Blog Category: Alberta

1st GENERATION FARMERS CONFERENCE RECAP

Posted by Alex on August 16, 2019

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The inaugural 1st Generation Farmers Conference was a day of great connections and great ideas! More than 50 farmers, aspiring farmers, and farm supporters drove out to Rosy Farms, where we gathered to learn about marketing, business planning, building community, and everything in between. Although it was a cool August day, we made the most of it by enjoying our delicious lunch around a campfire. This feast featured local Alberta producers including Ruby Apron, Steve & Dan’s BC Fruit, Herbologie , Chicks-n-chaps, Rosy Farms, Reclaim Organics, Meuwly’s, Confetti Sweets, The Northern Table, and MoJo JoJo.           … Continue reading 1st GENERATION FARMERS CONFERENCE RECAP

Sept 14+15 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

Posted by Lilli Klamke on August 15, 2019

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  Workshop: Low-Stress Livestock Handling with Dylan Biggs “Low-stress livestock handling can contribute to the well being of your cattle by allowing you to handle them in all situations in a safe, calm, efficient manner — effectively minimizing the amount of stress you expose your cattle to.” Dylan Biggs Are you running your herd of cattle or are they running you? There is lot’s to learn and to know about not only the behavior of our animals but also about the way we are handling them. Come on out for the two-day workshop at Nature’s Way Farm in Grimshaw. Dylan … Continue reading Sept 14+15 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

FARM JOB: ACME, AB – APPRENTICE GOATHERD, DANCING GOATS FARM

Posted by Alex on August 13, 2019

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Dancing Goats Farm is seeking an apprentice Goatherd/Farm Worker for September 2019 for full-time employment. On farm accommodation is available. Dancing Goats Farm is an equal opportunity employer. Tasks and Responsibilities This position offers the opportunity to learn about animal care and husbandry, pasture management, and relevant government agriculture regulations. The employee will assist with and be responsible for daily care of the goats including: Milking Feeding General animal care and health Cleaning milking equipment, milking parlour, and animal housing areas Other duties as assigned Experience and Physical Requirements General livestock, farm, or veterinary experience an asset. The successful candidate will … Continue reading FARM JOB: ACME, AB – APPRENTICE GOATHERD, DANCING GOATS FARM

AUGUST 11, 2019: PIGEON LAKE, AB – Reclaim Farm Tour & Potluck

Posted by Alex on July 17, 2019

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Reclaim is an urban farm turned rural farm that grows quality greens & veggies year round in the heart of Alberta. Ryan Mason and his team of fabulous farmers use low impact and organic practices to grow seasonal salad mixes and unique varieties of greens, radishes, beets, carrots, and squash. You can find Reclaim’s produce at multiple farmers markets and more than 50 restaurants in Edmonton. Join us as we learn about how Reclaim has gone from a small plot of land in the city to a year-round operation that grows some of the tastiest veggies around! We’ll top off the tour … Continue reading AUGUST 11, 2019: PIGEON LAKE, AB – Reclaim Farm Tour & Potluck

ALBERTA FARMERS: Complete this Survey and Win YA Swag!

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 16, 2019

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Calling all Alberta farmers involved in farm succession and transition!!! Complete a short survey to help us better understand the needs of young farmers (40 and under) in Alberta who are taking over farm operations.  Fill out the survey and enter to win a $50 for Peavey Mart, a Young Agrarians ball cap and t-shirt! This survey is being conducted by Julia Buckingham, a Master’s student at the American University of Rome. She is seeking responses to the survey as well as people interested in taking part in more in-depth interviews. More information is available on the introductory page of the survey, or you … Continue reading ALBERTA FARMERS: Complete this Survey and Win YA Swag!

July 30, 2019: EDMONTON, AB – From Seed to Sourdough: Plant Breeding for Low Input Systems

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 10, 2019

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Learn about the selection process, organic wheat agronomy, and the traits farmers, buyers, and bakers are looking for. The day will feature new research from the University of Manitoba Participatory Plant Breeding program and a tour of new organically-bred wheat varieties and farmer-bred wheat lines. Speakers: Michelle Carkner, Natural Systems Agriculture Lab, University of Manitoba Ward Middleton, Midmore Farms and Farmer Breeder Kaelin Whittaker, Real Bread Alberta When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 1:00PM to 4:30PM | $10 Where: University of Alberta Research Farm, Edmonton, AB For more information and to register contact info@organicalberta.org or call 587-521-2400

July 20, 2019: Edmonton, AB – Picture a Farmer Film Screening

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 08, 2019 2 Comments

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We are excited to tell you about the first screening for the short documentary: Picture A Farmer – celebrating Alberta women in Agriculture.   Check it out on Saturday, July 20th at 3:00pm at the Garneau Theatre, 8712 109th St. Edmonton, AB. Free tickets can be ordered at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/picture-a-farmer-screening-tickets-64678775960 Please share with your network! Picture a farmer – a Documentary Picture a Farmer is a documentary that challenges the conventional perceptions of women’s roles on the farm. Women have always been a critical part of farm life, yet they are often not seen as farmers. Women on farms raise children, cook meals, maybe tend … Continue reading July 20, 2019: Edmonton, AB – Picture a Farmer Film Screening

Farmer Podcast Club: Holistic Management with First Generation Farmer Ashley Armstrong

Posted by Lilli Klamke on June 18, 2019

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Enjoy listening to your weekly Farmer Podcast Club episode. Holistic Management with First Generation Farmer Ashley Armstrong –The Rural Woman Podcast Released Jun 14, 2019 On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet my fellow Albertan, Ashley Armstrong. Ashley along with her husband, Clay and their children run Armstrong Acres located near Hythe, Alberta. The Armstrong’s began their journey into agriculture back in 2010 when they decided they wanted to know where their food came from…   Listen to the full episode: http://theruralwomanpodcast.libsyn.com/holistic-management-with-first-generation-farmer-ashley-armstrong Subscribe to The Rural Woman Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/holistic-management-first-generation-farmer-ashley/id1456194942?i=1000441478894 Share This With a Farming … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: Holistic Management with First Generation Farmer Ashley Armstrong

AUGUST 10, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – 1st Generation Farmer Conference

Posted by Alex on June 13, 2019 6 Comments

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Are you a 1st generation farmer looking to connect with a strong community of friends and mentors? Do you want to make your farm business more resilient by improving your financial plan and communication strategies? Are you an urbanite itching to get your boots on the ground but don’t know where to start? Join us at the 1st Generation Farmer Conference to get relevant, ready-to-apply farm knowledge from a fantastic line up of speakers and to meet other passionate farmers in Alberta! Farmers, food lovers, and the farm-curious of all ages are all invited! When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 Where: Rosy … Continue reading AUGUST 10, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – 1st Generation Farmer Conference

YA Alberta Apprenticeship Orientation Weekend

Posted by Kolby Peterson on June 11, 2019 2 Comments

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“Young farmer, learn as much as you can about farming and life. Listen to your elders, for they are wise… Whatever you learn, share that knowledge with others; whatever you grow, share with those who have less. Be prepared to meet the challenges ahead, but know that you are not alone.” – Karen Washington, activist and farmer, Rise & Root Farm Young Agrarians has launched its 2019 Alberta Apprenticeship Program, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce this year’s crew. How they all ended up on Alberta farms would require a long night of storytelling around a campfire, but … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeship Orientation Weekend