Blog Category: Farmer Profiles

LAND: 53 Acres at Peace River, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 13, 2016

Peace River Land

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

Land Saskatchewan Breadroot Farm

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

Business Mentorship Network – Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 11, 2016

Business Mentor Robert Hettler and New Farmer Emily Jubenville standing together on Enderberry Farm

Name? Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm Where do you farm? Enderby, BC What do you farm? Mixed veggies, berries, laying hens, and a small heard of dairy goats. What type of business structure is your farm? Currently we are a partnership, but we hope to become a cooperative! What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? We own the land – two couples purchased together last year. How did you seriously get into farming? I worked in community food security and urban farming in the lower mainland for almost ten years and wanted to take the big step … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Emily Jubenvill, Enderberry Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Laticia Chapman

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 08, 2016

Laticia Chapman Family

Name? Laticia Chapman Where do you farm? Tarry’s, between Nelson and Castlegar, BC What do you farm? Our family farm produces orchard fruit, flowers, & berries. What type of business structure is your farm? Sharecropping. What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? My parents are the landowners, and fellow farmers. How did you seriously get into farming?  I spent two growing seasons as an intern at the Bullocks Permaculture Homestead and Nursery on Orcas Island in Washington, which is where I got my practical, dirty-hands farming experience. Why did you apply for the YA Business Mentorship Network? I applied … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Laticia Chapman

Green as the Cambium of an Apple Tree: Getting Started at Twin Island Cider

Posted by Moss Dance on April 22, 2016 1 Comment

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By Katie Selbee For us, starting a farm-based cidery began with two community-minded landowners on Pender Island who wanted to see something beneficial happening on their parcel of ALR land. Fortuitously, the land had a neglected heritage orchard on it; and also fortuitously, the landowners love craft cider—because we’d been dreaming about opening a land-based cidery together for a couple of years. The four of us came together last year to form Twin Island Cider, with a Year One goal of grafting and planting an additional acre of cider variety apple trees and, using a mix of apples from Gulf … Continue reading Green as the Cambium of an Apple Tree: Getting Started at Twin Island Cider

Business Mentorship Network – Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, BC

Posted by Alyssa Belter on April 13, 2016

Plenty Wild Spring Field

Names? Alyssa Belter & David Tanner Where do you farm? Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, B.C. What do you farm? Currently our focus is on growing a wide variety of certified organic vegetables. We also raise a small number of weaner pigs each year and have started a flock of sheep. What type of business structure is your farm? Corporation What is your land tenure? Are there special relationships that allow for this? We own our land, or at least owe the bank for most it. How did you seriously get into farming?  David: After an apprenticeship with Cropthorne Farm I knew farming was for … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Plenty Wild Farms, Pemberton, BC

Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Umbella Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 29, 2016

Umbella Farm's Russell with Giant Organic Cabbage

Name, Farm, Location? Russell Heitzmann and Calliope Gazetas, Umbella Farm, Courtenay BC What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? We had a financial goal that we set of gross sales just shy of $30,000. At the beginning of the season we said that our goal was ending the year with a positive balance in our bank account and having grown enough food to meet the targets that we committed to as part of the co-op. Calliope had a part time job and Russell worked on the farm full time. The farm was … Continue reading Business Mentorship – Lessons Learned: Umbella Farm