All posts by Dana Penrice

Apply for the 2019 YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 05, 2018

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DEADLINE JAN 31st, 2019. 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 … 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

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

Oct 27: Camrose, AB – Spirit of the Land Conference

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 09, 2018

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7th Annual Spirit of the Land Conference The conference will examine ‘storytelling’ and the links between place, space, and the stories we tell and share. The conference program includes: Alice Major, writer of 12 collections of poetry, and first poet laureate of Edmonton David A. Robertson, graphic novelist and writer and member of Norway House Cree Nations Tenille K. Campbell,  Dene and Métis poet and photographer from English River First Nation Learn more about speakers and the program, here. Click here for the poster. Date: 10:00am – 3:30pm on October 27, 2018 Location: Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta in Camrose Register: Click here … Continue reading Oct 27: Camrose, AB – Spirit of the Land Conference

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