Blog Category: Alberta

January 12 & 13: ALIX, AB – Young Agrarians Central Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 10, 2019 3 Comments

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Calling all farm dreamers and food growers! Join us for our 2nd Young Agrarians Winter Mixer in Alix, AB for two days farm inspiration and skill sharing to help you grow your farm business. There will be workshops on getting your farm started, farm financial planning, direct marketing, and stories from successful farm start-ups. Meet with other farmers and share ideas, struggles and successes. Find mentors and supporters and learn what works right here in Central Alberta. And come for the fun! There will be farmer slide shows, the Farmer’s Library, campfires and more!!! When: Saturday, January 12 – Sunday, January 13, 2019 Where:  Deer Valley Meadows … Continue reading January 12 & 13: ALIX, AB – Young Agrarians Central Alberta Winter Mixer

Jan 25 – 26: Fort Saskatchewan, AB – Organic Alberta Conference

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 10, 2019

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We would like to invite you to attend the largest gathering for the organic industry in Alberta! From January 25-26, 2019, join Organic Alberta at our annual central conference in Fort Saskatchewan! This year’s theme is Growing Healthy Farmers, Fields, and Food, highlighting the holistic nature of farming. Sessions will focus on grain, livestock, fruit and vegetable production, soil health, mental health, working with employees, connecting with consumers, and more! When: January 25 and 26, 2019 Where: Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Redtail Farms, Castor AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 07, 2019

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by Karel Beijer Many times during my apprenticeship I was asked, “How is working on RedTail Farms?” During all my time there, the best answer that I could come up with is that it is a very “real” experience. While this may seem quite vague, this one word personally embodies everything that I felt during my apprenticeship. When working with living beings that don’t have a “nine-to-five” routine your life changes to a different flow – a more natural yet no less demanding routine. Allow me to explain. Coming into the apprenticeship, I had the questions, “Is farming, especially a … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Redtail Farms, Castor AB

YA Apprenticeship: The Homestead – Goodfare, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 04, 2019

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking for an adventure in mixed farming? The Homestead is looking for a farm apprentice starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm The Homestead is a certified organic farm started in 2015 by Lisa and Donovan Kitt, two young farmers passionate about sustainable agriculture. The farm is off-grid and is situated near the community of Goodfare, AB, between the arable prairie of the Peace Country and a wilderness extending all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The landscape of The Homestead includes pastured meats, including lamb, beef, and pork, as well as eggs, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: The Homestead – Goodfare, AB

YA Apprenticeship: Steel Pony Farm – Red Deer, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 07, 2018

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Photo: 2017 Steel Pony Apprentice, MacKenzie, and 2018 Steel Pony Apprentice, Julie Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a vegetable farm? Are you wanting to learn about market gardening and lean farm management? Steel Pony Farm is offering a unique apprenticeship, join their team! About the Farm Steel Pony Farm is a 7 acre market garden which grows a diversity of vegetables for a CSA program and for wholesale. Mike Kozlowski grows his veggies with an emphasis on soil health and high nutrient density.  Steel Pony is located on the Tamara Ranch just south of Red Deer … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Steel Pony Farm – Red Deer, AB

YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 06, 2018 1 Comment

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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? Peter and Mary Lundgard and their farm manager Lilli Klamke (a fellow young farmer herself) are excited to provide you with a meaningful apprenticeship experience in your path to becoming a farmer. About the Farm Nature’s Way Farm, a 640 acre farm close to the banks of the Peace River in northern Alberta. Covered by aspen, birch, spruce, pine, and willow shelter belts, this farm provides wildlife habitat for moose, deer, beaver, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

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