Blog Category: Alberta

ONLINE COURSE: Organic Vegetable Seed Production Certificate

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 21, 2017

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COG will host Canada’s first intermediate, online certificate program on Canadian Organic Vegetable Seed Production in the Spring of 2017. Course starts on April 10, 2017! Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn more about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own seed 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 first, intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This … Continue reading ONLINE COURSE: Organic Vegetable Seed Production Certificate

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

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 14, 2017

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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

Land: Central Alberta – Purebred Cow/Calf Farm

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 03, 2017

Farmer Wanted We have a small, but well established purebred cow/calf operation and are almost ready t retire. Therefore, we are looking for a young person(s) to work with us, with the goal of taking over the farm. We are looking for someone with a great interest in cattle. The applicant must be of good character, physically capable and, hopefully, have some experience with livestock. The right person should also have a great respect for the environment. Any experience with equipment would be a desirable asset. We are willing to help as long as needed to get the right person(s) … Continue reading Land: Central Alberta – Purebred Cow/Calf Farm

APPRENTICESHIP: Vilicus Farms – Havre, Montana

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 27, 2017

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to take your learning to the next level? Are you struggling with figuring out how we can scale up regenerative farming, mitigate climate change and feed the world? Meet Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones-Crabtree. At Vilicus Farms they are offering a unique opportunity for aspiring farmers to apprentice in organic, dry land farming in Havre, Montana. Learn the ins and outs of organic farming and explore the potential of managing a regenerative, resilient, profitable farm business. Vilicus Farms has two formal Apprenticeship opportunities with a third in development: 1. New Agrarian Immersion Experience: Intensive immersion into day-to-day organic … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Vilicus Farms – Havre, Montana

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