Blog Category: Manitoba

Letters to an Elder Farmer

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 05, 2018

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Inspired by Stone Barns Centre for Food & Agriculture’s recently published book Letter to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming and Our Future, Young Agrarians invited young farmers to write Letters to an Elder Farmer. As young farmers, we walk in the footsteps of those that have come before us caring for the land and cultivating a community that values organic and ecological farming. You may have noticed too, that young farmers have also been blazing new trails to adapt to our changing society and changing planet. We hope, like the book Letters to a Young Farmers, that the stories in these … Continue reading Letters to an Elder Farmer

Letters to an Elder Farmer: Britt Embry

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 05, 2018

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“May those who are hungry be fed.” – Tess Taylor, Work & Days Dear elder farmer, My partner, Justin, and I farm five acres of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs in southwestern Manitoba on the La Salle river — a slow-moving river that widens and narrows throughout mostly agricultural land before emptying into the famed Red River in Saint Norbert. Our land is good, but not ideal for vegetables. When Justin went to discuss how to amend our soil with a soil scientist, his advice was: “Consider moving.” (Were this a letter to an older soil scientist, my first point … Continue reading Letters to an Elder Farmer: Britt Embry

Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 15, 2018

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Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more?  Want to build your own 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 only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program runs April 9th – November 2nd, 2018 (with a summer break from July 9th – September 2nd). Designed with flexibility, this certificate program will be delivered in a part-time blended format featuring live, online instruction … Continue reading Online Course: BAUTA Seed Production Course (Grants available)

Feb 23 & 24: Prairie Organics Conference – Brandon, MB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 23, 2018

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This conference is free to students with valid student id.  The second Prairie Organics Conference and Trade Show will reprise its successful 2016 format of pairing leading edge science with the best organic farmers in Canada. With 26,000 square feet of exhibit space, the free trade show features its own Ag Innovation Stage, the largest organic tradeshow in western Canada and free customized meetings for buyers and growers of organic grain. Below are some of the highlights from the conference stream. Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, February 23-24, 2018 The conference and trade show will take place in the Keystone Centre in … Continue reading Feb 23 & 24: Prairie Organics Conference – Brandon, MB

Calling all prairie vegetable growers: We want your input!

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 13, 2017

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The overall goal of this project is to ensure that Canadian vegetable farmers and seed producers have access to high quality seed that are well adapted to their particular region. Samantha Flasha with the Bauta Initiative will be hosting meetings (conference calls) for those who are interested on. For Alberta farmers the call will be on January 17th, for Saskatchewan Farmers to call will be on January 18th and for Manitoba farmers the call will be on January 19th. During the calls we will identify the most important traits you would like to see improved or developed in the varieties … Continue reading Calling all prairie vegetable growers: We want your input!

Job: Winnipeg, MB – Programs Coordinator, FortWhyte Farms

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 11, 2017

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 Reporting to the Farm Manager, the Farm Program Coordinator is responsible for the development and delivery of core FortWhyte Farms programming to under-served youth, as well as other programs and activities based at FortWhyte Farms. Principal Tasks: Program Development and Delivery (65%) Develop and deliver programming for youth, based on food and agriculture activities of the farm, emphasising on hands-on, experiential learning linked to the Education for Sustainable Development Curriculum and related Mb Curriculum learning outcomes Develop and deliver program activities related to healthy living, nutrition, culinary and employment skills with Farm Leadership Training Programmer and Program Assistant Create and … Continue reading Job: Winnipeg, MB – Programs Coordinator, FortWhyte Farms

BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 06, 2017

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The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, in partnership with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada, has been offering training on seed production since 2013. There are also excellent training opportunities offered by organizations outside our program. These events can be difficult for many to attend because of the significant travel and accommodation costs. Our Seed Production Capacity Building Grant program is designed to support seed producers and farmers to access training opportunities that they otherwise would not be able to access. Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend training events on ecological field crop … Continue reading BAUTA Seed Production Capacity Building Grants

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

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

February 11: Winnipeg, MB – YA & NFU Youth Mixer

Posted by Jeanette Sivilay on January 31, 2017

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When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm Where: Great Hall at Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB What: Looking to connect with new and aspiring small farmers in Manitoba? Join us at the Young Agrarians and NFU Youth Mixer & Potluck after Winnipeg’s Seedy Saturday! We’re bringing together young, new, and aspiring small farmers to socialize, network, share and support each other in our farming endeavours. Please bring a dish to share and  tools to eat with! If you want to share your farm / food project, bring 10 slides on a USB. Presenters will have 5-10 minutes to … Continue reading February 11: Winnipeg, MB – YA & NFU Youth Mixer