Blog Category: Education

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

March 8: Salmon Arm, BC – Jobs in Agriculture Forum

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on March 01, 2017

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The Shuswap Food Action Committee is hosting a series of Shuswap Food Conversations including the upcoming Jobs in Agriculture panel. These events will be held every Wednesday from March 8th to April 12th, 7-9pm at the Okanagan College in Salmon Arm. These free events will cover a range of interesting food and agriculture topics! March 8th: Jobs in Agriculture A panel discussion on the Shuswap as a farming area–past, present, and future. Farms in transition and youth employment will be the main focus!  

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

MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 27, 2017

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Looking to learn the basics of bookkeeping for farms? It’s the first step in growing solid financial management practices for your business. Join YA and SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) for a 1.5 hour webinar laying out the foundations of farm bookkeeping, business set up, payroll and your first year-end tax report! NOTE: This webinar is going to focus on bookkeeping within the context of Canadian agriculture and tax regulation. Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST Cost: FREE! Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7568652497864152321 Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar will cover: Basic Principles of Bookkeeping GST & PST Registration Assets Cashflow … Continue reading MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

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

January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 23, 2017 1 Comment

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Join us for two days of workshops for small-scale, ecological farmers and farmers-to-be on Vancouver Island. Dive in to amazing networking opportunities and skills-sharing with experienced farmer facilitators who are ready to help you grow your farm business. We’ve got workshops on everything from farm business planning to holistic management and livestock to crop planning, land access, and more! Are you farm-curious, or thinking about becoming a farmer? JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! When: Saturday, January 28 – Sunday January 29, 2017 Where:  Camp Pringle, Coast Salish Territory Camp (Shawnigan Lake), 2520 West Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake B.C. V0R 2W3 Cost: Our updated price is … Continue reading January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

The College Farmer: An Interview with Erlend Bjorklund

Posted by Monica Allaby on January 21, 2017

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This is the first in a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada.  Erlend Bjørklund graduated from McGill University in December 2016 with Honours in International Development Studies. During his time at McGill, he worked at the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG), a diversified vegetable farm located on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Run entirely by student apprentices and managers, the Garden offers a one-of-a-kind experience in sustainable agriculture and farm management, serving as an intense farmer incubator. Each student commits to two seasons at the farm: the first as an apprentice and the second as a manager, responsible for … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Erlend Bjorklund

SMALL FARM WORKSHOP: Tips and Tools for Small-Scale, Diversified Farmers – Vancouver, BC

Posted by Moss Dance on January 15, 2017

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The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation is pleased to host a day-long workshop series for farmers practicing small-scale, diversified agriculture. The event will bring together farmers and specialists in soil health, IPM, microclimate management and organics. If you’re looking for a day of practical, hands-on, collaborative small farm learning, this is the event for you! Our goal is for new entrant and experienced farmers alike to walk-away with a number of decision-making tools, new skills and resourced that will enhance operations on their unique farms. Lunch will be served and all farmers, farm staff, interns, etc. are welcome! We are looking … Continue reading SMALL FARM WORKSHOP: Tips and Tools for Small-Scale, Diversified Farmers – Vancouver, BC

Want to farm but don’t know where to start? Take the Tsawwassen Farm School!

Posted by Moss Dance on January 13, 2017

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“Growing food, farmers and community.” This is the motto of Tsawwassen Farm School. We had our second successful year last year and we are gearing up for another awesome year! 2016 was our first year really attending farmers markets in Vancouver, Delta and Richmond; participating in VFM Direct and managing a 50-person CSA. We aim for even higher goals this year! Our students learnt a lot and some will be taking on an incubator plot to start their own farm business, and others have found other pieces of land. We hope to continue cultivating farmers and building our community. Our … Continue reading Want to farm but don’t know where to start? Take the Tsawwassen Farm School!

FEB 19: LAND LINKING WORKSHOP – SURREY, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on December 22, 2016 3 Comments

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Land Linking workshop hosted by Young Agrarians in partnership with the City of Surrey. Want Land? Got Land? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! 2-6 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, UMAP Demo, Expert Panel, & more! Join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of land linking. We’ll network, learn about land access, leases, and licenses, and hear from our expert panel on topics such as housing, finances, and more! You just might find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a … Continue reading FEB 19: LAND LINKING WORKSHOP – SURREY, BC