Blog Category: Alberta

Letters to An Elder Farmer: Takota Coen

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 05, 2018

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The Thistle and the Forest Dear Elder Agrarian, Ten years ago this spring, the neighbours cleared some land. What was once a vibrant forest of beautiful complexity gave way to a barren soil and smoking piles. I played in these woods as a child and was struck by the sudden change. While some saw progress, I saw a terrible loss. For reasons still unknown to me, the owners walked away almost as soon as the smoke cleared. For a decade I watched a transformation I will never forget. First came the weeds. By the end of that first summer, thistles … Continue reading Letters to An Elder Farmer: Takota Coen

Letters to An Elder Farmer: Keely Wohlgemuth

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 05, 2018

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Dear Elder Farmer, We see you work: Building callus upon callus on your tan hands while you prep the air seeder for spring. We see your worry: The wrinkled brow; the scratch of your head; the antacid pills; the scraps of paper with calculations and a plan to make ends meet. We see your frustration: Mumbled curse words and the forceful pounding of a hammer as you try to straighten a bent swather knife. We see you hurry: Meals forgotten; tools left out; the scamper up the ladder to close the grain bin before the rain. We see your exhaustion: … Continue reading Letters to An Elder Farmer: Keely Wohlgemuth

Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World

Posted by Lilli Klamke on March 20, 2018

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Trina Moyles – Book Launch in Edmonton and Peace River Tuesday, March 27th  7pm-10pm Yellowhead Brewery 10229 105th St NW, Edmonton T5J 1E3 Join local writer and human rights activist, Trina Moyles, to celebrate the launch of her first book Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World. Hosted by Erinne Sevigny Adachi, the evening will highlight women’s global achievements in growing food and community development, and include a reading by the author. Signed books will be available for purchase at $30/book. All proceeds from a silent auction will support Change for Children Association’s farming and … Continue reading Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World

Mar 18: Edmonton, AB – Seedy Sunday

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018

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What day is Edmonton Seedy Sunday this year? March 18th, 2018 from 11 am to 4 pm. Where is Edmonton Seedy Sunday held? Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre – 11113 113 St NW, Edmonton, AB. Free parking at the north end of the building. Wheelchair accessible How do I get there? Click here for: ETS Bus Access and Walking/Bicycle Access Is there a cost to get in? Although everyone is welcome to attend for free, we do ask for donations at the door to cover the costs of the event. What will I find at Edmonton Seedy Sunday? Free presentations … Continue reading Mar 18: Edmonton, AB – Seedy Sunday

Mar. 17: Edmonton, AB – Sustainable Food Edmonton Annual Potluck

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018

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All are welcome! Join us on Saturday, March 17, 2018, for the 25th Annual Community Garden Potluck. Our Community Garden Potluck connects gardeners across all skill levels to share and learn while celebrating the joy of growing food. To help 2018 be your best growing season yet, we’ll have: Associate Garden Memberships available – $10 Seed Giveaway Fun Kids Activities  Expert Tips & Tricks Resources from Community Partners Please bring: A ready-to-serve dish to share Your own mug, dish & cutlery A donation for the Edmonton Food Bank No nut products, please. The Food Bank Annex is wheelchair accessible. Contact … Continue reading Mar. 17: Edmonton, AB – Sustainable Food Edmonton Annual Potluck

Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018

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Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more?  Want to build your own business following your own unique seed-farm business plan? If so, this course is for you! In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program runs April 9th – November 2nd, 2018 (with a summer break from July 9th – September 2nd). Designed with flexibility, this certificate program will be delivered in a part-time blended format featuring live, online instruction … Continue reading Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

April 20: Edmonton, AB – Hemp Conference (Discount for Young Agrarians)

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018

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 Developing  Western Canada’s Hemp Industry This Conference is designed to consolidate the various interests essential for developing Western Canada’s emerging Hemp Industry. When: 9:00 – 4:30PM Friday April 20th Where: Edmonton International Airport – Amsterdam Room Schedule: Morning – Learn. Introducing Industry Leaders Luncheon – Keynote Afternoon  – Engage. Resolving industry issues WRAP-up – Leading change! Registration:    20% Discount for Young Agrarians Use discount code ‘Jesse’ http://www.abctech.ca/developing-western-canada-s-hemp-industry-april-20th Contact: Info@ABCtech.ca Photo by Marcia O’Connor via Flickr

APRIL 18: Seed Economics Webinar

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 06, 2018

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Are you growing seed or want to start but are not sure if a seed crop can give you a financial return? FarmFolk CityFolk, in collaboration with UBC Farm, has been developing enterprise budget spreadsheets for seed production in BC to help answer this question. This webinar will walk you through seed production budget templates that will help you better understand the economics of integrating seed production into your farm. Sample templates with real BC seed production data will be included so you can begin developing your own seed enterprise budget right away. The session will also explore options for … Continue reading APRIL 18: Seed Economics Webinar

MARCH 17 – Bowden, AB: Passive Solar Green House Tour

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 03, 2018

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Want to learn how to grow greens in a greenhouse that produces almost zero greenhouse gases while wearing your St. Patty’s Day greens? If so, this on-farm field day is for you! Rural Routes to Climate Solutions has teamed up with Young Agrarians and Country Thyme Farm to host a pay-what-you-can ($10 or less) workshop on how to build, design and operate your own passive solar greenhouse. Learn about the possibilities and what to expect when growing veggies in a greenhouse primarily heated by the sun.  The workshop will be led by Daniel Chappell, a professional horticulturalist and instructor at … Continue reading MARCH 17 – Bowden, AB: Passive Solar Green House Tour

Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 01, 2018

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Our hearts were filled and our minds inspired after the first 2-day Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. Here’s a little recap on the event.  We opened the weekend by getting into the situation our food system is in today and more about the demographics of aspiring and young farmers. There are 6% fewer farms in Alberta in 2016 as compared to 2011. In that time the average farm size grew (Source: StatsCanada) Almost half of farm operators in Alberta reported having an off farm job in 2015 The average age of a farm operator in Alberta in … Continue reading Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer