Blog Category: Alberta

Calling all prairie vegetable growers: We want your input!

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 13, 2017

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The overall goal of this project is to ensure that Canadian vegetable farmers and seed producers have access to high quality seed that are well adapted to their particular region. Samantha Flasha with the Bauta Initiative will be hosting meetings (conference calls) for those who are interested on. For Alberta farmers the call will be on January 17th, for Saskatchewan Farmers to call will be on January 18th and for Manitoba farmers the call will be on January 19th. During the calls we will identify the most important traits you would like to see improved or developed in the varieties … Continue reading Calling all prairie vegetable growers: We want your input!

January 13 & 14: Alix, AB – Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 13, 2017 1 Comment

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Are you an aspiring or new farmer working on building a regenerative, ecological farm? Are you looking for opportunities to learn and connect? Join us at the Alberta Winter Mixer for two days of workshops  on accessing land, building relationships with mentors, getting starting in livestock and market gardening, communicating with farm partners and creating a regenerative business model that supports your farm and your livelihood. Share ideas and stories through farmer slideshows and test your know-how in the Farmer Fails and Hacks Championships. There will be farmer yoga, tobogganing, camp fires and more! JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! When: Saturday, January 13 – Sunday … Continue reading January 13 & 14: Alix, AB – Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer

Chasing the Ghost of Richard Griebel: reflections by Derek Leahy, Redtail Farms Apprentice

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 12, 2017

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On the first week of my farm apprenticeship I was already cursing my farm mentor’s dead father. Why? Page wire. My nemesis. Sort of. At the beginning of April, that time of year in Alberta when Old Man Winter cannot make up his mind if he is ready to pack it in or not, I began a seven-month apprenticeship at Redtail Farms in Castor, Alberta. The first thing my mentors—third generation farmers Ian Griebel and Dana Blume—had me do was dismantle a few miles of fencing. The fencing had been put up presumably by their predecessor Richard Griebel, Ian’s father, … Continue reading Chasing the Ghost of Richard Griebel: reflections by Derek Leahy, Redtail Farms Apprentice

YA Apprenticeship: Redtail Farms – Castor, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 12, 2017 1 Comment

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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, Kathy Charpentier and Richard Griebel, who had a pioneering vision for healing … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Redtail Farms – Castor, AB

Dec 13: Online Webinar – Novice Farm Finance Management

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 11, 2017

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Novice Farm Finance Management Webinar Michigan State University Extension Date: December 13, 2017 Time: 8-9 p.m. Location: Online Webinar Contact: Frank Wardynski, wardynsk@anr.msu.edu, 906-884-4386 Learn how to: Organize your farm accounting Develop detailed balance sheets Analyze Farm Profitability Understand financial measures such as liquidity, solvency, working capital, debt to asset ratio. Cost to participate is $5 per person. Register here. Photo by Autumn Mott on Unsplash

Down on the Farm: Women Farmers in the Peace Country

Posted by Lilli Klamke on November 27, 2017

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“From the time that I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a farmer,” recalls Mary Lundgard from her family’s home, just outside Grimshaw, Alberta. As she talks, she minces a clove of garlic – locally grown by her daughter, Lisa – and adds it to the mushroom soup simmering on the stovetop. Born and raised in the eastern Maritimes of Canada, Lundgard was a town girl with the dream to grow and raise her own food. “My mom grew up on a farm in Nova Scotia,” Mary remembers, “She always said, ‘Oh no, you don’t … Continue reading Down on the Farm: Women Farmers in the Peace Country

YA Apprenticeship: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm – Carstairs, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 23, 2017

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological farm? Are you interested in organic farming and biodynamic practices? Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm is looking for a farm apprentice starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm is a highly diversified operation located on 160 acres of rolling prairie and parkland. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Kris and Tamara, the farm produces cereal grains, forage crops, culinary herbs, vegetables, eggs and meat products, all of which are produced organically and certified biodynamic by Demeter Canada. Farm products are marketed locally, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm – Carstairs, AB

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

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 16, 2017 1 Comment

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on an organic farm? Are you wanting to learn about agriculture education? Sand Springs Ranch is offering a unique apprenticeship program providing experience in organic livestock and vegetable production while offering opportunities to work with them on in-classroom agriculture education and farm tours. 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 … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Sand Springs Ranch – Lac La Biche, AB

YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 03, 2017 2 Comments

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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?  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 of farm mentors have diverse expertise and skill … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

JOB: Research Technician – Plant Biology, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Swift Current, SASK

Posted by Lilli Klamke on October 31, 2017

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Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash Research Technician- Plant Biology Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Science and Technology Branch Swift Current (Saskatchewan) Permanent, temporary – 1 full time position $59,842 to $72,804 For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Discover the interesting work we do at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Videos Closing date: 9 November 2017 – 23:59, Pacific Time Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Apply online https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1710?careerChoiceId=1092498&psrsMode=1 Duties In support of the organic agricultural production and plant pathology research programs, the incumbent will: – create and implement plot … Continue reading JOB: Research Technician – Plant Biology, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Swift Current, SASK