Blog Category: Business

SURVEY: Understanding Farmers’ Need for Seed!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 29, 2019

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Seed Savers Exchange is looking for insight from farmers and seed breeders about how you source seeds. Please consider taking the short survey. Thank you! Survey for BREEDERS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSEBreederSurvey  Survey for FARMERS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSEFarmerSurvey Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit that aims to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.  We are seeking to understand how farmers source seeds and how this process can be improved. Providing input from your experiences will help us better serve the farming community.  Questions about this survey can be directed to kgilbery@seedsavers.org

Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap

Posted by Lilli Klamke on March 11, 2019

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Winter in northern Alberta, yes, it was cold during our second Peace Country Mixer! Nevertheless we had a fantastic time in Grande Prairie during the weekend March 2 and 3. What a wonderful and diverse crowd we got to spend the days with. There were new farmers, YA apprentices, farmers travelling the country to gather experience on different farms and of course our very supportive farm friends in the Peace Country, that run well established farms and are keen on growing the new generation of young farmers. We welcomed every new face into our YA community and are thrilled about the … Continue reading Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap

MARCH 23, 2019: QUESNEL, BC – Social Media Marketing Workshop for Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 04, 2019

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Young Agrarians and Long Table Grocery are partnering up to offer a fun, accessible, and interactive Social Media Marketing Workshop for Farmers with Evie Lavers, co-founder of Rhythm Club – a marketing agency with a combined 14 years of arts, music, and event marketing experience, whose founders take pride in creating accessible, entertaining, and immersive workshops and who are highly skilled at translating novel ideas into revenue. Learn to make your social media routine more effective and efficient, broaden your reach, and engage more deeply with your existing customers. No matter where you are at in your farming journey or … Continue reading MARCH 23, 2019: QUESNEL, BC – Social Media Marketing Workshop for Farmers

Are you a direct marketing farmer in Canada? Please take this survey!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 27, 2019

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Are you a Direct Marketing Farmer? Please take this survey to contribute to research on the economic and social impacts of direct farm marketing in Canada. Research title: Assumed virtues or tangible benefits? An analysis of the economic and social impacts of short food supply chains in Canada Take the Survey here:  https://survey.cirano.qc.ca/index.php/429639?token=DsnWz94Nf9z5q46&lang=en   Research Aim Our research aim is to look at the impacts of direct marketing on farms, farmers and local development in Canada. Direct marketing involves at most one middleman between the producer and the consumer (e.g. farm stand, farmers’ market, sales to restaurants, etc.). The requested information relates to the … Continue reading Are you a direct marketing farmer in Canada? Please take this survey!

Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 27, 2019

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Are you a Certified Organic Farmer in Canada? Please take this survey to contribute to research on the social, environmental, and business motivations of organic producers in Canada.  This survey, designed by a research team from the University of Guelph, is collecting information on the motivations of Canadian organic farmers to farm organically. If you are a certified organic farmer and over 18 then you can participate! Take the Survey here: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdBsBwpugMNXXzD Background information Organic agriculture is growing fast and that is a good thing! However that also means that the organic movement is evolving. While this is true for all actors in … Continue reading Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!

March 2, 2019: SMITHERS, BC – Carrots to Cattle Conference, Keynote with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 19, 2019

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Carrots to Cattle – Growing from the Ground Up Coordinated by the Smithers Farmers Institute in partnership with Young Agrarians Keynote Address From Ben Hartman on Lean Farming What’s Wrong with Working 35 Hours Per Week? Using the Lean System to Increase Profits with Less Waste on Your Farm In this keynote, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, will share stories of waste cutting from Japanese and Scandinavian farmers and from his own small-scale vegetable farm. Along the way, he will explain powerful concepts from the lean system that any farmer … Continue reading March 2, 2019: SMITHERS, BC – Carrots to Cattle Conference, Keynote with Ben Hartman

EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 18, 2019

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On February 2nd, 2019, 16 farmers with a range of experience levels came together at Vallican Whole Community Center for a Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop. The workshop was prepared and given by Paul Kelly from the Community Futures Central Kootenay Self Employment Program. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business and Entrepreneurship. He has managed large retail food operations including the Kootenay Co-op, production and processing at Fieldstone organic granary, and operated a local biofuel and feed commodity business out of Winlaw. Paul began his presentation by setting the regional labour market context. December 2018 saw the lowest … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Columbia Basin Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop

YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from The Homestead, Goodfare AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 15, 2019

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Donovan and Lisa live in symbiosis with their environment. They create very familiar boundaries with their animals and raise them with respect, passion and patience. They are in love with nature and they are farmers not only through their job, but also through their whole way of living. Their courage, their determination led them to take a great step forward by starting their own organic farm, off the grid. They are pioneers. But more than being passionate farmers, they are humans. Their generosity, their kindness make them wonderful hosts for Wwoofers and apprentices. They transmit their skills, learning-by-doing, and radiate … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from The Homestead, Goodfare AB

MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

Posted by Lilli Klamke on February 12, 2019

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The second Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer in the Peace Country is coming up! If you are a farmer, passionate food lover, grower, or a farm dreamer, join us! These two days will be filled with networking, skill sharing, and farm inspiration to help you grow your own farm business and farm story. When: Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 Where:  Camp Tamarack located south of Grande Prairie. Follow Highway 40 south, turn east onto secondary Highway 668, turn south onto Range Road 62 and you will find the camp on your left side. Find it on Google Maps. Cost: $75 + … Continue reading MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Posted by Robin Hunt on February 01, 2019 6 Comments

Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus!  Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories at … Continue reading FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER