Blog Category: Education

YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 31, 2017 1 Comment

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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? Peter and Mary Lundgard and their farm manager Lilli Klamke (a fellow-young farmer herself) are excited to provide you with a meaningful apprenticeship experience in your path to becoming a farmer. About the Farm Nature’s Way Farm, a 640 acre farm close to the banks of the Peace River in northern Alberta. Covered by aspen, birch, spruce, pine, and willow shelter belts, this farm provides wildlife habitat for moose, deer, beaver, foxes, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

APPRENTICESHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm 2018 positions

Posted by Moss Dance on December 29, 2017

Amara Farm

Looking for a farm apprenticeship on Vancouver Island for 2018? Check out Amara Farm in the Comox Valley! About Amara Farm Amara Farm is a 26 acre certified organic farm located about 6 km north of Courtenay, BC. We have two cleared fields surrounded by a buffer of forest. We grow 1.25 acres of vegetables, 1 acre of blueberries for harvest and U-pick, and 0.25 acre of asparagus. We utilize five hoop houses—two of which are movable—for year-round vegetable growing, seedling propagation, and hot crop production. Our produce is sold through a 150 share CSA, at farmers market, and to restaurants. … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Courtenay, BC – Amara Farm 2018 positions

Chasing the Ghost of Richard Griebel: reflections by Derek Leahy, Redtail Farms Apprentice

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 12, 2017

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On the first week of my farm apprenticeship I was already cursing my farm mentor’s dead father. Why? Page wire. My nemesis. Sort of. At the beginning of April, that time of year in Alberta when Old Man Winter cannot make up his mind if he is ready to pack it in or not, I began a seven-month apprenticeship at Redtail Farms in Castor, Alberta. The first thing my mentors—third generation farmers Ian Griebel and Dana Blume—had me do was dismantle a few miles of fencing. The fencing had been put up presumably by their predecessor Richard Griebel, Ian’s father, … Continue reading Chasing the Ghost of Richard Griebel: reflections by Derek Leahy, Redtail Farms Apprentice

Dec 13: Online Webinar – Novice Farm Finance Management

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 11, 2017

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Novice Farm Finance Management Webinar Michigan State University Extension Date: December 13, 2017 Time: 8-9 p.m. Location: Online Webinar Contact: Frank Wardynski, wardynsk@anr.msu.edu, 906-884-4386 Learn how to: Organize your farm accounting Develop detailed balance sheets Analyze Farm Profitability Understand financial measures such as liquidity, solvency, working capital, debt to asset ratio. Cost to participate is $5 per person. Register here. Photo by Autumn Mott on Unsplash

January 13-14: Revelstoke, BC – Revy. Set. Grow!

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on November 22, 2017

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A weekend of farm-focused events to build our local food system. We would like to acknowledge and honour the Sinixt, Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, and Syilx whose traditional lands we live and learn on. When: Saturday January 13th & Sunday January 14th, 2018 Where: 600 Campbell Ave, Revelstoke, BC RSVP: Registration Form Saturday, January 13th 10am-4pm: Community Farm Info Session Heather Pritchard of FarmFolk CityFolk will facilitate a workshop on what it takes to build a successful community farm. 7pm: Film Screening of “Feeding Ourselves”  Join us for a screening of this documentary, Feeding Ourselves, exploring Kootenay food sovereignty. Sunday, January 14, 2018 1pm-6pm: Land Linking Workshop Got land … Continue reading January 13-14: Revelstoke, BC – Revy. Set. Grow!

UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

Posted by Moss Dance on September 25, 2017

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The 2018 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is now accepting applications! The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a six-month (April – October), or as a four-month (April – August), experiential-learning program.  The program is part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), and is designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. The program is often taken as a non-credit Certificate program; or 6-9 academic credits are available for interested students. Participants gain a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and a network of … Continue reading UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

SEPT 29-30: UBC FARM – Ecological Farming Short Course

Posted by Moss Dance on September 18, 2017

Ecological Farming

The UBC Farm Workshops Series is pleased to announce our upcoming Ecological Farming Short Course: Sep 29-30. Learn about many aspects of Ecological Farming with seasoned farmers Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato. Three workshops will be presented as a part of this Ecological Short Course: Orchard Eco-Organic Management with Carl Rosato Managing Ecological Relationships Instead of Crops: Strategies to Blend Food Production and Wild Places with Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato Feeding the Soil: The Science and Practice of Soil Organic Matter Systems Management with Helen Atthowe Helen Atthowe & Carl Rosato, farmers with a combined 55+ years of  farming experience, are coming  from Oregon … Continue reading SEPT 29-30: UBC FARM – Ecological Farming Short Course

NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering

Posted by Moss Dance on September 05, 2017

BC Seed Gathering

Want to learn to grow and save seed? Get connected with seed savers and growers at the BC Seed Gathering! WHEN: November 3-4, 2017 WHERE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond, BC REGISTER: bcseedgathering.eventbrite.ca FOR MORE INFO: www.bcseeds.org/gathering “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds, and the harvest can either be flowers or weeds.” ~ Unknown Join us at the BC Seed Gathering to let your thoughts blossom into beautiful flowers—and beautiful weeds—because let’s be honest here, many weeds are edible and perform many important functions on Earth. Moreover, seeds provide food for fuel to feed our thoughts. The … Continue reading NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering

OCT 7: VANCOUVER to SECWEPEMC – Wild Salmon Caravan

Posted by Moss Dance on August 31, 2017

Wild Salmon Caravan

WILD SALMON CARAVAN 2017 A celebration of the spirit of wild salmon! This year’s Wild Salmon Caravan will be following the Sockeye up the Fraser River to Adams Lake in Secwepemc (Shushwap) territory and will be kicked off with a colorful Vancouver Parade up Commercial Drive. Please save the date – Sat, Oct 7th for this special Vancouver parade. Call out for cultural and artistic expressions The intention of the Wild Salmon Caravan is to nurture the creative energy that wild salmon have inspired through the ages, and affirm inter-tribal relationships that are the foundation of Indigenous trade and fisheries knowledge systems.   The … Continue reading OCT 7: VANCOUVER to SECWEPEMC – Wild Salmon Caravan

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Provincial Programs and Resources for New Farmers

Posted by Moss Dance on August 16, 2017

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Are you a new farmer? Meet Emma Holmes, your new contact and support person at the BC Ministry of Agriculture! The following blog post is an introduction from Emma and an invitation to new farmers to connect and share ideas. To encourage young  people  to get into farming and boost innovation in the agricultural sector, the Ministry of Agriculture is working on a New Entrant Strategy to support new farmers and food processors in the province. The strategy includes creating a position for someone to 1) work closely with new farmers and 2) develop programs to serve new farmers. I recently started … Continue reading BRITISH COLUMBIA: Provincial Programs and Resources for New Farmers