Blog Category: Alberta

BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 06, 2017

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The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, in partnership with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada, has been offering training on seed production since 2013. There are also excellent training opportunities offered by organizations outside our program. These events can be difficult for many to attend because of the significant travel and accommodation costs. Our Seed Production Capacity Building Grant program is designed to support seed producers and farmers to access training opportunities that they otherwise would not be able to access. Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend training events on ecological field crop … Continue reading BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

Job: Organic Grain Program Coordinator

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 28, 2017

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Deadline July 3rd. ORGANIC GRAIN PROGRAMS COORDINATOR Are you a high capacity person who has a strong desire to make a difference? Are you passionate about organic production and interested in helping Prairie organic grain farmers to be more successful on their farms? Organic Alberta is looking for you… The organic grain program coordinator will report to the Organic Grain Programs Manager and coordinate the implementation of Organic Alberta and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative’s grain programs. ABOUT ORGANIC ALBERTA:  We represent and support Alberta’s entire organic industry, including all certified organic and transitioning producers and processors, as well as … Continue reading Job: Organic Grain Program Coordinator

JULY 27: HALKIRK, AB – Native Prairie Plant Identification

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 26, 2017

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Lazy T Farm is hosting an evening with Karin Lindquist, forage and beef specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The evening will include a pasture walk and Karen will lead the group in plant ID through Lazy T’s native prairie pastures.  For directions and to let us know you are coming, email alberta@youngagrarians.org 

Tamara Ranch Tour Recap & Announcement of the Winners of the Grazing Olympics!

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 20, 2017

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Tamara Ranch is an amazing hub for those wanting to nerd out on gardening and grazing! Home to Prairie Pastured Gold Meats, Field to Fork Pasture Poultry and Steel Pony Farms we had a jam-packed tour with these amazing farmers. “I like to describe a garden tour like coming to a party. If you come and tour it in the late fall, its a bit like coming to the party at 2am when things are winding down and you’re crawling over sleepy people to find a place to sit and can scarcely find a beer around. When you come in June, its like coming … Continue reading Tamara Ranch Tour Recap & Announcement of the Winners of the Grazing Olympics!

JULY 16: CASTOR, AB – Redtail Farms Riparian Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 14, 2017

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Looking for ideas on what to do with that spot that’s too wet to farm? Interested in building your farm’s resilience to flooding and droughts while improving water quality within the greater watershed? Join Luke Wonneck from the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society for a hands-on workshop on establishing and managing riparian forest buffers. You will gain skills in understanding what’s going on in your riparian area, what (if anything) needs to be done about it, and how to design forest buffers that provide valuable ecosystem services for your farm (e.g. bank stabilization, water filtration, pollinator habitat, food products, etc.). … Continue reading JULY 16: CASTOR, AB – Redtail Farms Riparian Workshop

July 15: Sturgeon County, AB – Haskap Orchard Tour & Tasting

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 05, 2017

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Join Rosy Farms for a fun filled, educational afternoon and evening learning all about haskaps fruit and ecological, farming practices! We will be moving through Rosy Farms, explaining our story, their super fruit health benefits, how haskaps grow and where the industry is going. Learn about Alberta orchard methodology, establishment and longevity. As well participate in a Haskap tasting! Even with 2017 being only our second year, come enjoy fruit from the farm. Following the tour we will be filming parts of a crowd funding, promotion video. Finishing off with and evening potluck and social. There is plenty of space … Continue reading July 15: Sturgeon County, AB – Haskap Orchard Tour & Tasting

June 21-22: Ferintosh, AB – Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 02, 2017

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Interested in digging deeper to improve soil health? Join agroecologist Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils, for a surprising and revealing look at your most valuable asset… your soil. Workshop Topics Deepen your understanding of soil health and soil microbes The vital role of soil microbes in building resilience Enhancing water, carbon and nutrient cycles Using soil organisms and/or livestock to lift microbial function on the land Soil detective tools Download & print workshop poster here for more details! About Nicole Masters Nicole Masters, director of Integrity Soils, is an agro-ecologist with over 17 years’ extensive practical and theoretical experience in regenerative … Continue reading June 21-22: Ferintosh, AB – Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

June 18: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm & Prairie Gold Meats Farm Tour and Potluck

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 25, 2017

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Hey farming folk! We’re headed back to the place where it all started for YA Alberta. Three years ago we held our first YA event with these fine folks and we’re excited to be back. We hope you can join us! Where: Farm Tour at Tamara Ranch (home of Steel Pony Farm and Prairie Gold Meats) Range Road 270A off Township Road 372. Look for the Tamara Ranch sign and you’ve got the place! When: June 18th, 2017 Time: 2:00pm-12:00am (Farm Tour at 2pm & Potluck at 4:00pm) RSVP: This event is FREE but please RSVP here.  Schedule of Events 2:00 pm – … Continue reading June 18: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm & Prairie Gold Meats Farm Tour and Potluck

YA Alberta Apprenticeships: Reflections from the Orientation Weekend

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 16, 2017

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A review of the first Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Orientation weekend written by YA Alberta Coordinator, Dana Penrice.  This year we launched the Alberta Young Agrarian Apprenticeship program with the goal of providing hands-on, practical learning for aspiring farmers and supporting farmers that want have apprenticeship programs at their farm. The orientation weekend was held at Don and Marie Ruzicka’s Sunrise Organic Farm near Killam, AB. Nine aspiring farmers came from six host farms across the province including Nature’s Way Farm, Redtail Farm, Prairie Gold Pasture Meats, Steel Pony Farm, Kettle Crossing Farm and Duban Farms. Throughout the summer and fall, apprentices will visit each host … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeships: Reflections from the Orientation Weekend

Bursaries: Success for Women in Agri-Food Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 09, 2017

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Organic Alberta and Young Agrarians are excited to announce that we are providing bursaries for women farmers in Alberta to participate in the Success for Women in Agri-Food Program hosted by the Agriculture and Food Council. Aspiring, new and current farmers who are looking to develop their business skills, gain knowledge from experts and to develop their network are encouraged to apply. Take the program for only $55! Regular cost is $350 per person (Savings of $295!) Program Description:  Learn the foundations of running a successful business through the GoForth 100 Essential Small Business Skills Learning Series through an online format … Continue reading Bursaries: Success for Women in Agri-Food Program