Blog Category: Alberta

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

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018


 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’ Contact: Photo by Marcia O’Connor via Flickr

APRIL 18: Seed Economics Webinar

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 06, 2018


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


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


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

FARM JOB: Carstairs, AB – Garden Gnome or Student on Summer break

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 30, 2018


Happiness By The Acre is a small start-up farm between Didsbury and Carstairs that operates a non-certified organic market garden, orchard, and 125 acres of pasture. We are currently looking for a student, or garden gnome, interested in working on our farm. We deliver product to Calgary and the surrounding area, as well as are opening a trust-based on-farm store in 2018. Primary job duties will revolve around the market garden and orchard. A great deal of the job is weed identification and manual removal; but plenty of opportunities for general labour, washing and bagging vegetables, and chasing cows or … Continue reading FARM JOB: Carstairs, AB – Garden Gnome or Student on Summer break

Peace Country Film and Pub Night

Posted by Lilli Klamke on January 29, 2018


Gathering time for Peace Country Farmer Friends The snow is piling up, nature is resting, and hopefully so are you! Before the days in the Peace Region warm and the pace picks up, join Young Agrarians inside the beautiful walls of Demmitt Hall for a pre-season gathering, documentary screening, and pub night. Let’s meet those new to us, greet those dear to us, and spend time discussing what our vision for ecological farming within the Peace Country might look like. It is the time of year where we start gearing up for the next season. We are excited to hear about your … Continue reading Peace Country Film and Pub Night

YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 25, 2018 2 Comments


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN 30. 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 … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Feb 20: Small Farm Summit – Calgary, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2018


This event is for small farms, family farms, organic, sustainable or biodynamic farms, new farmers, old farmers, and young farmers. For farms or ranches of any size exploring alternatives for big ag and factory farming. When: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Where: Gunn’s Dairy Barn at Heritage Park Contact & Register:

Feb 9 & 10: Organic Alberta Conference – Red Deer, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2018


February 9 & 10, 2018 – Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta If you are a farmer or rancher working to grow a sustainable and profitable farm business, this is the event for you! This year we have partnered with Rural Routes to Climate Solutions to bring you a special series on climate change (click here to learn more). Discover innovative ideas, practical techniques and sensible management practices for every farmer at the 2018 Organic Alberta conference. Full conference program & registration here. Sessions of interest to aspiring and new farmers: Indigenous Agriculture Models – Joe Munro Saving Seed: Looking at … Continue reading Feb 9 & 10: Organic Alberta Conference – Red Deer, AB

Number of female farmers has risen in Canada since 2011

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 19, 2018


Despite an increase in their numbers, women are still having trouble being taken seriously on the farm. | Getty Images Originally published January 18, 2018 in The Western Producer by Nikki Wiart At Lazy T Farm, a holistic cattle ranch near Halkirk, Alta., and a short drive from my own family farm, the future really is female. Jenna Hauck and her mother, Clara Nibourg, represent the fourth and fifth generations of women in Nibourg’s family to take over the farm. With that kind of history — a farm being passed down through five generations of females where duties are equally shared, … Continue reading Number of female farmers has risen in Canada since 2011