration using the horse team Perennial and annual fruit and vegetable gardens, greenhouse, and root cellar Gravity fed water systems Visiting the pastures and fields, the forest, creek, and waterfall. A collaborative discussion on farm succession where Tim and Linda will share their hopes … Continue reading Sept 1: Pouce Coupe, BC: Wildwood Farm Tour

July 14: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm Tour & Potluck

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 05, 2018 2 Comments

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Tour one of Red Deer’s amazing local farms and learn from farmer Mike Kozlowski about how he has grown his business and provides delicious, healthy food for his community. Where:  Range Road 270A off Township Road 372. Look for the Tamara Ranch sign and you’ve got the place! When you arrive, head to the garden to the east.  When: July 14th, 2018 Time: Farm Tour at 3 pm & potluck to follow Bring: Plates and cutlery for potluck and chairs. RSVP: This event is FREE but please RSVP to alberta@youngagrarians.org  About Steel Pony Farm Hi I’m Mike Kozlowski and I’m the main man at Steel Pony Farm. I’m … Continue reading July 14: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm Tour & Potluck

JUNE 29: Armena, AB – Sunworks Farm Tour

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 23, 2018

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Interested in growing a livestock enterprise? Learn the ins and outs from long-time organic livestock farmers, Ron and Sheila Hamilton. About Sunworks Farm Sunworks Farm is a certified organic farm that grows chicken, turkey, beef, pork and eggs. Ron and Sheila Hamilton moved to the farm in 1992 having never farmed before. On the advice of a friend they took a 10 day holistic management course which taught them a whole farm planning system that took into account the environmental, economic and social issues farmers face today. They soon discovered the demand for quality organic meat in Alberta and started selling at farmers markets. As … Continue reading JUNE 29: Armena, AB – Sunworks Farm Tour

June 23: Sundre, AB – Farming with Biodiversity Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 18, 2018

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Alberta’s farms and ranches are home to so much more than livestock and crops. There’s dung beetles, deer, crocuses, spruce trees and countless wildlife species living on agricultural land. In fact, the more diverse a farm or ranch is in plants and animals the more agricultural producers benefit. It is a win-win for producers and ecosystems. Rural Routes to Climate Solutions, Little Loaves Farm and Organic Alberta are hosting a pay-what-you-can ($10 or less) workshop on how producers can protect, boost and benefit from biodiversity on their land. Limited spots are available. Register now: Date: Saturday June 23rd Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm … Continue reading June 23: Sundre, AB – Farming with Biodiversity Workshop

Ranch Job: Provost, AB – SP Cattle Company

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 09, 2018

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Looking for an opportunity in ranching? Check out this job opportunity with SP Cattle Company. About The Ranch Our family started into the meat business because like many Canadians we believe in the importance of environmental sustainability and also valued the social benefits of agriculture, such as egalitarianism and the contribution of rural and small-town perspectives to society. In 2008, Sandra and Preston, invested in the ranching side of the business. The Ranch is located near Elkwater, Alberta. At present, the land is certified organic by Ecocert. In past years we were able to certify the cattle and meat and we … Continue reading Ranch Job: Provost, AB – SP Cattle Company

Opportunity: Sedgewick, AB – Broadview Farm

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 05, 2018

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Farm with Roy!  Roy has more growing space than he can farm and is looking for someone to come and work with him. If you are a person wishing to farm but unable to find land, Roy would love to hear from you! Roy is currently marketing vegetables and seeds but there are opportunities on the farm for small scale livestock. He markets at Seedy Saturdays and at the Camrose Farmers Market. Roy would love to share his horticultural and gardening knowledge. Roy is open to lots of options from working a few days a week to living on the farm. If … Continue reading Opportunity: Sedgewick, AB – Broadview Farm

Land Opportunity: Dawson Creek, BC

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 25, 2018

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About the Land This beautiful piece of land is located near Bay Tree, Alberta, this property is 20 minutes east of Dawson Creek close to the BC/Alberta border. It includes a quarter section with cleared and treed areas. The owner is currently growing Haskaps and raising chickens for meat, eggs and hatching eggs. There are lots of opportunities for new enterprises to make money.  About the Opportunity The land owner is looking for a young couple that hasn’t started a family yet to work alongside with the opportunity to buy into the land after a set period of time. There is a separate residence that would be … Continue reading Land Opportunity: Dawson Creek, BC

April 28: Lacombe, AB – Clean Energy and Project Financing Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 17, 2018

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Clean, renewable sources of energy are a perfect fit for Alberta’s farms and ranches. Agricultural producers work hard to care for the land that supports their livelihood, families and communities. Farmers and ranchers deserve a type of energy production that does the same. Rural Routes to Climate Solutions is holding a full-day workshop in Lacombe on the clean energy options available to producers and how producers can access funding to get these types of projects off the ground. Presenters from industry, research groups and financial institutions will be on hand to answer questions on the financial payoffs of wind and … Continue reading April 28: Lacombe, AB – Clean Energy and Project Financing Workshop

Letters to an Elder Farmer

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 05, 2018

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Inspired by Stone Barns Centre for Food & Agriculture’s recently published book Letter to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming and Our Future, Young Agrarians invited young farmers to write Letters to an Elder Farmer. As young farmers, we walk in the footsteps of those that have come before us caring for the land and cultivating a community that values organic and ecological farming. You may have noticed too, that young farmers have also been blazing new trails to adapt to our changing society and changing planet. We hope, like the book Letters to a Young Farmers, that the stories in these … Continue reading Letters to an Elder Farmer

Letters to an Elder Farmer: Britt Embry

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 05, 2018

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“May those who are hungry be fed.” – Tess Taylor, Work & Days Dear elder farmer, My partner, Justin, and I farm five acres of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs in southwestern Manitoba on the La Salle river — a slow-moving river that widens and narrows throughout mostly agricultural land before emptying into the famed Red River in Saint Norbert. Our land is good, but not ideal for vegetables. When Justin went to discuss how to amend our soil with a soil scientist, his advice was: “Consider moving.” (Were this a letter to an older soil scientist, my first point … Continue reading Letters to an Elder Farmer: Britt Embry