We are excited to share this report on ecological farm internships edited by Charles Z. Levkoe and Michael Ekers. Contributors to the report are farmers, past interns, non-profit organizations, and lawyers. The goal of the report is to “assess the implications and trajectories of the non-monetary exchanges of labour and education, among other things, taking place on ecological farms.” Read the report here: Ecological Farm Internships – Models, Experiences and Justice – Levkoe and Ekers (Interactive) The report takes a broad view of ecological farm internships—accounting for the need for labour on small farms, the educational benefits, as well as the risks and drawbacks … Continue reading Ecological Farm Internships: Modes, Experiences, and Justice
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
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
Job Opportunity: Executive Director at the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network Since 2000, ACORN has been Atlantic Canada’s key organization for information on organic agriculture and eating organics. From seed to farmer to consumer, ACORN’s talented and dedicated team works to support a unified and effective organic sector throughout the region. ACORN is currently recruiting for a new Executive Director, who will be responsible for leading the organization according to the strategic direction set by our Board of Directors. This is a permanent, full-time career opportunity, based out of Sackville, NB. Who should apply? You are an energetic, focused, and … Continue reading JOB: Sackville, NB – ACORN Executive Director
photo by greenkeepers.ca This is the 4th and final webinar of the 2016 season hosted by the BAUTA Initiative – time to celebrate! Please join us to hear from seed leaders in three regions of Canada. They’ll talk about their diverse and forward thinking seed initiatives that are advancing ecological seed and regional seed systems across the country. We’ll hear from Sarah Hargreaves (Ecological Farming Association of Ontario) on “farmer-led research”; Teprine Baldo & Stephen McComber (organizers of Strawberry Moon and Crow Moon Festivals, and owners of Fire Council Farms) on “seed for the community”; and Mel Sylvestre (BC Seed … Continue reading Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar
Want to learn more about organic agriculture on the East Coast of Canada? Registration is now open for the 2016 ACORN Conference & Trade Show. SEEDS OF CHANGE: CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING AGRICULTURE Join the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) in Moncton, New Brunswick, on November 28–30 for the annual ACORN Conference & Trade Show! ACORN’s conference is a fun, three-day event that brings together organic and sustainable farmers, processors and businesses from across Atlantic Canada and beyond. To learn more about the workshops and events that will be offered, visit the Conference Program. To ensure your spot at this year’s exciting … Continue reading Seeds of Change: The 2016 ACORN Conference
It’s that time again—after an incredible visit to Wysmykal Farm in May, the Farm Apprentices and Workers Network is heading North to New Brunswick!
Friendly soil-diggers! Friends of soil-diggers! Are you working on a farm this summer as an apprentice or fieldworker? FAWN creates bonds of fellowship and support for aspiring farmers, farm apprentices, and farm workers, as well as a platform for exchanging knowledge and opportunities. We do this through the magic of work-parties and really good cake. It was started out of the recognition that, while the Maritimes have an incredible network of support for beginning and veteran farmers, it’s more difficult for those of us who aren’t yet farming to get access to the same network—hence, a dedicated platform. How does … Continue reading Maritime Agrarians: Join The Farm Apprentices and Workers Network!
Holdanca Farms (http://www.holdanca.ca) is a family farm under the direction and management of John Duynisveld. We raise grass-finished beef, lamb & pastured pork and poultry with a focus on long-term pasture productivity and animal health & welfare. The farm includes ~300 acres of pasture, plus woodlands. In 2016, we’ll raise ~5000 pastured chickens, ~800 pastured turkeys, the piglets from four sows (~70 pigs), multiple herds of cattle (cows, calves, and finishing beeves), 50 ewes and their lambs. We’re on the cutting edge of pasture management, employing Holistic Management, high density mob grazing, and careful observation to build soil and pasture … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Holdanca Farms, Wallace Bay, Nova Scotia
The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) will be hosting its 15th Annual Celebratory Conference and Trade Show from November 23rd-25th, 2015, at the Delta Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI. The conference is an exciting, three-day event, that brings together organic farmers, processors, and businesses from across the region. Over 50 workshops will highlight Atlantic Canada’s diverse agricultural community, including: A Soil Symposium celebrating 2015 International Year of the Soils, featuring Rodale Institutes’s Jeff Moyer; A dedicated Farmer’s Market Stream in partnership with Farmer’s Markets of Nova Scotia and the Charlottetown Market; A range of workshops on Horticulture, Livestock, … Continue reading Soil Matters: Register for the Largest Organic Conference in Atlantic Canada