Blog Category: Alberta

February 17: Young Agrarians Social & Networking Event – Lacombe, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 12, 2017

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As part of the Holistic Management & Organic Alberta Conference we are hosting an event for aspiring, new and young farmers in Central Alberta! Join us for an evening social and networking event and connect with other farmers! When: February 17th 7:30pm Where: Uglies Pub, 5010 50 St, Lacombe, AB Who: Everyone welcome! Aspiring farmers, new farmers and existing farmers, food lovers and gardeners who are interested in supporting the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta! RSVP: This event is free! If you plan on coming feel free to send us a note at alberta@youngagrarians.org or just show up at the door!

APPRENTICESHIPS: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm, Carstairs, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 10, 2017

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Blue Mountain Biodynamics has up to 6 apprentice positions available for our 2017 season. About the Farm We are a certified biodynamic farm, we grow 4-6 acres of vegetables a year, we raise laying hens, meat birds and hogs, and grow field crops to feed the animals here on farm. We are also seed savers! We run a CSA as well as selling to farmers markets, retails stores, home delivery services and restaurants. We are passionate about producing good, clean and fair food for everyone. About the Apprenticeship Our fist apprentices arrive between April – May (depending on the weather) and stay until … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIPS: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm, Carstairs, AB

Feb. 17-19: Lacombe, AB – Holistic Management & Organic Alberta Conferences

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 31, 2017

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Holistic Management Canada and Organic Alberta are teaming up to co-host their conference in Lacombe, Alberta. This conference includes sessions of interest to new and young farmers looking for knowledge and skills in ecological agriculture. Join us for a Young Agrarians networking social and build your network of mentors and get your farming career started here! Full Schedule and Registration: http://holisticmanagement.ca/conference/ Opportunity: Some conference bursaries may be available for new and young farmers. Inquire with alberta@youngagrarians.org Sessions for new and young farmers: “Sheep, Poultry and Pork: The Livestock Startup” – Donovan Kit & Lisa Lundgard (The Homestead Farm) and Patrick VanderBurg and Marnie … Continue reading Feb. 17-19: Lacombe, AB – Holistic Management & Organic Alberta Conferences

Ideas & Inspiration from the 2016 Holistic Management Gathering at Paicines Ranch, California!

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 10, 2017

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At the generous invitation of Sally Calhoun, owner of the Paicines Ranch, Sara Dent, BC Coordinator of Young Agrarians, Kelly Sidoryk of Holistic Management Canada and I (Young Agrarians Alberta Coordinator) were invited to participate in the Holistic Management International conference in California in October 2016. Representing both Young Agrarians and Holistic Management Canada, the experience provided an opportunity to “cross-pollinate” with international Holistic Management networks, sharing ideas, learning new skills and supporting the regenerative agriculture movement. As an outsider, it was fascinating to step into the Paicines Ranch community and get a sense for the agrarian, regenerative ideals they are living by … Continue reading Ideas & Inspiration from the 2016 Holistic Management Gathering at Paicines Ranch, California!

2 More Host Farms Join YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 22, 2016

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PRAIRIE GOLD PASTURED MEATS – Red Deer, AB Prairie Gold Pastured Meats raises grass-finished beef, pastured pork, and eggs in Central Alberta. The animals are cared for in a manner that is harmonious with nature and regenerative to the soil, the grasses, the animals, and the eater. Find out more.  DUBAN FARMS – Lethbridge, AB Duban Farms is a third generation, irrigated grain and oilseed farm located 15 minutes NW of Lethbridge.  The farm is currently transitioning into Certified Organic production and strives to grow food in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion. Find out more.    Read about all of the 2017 Host Farms. More Details about … Continue reading 2 More Host Farms Join YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

YA Apprenticeship: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats – Red Deer, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 21, 2016

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Are you an aspiring grazier looking to gain the hands-on skills and experience? Are you feeling like you’re not quite ready to start your own grass-fed, pasture-raised livestock business yet? Prairie Gold Pastured Meats is excited to offer a meaningful apprenticeship to help you on your grazing journey. About the Farm Prairie Gold Pastured Meats raises grass-finished beef, pastured pork, and eggs in Central Alberta. The animals are cared for in a manner that is harmonious with nature and regenerative to the soil, the grasses, the animals, and the eater. Prairie Gold Meats operates on the Tamara Ranch located just south of Red Deer which … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats – Red Deer, AB

YA Apprenticeship: Duban Farms – Lethbridge, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 21, 2016

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Are you looking for a hands-on, practical learning experience in environmentally and economically sustainable farming? Are you wanting to work alongside a farmer that is innovative, forward thinking and working to mitigate climate change?  Duban Farms is excited to offer a unique apprenticeship in regenerative farming. About the Farm Duban Farms is a third generation, irrigated grain and oilseed farm located 15 minutes NW of Lethbridge.  The farm is currently transitioning into Certified Organic production and strives to grow food in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion.  Utilizing biological principles, Duban Farms is working to improve plant and soil health while maximizing yields of … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Duban Farms – Lethbridge, AB

Announcing the Host Farms of the new Alberta YA Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 13, 2016 2 Comments

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KETTLE CROSSING FARM – Sundre, AB This farm lies on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, an hour and a quarter northwest of Calgary. Work alongside Sandy Easterbrook, Bob Griebel and their niece Tess Griebel (a fellow young farmer) with their East Friesian sheep and dairy cows. Find out more.  SANDSPRING RANCH – Lac La Biche, AB Sand Springs Ranch is located near Lac La Biche and includes a large market garden, an organic, grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork and chicken enterprises. Be exposed to a variety of enterprises and learn about what kinds of production fit you best. Find out more.  REDTAIL FARMS – Castor, AB Redtail Farms … Continue reading Announcing the Host Farms of the new Alberta YA Apprenticeship Program

YA Apprenticeship: Sand Springs Ranch – Lac La Biche, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 12, 2016

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a diversified, mixed farm? Is farming in your future, but you feel you need more experience before starting your own farm? Sand Springs Ranch is offering a unique apprenticeship program providing experience in livestock and vegetable production. About the Farm Sand Springs Ranch, located near Lac La Biche, Alberta is run by Ty and Janice Shelton, their daughter Jolene and son Tyler.  Including Ty and Janice’s grandchildren, there are 3 generations working on this farm. A certified organic farm, Sand Springs Ranch includes a large certified organic market garden, a certified organic, grass-fed beef … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Sand Springs Ranch – Lac La Biche, AB