Blog Category: Farmer Profiles

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 14, 2016

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Hi, this is Laticia Chapman checking in with YA Business Mentorship Blog #2. I’m going to freestyle it, because my year diverged wildly from my expectations circa last January. I’ve just passed my first anniversary living at my family farm in Tarrys, BC, between Castlegar and Nelson in the West Kootenays. We haven’t settled on a name in any legal sense, but ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’ is a strong contender. So let me say right off the bat that you’d have to call this season a #farmfail for me, at least in a business sense. My focus for this mentorship was … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: ‘Hawthorn Creek Farm’

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Duck Creek Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 12, 2016

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1. Name, Farm, Location? Emma Holmes, Duck Creek Farm, Salt Spring Island. I stepped in as farm manager for my friend Eland Brontstein, who took a year to farm in Australia and be with his lovely fiancé. 2. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Explore farming as a career option, get experience in all of the skills related to farming (marketing, finances, flame weeding, etc.), and create a positive intern experience 3. Did you meet your goals / Did it work out? I learnt a lot! It allowed me to try … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Duck Creek Farm

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Merville Organic Growers’ Co-op

Posted by Kristen Nammour on December 10, 2016

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1. Name, Farm, Location? Arzeena Hamir & Neil Turner (Amara Farm), Moss Dance, Russell Heitzmann & Robin Sturley (Ripple Farm), Kira Kotilla (Kloverdalen Farm) and Calliope Gazetas. Together we are Merville Organic Grower Co-op, in Courtenay, BC. 2. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? Our first year working together as a co-op was very exciting and we made a lot of progress. We all run our own farms as well so there were still plenty of important things that we just didn’t have time to work on in our first year. … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Merville Organic Growers’ Co-op

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farms

Posted by Alyssa Belter on December 08, 2016

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We are Alyssa Belter & David Tanner of Plenty Wild Farms in Pemberton, B.C. Our mentor for the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Program was Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics. Our original goal for this mentorship was to develop two business plans – one for a livestock/dairy operation and the other for a cheese-making operation – to see if either would be viable and at what scale. Using a template and list of questions we formulated with Chris, we began our research on the livestock/dairy operation – gathering information from online sources, reading books and contacting established farm operations in … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Plenty Wild Farms

Aug 20: Sunnie Valley Farm Tour and Potluck, Westlock, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 16, 2016

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Are you thinking about or in the process of starting a farm? Are you an established farmer looking to work with a young farmer? Learn about how the Sheehans at Sunnie Valley Farm have created enterprises on their farm to support the next generation of farmers. Note: This day is for aspiring, new farmers and seasoned farmers! If you are a consumer who wants to see the farm, please join us on Sunday for Open Farm Days.  When: August 20th  – Farm Tour at 2:00 pm & Potluck at 5:30 pm Where: From Westlock take Hwy 44 north to Sunniebend road. Turn … Continue reading Aug 20: Sunnie Valley Farm Tour and Potluck, Westlock, Alberta

LAND: 53 Acres at Peace River, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 13, 2016

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I have 53 acres of tree land up for use. The long term goal is to setup the land for multiple people to stay on while using permaculture principals to live self sufficiently. The only drawback to the property is its limited access being landlocked. 1 of the 2 ways to enter is by half mile atv/dirtbike ride from the gravel road. 2 /2 access is drive 1/4 mile into a field, then park, then walk about 560 feet onto the property! I am willing to allow use of the land very economically based on what the individual would like … Continue reading LAND: 53 Acres at Peace River, Alberta

LAND: Al and Helene at Breadroot Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on July 01, 2016

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Editor’s note: This Land/Community Farm Opportunity with Al and Hélène of Breadroot Farm comes via Kayleigh Donahue at the XY Hemp Corporation. Breadroot Farm in Saskatchewan is seeking collaborative young farmers to join in their organic grain, veggie and grassfed beef operation. Read on to learn more about these very experienced & skilled farmers!  By Kayleigh Donahue In every blog post, I try to show our gratitude for the many people who have supported us in our venture. There is no one we are more grateful for than Al Boyko and Hélène Tremblay-Boyko. They have provided us with access to land, welcomed us into their home, … Continue reading LAND: Al and Helene at Breadroot Farm

10 Things I Learned Our First Year Farming

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 14, 2016

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by Keely Wohlgemuth of The Z Spread Farm, Organic Grain farmer at Wanham, Alberta Follow her blog at https://barefootonthefurrows.com/ or on Facebook facebook.com/thezspreadltd What a difference a year makes! We just finished spring seeding here and with the recent moisture we’ve found some time for rest and have been reflecting on how different this farm season has been going so far. This time last year, we were only just settling into our new life on the farm, and full of anxiety and uncertainties. While we still have much yet to learn, I really feel like Nolan and I are beginning … Continue reading 10 Things I Learned Our First Year Farming

RedTail Farm: Alberta ranch with three generations, looking seven generations forward

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 23, 2016

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Join us for a farm tour and agrarian presentations on May 28 & 29 at RedTail Farms near Castor, AB! Written by Maya Atallah, University of Alberta Sociology Student Located three kilometers south of Castor, Alberta is RedTail Farm, home of Luing cattle, Berkshire pigs, Berg Grazers chicken, and owners Ian Griebel and Dana Blume. They take pride in their 2000-acre farm where animals are raised on a healthy grass fed, hormone and antibiotic-free diet. There are so many ways to approach agriculture, but it is the natural and holistic methods that Ian finds to be the most sustainable and … Continue reading RedTail Farm: Alberta ranch with three generations, looking seven generations forward

Business Mentorship Network – Emma Holmes, Duck Creek Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 21, 2016

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My name is Emma Holmes and I am co-managing Duck Creek Farm on Salt Spring Island. This is the same farm I got my start in market gardening 8 years ago, and I feel real lucky to be back growing food in this beautiful place. I’m co-farming with Sue Earle, who courageously took over Duck Creek Farm with grace, gusto, and determination after her partner John Wilcox passed away in 2012. John was my mentor in 2008 and his passion for growing food and building a just and sustainable food system carved me. I’m lucky to have worked alongside him … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Emma Holmes, Duck Creek Farm