Blog Category: Alberta

FILM NIGHT: Sundre, AB – Look & See A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 01, 2017

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On August 20th, join us for a film screening and potluck at Kettle Crossing Farm. Be inspired by the great Wendell Berry and meet local, ecological farmers. When: August 20th, 2017 | Potluck at 6:00pm | Film at 8:00pm Where: Kettle Crossing Farm, 32241 range road 54 Mountain View County, AB. Click to view map.  What to Bring: Bring your best potluck dish, bring your story about sustainable food and farming and bring friends! RSVP to alberta@youngagrarians.org (Space is limited!) About the Film: LOOK & SEE is a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of … Continue reading FILM NIGHT: Sundre, AB – Look & See A Portrait of Wendell Berry

JULY 16 & SEPT 10: Edmonton, AB – Northlands Urban Farm Tour

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 11, 2017

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A Farm In the Heart of the City! The southwest corner of our campus is home to the Northlands Urban Farm, a 31,200 square-foot farm dedicated to producing local and sustainable food. Operated by Lactuca Corp., the farm offers a unique opportunity for locals and tourists coming to Edmonton to experience the realities of a commercial farm right here in the heart of the city . Producing a broad array of hard-to-come-by varietals—from lettuce, herbs and garlic to heirloom tomatoes and carrots—the produce Lactuca grows is sold at the 124 Grand Market, French Quarter Grand Market, and Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ … Continue reading JULY 16 & SEPT 10: Edmonton, AB – Northlands Urban Farm Tour

AUG 1 & SEPT 12: Edmonton and Calgary – cityFARMed

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 10, 2017

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Interested in producing food commercially?  Want to learn more about small scale farming in the city? Check out these two field days with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry as we tour some of the leading urban farms in Alberta. You’ll learn best practices for producing food for profit in the city, some of the challenges involved, and navigating relationships with neighbours. Time to network and ask questions abound! Registration Information Dates: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Edmonton Registration deadline – July 25 Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Calgary Registration deadline – September 5 Time: Registration – 11:30 a.m. Lunch – 12 noon Tour … Continue reading AUG 1 & SEPT 12: Edmonton and Calgary – cityFARMed

BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 06, 2017

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The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, in partnership with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada, has been offering training on seed production since 2013. There are also excellent training opportunities offered by organizations outside our program. These events can be difficult for many to attend because of the significant travel and accommodation costs. Our Seed Production Capacity Building Grant program is designed to support seed producers and farmers to access training opportunities that they otherwise would not be able to access. Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend training events on ecological field crop … Continue reading BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

Job: Organic Grain Program Coordinator

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 28, 2017

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Deadline July 3rd. ORGANIC GRAIN PROGRAMS COORDINATOR Are you a high capacity person who has a strong desire to make a difference? Are you passionate about organic production and interested in helping Prairie organic grain farmers to be more successful on their farms? Organic Alberta is looking for you… The organic grain program coordinator will report to the Organic Grain Programs Manager and coordinate the implementation of Organic Alberta and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative’s grain programs. ABOUT ORGANIC ALBERTA:  We represent and support Alberta’s entire organic industry, including all certified organic and transitioning producers and processors, as well as … Continue reading Job: Organic Grain Program Coordinator

JULY 27: HALKIRK, AB – Native Prairie Plant Identification

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 26, 2017

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Lazy T Farm is hosting an evening with Karin Lindquist, forage and beef specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The evening will include a pasture walk and Karen will lead the group in plant ID through Lazy T’s native prairie pastures.  For directions and to let us know you are coming, email alberta@youngagrarians.org 

Tamara Ranch Tour Recap & Announcement of the Winners of the Grazing Olympics!

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 20, 2017

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Tamara Ranch is an amazing hub for those wanting to nerd out on gardening and grazing! Home to Prairie Pastured Gold Meats, Field to Fork Pasture Poultry and Steel Pony Farms we had a jam-packed tour with these amazing farmers. “I like to describe a garden tour like coming to a party. If you come and tour it in the late fall, its a bit like coming to the party at 2am when things are winding down and you’re crawling over sleepy people to find a place to sit and can scarcely find a beer around. When you come in June, its like coming … Continue reading Tamara Ranch Tour Recap & Announcement of the Winners of the Grazing Olympics!

JULY 16: CASTOR, AB – Redtail Farms Riparian Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 14, 2017

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Looking for ideas on what to do with that spot that’s too wet to farm? Interested in building your farm’s resilience to flooding and droughts while improving water quality within the greater watershed? Join Luke Wonneck from the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society for a hands-on workshop on establishing and managing riparian forest buffers. You will gain skills in understanding what’s going on in your riparian area, what (if anything) needs to be done about it, and how to design forest buffers that provide valuable ecosystem services for your farm (e.g. bank stabilization, water filtration, pollinator habitat, food products, etc.). … Continue reading JULY 16: CASTOR, AB – Redtail Farms Riparian Workshop

July 15: Sturgeon County, AB – Haskap Orchard Tour & Tasting

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 05, 2017

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Join Rosy Farms for a fun filled, educational afternoon and evening learning all about haskaps fruit and ecological, farming practices! We will be moving through Rosy Farms, explaining our story, their super fruit health benefits, how haskaps grow and where the industry is going. Learn about Alberta orchard methodology, establishment and longevity. As well participate in a Haskap tasting! Even with 2017 being only our second year, come enjoy fruit from the farm. Following the tour we will be filming parts of a crowd funding, promotion video. Finishing off with and evening potluck and social. There is plenty of space … Continue reading July 15: Sturgeon County, AB – Haskap Orchard Tour & Tasting

June 21-22: Ferintosh, AB – Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 02, 2017

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Interested in digging deeper to improve soil health? Join agroecologist Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils, for a surprising and revealing look at your most valuable asset… your soil. Workshop Topics Deepen your understanding of soil health and soil microbes The vital role of soil microbes in building resilience Enhancing water, carbon and nutrient cycles Using soil organisms and/or livestock to lift microbial function on the land Soil detective tools Download & print workshop poster here for more details! About Nicole Masters Nicole Masters, director of Integrity Soils, is an agro-ecologist with over 17 years’ extensive practical and theoretical experience in regenerative … Continue reading June 21-22: Ferintosh, AB – Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters