Photo courtesy of farmlove.org We dug up the results from a national new farmer survey conducted a few years ago. A paper was recently published on the study, and we want to share the results with you! Pour yourself a cup of tea and delve into the challenges and opportunities for Canadian farmers with us. Below is a summary of the paper with a few highlights. Please download the whole paper for more detail here: New farmers and food policies in Canada By Julia Laforge (Lakehead University), Ayla Fenton (Farmer and on Board of Directors, National Farmers Union), Virginie Lavalée-Picard (Farmer), Stéphane McLachlan (University of … Continue reading New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results
Soil Workshop with Dr. Kris Nichols & Farm Tour at Armstrong Acres Join us for an afternoon at Armstrong Acres to check out how Clay and Ash apply rotational grazing, see their the pastured poultry operation and much more. Followed by a workshop about soil health with Dr. Kris Nichols. When: June 14, 2019 Where: Armstrong Acres, Farm near Hythe-AB Directions from Hythe- follow Highway 43 towards Dawson Creek, turn left onto Range Rd 120, then turn right onto Township Rd 740, after 2 km it will be the first house to your right. Schedule: 1.00 pm Introduction and Farm … Continue reading JUNE 14, 2019: HYTHE, AB – Soil Workshop, Farm Tour, Potluck at Armstrong Acres
Join the Haskap Alberta Association for their 2nd Annual Grower Day! Learn about how to manage and monitor the health of a haskap orchard and how to work with other producers to market these amazing berries. This jam packed day will be the perfect opportunity to learn about how to grow haskaps in Alberta and to connect with other producers. Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm Location: Sturgeon County (10 min N of St. Albert and 2 min S of Morinville) Agenda 9:00 – 9:30 Coffee, refreshments and networking 9:30 – 10:00 Craig Toth 10:00 – 12:00 … Continue reading JUNE 8, 2019: MORINVILLE, AB – Haskap Alberta Association 2nd Annual Grower Day
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 Biggs … Continue reading June 8+9 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs
Baah’d Plant Management and Reclamation, a goat grazing business located in Alberta, is hiring an Admin Assistant! Best of both worlds, inside and outside work. JOIN THE TEAM! WORKING mostly in the office, the Environment and GOATS! About Baah’d Plant Management and Reclamation We provide non-toxic, chemical free vegetation control. Target browsing with goats requires a lot of multi-tasking, hard work and a great attitude. We are looking for year round or summer students. Hours are flexible. Most of the work will fall under the designation of secretary or executive assistant. On occasion you will be required to work in the … Continue reading FARM JOB: Alberta – Baah’d Plant Management and Reclamation, Admin Assistant
Congrats to the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market as they move to a new location and year-round market! Looking forward to the opportunities for farmers and food lovers in this new space! If you are interested in becoming a vendor check out the information below. We are excited to announce that the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market is looking for farmers, producers, artisans, bakers, growers and creative people to join us at the market! Outdoor Market If you are interested in participating outdoors this summer (2019), you can complete the application form here: 2019 EDFM Vendor Application. Please note that priority will be given to applicants … Continue reading Opportunity: Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market Looking for Vendors
Are you a Certified Organic Farmer in Canada? Please take this survey to contribute to research on the social, environmental, and business motivations of organic producers in Canada. This survey, designed by a research team from the University of Guelph, is collecting information on the motivations of Canadian organic farmers to farm organically. If you are a certified organic farmer and over 18 then you can participate! Take the Survey here: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdBsBwpugMNXXzD Background information Organic agriculture is growing fast and that is a good thing! However that also means that the organic movement is evolving. While this is true for all actors in … Continue reading Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!
Young Agrarians is growing! April 1st, 2019 – Young Agrarians (YA), a network for new and young ecological farmers in Canada, is moving from FarmFolk CityFolk to Agrarians Foundation, a Canadian charity. Young Agrarians, established in 2012, is a network for new and young farmers in B.C. that has grown across Canada. YA coordinates educational events from farm tours to two-day farmer “mixers”, a B.C. Business Mentorship Network, the B.C. Land Matching Program, an Alberta apprenticeship program, and an extensive online resource network. Since 2012, YA has hosted 222 events with more than 10,000 participants, representing 4,750 farmer volunteer hours. … Continue reading Young Agrarians is growing!
Northlands Urban Farm in Edmonton, AB is recruiting a summer student to work May through August. A young person whose interests and experience include both urban agriculture and education would be ideal! Working as a member of the Agriculture team, the Urban Farm Education Coordinator will work primarily at the Northlands Urban Farm where you will engage hundreds of visitors in several environmentally beneficial activities related to urban agriculture. With its gardens, chickens, and beehives, Northlands Urban Farm serves as an urban farm and an agriculture learning centre. JOB DESCRIPTION Facilitating tours at the urban farm for school groups and … Continue reading FARM JOB: EDMONTON – Northlands Urban Farm, Education Coordinator
Rural Routes to Climate Solutions in Alberta is hiring a Solar Lab Coordinator! About Rural Routes to Climate Solutions FARM SOLUTIONS = CLIMATE SOLUTIONS Farmers and ranchers can play a pivotal role in building the low-carbon economy of the future. Especially in Alberta, home to one-third of Canada’s agricultural land and two important carbon sinks—grasslands and the boreal forest. The wildrose province also has some of the best solar and wind power resources in Canada. Climate solutions are often viewed as being an inconvenience to our everyday lives. But farm solutions are climate solutions and many of them have multiple concrete … Continue reading JOB: ALBERTA – Rural Routes to Climate Solutions, Solar Lab Coordinator